Although some residents may not realize it, the Rockford area is brimming with artistic talent. The New Dimensions Gallery at Womanspace Center is showcasing the latest expression of creativity with its Janus: Looking Forward, Looking Back art show.
The exhibit features the pieces of seven local artists who compose Fabric Artist Alliance for Business Support (FAABS). The show displays a variety of works, including tapestries, bowls, pins, dolls, purses, clothing and scarves.
Everything is fabric or fiber, said Linda Johnson, administrative assistant of Womanspace. Many of the pieces are also adorned with beads, felt, or metal, but fabric is the primary material.
While the collection represents a number of themes, nature is one of the most dominant. A piece called October by Shirley Spencer displays a fall scene with trees highlighted by the rustic hues of orange, red and brown that characterize the season. Spencer also has a tapestry titled Jane that features a dinosaur resembling the famous Jane at the Burpee Museum.
Wonders of the Deep by Bonnie Saxby creates an impressive ocean realm that its anchored by the standard blue/green shades of water, but also includes an array of vibrant colors to represent the many exotic fish swimming around.
Two corresponding works of art were crafted by Sherrie Spangler. Winter Cabin shows a dark and icy view, while its twin, Summer Cabin, depicts the same scene, but under much different circumstances. The bright glow of the sun shines through the cabin, illuminating its interior, and hints of green and gold are surrounding the now brilliant structure.
We are very, very lucky to have a group of talented people like this, Johnson said.
The event also showcases the works of Rhoda Bombard, Julaine Lofquist-Birch, Ruth Ann Molyneaux and Beatrice Zammuto. Many of the pieces are for sale and can be viewed online at Womanspaces Web site www.womanspace-rockford.org.
Johnson explained that Womanspace, located at 3333 Maria Linden Drive, is dedicated to promoting local artists and bringing more attention to their achievements. According to its Web site, its mission is to provide creative learning opportunities for personal, professional and spiritual growth, as well as networking and leadership experiences for women who wish to enrich, redirect, or rebuild their lives. Many of the programs are also open to men, who make up 10 percent of the membership.
The Janus art show is open to the public and is scheduled to run until Feb. 19. The exhibit is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and other times by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, call 877-0118.