Greenwich Village Art Fair: Music etc.

By Molly Fleming

Staff Writer

This year’s Greenwich Village Art Fair at the Riverfront Museum Park on Sept. 13-14 will bring not only a wide array of local and national artists, but also a stage for area musicians to complement the visual art setting. Featuring multimedia works that will include functional as well as useless (excuse the term—literal denotation only) art, fair-goers will be able to see works by John Lamar, Nancy VonLugossy, Bob Sunday and many, many other local artists.

The nice thing about the Greenwich Village fair is that there’s such a variety of art to think about buying—as we all know, in Rockford a great deal of thinking occurs regarding art and very little actual purchase. Maybe the fair can change all that as there will be displays of paintings, sculptural works, ceramics, glass works, photography, drawings, jewelry, mixed media, watercolor, fiber art and more highly buy-able art. Once upon a time, city governments subsidized most artists in some way or another, and in ancient times there was barely the cliché of the “starving artist” because artists were constantly being commissioned to do work. For the most part now, artists create works on their own initiative—ars gratia artis unfortunately isn’t very lucrative. In my opinion, good artists should be some of the richest people in the country with no need for day jobs.

Musicians, on the other hand, do a little better monetarily speaking, and this year at the art fair, they’ll be able to strut their stuff on a stage sponsored by Kryptonite. Saturday kicks off at 10 a.m. with a solo performance by Doug Fleming, acoustic solo guitarist and song writer. He’ll do some originals for an hour and will be followed by General Evil at 11 a.m., Berkeley’s Dream at noon and Mike Tyler at 2 p.m. To round the evening off, Dan Voll Combo Loco will play from 3 to 5 p.m., adding some well-known talent to the fair.

Sunday kicks off with Jeff Gorski (solo guitar) at 10 a.m., with Nez (solo blues/pop/folk) following at 11 a.m. The Ryan Swanson Trio with Swanson on sax, Matt Ulery on bass and Mark Johnson on whatever appeals to him will play from noon to 2 p.m. Pub Wisdom will take the stage at 2 p.m., finishing up with The Spokesmen (who have been described as “sort of Iggy Pop garage rock” ) from 3 to 5 p.m.

The Greenwich Village Art Fair has been pumping out great artists for 55 years, and this year will be no exception. In the elegant Riverfront Museum Park, those in attendance will be able to get the best of both worlds in the local art scene—from music to all genres of visual art. $4 is not expensive for an all day event. Rockford, and y’all spend more than that for an hour and a half movie. Enjoy the dwindling days of summer, greet local artists and patrons!

Local Artists

n Nancy Anderson

n Jim & Shawn Barbagallo

n Christine Byers

n Michelle Dorr

n Keith Grace

n Sheri Grace

n Tom Guril

n Jane & John Hooker

n Deb Karash

n Norm Knott

n John Lamar

n Dawn Mansfield

n Carol Meniga

n Louise Mayhall

n Robert Sunday

n Nancy Von Lugossy

n Betsy Youngquist

Musical Performers

n Doug Fleming, 10-11 a.m. Sat.

n General Evil, 11 a.m.-noon Sat.

n Berkley’s Dream, noon-2 p.m. Sat.

n Mike Tyler, 2-3 p.m. Sat.

n Dan Voll Combo Loco, 3-5 p.m. Sat.

n Jeff Gorski, 10-11 a.m. Sat.

n NEZ, 11 a.m.-noon Sun.

n Ryan Swanson Trio, noon-2 p.m. Sun.

n Pub Wisdom, 2-3 p.m. Sun

n The Spokesmen, 3-5 p.m. Sun.

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