Golan-Liberman Contemporary Art Gallery hosts Sept. 11 ribbon-cutting

Impressive space, impressive artwork, local and national are what I experienced on my visit to Golan-Liberman Gallery. At 2209 E. State St., between Poska and Cholke, Roni Golan and Jeff Liberman have transformed a karate studio into an art experience. The two also collaborate on galleries in Lake Geneva, Wis., and Geneva, Ill.

The opening Aug. 10-11 welcomed more than 500 enthusiasts. Works currently include Roni Golan, mixed media; Ron Starr, glass; Joe Ivacic, glass; Bar Schacterman, clay; and Salem Barker, wood. Each work complements the other. Color, texture and dimension bring the space to a vibrant life.

This is how artwork should be displayed, Golan explained. Proper lighting, UV protection on the windows, room to explore between each piece and to stand back and take in the mix make the gallery work.

Roni Golan’s life work is his art. “When people ask me what my best piece is, I say ‘the one I’m going to create tomorrow,’” he said.

He spoke about the process and how he continually explores how to create something new, always exploring, constantly changing, and all the while enjoying the ride. “It’s all about the process, challenges, problem-solving,” Golan explained.

The gallery space is still morphing. Golan is creating a seating area where patrons will be able to relax with a cup of coffee and have Internet access. In my opinion, you won’t want to be distracted, you will want to converse and ask questions of the artist.

The gallery will be participating in Rockford Area Arts Council’s ArtScene Oct. 5-6, but you will want to pay a visit before then.

Golan is passionate about his work and, luckily for Rockford, is passionate about investing in this community. Join the celebration at the ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m., Sept. 11. For more information, call (815) 316-2645. from the Sept. 5 – Sept. 11, 2007, issue

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