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Fall ArtScene Oct. 2-3
From press release
Rockford Area Arts Council will present the 22nd Annual Fall ArtScene Oct. 2-3.
Fall ArtScene showcases original works of art at 45 different locations across the Rockford area from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, and 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3. Admission is free, and it’s a great opportunity to purchase artwork.
Enjoy new exhibits and original works of art in varied media of watercolor, acrylic, wood, sculpture, pottery, furniture, jewelry, photography and multi-media. ArtScene has something for everyone, including the chance to meet new friends—nearly 10,000 people attend ArtScene each year. This year, 13 new and cool galleries and studios will be exhibiting great art.
Visit www.FallArtScene.com for more information.
A list of venues follows. The numbers correspond to each venue’s respective location on the “Downtown Rockford” map on page B6 and the “Metro Rockford” map on page B7.
1. A Movable Feast Edgebrook Center, 1641 N. Alpine Road (815) 227-0102—An exhibit featuring photography by Paul Burkholder.
2. Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, (815) 229-3131—“Streetscapes, Landscapes, Escapes”: Jazz drummer Jack Brand once again lays down the sticks and picks up a paint brush to become “Walnut Hulling.” This one-man show features new acrylic works and giclées of old favorites. Friday night only from 5-9 p.m.
3. Arthaus Gallery, 534 N. Court St., (815) 316-8671—“Artists Unmasked”: A unique showing of diverse styles and tastes, each created from a mask. Thirty-plus amazing artists will share their work in a silent auction that will end Saturday at 9 p.m. Artists include Bruce Archer, Marco Basurto, Barbara Berney, Chad Brazle, Diane Dailing, Michelle Dorr, Sherrie Dorr, Diana Garrett, Debra Grall, Ginny Hatwich, Gayle Heinneman, Jane Hooker, Jan Jann, Norm Knott, Tom Littrell, Judy Moyer, Deborah Newton, Brad Nordlof, Dawn Nordlof, Mike Pizzuto, Jan Pozzi, Ed Riddle, Debra Reigling, Jeanne Reitsch, Kelly Johnson Sabin, Gary Simon, Natalie Share, Angela Stickler, Deborah Stromsdorfer, Sandi Uram and Sherry Viktora.
4. ArtSpace West Gallery, 1426 N. Main St., (815) 963-1984—“2 Celebrate”: An eclectic mix of works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, stained glass, pastel, metal sculpture, photography, wearable art, jewelry, mixed media and green furniture. Mary Pat Byrne (Chicago), Keith King, Angel Kurpius, Mike Baer, Charlie Sturm, H. Edward Riddle, Keith Richards, Ray Schulz, Andrew Wallace, Mary Rosandich, Kai Mulford and Jan Pozzi.
5. Atmosphere Nails.Hair, 129 S. Phelps Ave. (Bldg. 5, Suite 511), (815) 509-3181—“Autumn Creations by a Hare”: Adrienne Hare exhibits a mixed variety of acrylic on canvas, drawings, etchings and photography.
6. Beads & Reeds, 5846 E. State St., (815) 986-4529—“A Kaleidoscape of Color and Texture”: An array of works featuring Cindy Craig, lampwork and silver; Jennie Johnson, pottery; Christine Leonhardt, fabric bags, purses and accessories; Anne and Gordy Johnson, gourds and woodworking; Loni Labak, sterling jewelry and Bev Thorsen, Kazuri jewelry.
7. Beauvais Center (St. James Parish), North First and Prairie Street, (815) 985-6153—“St. James Artists”: An exhibit featuring oils, acrylics, photography,portraits, whimsical furniture and mixed media by Dolores Cascio, Karen Horning, Cathy Pick, Tom Alms and Sharon Hendricks.
8. Bennie’s Cleaners, 126 N. First St., (815) 964-3070—“Stellar Art in Bennie’s Loft”: Featured works by Karen Gines, Marsha Goodheart, Anne Johnson, Norm Knott, Cindy Linnabary, Paula Marsh, Gordy Johnson, Pam Kehoe-Peterson, Tom Littrell, Karla Lombardo, Barb McNamara, Scott Mount, Norah Nelson, John Verl McNamara, Sue Mount, Sherry Pritz, Carolyn Repka, Una Ryan, Barb Santucci, Wilma Stout, Wanie Reeverts, Bruce Archer, Julie Ekstam Lyle and students Jana and Leah Mueller and Ulla Olson.
