Spring ArtScene April 20-21: Event features art by local artists at 23 locations across town

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The Rockford Area Arts Council will present the Fifth Annual SpringArtScene 2007 Friday, April 20, from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, from 3-9 p.m.

Admission is free, and it’s a great opportunity to purchase artwork! Enjoy 24 great ArtScene galleries and studios featuring new exhibits and original works of art in varied media of watercolor, acrylic, wood, sculpture, pottery, furniture, jewelry, photography & multi-media throughout downtown Rockford and the Rockford metro area.

This program is coordinated by the Rockford Area Arts Council. Call 815-963-6765 for more information, or visit the Arts Council’s Web site at artsforeveryone.com.

Following is a complete list of participating venues and artists. Numbers listed correspond with the ArtScene map on page B12.

1. The Art Co-op/Village Gallery & The King’s Table, 308 W. State Street, 815-963-2787—“The Biggest Show in Town!”—The Art Co-op & The King’s Table bring you the biggest show in town with a combination of talent, media and venues. Featured artists include Mark Adamany, Doug Adcock, Jeanne Coe, Cora Hutchison, Graham Knight, Marty Panzer, Art Sinden, Dale Sinderson, Robin Smithson, Ken Staaf, Jeff Swanberg, JJ Swanson, Dave Zoberis and many more!

2. Basil Café, 6500 E. Riverside Blvd., 815-637-9590—“The Elements”—An exhibit of “abstract wood sculpture by subtractionism” by Salem Barker, metal works by H. Edward Riddle, new 2- and 3-D work by Roni Golan, and Raku (a Japanese ceramic technique) by Jim & Shawn Barbagallo.

3. Bennie¹s Cleaners, 126 N. First St., 815-965-1870—“Movin’ On Up”—Opening of new upstairs space features works by Jeff Coan, neon sculpture; Karen Gines, acrylic; Sue Mount, watercolor, mixed media, Scott Mount, monoprint, pencil drawing; Norah Nelson, jewelry; Marsha Goodheart, mixed media; Una Ryan, collage, vintage silk; Norm Knott, assemblage, Barb Santucci, acrylic, mixed media; Jason Reid, mixed media; Wanie Reeverts, watercolor, mixed media; Anne Johnson, basketry; Gordy Johnson, wooden bowls.

4. Brian Thomas Photography, 4230 Charles St., 815-395-1105—“Views from a Higher Altitude: Aerial Images of Our Region”—An exhibit of photographic images of our region including Rockford and Chicago skylines, O’Hare Field RFD, Byron Towers, golf courses and various views of Rockford Park District taken from Blimp, helicopter and fixed wing plane.

5. Burns Home Studio, 226 N. Gardiner Ave., 815-397-9480—“Burns Home Studio”—An exhibit of original paintings by artist Barbara Burns and photography by Steve Lavelle.

6. Chocolat by Daniel, 211 E. State St., 815-969-7990—“Original Cutworks by R. Poska”—Roland Poska, pioneer paper artist, works with cotton fiber and pigments to expand his “deckle edge” concepts, that construct images to express “the feeling” of nature.

7. Church Street Gallery, 835 N. Church St., 815-961-8265—“Photography 3”—A diverse array of unique photographic expressions by artists Polly Freund, Krista Gustafson, Jan Huff, Eirik Huff, Jan Jann, Mike Phelps, Deb Scott, Robin Smithson, Heather Witkowski, Robert Zdeb and more.

8. Clabough Photography, 136 N. First St., 815-962-4776—“Impressionist Style”—Digital photographs on canvas with amazing style by Tom Clabough.

9. Coronado Corner, 324 N. Main St., 815-966-2100—“Coronado Corner Blossoms”—Stop into see the vibrant watercolors of artist Karen Harding in the Friends of the Coronado¹s dazzling new location! (corner N. Main & Park Ave.)

10. Deborah Newton Studio, 130 N. Second St., 815-962-1476—“Paintings Evolving Over Winter”—Paintings celebrating Spring by artist Deborah Newton.

11. Eclectic, 308 E. State St., 815-871-7585—“Scandinavian Folk Art Painting”— Pictures, plates, bowls, jewelry, aprons and more done in folk art designs by artist Barb Palm.

