ArtScene offers 19 attractions

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The third annual spring edition of Rockford ArtScene is set for April 22-23. This year’s event features 19 galleries and venues. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 22, and 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 23. The event is coordinated by Rockford Area Arts Council. For more info, call 963-6765 or visit

Following is a list of venues and galleries participating in ArtScene Spring 2005 (number corresponds to location as indicated on maps on page V4):

1. 317 Market Street Gallery/Studios—“An exhibit featuring David W. Lundahl, Guest Artist,” 317 Market St., 962-1476: Open loft studios of Deborah Newton, Richard Novak, Julie Ekstam, Joseph Zimmer, Bonnie Kistler-Hinde, Virginia Noerr, Una Ryan, Joseph Church, Pam Kehoe-Peterson, Dan Branson and Josh Stoneberg. Paintings, sculpture, furniture, toys, collage and jewelry.

2. About Art—“About Art,” 2110 11th St., 965-0390: New paintings by Roni Golan at the Underground Studio. Open studio areas showing new works by Ted Simmering, Mark John Hoffman, Stuart Roddy, Nancy McManus Olson, A.C. Klein and Christopher Willey’s “Lands End Series.” Hourly during the weekend, video production of new work by Teresa Schweisow, James Barany and Paul Harvey Oswald.

3. Art Cooperative—“Art Extravaganza!,” at the Village Gallery in Stewart Square, 308 W. State St., 963-2787: More than 70 Rock River Valley Fine artists exhibit works of art ranging in style and technique from jewelry to all media, paintings to sculpture. A must-see for all art enthusiasts!

4. Basil Caf闓Imagine This…,” 6500 E. Riverside Blvd., 637-9590: An exhibit of art with an eclectic flair by Perry Pitney. Found objects create art that will allow you to imagine it in your home or in your garden.

5. Bennie’s Cleaners—“The Gathering Place,” 126 N. First St., 965-1870: Inspired works by Karen Gines, Marsha Goodheart, Wanie Reeverts and Casie Wedige.

6. Brick House Gallery of Art—“Art-II, Scene-I,” 620 N. Church St., 967-1660: See the gallery and studio spaces and find out about children’s art classes and adult jewelry classes. Studio artists Karla Janssen-White, unique mythological portraits; Sue Stevens, “Wild African Animal” paintings; and Gail Zernia, Celtic inspired drawings. Guest artists: Don Fuchsk, “Radiant Red Raku” pottery; Laura Graessle, “Twisted Pottery” with unique finishes; Julie Murray/J. Ranae Designs and Dan Buchman/Phoenix Designs, jewelry pieces; and Pat Westin, watercolor paintings.

7. The Carpenter’s Place—“Expressions from Within,” 1149 Railroad Ave., 964-4105: Individuals who are homeless are often judged by their outward appearance. This display of artwork by homeless adults is an expression of their inner thoughts and feelings.

8. Condos on Market—“2 Peas In A Pod,” 427 Market St., 987-9686: Come view new works by Lisa Lamm and Javier Jiminez as they open up their beautiful downtown condo for your viewing pleasure.

9. J.R. Kortman Center for Design—“A Salute to Symbolism,” 107 N. Main St., 968-0123: Contemporary Beijing artist Zhao Yanli, also known as “Color,” combines woodblock printing, calligraphy, and silkscreen in modern composition. Her bold, artistic political satire expresses the contradictory nature of Chinese culture and the Cultural Revolution.

10. Klein Store Studio—“Chunky Pop,” 520 Prairie St., 962-2976: A sculptural ceramic exhibit inspired by everyday objects! It’s clay chunked up and popped out!

11. Lula’s Vintage Boutique—“Illustration 101,” 221 E. State St., 962-5852: Janet Keturi has worked for some of Chicago’s largest galleries and also has done work for national and international companies doing illustration and design. The designs she is exhibiting are what she calls “Illustration 101” as she is getting back in the groove again.

12. Minglewood—317 W. Jefferson St., 961-1795: Visit an exhibit of artists featuring Brian Hacker, MaryAnne Torchia-Cotti; acrylic on glass and panel, Michael Cotti; oil on canvas, color photography, Robin Smithson; color photography, Molly Fleming; watercolor and charcoal, Cullen Balch, Marieke McClendon and Jesus Correa.

13. Mondial—“Imagine That!,” 6516 E. Riverside Blvd., 637-4045: Old furniture, fresh paint and a wee bit of whimsy! Kai Mulford changes old to new with the stroke of a brush…Imagine That!

14. The North End Neighborhood Coffee Bar—“Metal Medley,” 1408 N. Main St., 964-4412: Metal sculptures by H. Edward Riddle. Lawn, hanging and freestanding—Metal in Motion!

15. Northern Leaf Imaging—“Captured Beauty,” 4801 Boeing Drive, 494-1134: Local artists Brad Nordlof and Jeannie Reitsch invite you to enjoy their latest collections. Brad has “captured beauty” with his fine art and landscape photography—simply breathtaking! Jeannie’s designs are a collection of unique and whimsical artworks including decorative trays and boxes.

16. Rockford Area Arts Council—“Open House,” 713 E. State St., 963-6765: The Rockford Area Arts Council will host an open house Friday, April 22 from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring work by apprentices and lead artists of ArtsPlace, a program of the Rockford Arts Council. Be inspired!

17. Rockford Art Museum—“2020 Visions—Possibilities, Probabilities, Premonitions and Predictions for Rockford’s Future,” 711 N. Main St., 968-2787: More than 60 artists, architects, local dignitaries and mayoral candidates exhibit their concepts, visions, platforms and models for the year 2020. Downtown and suburban development, education, business and job growth, tourism, culture, recreation and entertainment are themes of much of the work. The exhibition concludes Sunday, May 1 with an artists’ panel discussion from 3 to 5 p.m.

18. Table 13 Restaurant—“Bradley Nordlof,” 1313 Auburn St., 964-1300: Visit an exhibit of Bradley Nordlof’s latest photographic works.

19. New Public Sculpture—“Flame,” North of Auburn Street Bridge on the bike path: A 23-foot high stainless steel creation by internationally-known Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman.

From the April 20-26, 2005, issue

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