The oldest continuous outdoor fine art fair in the Midwest is not held in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Minneapolis or St. Louisits in Rockford.
Rockford Art Museums (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 Associations 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 fairs 60th anniversary in 2008.
The juried fine art fair features the work of 125 artists from across the nation, along with childrens art activities, live music, food and a gourmet marketplace. This years 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 childrens 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, Dipn Good Dips, Maytag Dairy Farms, PRP Wine, Elk Grove, and Windridge Farms.
Bud Light Village Pub serves grilled sandwiches, hot dogs, brats and burgersincluding veggie burgers and Maytag Dairy Blue Cheese burgersand 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: Kortmans Vodka Lounge serves cocktails, wine and the fairs 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 Hagerty10:15-11:15 a.m.
Sara Abramowitz11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Blue Moon Project1-2 p.m.
Jodi Beach Trio2:30-3:30 p.m.
Bruce Hecht4-4:45 p.m.
Ryan Swanson Trio5-6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16
Red Note Quartet10:30-11:30 a.m.
Kelsey Wild11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Midwestern Death12:30-1:30 p.m.
Fear & Desire2-3 p.m.
The Richard Douglas Band3:30-5 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