Rockford’s Fall ArtScene set for Oct. 1-2

Admission is free; hours are 5-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, and 3-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2

From press release

Fall ArtScene showcases original works of art at 40 different locations across the Rockford area from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, and 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2. Admission is free.

ArtScene provides a unique opportunity for all kinds of people to get together, meet great artists and see many different types of art at one time in a festive, casual, cool and fun environment.

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, 11 new and cool galleries and studios will be exhibiting great art.

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The Rockford Area Arts Council (RAAC) supports, promotes, and develops the arts for everyone in the northern Illinois region. The RAAC is guided by the vision of a community in which everyone enjoys and participates in the arts—and a community in which successful artists and arts organizations contribute to the vitality of the economy and quality of life. RAAC can be reached at (815) 963-6765.

Following are the Fall ArtScene 2010 locations (numbers correspond to locations on the “Downtown Rockford” and “Metro Rockford” maps on page B5):

1. A Movable Feast/Kiki B’s, Edgebrook Center, 1641 N. Alpine Road, (815) 227-0102: Featured works by Dave Marinelli. As Marinelli explained: “Painting is constantly weaving itself into my life with an ebb and flow I have yet to understand. I know it stems from inspiration, and inspiration can come from beauty. I am inspired by things I am directly involved with. Music and musicians have played a large part in my work in the past; before that, it was my close friends, artists both past and present, and my frenetic surroundings when I lived in Chicago and Boston. And now, the inspiration has shifted to my son and his journey. Painting helps me understand life a little bit more by bringing stillness and appreciation.”

2. Aardvark Studios, 1109 Railroad Ave., (815) 961-9060—An exhibit of works by Andrew Langoussis (top floor) and paintings and drawings by Vincent S. Chiaramonte and Kathleen Rietz (first floor).

3. Anderson Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, (815) 229-9390: “Cloud Shifting”—An exhibit featuring recent works by Sarah Stewart.

4. Artspace West Gallery, 1426 N. Main St., (815) 963-1984: “Beauty from the Earth”—View Kevin Richard’s big, bold abstraction of floral in textured acrylics in miniature. Then, witness the expanse of our universe through the soft pastel landscapes of Ray Schulz and the organic surreal images of Paul Henderson. Illuminate your look with silver treasures from Rock Snake by Dominic Dal Pra. Get in touch with the earth experiencing clay creations by Studio 19 artist Emily Gross and the magnetism of Erica.

5. Bennie’s Cleaners, 126 N. First St., (815) 964-3070: “Steaming up the Windows at Bennie’s Loft”—Featured works by Julie Ekstam, Karen Gines, Marsha Goodheart, Tim Hagerty, Marcus Harrington, Ann Johnson, Gordy Johnson, Meghan Jones Turley, Jim Julin, Pam Kehoe-Peterson, Norm Knott, Tom Linden, Cindy Linnabary, Karla Lombardo, Jeannie Manetta, Barbara McNamara, Scott Mount, Sue Mount, Norah Nelson, Ulla Olson, Wanie Reeverts, Carolyn Repka, Una Ryan, Shannon Salisbury, Dee and Bruce Santorini, Barb Santucci, Wilma Stout, Jeff Swanberg and John Verl McNamara.

6. Brian Thomas Photography, 4230 Charles St., (815) 395-1105: “A Day in the Life of a Business”—Using a photojournalist approach, Brian photographed the staff, production lines and rare details of a business, then created a collage of the images to tell its unique story. The businesses highlighted range from a shoe repair business to a welding company and everything in between; all of which are locally owned in the Rockford region. Also, Walnut Hulling will be exhibiting his latest acrylics, one of which is the first in a new series of Rockford scenes of the 1930s and 1940s.

7. Brio Restaurant, 515 E. State St., (815) 968-9463: “stARTrevolution presents: 3 Cities”—A collective exhibition of artists from Chicago, Milwaukee and Rockford including photographers Marta Shumylo, Matt Kuehl and Erin Kirkpatrick. Exhibition hours are from 5 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Oct. 1, and from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Oct. 2.

8. Building 5 at East Wind Business Complex, 129 S. Phelps Ave., (815) 509-3181: “Creations by a Hare plus Friends”—Featured artist Adrienne Hare exhibits mixed media at Atmosphere Nails.Hair as well as friends’ creations in Building 5 at East Wind Business Complex.

9. Church Street Gallery, 835 N. Church St., (815) 961-8265: “Realism or Not”—An exhibit of works in watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oil, glass, jewelry and scarves. Featured artists include Jean Apgar, K Dyer, Mary Rosandich, Coy Stevens, Peg Sowle and more.

10. Clabough Photography, 136 N. First St., (815) 962-4776: “Impressionistic Style”—An exhibit featuring traditional and impressionistic-style photo-painting on canvas by Tom Clabough.

