Art, Music, Food & Wine Overlooking the Mississippi River

Over 28 years ago a group of professional local artists decided that the Quad Cities needed an art fair run by artists with the interests of the participating artists in mind. That was the birth of Riverssance Festival of Fine Art. Since its inception, Riverssance has been bringing the finest of local and national artists and artisans to the area each year.

Located in the historic Village of East Davenport in Davenport, Iowa, the art fair is held annually the 3rd full weekend in September (Sept. 19-20) in Lindsay Park on the top of a tree-lined hill which overlooks the scenic Mississippi River.

A beautiful day for Riverssance!
A beautiful day for Riverssance!

  Enjoy a leisurely lunch under the food tent!Enjoy a leisurely lunch under the food tent!

This year’s event will feature over 100 artists and artisans from across the nation. This is a juried art show so the quality is outstanding. I like to refer to the event as a collection of mobile art galleries which allow shoppers to find unique work not always available in the region. Here are some samples of what you’ll find at Riverssance.

Gene Brack, artist
Gene Brack, artist
Daniel Edler, artist
Daniel Edler, artist
 Vern Houseal, artist
Vern Houseal, artist
Rich Robertson, artist
Rich Robertson, artist
Martha Monson Lowe, artist
Martha Monson Lowe, artist
Brad Goddard, artist
Brad Goddard, artist
Marilyn Davis, artist
Marilyn Davis, artist

Live music is another major part to the event and is contracted by the River Music Experience in Davenport. This year the line-up includes:

Saturday, September 19
11am – 12:30pm Barley House Band
1:00pm – 2:30pm Whoozdads?
3:00pm – 4:30pm David G. Smith

Sunday, September 20
10:30am – Noon Scott & Michelle Dalziell
12:30pm – 2pm Mo Carter
2:30pm – 4pm Pieces of Candy (Candymakers Acoustic Set)

There is a free Children’s Art Tent where kids can create works of art to take home with them. This year’s art tent is under the guidance of professional artist, Pat Bereskin, who is the owner of Bereskin Fine Art Gallery & Studio located at MidCoast Fine Arts’ Bucktown Center for the Arts in downtown Davenport, IA.

The free Children's art tent!
The free Children’s art tent!

There is always good food to keep art shoppers nourished. I like to sample all of choices! This years food vendors include:

Le Mekong, fine Vietnamese food; Lagomarcino’s, homemade ice cream and caramel apples; and Pete’s. Other food and coffee drinks will be available as well.

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And what is food and a festival without wine? There will be a wine tent with regional wine tasting by Tabor Home Winery from Baldwin, IA.

I find wine tasting is very special when you are on a hill overlooking the Mississippi River listening to live music and purchasing art!  After tasting your favorite wines, I suggest that you purchase a bottle or two to take home.

wine tasting
wine tasting

Each year, a special event t-shirt is sold with the work of one of the participating artists on the front. Since I have been involved in the Riverssance event as either an artist or committee member for most of the 28 years, I decided to have a special quilt made to commemorate the event and my participation in it.  I found a talented Quad Cities native quilt artist who now lives in Texas and the project was accomplished.

Riverssance quilt

Admission: $4.00; $6.00 for a 2 day pass; children under 12 free

Riverssance poster 2015

MidCoast Fine Arts Riverssance Festival of Fine Art

Saturday, September 19 from 10 to 5 pm

Sunday, September 20 from 10 to 4 pm

Lindsay Park in the Village of East Davenport, IA

midcoast.org or 563-424-1210

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Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and design. Deborah is retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. Since 1975, she has had her own design company and studio. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts where she was a board member for 8 years. She supports art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area including volunteering for events at MidCoast Fine Arts Bucktown Center for the Arts where she leases a gallery space. She served as Marketing Director for Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts for 15 years.

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