Find Your Space: Give local holiday gifts or an art class!

By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

There’s still time to shop our annual Holiday Art & Craft Sale Monday-Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Dec. 15. We’re also open this Saturday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, so come discover great original gifts by local crafters and artisans. Men are virtually guaranteed to find something perfect for the women in their lives anytime they shop Gallery2Go, and that’s especially true at this time of year. There is an abundance of incredible and affordable art, jewelry, holiday décor and ornaments, handmade cards, gorgeous textiles, wooden crafts, children’s clothing and toys, magic wands, knitted hats, scarves, slippers and much more. Shop local! It’s a triple win for you, Womanspace, and the artist, plus you might just find something for yourself!

Girls age 9-13 can join our Junior Members for Make Holiday Candy, a fun activity at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 16. The cost is just $15, so come learn how to make several candies you can give as gifts. The girls will go home with samples, but space is limited, so register soon! Then, “get your Aloha on” and register for our five-week Hula Girls class starting at 6 p.m., Jan. 12.

Art Teachers’ Art, a special exhibit featuring Rockford-area art teachers, opens Friday, Jan. 7, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Come view their latest creations, and meet the greatest artists in our community. Then, mark your 2011 calendar for Saturday, Jan. 8. You are always welcome to visit our campus, but this is the day all men, women and children are invited to come and have fun at our Holistic Health Fair and Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can try hand massage, foot reflexology, chair massage and more for a donation, plus learn about our upcoming programs and events, and chat with our members.

Give the gift of creativity with a certificate for an art class at Womanspace! Hand-Built Pottery, Beginning Wheel-Thrown Pottery and Sculpture classes start the week of Jan. 10, and Norm Knott leads an Indoor Fairy House artshop Jan. 15. Painting classes start the following week. Our Bookwoman group discusses The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry at 9:30 a.m., Jan. 12, so read this mystery over the holidays, and then come share your insights about Towner Whitney and her eccentric family in Salem, Mass.

The annual Womanspace OutReach for the Arts fund-raiser is Feb. 25, 2011, and this year’s event is titled Art2Go. The youth art scholarships have been expanded to three age categories for boys and girls age 9-11, 12-13 and 15-18. Winners will receive certificates for $100 toward art classes at Womanspace, $20 for art classes at Rockford Art Museum, and $50 for art supplies. Students must be nominated by their art teacher, and the deadline to submit art is Feb. 1, 2011. For entry requirements and a nomination form, e-mail or call (815) 877-0118.

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Gale Ketteler is program coordinator & 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. Regular office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Info at (815) 877-0118, or

From the Dec. 8-14, 2010 issue

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