11. Coronado Performing Arts Center/The Element Rockford, 314 N. Main St., (815) 968-0595: “Art and Ornament”—Rockford Art Guild members and independent artists, sponsored by The Element and Coronado Theatre, exhibit an eclectic collection of art and ornament in the beautiful Coronado lobby. Featured artists include Barbara Berney, Penny Cash, Stella Dobbins, Jennifer Hillistad, Amy Holmquist, Libby James, Julie Kennelly, Karolyn Kentner, Sandy Larson, John Linquist, Barbara Manne, Debra Mayer, Susan Meyer, Jane Peterson, Todd Reicher, Alice Rice, Joyce Rieken, Mary Rosandich, Ken Staaf, Sandi Uram and Sherry Viktora.

12. Deborah Newton Studio, 130 N. Second St., (815) 962-1476: “Soothing & Wild…Past, Present, Future”—Featuring original signature works by Deborah Newton.

13. Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., (815) 964-9713—Enjoy paper mosaics and decoupage paper art by Karla Clark and unique beaded jewelry by Lana Ewing. Open Saturday only from 5 to 9 p.m.

14. Emmanuel Lutheran Celebration Room Gallery, 920 Third Ave., (815) 962-6129: “Rhythms of the Earth”—Emmanuel artists and friends present a new multi-media exhibit that focuses on rhythm, beat and movement. Friday and Saturday will feature live music and food with David Stocker leading a drum circle Friday evening.

15. Faerie Feather Design, 761 Boz Way, Belvidere, Ill., (815) 289-7567. Not participating/last-minute cancellation.

16. Ingrid Dohm Studio at Whitehead Realtors Building, 839 N. Perryville Road, (815) 519-6492—“New Works” by Ingrid Dohm and “Landscapes, Whimsy” by photographer Paul Burkholder.

17. Interiors, 5950 E. State St., (815) 227-9290: “Local Artists at Interiors”—An exhibit of contemporary, nature-based art, cityscapes and landscapes by artists Deb Bobzien and Ron Wick.

18. iRent Real Estate Group Executive Offices, 1444 Myott Ave., (815) 243-2758: “Visionary Visuals”—An exhibit featuring abstract, optical, organic, repetition, geometric, bright colors, water colors and oil paintings by Danielle Burbach and more.

19. Irish Rose Saloon, 519 E. State St., (815) 964-0480: “The Big Splash”—Exciting, original paintings by Charlotte Hackin, international artist and author of Stay Young to 100—a book for all ages.

20. Jim Spelman Studios, 4001 N. Perryville Road, Suite F, (815) 509-0863: “Edge of Light-Series 1”—Jim Spelman captures the hidden essence of flowers, landscapes and objects provocatively lighted and exquisitely printed in sizes and prices to fit any room and any budget. All giclee prints are signed, numbered and in limited edition.

21. JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903: “Larger than Life”—Artist Bounsay Pipathsouk exhibits hand-drawn, life-size (5-foot to 6-foot) photorealistic portraits of celebrities. Unbelievable talent for detail!

22. Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., (815) 964-8280: “Katie’s Cup of Art”—Works by Margaret Hutten, two- and three-dimensional mixed-media collage; Stephanie Nordlin, one-of-a-kind purses, snow-dyed scarves, art quilts and jackets from recycled clothing; Ashley Smith, form insulation sculptures, raku, oil and ink; Aryn Kresol, color and black-and-white photography; Paul Henderson, paintings; and Barb Taylor, decorated gourds.

23. Kortman Gallery at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., (815) 968-0123: “Suburban Still Life”—In his mixed-media work, inspired by life in Rockford, Matthew Johansson discusses the nature of reality and reflects upon the walls we construct around ourselves and their invalidity.

24. Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St., (815) 965-0931: “EVAP: Leaving the Cocoon”—An eclectic collection of works from the new Emerging Visual Artist Project (EVAP) featuring Randi Chatfield, Drew Eurok, Joseph S. Goral, Emily Haasch, Sara Johnson, Trevor Kuborn, Dan Moorman, Cynthia Nelson, Annie Rudolph, Keith Skaggs, Bobbi Sorenson and Meghan Jones Turley.

25. Medicine Man/510 Studios, 510 E. State St., (815) 969-0960: “Welcome to the Dragon Bar”—Grand opening of the Dragon Bar Interior Design Studio featuring Sally Bradley. Original artwork silk screen on canvas from the animated mind of Jason “Mossy” Vaughn. Chris Guarino, known locally for his body castings and sculptures, is back to showcase amazing photographs from his newest endeavor “The Mask Project.” Amazing sculptures and tapestries from native son and world-renowned artist Roland Poska. Great Human Race “Declaration of Interdependence” signing station to pledge to end prejudice and violence. Rumor has it that Pistol Pete may be on board for the opening night Friday.

26. Midwest Stone Source, 915 23rd St., (815) 395-8677: “Completely Artistic”—Dee Santorini, Robbie Martin, Brad Nordlof, Salem Barker, Rose Johnson and Christian Barker exhibit art to enhance your home and personal décor.

27. North Main Studios, 2500 N. Main St., (815) 519-1809: “North Main Studio Artists and Special Guests”—Featured artists include Ron Clevenger, abstract paintings; Jesus Correa, painting on found objects; Rachel Doherty, painting; Meghan Jones Turley, painting/drawing; Bret Konsdorf, photography; John Lamar, sculpture/painting; Valerie Lemen, painting; Ericka Moore, painting/mixed media; and Jon Wenger, photography.

