Aug. 1 deadline for Rockton Art & Craft Fair

The 35th Annual Rockton Juried Art and Craft Fair will transform Rockton’s Village Green Park into an outdoor gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21. There is no admission fee for the event, and food is available on the grounds. Village Green Park is at the corner of Blackhawk and Union Street.

Approximately 80 artists are expected to show and sell their work, many of whom have work awards. A variety of media in fine arts and selected crafts will be available. Included will be oils, acrylics, watercolors, metal sculpture, pottery, wood fiber, jewelry, stained glass, folk art, paper, photography and a book signing.

The Rockton Juried Art and Craft Fair is sponsored by the Hononegah Women’s Club. The proceeds of the event are given back to the community through scholarships, library story hours at Rockton and Roscoe, Fair Oaks Nursing Center, the local food pantry and other local charities.

The judge of the exhibitors’ work will be Kyna Matula, who teaches art at Guilford High School in Rockford. She will award one “Best of Show” and several “Awards of Merit.” These awards carry a monetary amount as well as a special ribbon.

Artists interested in exhibiting their work should contact the Art Fair chairman by mail at Hononegah Women’s Club, P.O. Box 7, Rockton, IL 61072, or by e-mail at Applications are being accepted until Aug. 1.

Among the local artists who will be exhibiting are: Tom Guirl (pottery), Kathy Hardesty (copper art), Nancy Stacy (paper), Kimi Kajka (oshibana—pressed flowers), K. M. Swan (self-published novels), Rise M. Powers (jewelry & mixed media paintings), Bob Szuch (metal art), Margaret Gamble (name jewelry), Kristine Venneer and Sandi Pennell (wearables).

For more information, call Bonnie or Marianne at the Talcott Library at (815) 624-7511.

From the July 27-Aug. 2, 2005, issue

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