Young @ Art presents: Meet the Artist

Young @ Art presents: Meet the Artist


Rockford Art Museum will host its annual “Meet the Artist” show on Friday, April 5 at Benson Stone Company, 1100 11th St., Rockford.

“Meet the Artist” will give the public a chance to view and purchase original works of art from local artists while discussing the history and background of the art and the artist. Although there are many venues available for purchasing art, not many allow you the chance to mingle with the person behind the work. Sometimes learning about the artist can be as interesting as the artwork itself.

Local watercolor artist Dick Anderson started his art career after retiring in 1992 from 40 years as an advertising executive. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 1952 with a two-year degree that focused on advertising illustration, design and writing. While the coursework was intended to further his advertising career, the fine art portion of his studies is what called to him later in life.

Anderson has always had a love for art and design; however, he did not start painting watercolor on a consistent basis until 1993, when he began to attend art classes at Rock Valley College. At this time, he started painting from the many photos he had taken while traveling all over the world. Anderson explains his artist approach as “striving to combine the dramatic realism with non-photographic painterly qualities.” He has won numerous awards and honors including two Best of Show while exhibiting his work in Rockford, Chicago and Wisconsin.

Other artists who will be exhibiting their work include: Nancy Anderson—jewelry; Jeanne Coe—acrylics; Diane Dailing—hand built ceramic drawings; John DeRango—sculpture; Frank DiGiovanni—acrylics; Chris Julin—mixed media; Jim Julin—mixed media; R. Scott Long—molded casts; Raymond Schulz—mixed media. Demonstrating artists are Jim & Shawn Barbagallo—Raku pottery; Engine Studio—video; Keith Skaggs—woodcuts; Michael Stiffler—murals and Nancy von Lugossy—acrylics.

Benson Stone offers the perfect setting for these artists and the diversity of their artwork. Stroll through the 30,000 square feet of quality home products, and you might find a piece of art to take home with you.

Admission is $15 (free to Young @ Art members) and includes entertainment, appetizers and beverage. Register in advance to win artwork valued at $80; call 965-6916.

Proceeds from Young @ Art fundraisers are earmarked for art scholarships and art students in need.

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