Art on the Lawn moves to Rockford College

Rockford College is opening its lawn to Art on the Lawn. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 10, you are invited to stroll between the booths of more than 60 artists. Purchasing opportunities include oils, watercolors, prints, pencil drawings, etchings, glass, pottery, sculpture, exotic woods, raku, fiber, jewelry, photography, metals, ceramics, mixed media and functional art. Parking is easy, and the event is right on the commons, surrounded by Colman Library, Burpee Center and Fisher Chapel.

John McNamara, vice president for College Development at Rockford College, has been an integral part to making this event happen. McNamara said: “The college is excited to be able to host this juried art show and sale. It is a good fit for our mission, both academically and what we do for outreach in our community.”

I’ve been working on recruiting volunteers and have been so pleased to have Rockford College staff and alumni eager to help any way they can. They have stepped up to the plate by filling almost 50 volunteer shifts. They are a dedicated group who want great things to continue in our community.

I would like to extend a special thank you to Barbara Berney, who has volunteered her time to transition this summer favorite to the new venue.

Admission for Art on the Lawn is just $3 per person and free for children 12 and younger.

Food and drink will be available for purchase, so spend the day. Enjoy Sunday in the “park” with Art.

Whether you’ve been attending this event over the years at the University of Illinois College of Medicine or you will be coming for the first time, you will be pleased with the range of the work and will definitely want to bring a new piece home to add to your own private collection.

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

from the June 6-12, 2007, issue

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