59th Greenwich Village Art Fair Sept. 15-16

The oldest continuous outdoor fine art fair in the Midwest is not held in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Minneapolis or St. Louis—it’s in Rockford.

Rockford Art Museum’s (RAM) 59th Greenwich Village Art Fair will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, at RAM, Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 15, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 16. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Advance tickets are $3 and are available at RAM or any Alpine Bank location.

Greenwich Village Art Fair (GVAF) has been a Rockford tradition since 1948, and this year marks its 59th year as a fund-raiser for RAM programs.

GVAF recently earned the River District Association’s 2007 Heart of Rockford Award for Best Special Event. New this year, Rockford artist Ingrid Dohm will be on site capturing the tradition of the Greenwich Village Art Fair on canvas in anticipation of the fair’s 60th anniversary in 2008.

The juried fine art fair features the work of 125 artists from across the nation, along with children’s art activities, live music, food and a gourmet marketplace. This year’s juror is nationally recognized artist Nina Weiss, who is an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and the Evanston Art Center.

Award winners will be named in the following categories: Best of Show ($1,000), 3-D Functional ($500), 3-D Non-Functional ($500), 2-D Medium ($500), Jewelry ($500), Photography ($500), Painting ($500) and Honorable Mention ($100)

Tickets are also on sale for the 2007 art raffle, $5 each or three for $10. Raffle tickets are available at RAM and J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St. The drawing will be at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16, and ticket-holders need not be present to win. Four winners will be announced, with artwork generously provided by exhibiting artists: jewelry by Michelle Friedman, photography by Charlie Jefko, 2-D non-functional by Lisa Frost and raku pottery by Robert Sunday.

Along with fine art, delectable food, music and children’s art activities are always features at the annual art fair.

Gourmet Marketplace offers samples and sells Midwest delicacies, including craft beers, herbal teas, fine wines, gourmet dips and cheeses. Vendors include Arty Appetite, Carlyle Brewing Company, CRU, Dip’n Good Dips, Maytag Dairy Farms, PRP Wine, Elk Grove, and Windridge Farms.

Bud Light Village Pub serves grilled sandwiches, hot dogs, brats and burgers—including veggie burgers and Maytag Dairy Blue Cheese burgers—and wine, beer, soft drinks and gourmet coffee.

Art Bar Wine Bistro offers specialty appetizers from area restaurants and Gourmet Marketplace vendors, as well as a popular Champagne & Omelet Brunch Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Point Bar: Kortman’s Vodka Lounge serves cocktails, wine and the fair’s signature cocktail, “The Point.”

Other GVAF food vendors include Cannoli Caffé, Matt Hay Ice Cream and WE-B-POPPIN Kettle Korn.

Bohemian Bazaar offers affordable vintage finds in an urban market setting.

Krypto Music Stage, sponsored by Krypto Music Lounge, brings the best of local music to the fair, ranging from blues to jazz, with a little rock. Roster is as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 15

Jim Hagerty—10:15-11:15 a.m.

Sara Abramowitz—11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Blue Moon Project—1-2 p.m.

Jodi Beach Trio—2:30-3:30 p.m.

Bruce Hecht—4-4:45 p.m.

Ryan Swanson Trio—5-6 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16

Red Note Quartet—10:30-11:30 a.m.

Kelsey Wild—11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Midwestern Death—12:30-1:30 p.m.

Fear & Desire—2-3 p.m.

The Richard Douglas Band—3:30-5 p.m.

Creations by Kids: Passport to Art is a hands-on area where children can make their own take-home art. Activities include Khamsa Hands, Japanese Fans, Aztec Sun Stones, Aboriginal Dot Painting, Northwest Coast Indian Masks, Stained Glass Windows and Face Painting.

GVAF Tickets include free admission to RAM; featured exhibitions during the fair include “Glimpse: The Arnold Gilbert Photography Collection,” and “A View From Rockford,” featuring work by seven local photographers.from the Sept. 12 – 18, 2007, issue

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