9. Beth Ann Weis Salon & Spa, 4108 Morsay Drive, (815) 387-2700—“Chimerical and Whimsical Tableaux”: An exhibition by nationally-known artist Stephen Warde Anderson featuring scenes of mermaids, fairies and fabulous creatures.
10. The Carriage Barn, 1332 Harlem Blvd., (815) 633-1785—“The Carriage Barn Presents…”: Molly Carter, stitching on paper; Diane Rose Dailing, figure drawing in mixed media; Virginia Hatwich, ceramic sculpture and pottery; Kate Joyce, photography; Jeff Lightcap, original furniture design; Jeanne Ludeke, oil portraits; David Menard, mixed media drawing and Philip Soosloff, mixed media relief sculpture.
11. Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts @ Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., (815) 964-2238—“Live from the Archive on Site”: Charlotte’s Web will feature a viewing and listening space at Katie’s Cup using our colorful signature quilt to add color and warmth. Various artists from live concert recordings 1985-2009 will be featured including Corky Seigel, Silly Wizard, Randy Sabien, Emily Hurd and more. Season tickets will be available for purchase.
12. Chicago Rockford International Airport, 2 Airport Circle, (815) 969-4000—“Faces of West Africa”: Abbie Reese exhibits 22 portraits depicting life in Sierra Leone, West Africa. This series, photographed shortly after the ceasefire to an 11-year civil war, shows the beauty and the resilience of the country and its people.
13. Cholke-dCapri Photography and Fine Art Gallery, 2211 E. State St., (815) 226-9398—“Enchanted Places”: An assemblage of photography, paintings, mixed media and jewelry by artists Bob Cholke, Debra Capriola, Lynn Webb, Roland Poska, Walnut Hulling, Daniele Lavetta Burbach, Lana Ewing, Barbara Berney, Sherry Viktora and Judith Olson, specializing in one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces.
14. Church Street Gallery, 835 N. Church St., (815) 961-8265—“Realism or Not”: Painting, drawing, glass, jewelry, scarves and art objects created by a unique group of women. Featured artists include Christy Andres, Jean Apgar, Marianne Biagi, Barbara Burns, Molly Dillon, K Dyer, Sue Mount, Kathy Maynor Rybicki, Cam Roberts, Mary Rosandich and Peg Sowle.
15. Clabough Photography, 136 N. First St., (815) 962-4776—“Impressionistic Style”: An exhibit featuring impressionistic-style photography by Tom Clabough and original watercolor and mosaic artistry by Jeannie Manetta. “Uniquely Exquisite, Exquisitely Unique” gifts and accents for the home.
16. Coronado Corner, 324 N. Main St., (815) 966-2100—“Raku Gold Pottery”: Shawn and Jim Barbagallo display Raku Gold Pottery (a 16th- and 17th-century
Japanese ceramic technique) in a variety of shapes, forms and vessels.
17. Deborah Newton Studio, 130 N. Second St., (815) 962-1476—“Backyards”: Featuring works by Deborah Newton. Backyards, real and imagined, mine and yours.
18. The Element Rockford, 200 Prairie St., (815) 519-2121—“At the Brewhouse: Universal Elements”: In conjunction with Wallblank.com, Ted Simmering and Pablo Korona, a presentation of elements of the visual and performing arts with jazz musician Harlan Jefferson, Rockford Dance Company, Rockford College Drama Department and more. Featured artists include Barbara Berney, Sarah Hernandez, Jennifer Hillistad, Jordan Kammer, Tom Linden, Susan Meyer, Eliott Porter, Bob Reaven, Natalie Share and JJ Swanson.
19. Emmanuel Lutheran Church Gallery, 920 Third Ave., (815) 963-4815—“Sacred Seeds: The Harvest”: Emmanuel artists and friends explore the metaphor of the harvest as a recurring theme in spiritual traditions across cultures through a variety of media. Special showing of Charles Johanssen’s documentary video Floral Reserve: Aldo Leopold and the Wild Prairie Orchids. Performances by the Tom Mac Quartet, Susan and David Lippert, The Firelight Dimmers, Charlie Englund and others.