12. The Frame Shoppe/Gallery at Edgebrook Center, 1641 N. Alpine Rd., 815-398-8402—“RAGtime!”—This upbeat exhibition presents art by Rockford Art Guild members. A variety of media will be shown, such as watercolor, acrylic, oils, colored pencil, collage and fiber art. Many of our award-winning artists will be included.

13. HCTM-School of Massage Therapy, 710 N. Church St., 815-749-0222—“3 Women on a Whim”—An exhibit featuring works in acrylics, oils, pastels and mixed media by artists Jean Apgar, Karolyn Downey and K. Dyer.

14. Ingrid Dohm Studio at Whitehead Realty, 839 N. Perryville Rd., 815-519-6492—“Spring Flower Show”—An exhibit featuring recent works by Ingrid Dohm.

15. J.R. Kortman Gallery & Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., 815-968-0123—“Just Fear”—Twelve up-and-coming artists were each asked to create a piece of art that represents what they feel is their greatest fear. Artists include Sandy Allen, Jesus Correa VII, Javier Jiminez, Jason Judd, Ryan Lape, Elmer Fonts Leroy, Marieke McClendon, Keelan McMorrow, Mark Meyer, Lisa Piaskowy and Isaac Velasco. Curated by Jesus Correa VII. Susan Webb Tregay, author of the new book, Master Disaster, Five Ways to Rescue Desperate Watercolors [North Light] will be signing copies of her book during Spring ArtScene.

16. Kenneth “Ken” Staaf at Stewart Square, State & Main street, 815-877-0022—“Oils by Ken Staaf”—An exhibit by Ken Staaf featuring mixed paintings and impressionistic landscapes in oils.

17. Madge Gulley, 2929 Sunnyside Drive, 815-877-7512—THIS GALLERY SITE HAS BEEN CANCELED.

18. The Midtown Marketplace & Just Goods, 201/203 Seventh St., 961-1268—“Springtime on Seventh Street”—A diverse show of artistic expressions by local artists of the Rock River Valley featuring works by David Zoberis, Wilma Stout, Bindel’s, Libby James and H. Edward Riddle to name a few!

19. Octane Upbeat Casual Dining, 124 N. Main St., 965-4012—“Hang in there Rockford”—A group show featuring an eclectic collection by artists Mark Meyer, Marieke McClendon, Nick Ryan, Jesus Correa, Eddie, Keelan McMorrow, Pat Hughes, Isaac Valasco, Jason Judd, Lisa Lamm, Sandy Allen and Javier Jiminez.

20. Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., 815-968-2787—“HE & SHE: Hydman-Vallien & Vallien”—HE & SHE marks the first combined exhibition of this magnitude in North America for internationally-known glass artists Bertil Vallien and Ulrica Hydman-Vallien of Sweden. Funderburg Gallery will feature Bertil¹s sand-cast glass works. Kuller Gallery will showcase Ulrica¹s unique glass pieces as well as paintings. (March 30 – July 8, 2007)

21. Rockford Baha’i Center, 1650 N. Alpine Rd., 815-969-8949—“Peaceful Visions”—Art exhibit, performances and interactive art creation centering on the theme of peace. Visual artists include Ann Rundall, Anna Feria, Ben Cavataio, Dianne Willhoff, Erika Carroll, Esther Cavataio, Ken Karnatz, Nic Juric, Judy Moe & more! Performance/Experimental artists include Dorothy Paige-Turner, Nathan Davis, Tom Peterson, Tricia Sheridan, Storyvine Theater and more! Bring objects representing peace for a community weaving. Art experiences for all ages.

22. Studio A, 2110 11th St., 815-566-1043—“BlueŠLike Jazz”—Featured artists include Ted Simmering, Teresa Schwiesow, Charles Jones, Nancy McManus Olson, Mark John Hoffman, Kat Liepins, Jimmy Julin, Amy Philip and Raymond Schulz.

23. Studio Homewood, 6482 Charles St., 815-979-3369—“Baggage reCLAIM #6482”—Local artist Kai Mulford showcases those old, hard suitcases recreated with a bit of whimsy and traveling again! H. Edward Riddle also features outdoor garden sculptures with Spring in mind.

24. Underground, 1457 Country Farm Rd., 815-979-1944—“New Work”—New 2- and 3-D work including metal and glass by Roni Golan. You can also see his work at Basil Café.

For more information, call the Rockford Area Arts Council at 815-963-6765.

from the April 18-24, 2007, issue

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