2019 Exhibition Calendar

and Current Exhibitions

We live in an area infused with artis­tic vital­ity. Thank you to over 40 artists who applied for Mid­Coast exhi­bi­tions. Excit­ing, var­ied, beau­ti­ful and chal­leng­ing are adjec­tives that linger after see­ing the applicant’s images.

Some artists will be first-time MidCoast exhibitors and some are recognized professionals showing new works.

Gallery West

1629 2nd Avenue, Rock Island

in part­ner­ship with The ARTery & DARI
(Devel­op­ment Asso­ci­a­tion of Rock Island)

Bucktown Gallery

225 E. 2nd Street, Davenport

Centre Station

1200 River Drive, Moline

in partnership with MetroLink

Through January

Kath­leen Wash­ing­ton

(mixed media, paintings)


Tom Hempel 


(watercolors and early works)

April — May
Davenport School Teachers

(group exhibition)


On hold due to flood closure


Mark Stegmaier

(Bix Run photographs)

August — Sep­tem­ber
Dick Oberg


Octo­ber — Novem­ber
Corrine Smith

(mixed media)

Decem­ber — Jan­u­ary 2020

Tony Seabolt

(mixed media, paintings)

Through January

Jeanne O'Melia, Erica Parrott and David Turner

(paintings, drawings, photographs)

February — March

Leslie Bell



April — May

Karen Blomme + Elaine Rexdale

(serigraphs, paintings)

June — July

(Q.C. Pride has requested reschedule)

Art­Works Expo High School

Pas­tel Competition

supported by the Rock Island Art Guild

and Blick Art Materials


August — Sep­tem­ber

David Genac + Annie Oldenburg


Octo­ber — Novem­ber
Carolyn Krueger + Susan Sharp

(ceramics, mixed media)

Decem­ber — Jan­u­ary 2020

Teresa Mesich + Jeanne O’Melia

(paintings, mixed media parade floats)

Through February

Glenn Boyles

(drawing & painting)

March — April

Laura Vincent-Arnold


May — July
Nathaniel  Kraft


August — September
Peggy Gratton



October — November
Barbara Noble

(drawings, paintings)

December — January 2020

Craig Miller


midcoast gallery at Bucktown

Corrine Smith

October 11—November 29

Corrine Smith delights the eye with her compositions full of dimension, expression, texture and pattern.

Her mixed media works are in acrylic paint, handmade papers and mono-prints.

Show your Colors!

Exhibition through January 11, 2020 

Bucktown Second Floor


Show your pride in community unity! The new exhibition Show your Colors includes a thought-provoking take on how artists in our community interpreted the theme. While some entries celebrate sheer color for its own sake, many look at issues of diversity and the experience of confronting personal standards. From Elaine Rexdale’s lively depiction of folks in wheelchairs and Maria Casad’s reminder of the Statue of Liberty welcome to immigrants, from Lisa Mahar’s painted declaration “There is Good and Evil in all of Us!” (below center) to David Zahn’s genteel ceramic reminder of respect for Young Mother Nature (below left), all entries celebrate life. Heidi Hernandez showsl faces on metal sheets with magnets that allow the image to be rearranged--such as How Divine!! (a tribute to Glenn Milstead) (below right). The exhibition is displayed on the second floor of Bucktown Center for the Arts through January 11, 2020. There is no admission fee.


Twenty-one artists responded to the exhibition Call for Entries that had no entry fee and was not pre-juried. Entries were co-curated by MidCoast Fine Arts staff Sherry Maurer and Tony Seabolt. Maurer noted, “We had grant funding to be able to offer this truly open exhibition opportunity and we are so pleased with the results that represent works ranging from seasoned professionals like Peter Xiao to new entrants such as printmaker Paige Kelly. The submissions reflect a high level of artistic accomplishment in our community.“


Participating artists are: Shela Ahman (Rock Island, IL), Karen Blomme (Davenport, IA), Billie Davids (Port Byron, IL), Jane Doty (Durant, IA), Maria Casad (Dewitt, IA), Jim Elias (Muscatine, IA), Linda Hardin (Davenport, IA), Gary Harris (Bettendorf, IA), Heidi Hernandez (Davenport, IA), Karen Klingborg (Moline, IL), Paige Kelly (Davenport, IA), Carolyn Krueger (Rock Island, IL), Lisa Mahar (Rock Island, IL), Gwen Ballard Patton (Rock Island, IL), Elaine Rexdale (Rock Island, IL), Kelly Schrader (Davenport, IA), Barbara Toner (Bettendorf, IA), Laura Vincent-Arnold (Port Byron, IL), Liz Wakita (Dewitt, IA), Peter Xiao (Bettendorf, IA) and David Zahn (Moline, IL).


The exhibition is presented in partnership with Q.C. Pride. A public exhibition reception will take place in conjunction with the Bucktown Final Friday open house on November 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. Bucktown programs are made possible with support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Iowa Arts Council division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and the Regional Development Authority.



Barbara noble

Barbara Noble acknowledges she creates pieces with decidedly varied types of energy. “My work style varies greatly with decidedly different energy.  Why shouldn’t it? I’m not a two-dimensional person, no one is. All my works can be described as realistic insofar as you can "tell what it is’ (usually). There is always meaning and they speak for me. Even as my work has something to say you may see more...I hope that you do.”


Noble teaches art, graphic design, and photography at Louisa-Muscatine High School (rural Letts, Iowa). She holds a BA in Art, MA Ed Leadership, & MA Interdisciplinary Studies.


Below, two works by Barbara Noble: Hand in Hand and Persistence

gallery west

through november:

ceramics by carolyn Krueger and

mixed media by susan sharp

Step into a rainbow of color with Carolyn’s low-fire ceramics and the stitched and assembled works of Susan Sharp.