Spring ArtScene set for April 21-22

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Spring ArtScene 2006 is looking to bring thousands of art lovers to local galleries and studios to check out new exhibits of original works.

This year marks the fourth year ArtScene has been in action. The event is free and allows art fans to browse or buy art on display in various media including watercolor, acrylic, wood, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography and multi-media.

Venues are open 3-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 21-22. Listed below are all the event locations for Spring ArtScene 2006. More info: www.artsforeveryone.com.

What follows is a list of venues and the artists featured at those locations. The numbers at the beginning of the listing correspond with the ArtScene maps on page V6 in the Vibe Entertainment section.

1. 317 Market Street Gallery/Studio, 317 Market St., 962-1476—Last Opening at 317, “Thanks for the Memories,” features work by many of 317 resident artists of the past in the guest gallery. Open loft studios of Deborah Newton, Julie Ekstam, Joseph Zimmer, Bonnie Kistler Hinde, Una Ryan, Joseph Church, Pam Kehoe-Peterson, Dan Branson and Courtney Erin Oertel will be featured.

2. Members Only, 317 W. Jefferson St.—Visit an exhibit of artists featuring Tom Ciciura, Jesus Correa, Russ Blahnik, Javier Jimenez, Lisa Lamm, Marieke McClendon and Justus Roe.

3. The Village Gallery, 308 W. State St., 963-2787—So much talent thrives at the Village Gallery in Stewart Square with a variety of styles and techniques by co-op artists. Artists include Mark Adamany, Doug Adcock, Stephen Anderson, Jeanne Coe, Ingrid Dohm, Cora Hutchinson, Marty Danzer, Art Sinden, Dale Sinderson and Ken Staaf in a show titled “Mixed Mediums.”

4. ART Glass Menagerie, 514 Walnut St., 395-5614—“Art off the Wall” features 3-D artists in hot glass, stained glass, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, metal sculpture, exotic woods and wearable art. Artists include Barbara Berney, Jana Benson, Jeffrey Baxter, Richard Arfsten, Joe Giglio, Kevin Swan, Robert Kerwin, NC Edlund, Sherry Viktora, Linda Lombardo, Dawn Mansfield, Jason Beyer, Diane Raymond, Susan Meyer and Diana Pratt.

5. Basil Café, 6500 E. Riverside Blvd., 637-9590—“All Ways…Art!” is where local artists present their best work yet. Featured artists include Sandi Uram, H. Edward Riddle, Kai Mulford, Ingrid Neuhofer-Dohm, Ty Wadley, Roni Golan, Mike Cotti, and Jim and Shawn Barbagallo.

6. Bennie’s Cleaners, 126 N. First St., 964-3073 or 965-1870—“A Clean Sweep” features an exposition of new works by Jeff Coan, Karen Gines, Marsha Goodheart, Anne Johnson, Gordon Johnson, Norm Knott, Sue Mount, Scott Mount, Norah Nelson, Jason Reid and Wanie Reeverts. Special events include “My Bones Were Made for Eden,” poetry reading by Karen Gines, Friday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m., and the unveiling of Shakespeare’s sculpture by Norm Knott, Friday, April 21 at 6 p.m.

7. Brick House Gallery, 620 N. Church St., 961-8265—“Under One Roof” featured artist Jennifer Krantz showing her latest inspirations with pattern, color and reflected light. J.J. Swanson and Kevin Richards show colorful abstract impressionistic paintings. Tania Carlstrom’s paintings explore her ethnic heritage. Karla Janssen-White and Carrie Gomez also exhibit paintings in the show. Jewelry from Julie Murray, pottery from Don Fuchs and Laura Graessle complete this multi-media show.

8. Church Street Gallery, 835 N. Church St., 961-8265—“Rockford Art Guild” features artists Marcella Ackerman, Barb Adams, Penny Cash, Dorthy Fant, Jeanette Fay, Carole Heins, Louanne Jones, Diane Juhnke, Debra Lucas, Paula Marsh, Ruth Ann Molyneaux, Betsy Parrish and Mary Smith.

