Good weather, good food, good music and fine arts.
It was a perfect fit Saturday at Lindsay Park in Davenport for the 30th MidCoast Fine Arts' Riverssance Festival of Fine Art.
The event featured about 100 artists from around the country, including many locals. It is the primary fundraiser for MidCoast Fine Arts.
Included are artists offering everything from oils to water colors, photographs, jewelry, leather goods, glassware, and also wine tasting, music, children's activities and gourmet foods.
Ben Schwind is the programming assistant at the River Music Experience, Davenport, which coordinated all the music.
“We have six bands, three bands today and three more on Sunday,” he said. “It is a real eclectic group. The RME has helped out Riverssance for a number of years and the weather is perfect. It couldn't be any better.”
Eileen Hoegner of East Moline was enjoying her day with her sister, Billie Brewer of Moline.
“It's a high-quality art fair and it's a pretty setting,” Hoegner said. “And I have gotten to know people over the years. I already have bought some jewelry and pottery.”
Brewer lived for 40 years in Texas but moved back home to Moline five years ago to help take care of their mother. She loves this and other Quad-City events.
“It is amazing,” she said. “There are so many things to do.”
Lisa Lorenz of Durant was spending the day with her mom at the art fair.
“I haven't come for a few years, but I enjoy seeing the new collection of artists in the area that I know,” she said.”We need to support our regional artists. Sometimes, people do not realize the talented artists we have here.”
Lara and John Grossman of Rock Island are two of those artists. They were manning their booth of photographs.
“We take photos of flowers, wine, old vehicles,” Lara Grossman said. “I have been doing this for seven years, but have been involved in photography for 27 years.
“Each year varies in terms of how well sales go. Each year is truly different. And Riverssance is one of our favorite events.”
Vicki and George Bedeian of Blue Grass were busy talking to customers at their booth. Vicki makes copper bracelets and Viking-knit bracelets.
“I also make etchings on bullets and cut the ends off bullets and make earrings out of them,” Vicki Bedeian said. “Riverssance is always a good event.”
George Bedeian uses lost wax castings to make jewelry out of silver and gold.
“We call this our backyard show because we are local,” he said.