Find Your Space: Womanspace hosts Dance Company’s Aug. 20 festival

By Gale Ketteler

Womanspace Program Coordinator & Media Specialist

Rockford Dance Company (RDC) and Womanspace invite you to A Midsummer Night’s Festival Aug. 20 on the grounds of Womanspace for an evening of fairies, magic, dance and fun.

This event launches RDC’s 2009-2010 season, featuring the delightful ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Families and guests of all ages will stroll the beautiful gardens, pine forest and art gallery, whilst fairies lead the entertainment and a scavenger “Hunt for Useless Things,” a la Shakespeare!

A select few will enact a Rustic Play at the end of the evening, and everyone can make a fairy crown and wand to take home. There will be light refreshments, plus drawings for RDC tickets, Womanspace gifts and more.

This fund-raiser is sponsored by State Farm Agent Lisa Mawyer, Rockford Woman, B103 and WTVO. The rain date is Aug. 21.

Admission for adults is $10 in advance, $15 at door, and children 12 and younger are $5 in advance, or $8 at door. For payment and registration, contact Rockford Dance Company at (815) 963-3341 or, or Womanspace at (815) 877-0118 or Bring the whole family and come dance with the fairies!

You have until Aug. 26 to view our current art exhibit, Walking the Labyrinth, in New Dimensions Gallery. Sept. 18 marks the inaugural show in our brand-new Gallery 1 at Womanspace, featuring new works by Womanspace co-founder Dorothy Bock in Poet’s Palette. This landmark development means Womanspace will now have three art galleries available for our students, instructors, members and affiliated artists to show and sell their work.

Gallery2Go gift shop features ongoing consignment work by members, and New Dimensions Gallery will be renamed Gallery 3 starting with ArtScene Oct. 2-3.

Keeping Abreast, a special artistic bra exhibit for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will be opening in October. We hope you will come visit and see the extraordinary talent that exists right here in our midst.

Chart Chat is a two-week class of fun astrology with Mary Stiles Aug. 22 and 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your birth chart, or request one when you register, and we’ll explore how and why we possess particular tendencies. We’ll also chat about trend beginnings and endings and how they coincide with our individual charts. You’ve always wondered about your sign, so here’s your chance to dabble in astrology!

Holding Our Own, Embracing the End of Life is an amazing film that was the highlight of our Hospice Conference earlier this year, and Womanspace will show it again Aug. 31. Please bring your family and friends to experience how art and music bring comfort to the dying and their loved ones, and then we’ll discuss this moving film by Camilla Rockwell.

Lunch and Learns start up Sept. 9 with a CHIP program, and then Artists in Action Open House Sept. 12 is your chance to explore our campus, buy some art, and learn about everything we have to offer in September and beyond, into our 35th year! Visit our Web site to find out more, and subscribe to our free e-news, Intertwinings.

Gale Ketteler is program coordinator & media specialist at Womanspace, a not-for-profit founded in 1975, and located on a 7-acre campus a half-mile west of Rock Valley College off Spring Brook and Applewood at 3333 Maria Linden Drive in Rockford. Office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Info at (815) 877-0118, or

From the Aug. 19-25, 2009 issue

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