The 2019 Riverssance t-shirt, designed by Tammy Mutka, is for sale at Bucktown Center for the Arts and Gallery West, $15.

A highlight of Riverssance 2019 was the Harley Award reception, with about 85 in attendance, sponsored by Medix Dental. The 2019 Harley Award was presented to Terry Rathje for outstanding contributions to visual art in our community. The Riverssance awards, juried by Corrine Smith, were determined as follows:

Best of Show, David Zahn (sculpture), and ten awards of Merit: Rebecca Dodson (acrylics); Michael Kriz (wood); Sean Miller (oils); Lisa Nelson (fibers); Liz Robertson (ceramics); John Schirmer (woodcuts); Sister Hip Hats (fibers); Jay Stratton (wood); Amy Taylor (jewelry) and John VandeWalle (sculpture).

The People’s Choice Award votes went to Sally Gierke (ceramics).

See below photos of the winners, listed in order above (missing Sister Hip Hats), 

During Riverssance 2019, an amazing unique sculpture emerged on site, created by the trio of Steve Banks, Heidi Hernandez and Terry Rathje (see below). Not until components from the three artists were screwed into place in Lindsay Park did anyone know the result.  Pamela Brown also demonstrated basketry weaving. We thank the Quad Cities Community Foundation for funding the addition of artists’ demonstrations.