Little-known facts about ArtScene

This weekend marks the best time of the year for art openings and exhibitions in downtown Rockford’s semiannual ArtScene. Organized by the Rockford Area Arts Council, ArtScene includes 18 participating gallery spaces for exhibitions of local and national artists Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17.

This is the second year for the spring ArtScene, which was added to the original fall ArtScene dates.

Yes, there is more to Rockford than strip malls on East State Street.

No, it is not dangerous downtown.

There are plenty of places to park, and— get this—you can walk from place to place!

There are lots of restaurants close to ArtScene exhibits. (They’re owned by people, not corporations, and the food is better.)

After seeing the exhibits, you can have a drink at one of several nearby bars that are quiet enough to hold a conversation.

Yes, there is good art in Rockford. There’s even art of national and international caliber.

For those of you who say there’s nothing to do in Rockford, now is your chance to see some great art and check out the downtown scene, which you may not be familiar with.

In addition to permanent galleries, Art Scene includes exhibitions in private artist studios, shops, restaurants, and city organizations.

Exhibitions that look especially promising include J.R. Kortman Center for Design’s sample of worldwide art in “Two Women of 59 Rue de Rivoli.” The works shown are those created by French pop artist Aurelie de la Cadiere and Japanese figurative artist Etsuko Kobayashi. As the title indicates, the two artists both have studios in the center of the art district in Paris.

Another interesting show, “Reflections of Our Pioneer Sisters’ Art of Quilting,” will take place at the Mendelssohn Club’s Emerson Auditorium. The exhibit includes quilts and fabric arts sewn and appliqued by local quilters. As evidence of the caliber of our hometown artists, you might want to check out Roni Golan’s exhibition of paintings aptly titled “Back From New York.”

Art Scene runs from 5-9 p.m., Friday, April 16, and from 3-9 p.m., Saturday April 17. For specific locations and shows, see pages V4-V5, or call 963-6765.

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