20. Golan Liberman Contemporary Art, 2209 E. State St., (815) 979-1944—“Imagine That”: Mirrors, mirrors and more mirrors! Artist Roni Golan plays with the concept of a mirror as an art. Painting on it, breaking it, framing it, writing on it and putting you, the viewer, as the center of each piece. Everything you wanted to know about your reflection and never dared to ask.
21. Inspiration Salon, 2591 N. Mulford Road, (815) 639-9251—“Real and Surreal”: A two-person exhibit featuring the realistic photography “Bugs, Birds & Blooms” by Corwin Holmes and the contemporary surrealism watercolor of Diane Jensen.
22. Irish Rose, 519 E. State St., (815) 964-0480—“Whimsy”: Featured artists include Jesus Correa VII, Jesy Grose, Kathryn Martin, Mark Bond and work from the Rockford Area Arts Council’s ArtsPlace apprentices.
23. Just Goods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903—“Just Art”: Showcasing the Rockford Art Guild’s array of works from digital and contemporary to abstract glass and jewelry. Barbara Berney, Penny Cash, Tim Hagerty, Julie Kennelly, Paula Marsh, Debra Mayer, Joyce Rieken, Bob Silletti, Ken Staaf and others.
24. Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., (815) 964-8280, ext. 10—“Katie’s Cup of Art”: Works by artists Christy Andres, realistic paintings; Debra Mayer, versatile paintings; Dustin Waller, photography; Joyce Bietau-Rieken, realistic paintings; Melodie Mull, impressionist landscapes and floral oil paintings; Peggy Hutton, recycled mixed media collage; Robbie Martin, 3D ceramic work and Stephanie Nordlin, fiber art.
25. Kortman Gallery, 107 N. Main St., (815) 968-0123—“Vanishing Certainty”: Recent paintings and assemblage by John Deill. John’s recent work is a process of layered, translucent acrylic on panel with canvas, found objects and assemblage. Organic colors of gold over white gesso create an ethereal light that resembles encaustic painting. These panels seem almost meditative in process and viewing.
26. Kryptonite, 308 W. State St., (815) 965-0931—“Media Mythology”: An exhibit featuring works by artist Tim Stotz.
27. Midwest Stone Source, 915 23rd St., 815-395-8677—“Formalities”: Rockford artists represented by a variety of media including photography, painting, pottery, wood sculpture, jewelry and artistic light fixtures by Roni Golan, Brad Nordlof, Salem Barker, Cindy Karnitz, Dee Santorini and Robbie Martin.
28. Mimi’s Wine, Art & Gifts, 621 S. Perryville Road, (815) 399-9463—“Mimi and More”: Featured artists include “MIMI” Sandra Brown, watercolor; Wanie Reeverts, watercolor; Kay Kentner, acrylic; June Hibbert, painted wine glasses; Kathryn
Kemp, mosaic and Barbara Santucci, acrylic/mixed media. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and browse a large gift selection.
29. Northern Leaf Imaging, 4801 Boeing Drive, (815) 494-1134—“Where the Streets Have No Name”: Rockford artist Brad Nordlof exhibits his landscape photography from remote locations “Where the Streets Have No Name.” Karen Harding exhibits her vibrant watercolor art.
30. Octane InterLounge, 124 N. Main St., (815) 965-4012—“Hanging By A Thread”: Exotic materials, master craftsmanship, and inspired vision unite in artist Jim Julin’s powerful new series of sculpture.
31. Perfect Frame, 6450 E. Riverside Blvd., (815) 654-8500—“Perfect Expressions Fall ’09”: Art styles include mixed media painters David Coffey, Jeff Quist and Todd Lorenc to pottery artists Robert Sunday and Elaine Arco. See handmade jewelry from Pat Eichman, textile art from Brandon Pair, professional photography from Sherry Pritz and historical/religious-themed art from Jimmy DeCarlos.
32. Pilates by Kelly, 119 N. Madison St. (upper loft), (815) 262-3434—“Stop Thinking & Paint!”: Artist Tracy Gordon will exhibit a large variety of figurative and abstract paintings. Lots of bright colors! Acrylic on canvas. Take the opportunity
to check out the studio and equipment of Pilates by Kelly, located in the heart of Rockford’s River District.