28. Northern Leaf Imaging, 4801 Boeing Drive, (815) 494-1134: “A New Look Into Fall”—Bradley Nordlof exhibits his fine art landscape photography and Karen Harding exhibits her vibrant watercolors.

29. Perfect Frame, 6450 E. Riverside Blvd., (815) 654-8500: “Perfect Expressions Fall 2010”—Featuring mixed media painting, jewelry art, textile art, photography and more by artists David Coffey, Jimmy DeCarlo, Lisa Glynn, Todd Lorenc, Brandon Pair, Jeff Quist, Nikki Robinson and Mark West.

30. Pirate Ninja, 400 E. State St., Third Floor Gallery (entrance in alley), (815) 979-3743: “Pirate Ninja Robots Attack Rockford!!!!”—Avast Ye! Scallywag, Landlubbers, Powder Monkeys and Scourge of the Seven Seas! Get your sea legs ready for this piracy! Join the gang of Pirate Ninja Print Shop, Jarrod Hennis and Robot House: James Ford, Jason Nonnenmann, Ken Klopack, Brandon Hanson and David Valente. Also featuring Corey Hagberg. All hands on deck for art, rum, music, posters, apparel and more!

31. Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St., (815) 277-9427: “Art in the Brewhouse”—A variety of local artists from “8 Create” show their work in the old brewhouse.

32. Prairie Street Gallery at Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St., (815) 566-1043: “3D at the Prairie Street Gallery”—A group exhibit featuring work by Art Matters Artist Coop members Ted Simmering, Teresa Schwiesow, Tabatha Dougherty, Chuck Jones, Nancy McManus Olson, Stuart Roddy, Dale Sinderson, Maya Simmons, Steve Stender, Mark John Hoffman and guests Scott Long, Salem Barker, Dillion Coulahan, Joe Pelka, Chris Paxton and Jennifer Yakes.

33. Restoration Café, 625 W. State St., (815) 977-4361: “Perry”—3-D mixed media by Perry Pitney. Artwork on display will not be for sale.

34. Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., (815) 968-2787: “Spaces Within”—Imagery relating to the architecture of interior spaces will be explored through the work of fellow Chicago artists Richard Hull and Nicholas Sistler. Both present unique imagery composed of intimate spaces, angles, planes, bold perspectives and exuberant color. The principles of geometry are further evident in a selection of paintings from the RAM Permanent Collection by Gordon Dorn and Michiko Itatani. A selection of bronzes from David Kotker (1961-2005) add a sculpture element to the exhibition. Curated by Patty Rhea. (Show runs through Jan. 9, 2011.)

35. Social Urban Bar & Restaurant, 509 E. State St., (815) 708-0877—Showcasing new works by Javier Jimenez. First 50 guests will receive a free, limited-edition, hand-pulled screen print.

36. Stellar Models, 3505 N. Main St., (815) 708-8173: “Stellar Photography”—Showcase of local photographers and models featuring Bill Gibson, Tom Holubek, Tom Vogeli and Alvin C. Jacobs Jr.

37. Swank Boutique & Gallery and Nest, 218 and 218 1/2 E. State St., (815) 978-1742: “Up in Odds”—Trek upstairs for a SWANK mix of odd treasures, recycled art, photography, paintings, textiles, body art and linoleum cut prints. Featured artists include Bill Dorn, Groovy Again/Jackie Gonzales, Roxxi Recycles/Rose Havens; Valerie Lemen, Cara Martin, Ericka Moore, Dan Moorman, Craig Samuelson, Michael Smuck, Joseph Tallman, Meg Turley, Tom Valiulis and Susannah Wilson.

38. Tom Littrell Design, 317 Market St., (815) 621-4668: “Play it Again”—New paintings and mixed media by Tom Littrell and other original art by friends including photography and glass all in an atmosphere of beautifully designed fabrics and wall coverings.

39. & the Vintage Print Shop, 200 Prairie St., (815) 708-8868: “A Portrait of Early Baseball in America”—A captivating collection of prints of vintage baseball images—photos, cards and more.

40. Waterside Building, 124 Water St., (312) 451-3445: “My Father Dreamed History in Dots”—Frank Winslow (1921-2009), artist, entrepreneur, restaurateur, chef, raconteur had an ability for graphic art since childhood. Frank’s own, unique interpretation was expressed by using a hot needle, attached to a tool iron, to burn shallow/deep, congregated/dispersed varying numbers of dots into leather. Some of his works are stark; others are colored with the application of artists’ oil paints. During his lifetime, Frank never showed nor sold his work. A few special friends and family were gifted a few pieces. The collection is a portion of his more than 190-piece catalogue.

41. Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive, (815) 877-0118: “35”—Will feature a celebration by Womanspace artists (Gallery 1 in main building); and “Nature Works” featuring art works by Cindy Hughes (Gallery 3 in New Dimension Gallery). These two exhibits will take place simultaneously at Womanspace Center in adjoining buildings.

From the Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2010 issue

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