34th Annual Rockford Artists' Fair set for Sept. 17-18

The 34th Annual Rockford Artists’ Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18, at Beattie Park in downtown Rockford. Admission is free.

More than 75 local and regional artists will showcase their work in this juried event. The show includes painting, graphics, stained glass, textiles, wood, metal, photography, glass, basketry, ceramics, jewelry, fiber and mixed media.

“Come down and enjoy a beautiful day in the park,” said Joyce Rieken, director of the Rockford Artists’ Fair. Donations were procured from the community enabling distribution of more than $1,000 in cash prizes. The judges for the show are artists Stella Dobbins, Rockford, and Alpha M. Burton, Chicago.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Rockford Art Guild. Tom Heflin was on hand at the celebration Tuesday, Sept. 6 for a critique of artwork. They are celebrating this year as the oldest continuously operating club in Rockford. The Art Guild meets the first Tuesday of the month at the North Park Library at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome at the meetings.

With fewer than 50 members, the Guild’s mission is to promote the fine arts through shows, free programs and workshops with established arts teachers.

The Guild has great speakers and workshops coming up this fall. On Oct. 4, the meeting presentation will be “Framing Possibilities,” by Brian Archer of Partners in Art. Archer will discuss the ins and outs of framing your artwork for show and sell. Upcoming workshops include “Introduction to Colored Pencil,” Saturday, Sept. 24, with award-winning artist and teacher Kristy Kutch. “Many Gels and Mediums” will be the workshop Saturday, Oct. 22, with Kate Smith, Golden Working Artist. This is an experimental workshop utilizing acrylic paints, gels, mediums and grounds. For more information about the Rockford Art Guild membership, meetings or workshops, call 965-0004.

Anne E. O’Keefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.

From the Sept. 14-20, 2005, issue

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