Find Your Space: Womanspace presents India Fest and OutReach for the Arts

By Gale Ketteler

Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist Celebrate the culture and art of India from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, at India Fest. Womanspace hosts this special art reception and open house featuring the Jhoole Weavers art exhibit and much more on our campus. The public is welcome to explore three art exhibits in both buildings, plus visit with special groups and businesses associated with the country, culture and food of India.

Jhoole Weavers (pronounced ju-LAY) is photography by Rockford native Hannah Warren. The exhibit also features the gorgeous textiles produced at the Jhoole Weaverís Cooperative, a fair trade womenís collective where Warren has provided the weavers with funds to purchase their own material. This has allowed them to design, sell and wear saris they themselves have created, for the first time in their lives. Jhoole started with four employees and now employs more than 100 women. Proceeds from purchases will benefit both Jhoole and Womanspace. Items include note cards of Warrenís photographs at Jhoole, ìup-cycledî silk sari scarves ($20), crushed cotton scarves they have woven and block printed ($20), plus original Jhoole silk fabrics. This exhibit is presented in collaboration with the Rock Valley College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) program, and is partially supported by a grant from the Rockford Area Arts Council, which receives support from the City of Rockford, the Illinois Arts Council and its members. If you have an India connection and would like to participate in India Fest as a sponsor

($100) or vendor ($25), e-mail Non-profits and individuals may present information about India free of charge. India Fest is your chance to tell your story of India! OutReach for the Arts, our annual arts fund-raiser, is Feb. 26 with a fun theme of Carnivale  des  Beaux-Arts. Raffle tickets for the six major works of art are on sale for $10 each, or eight for $50. Stop by our campus to see these amazing masterpieces by Dorothy Bock, Cynthia Linnabary, John Verl McNamara, Sue Mount and Philip Soosloff. You may also preview them at Winners need not be present at the event, and each raffle ticket has a spot to m a r k which artwork you want to win. Tickets for the event at H o f f m a n House are $50 and include delicious food, music and entertainment. More than 20 additional art pieces will also be presented in a silent auction that night. Proceeds benefit Womanspace and help support art scholarships for area youth. Sponsors include Dick and Kit Conner, Midwest Acupuncture and Pain Treatment Center, Riverside Dental Center, and Alpine Bank. Plan now to join us at Anderson Gardens March 13 for Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas. Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost debuts her film about this Tibetan art form. Guests can view an exhibit of thankas, enjoy the film followed by a conversation with Leidenfrost, plus make Tibetan prayer flags to take home. Visit our Web site to learn more about this and everything happening at Womanspace, your place!

Gale Ketteler is program coordinator and marketing 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 Feb. 10-16, 2010 issue

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