Paintings of natural landscapes on display at JustGoods thru Sept. 30

Morning Willows by Ryan Williams
Morning Willows by Ryan Williams

From press release

Paintings of natural landscapes from the Kishwaukee River to the Chicago River are on display until Sept. 30 at Just Goods in the heart of Rockford’s Midtown District. The beautiful artworks in oil, pastel and watercolor were created by Ryan White, wilderness painter and naturalist from Elgin, Ill.

White is committed to putting his interests as an artist and naturalist to use in the local community.

“Creating the artwork on location in local natural areas shows my appreciation for the landscape as well as the stewardship that is necessary to maintain the painting locations I search out,” White said.

Part of the proceeds from this show will benefit the not-for-profit Natural Land Institute’s Young Conservationist Program, which educates young land stewards of the Rockford area. For more information about White, visit

Jerry Paulson, executive director of the Natural Land Institute, said: “We are pleased Ryan has chosen to benefit our Young Conservationist Program with his first solo show. There is a great need for more young adults to enter the fields of natural area conservation and management. The future of land preservation is the education and training of the young land stewards who will care for the land we save today, such as the Nygren Wetland Preserve near Rockton, the Colman Dells Preserve southwest of Rockford and Pecatonica Ridge Prairie.”

More information about the Young Conservationist Program and how to participate in land stewardship efforts can be found at the show or by visiting

Just Goods is at 201 Seventh St. on the corner of First Avenue and Seventh Street and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For directions and information, go to

From the September 23-29, 2009 issue

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