33. Plum Hair Studio, 129 S. Phelps Ave. (Suite 401), (815) 381-7130—An exhibit featuring photography by Nels Akerlund.
34. Poska, 2213 E. State St., (815) 316-2979—“Textures in Silk”: Enjoy hand-dyed, hand-knit silk garments and accessories by Ellyn Ahmer.
35. Possessions, 1642 N. Alpine Road, (815) 399-9190—“We Found It”: The treasures at Possessions include something old and something new, cutting edge jewelry, original art creations, textiles from Egypt and more! Enjoy the fine art of Ingrid Dohm, Jeanne Coe and Cora Hutchinson, the three-dimensional, free-standing collage work of Cathy Prescott, the recycled, upholstered bags of Becky Mongild and the fresh and original furniture art by Jane Hooker. Music will fill the air with acoustic vocalist Jim Hagerty, and there will be a chocolate tasting at 7 p.m. by The Chocolatarian. Bid on
the silent art auction, enjoy live art demonstrations and find your special treasures—international and American.
36. Privileges, 2636 McFarland Road, (815) 395-1437—“Art in Bloom”: An exhibit featuring DeeAnna Villarreal’s paintings on canvas with a floral interpretation of her art created by florist Sandy Taylor.
37. RAW ART, 2622 St. Louis Ave. (corner of Charles and St. Louis)—“Quest”: An exhibit of functional, non-functional, organic metal sculpture in Russ Blahnik’s gallery.
38. Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 102 N. Main St., (815) 963-8111—“Original Rockford; The Creative Community at Work”: Local artists Steve Pitkin, Nick DalPra, Mary McNamara and others interpret the strength and beauty of our region through world-class art.
39. Rockford Art Museum Art Annex, 711 N. Main St., (815) 968-2787—“Eye on Art,” presented by Visual Interest: ArtScene marks the final weekend for this eclectic exhibit of work by Salem Barker, Keith Grace, Shari Grace, Tom Heflin, Javier Jimenez and Jim Julin. From wooden sculptures to traditional paintings to pop culture prints, “Eye on Art” offers a unique survey of working artists in Rockford. Open Friday during ArtScene, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
40. Salvation Army Building, 220 S. Madison St., (815) 963-6340—A multi-media art show featuring Dan Mooreman, Javier Jimenez, Joe Goral, Josh Braun, Ryan Lape, Jesus Correa, Kate Towne, Kayo, Sarah Raskey, Corey Hagberg and others. A silent and live auction of art selections to benefit the N-Center teen program will be held Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
41. Ted Simmering Studio, 200 Prairie St. (second floor), (815) 566-1043—“At the Brewhouse: Moondance”: Ted Simmering in collaboration with Wallblank.com
and the Element presents himself and friends, Maya Simmons, Chris Willey, Tonia Willey, Steve Stender, Tabatha Dougherty, Mark John Hoffman, Nancy McManus Olson, Stuart Roddy, Charles Jones and Dale Sinderman.
42. Tom Littrell Design, 317 Market St., (815) 621-4668—“A Synergy of Interior Design and Original Art”: Experience the relationship of original art and the interior design elements of fabrics, wall coverings, floor coverings and accessories by Tom Littrell and friends.
43. Wall Blank.com Studio, 200 Prairie St. (second floor), (815) 708-8868—“At the Brewhouse: Cover Your Walls”: Wall Blank.com in collaboration with The Element and Ted Simmering present works from local artists and designers featuring Javier Jimenez, Jen Mullin, Matt Jeske, Matt Johnson, Greg Lang, Nicholas Dal Pra and Dave DeCastris.
44. Windsor Apartments, 309 Whitman Street, 815-282-3184—“New Works”: An exhibit featuring works by Ingrid Dohm. Friday night only from 5 to 9 p.m.
45. Womanspace Galleries, 3333 Maria Linden Drive, (815) 877-0118—“Poet’s Pallet”: Feature Dorothy Bock in a one-woman show exhibiting recent paintings inspired by Dorothy’s poetry (Gallery 1), and “Keeping Abreast,” an awareness exhibit of
artworks by local artists exploring breast cancer issues, celebrating survivors (Gallery 3 in New Dimension Gallery). These two exhibits will take place simultaneously at Womanspace Center in adjoining buildings.
From the September 30 – October 6, 2009 issue.