9. Clabough Photography, 136 N. First St., 962-4776—“Impressionistic Photography” is an exhibit of digital photographs printed on canvas with acrylic paint added and scenic panoramas of Rockford by Tom Clabough.

10. Dragon’s Den Studios, 619 7th St., 505-9877—“Rockford Creations Open House” is a not-for-profit collaboration of artists dedicated to providing gallery space to those who may not otherwise have access. Featured artists include Cullen Balch, Jesus Correa, Hardrick Gulley, Favid Jonsson, Joseph Martinez and more.

11. Inspiration Salon, 2591 N. Mulford Rd., 639-9251—“Art=Life” features artists Kai Mulford, H. Edward Riddle, Diane Jensen, Ty Wadley and Chris Wachowiak (Wisconsin artist). Multiple artists, varied mediums…an inspiration for all!

12. Jeanne Rager & Van Johnson Studios, 4567 S. Mulford Rd., 874-0581—“Jeanne Rager and Van Johnson Spring Home Studio Show” offers realistic rural and western landscapes by painter Jeanne Rager. Copper sculptures by Van Johnson, plus his new line of steel, bronze and copper assemblages, are also included.

13. J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., 968-0123—“John Deill & Jim Julin @ 50” features two of Rockford’s most accomplished and admired artists creating works that utilize found objects they manipulate and integrate into their work, resulting in distinctive and compelling pieces of art.

14. Krypto Music Lounge, 308 W. State St., 965-0931—“Mr. B’s Ballroom” features artist Milo offering a different view of the ordinary life with an extraordinary perception. The Ballroom is the metaphor for elegance and entertainment of life shown through his photos. Friday night also offers a live painting by Danielle Colbeck to music by Matt Ulery and on Saturday to music by Andrae Kaplis.

15. La Di Da, 1416 N. Main St., 962-1234—“Take a Walk on the Art Side” features works by Caroline E. Golden, Kyle Cook and Tanya Fuhrman. Caroline creates arts in many forms: painting, jewelry and sculpture. Kyle is a self-taught wood carver whose unique display of hand-carved walking sticks come to life before your eyes. Tanya displays a variety of artwork, including mosaics and paintings.

16. Lula’s Vintage Boutique, 221 E. State St., 962-5852—“Boutique Unique” features fabulous and funky one-of-a-kind furniture by Di Cey. Something whimsical and colorful.

17. Northern Leaf Imaging, 4801 Boeing Drive, 494-1134—“Full Bloom” offers large photography that explores the beauty of spring, along with majestic landscapes by artist Bradley Nordlof and exquisite paintings by Karen Harding.

18. Phoenix Traders, 215 7th St., 962-4212—“The Screw Monkey” features local and area hoodlums displaying Rockford’s historical industry as well as random acts of crude creativity. Meet Screwy, the lobotomized monkey, and read his tragic story. Artists include Nicholas Garie, Kat Marshall, Molly Fleming, Jesus Correa and Tim Atwell.

19. Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., 968-2787—“Hidden Treasures: Selections from the Rockford College Art Collection” is an exhibition that showcases ethnographic objects, and ancient, modern and contemporary works by Warhol, Picasso, Dali, Louis Comfort, Chagall, Lee McCauley, Langoussis, Christo, Audubon, Achepohl and Poska.

20. Studio 11, 2110 11th St., 566-1043—“Sweet Talk” offers artists who share their visual interpretations of “sweet talk” through a wide range of media and images. Featured are works by Ted Simmering, Teresa Schwiesow, Chris Julin, Kat Liepins, Jim Julin, Nancy McManus Olson, Stuart Roddy, Ray Schulz, Amy Philip, Betsy Youngquist, Scott Long and Charles Jones.

21. Underground Studios & Gallery, 2110 11th St., 979-1944—“All That Shines” offers glass sculpture by Joseph Ivacic and paintings by Roni Golan. A dialog between two different styles that complement one another and creates the tension so needed in a great show.

For more information about Spring ArtScene 2006, contact the Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., at 963-6765.

From the April 19-25, 2006, issue

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