Art openings abound

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Friday, Jan. 19, we have the perfect art solution to a gray winter night.

“Unseen Treasures: The Work of Rosemary Barnes” is a collection few have seen and enjoyed, and the Rockford Area Arts Council has been fortunate to receive a generous donation of artwork.

The collection, to be shown 6-9 p.m., Jan. 19, at A Perryville Place, 6957 Olde Creek Rd., is quite interesting. Twenty-two paintings—from “Gang Girl” to untitled pieces—illustrate her obvious love of black Labs. Because most of the work is untitled, it allows the arts enthusiast to conjure their own titles. It provides an opportunity to identify with the art on a very personal level. The 11 sculptures are of beautiful woods, aluminum and painted pieces that attach to pedestals or sit on bases.

We are grateful to carry out our mission to support, promote and develop the arts for everyone, and contributions such as these proceeds are vital.

Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., continues to bring quality exhibits with the opening “(Un)Civil Histories:Installations by Gerda Meyer Bernstein.” The gallery walk is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Jan. 19. “The Untold Story,” Bernstein’s newest piece, is making its public debut. The public opening is from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 19. Bernstein addresses gritty global issues through walk-in installations.

Norm Knott brings texture, sparkle and glam to Kortman Gallery, 107 N. Main St., for an opening, 5:30-9 p.m., Jan. 19. “Knott for the Faint of Heart” features eye-dazzling work of recycled materials magically and skillfully transformed into pieces of beauty.

These three artists have very different ways of reaching the audience. I’m thrilled there continues to be a variety of visual arts opportunities in Rockford, and encourage all of you to visit each location. Each experience will be very different, and each of us will have opinions, likes, dislikes, associations and feelings about the work. There will be arts for everyone.

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

From the Jan. 17-23, 2007, issue

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