Anne E. O'Keefe: Aviation art exhibition good fun

You can make Thursday, Aug. 4 “An evening with the Arts.” Visit Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Gardens for the ArtsPlace benefit for just $5, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The dance and drama team will be performing during this time, followed by a silent auction running through 8 p.m.

You can also stop at the airport for “I Believe I Can Fly,” the Aviation Art Exhibit at the Northwest Chicagoland International Airport at Rockford. The exhibit opens to the public at 6 p.m. in the main terminal, and the artwork will be on display the duration of the air show, Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7.

Artists from the area have created pieces based on the theme. Proceeds from the artwork sold will go to the artists with the exception of 20 percent, which will go to air service marketing at the airport. Artwork may also be selected for display throughout the airport. As a gesture of appreciation to the participating artists, they will receive a rebate on a flight from the Rockford Airport.

I think this is a great collaboration between two groups that may not immediately come to mind as working together to strengthen the arts. It is also a great backdrop to the growth of the airport.

The air show has an impressive line up and, as an air show enthusiast myself, I know there is a loyal following of thousands who will now have the opportunity to see the talented artists we are fortunate to have in the area.

Thank you to Bob O’Brien, executive Director of aviation, Northwest Chicagoland International Airport at Rockford, and to the Aviation Art Exhibit Committee—Gail Zernia, chairman; Don Fuchs, Laura Graessle, Julie Murray, Sue Stevens, Karla Janssen-White, and Al Zernia. Your dedication will make this event soar.

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

From the Aug. 3-9, 2005, issue

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