Find Your Space: Art Fair and Open House at Womanspace Sept. 12

By Gale Ketteler

Womanspace Program Coordinator & Media Specialist

Bring family and friends of all ages to explore the beautiful 7-acre campus during Artists in Action Art Fair & Open House Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members will have displays outside and on both floors of our two buildings, located a half-mile west of Rock Valley College. A freewill offering ($5 suggested) will be taken. This is your chance to learn about the programs, art classes and fun events coming up in our 35th year.

Visit Gallery2Go and purchase the new 2010 Art Calendar, featuring Womanspace artists, some of whom will be live and in action with artwork for sale. You may also try watercolor, acrylic painting, Hypertufa garden art, and pottery for yourself! Have your caricature made, stroll the gardens, walk the Labyrinth, sign up for art classes and other programs like Womansong Chorale or Daf drum lessons. Then, pamper yourself with chair massage, foot reflexology, and other holistic health products and services offered by member-experts.

Womanspace is open to the public—men, women and children. For information, call (815) 877-0118, e-mail or visit

Girls age 9-13 can join our new Junior Membership with fun movie and game nights, a sling bag, a journal, a free Express Your Self class, three free Bookgirl book discussions, a special tea, a 10 percent discount on all Junior Member classes, plus a $10 coupon for an adult membership. Creative Sprouts art shops with Chris Dunmire start Oct. 3, and Chasing Vermeer, Carol Valaitis’ four-week course for ages 10-13 starts Oct. 8. These are also part of the Junior Membership, and some are open to boys, too!

Poet’s Palette opens Sept. 18, featuring new works by Womanspace co-founder Dorothy Bock in the brand-new Gallery 1 at Womanspace. Keeping Abreast is a special exhibit for Breast Cancer Awareness Month opening during ArtScene Oct. 2-3 in Gallery 3 (formerly New Dimensions Gallery). Both exhibits run though Nov. 11.

Food and eating issues are a challenge for so many of us. Join That Food Thing, a new monthly Bridges of Unity Chakra Club (SM-sales mark) starting Sept. 19. Kathy Moehling and Assyria Marcello lead this support group and will share their expertise with those looking for a safe place to share stories and gain new perspectives on health. Book lovers can come to Bookwoman Sept. 16 to discuss People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. Lunch and Learns start today with CHIP-Healthy by Choice, Not Chance. Our World Religions Series continues with Zoroastrianism Sept. 23 and Celebrate the Seasons, a nature religion program, Oct. 7 by Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary in Wisconsin.

Art classes, a Why Raw demonstration, the fall equinox celebration, Finding Your Voice writershop, Reiki II training, Integrative Medicine with Dr. Tracey Kinigakis, Tibetan Sound Therapy, and so much more are coming in the weeks ahead, and you don’t have to be a member. Visit our Web site to find out more and get connected by subscribing to our free e-news, Intertwinings.

Gale Ketteler is program coordinator and 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 September 9-15, 2009 issue

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