Buy art at Spring ArtScene—you’ll feel better

The tulips were up, and then it snowed, illustrating that it is not the true harbinger of spring.

Spring ArtScene is the true sign of spring. This is the Fifth Annual Spring ArtScene, cousin to our fall event. Nothing can uplift our spirits like purchasing a piece of original artwork from a local artist. It relieves stress and makes you cool.

Friday, April 20, hours are 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 21, purchase art from 3 to 9 p.m. Twenty-three locations and more than 100 artists will collaborate in spaces throughout Rockford. New locations this year include, but are not limited to, the following: Chocolat by Daniel, features two of my favorite things—art and chocolate; and Rockford Baha’i Center at the Highcrest Center has an art exhibit combining performances and an interactive art creation centering on the theme of peace.

Visit one of our downtown establishments after 9 p.m. to discuss the work, hang out and plot your course for Saturday. Kortman Gallery Lounge is hosting an “ArtScene After Hours” both evenings, with performances Friday evening by Jesus Correa VII, Dave Pedersen, The Braves (recently nominated for a RAMI), Molly Fleming and Marcos Lara. Susan Webb Tregay, author of Master Disaster, Five Ways to Rescue Desperate Watercolors, will be signing her book at Kortman’s.

This weekend kicks off “Arts Everywhere.” Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center presents one of the best internationally-known young pianists, Awadagin Pratt, Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Court Street Methodist Church. Call 815-964-9713 for tickets. CPAC presents Williams and Magraw, Irish Music, April 20. Info: 815-968-2722.

RSO presents “Twilight of Romanticism,” Saturday, April 21, at the Coronado. Info: 815-965-2249 for ticket information.

I charge you with the task of bringing one new person to Spring ArtScene who has never had the experience. He or she won’t be disappointed.

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

from the April 18-24, 2007, issue

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