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Art, dance trade spaces June 21
Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m., Trading Spaces will be presented by the Rockford Dance Company (RDC). The event brings the art of dance to the Rockford Art Museum. This is a kickoff event celebrating the RDCs capital campaign, which will enable them to trade some spaces with the Rockford Art Museum. Dance vignettes will be performed to the music of Philip Glass amid the artwork of HE & SHE: Vallien and Hydman-Vallien. A collaborative effort such as this exemplifies our arts organizations diligence to work together for the greater good. Tickets are $20 in advance, $35 per couple and $25 per person at the doorcall (815) 963-3341 to order.
Friday night, June 22, Adriana and Octavian Bratu will display artwork at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St., from 5 to 8 p.m.
Adriana and Octavian moved to Sweden from Romania, and their desire to communicate with people through their artwork intensified. Much of their inspiration comes from the nature and incredible light they enjoy in Sweden.
Adriana creates in the Haute-Lisse technique and Persian Knot. Octavians work is produced in 1,000-degree Celsius ovens.
These artists have shown their work in Sweden, including Stockholm, Frankfurt and Shorndorf, Germany, Woodstock and most recently Wheaton Fine Art Fair. Admission is free and includes refreshments.
The artists very close friend, Ramona Cornea, the liaison for Romania through the Sister Cities program, worked very hard to bring her incredibly artistic friends to Rockford. I have the privilege of being part of the Sister Cities program, and look forward to formulating a plan with the city that will make these kinds of exchanges more frequent as we embrace the world, its varied cultures and people. Ramona is virtually a one-woman committee, and her commitment is to be commended.
Anne E. OKeefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.
from the June 20-26, 2007, issue