Find Your Space: Get artsy this winter at Womanspace!

By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

Winter’s cold is the perfect season for students of every age to explore their artistic sensibilities with a class, lecture or exhibit at Womanspace.

Beginning Wheel-Thrown Pottery starts Jan. 12, Sculpture class begins Jan. 13, new Acrylic and Oil Painting instructor Tom Harrison starts teaching Jan. 25, and new Watercolor instructor Sue Gilbert Abare shares her first lesson Feb. 1.

Saturday Artshops include Norm Knott inspiring all ages to build an Indoor Fairy House Jan. 15, Oil Painting Jan. 22, and the popular Raku-Fired Beads starting Jan. 29. Dorothy Bock shares a fascinating Art Lecture on Edward Hopper Jan. 13 with his “Nighthawks” diner and other iconic American images.

Our three-week series of Saturday Red Tent Quilt Block Parties starts Jan. 29. Inspired by Anita Diamant’s book, this quilt will be on display at our Red Tent Events June 21-26. You may come to just one session, no sewing experience is necessary, and the final date (Feb. 12) is open to our Junior Members as well. These girls, ages 9-13, have special programs every month, just for them!

Get in the Aloha spirit with Hula Girls classes that start Jan. 12. There’s also a Hawaiian-style Popcorn and Movie Night Jan. 28 where the girls will learn how to make (and eat!) pu-pu snacks.

Our Junior Members are also the lucky recipients of one of eight gifts given to the Rockford community by the Junior League of Rockford. Girls On Their Way! meets Feb. 5 and is a fun leadership and community service session filled with team building, silliness, crafts and munchies.

Author Susan Mavity offers a book reading and signing Jan. 18. The Light Within chronicles her personal journey through illness to healing. Author and joy fairy Kelly Epperson will instruct us in The Science of Happiness Feb. 7, and Lunch and Learns meet Jan. 19 with an intro to Self Defense for Women, plus Feb. 2 with Ven. Thich Phuoc Tri teaching us about Vietnamese Buddhism. Feminist theology (sic) fans won’t want to miss “The Sacred Female,” the first night of Cakes for the Queen of Heaven Jan. 30. This 11-session monthly course for women is offered in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford. The primary question is: How would your life have been different if, when growing up, the divine had been imaged as female?

Our annual Art2Go outreach event is Feb. 25, and teachers must submit youth art scholarship nominations by Feb. 1. Details are at Stop by during office hours to view the six major artworks in Art2Go, plus purchase raffle and event tickets, or visit anytime. Art Teachers’ Art, a special exhibit featuring Rockford-area art teachers is in Gallery 1 through Feb. 16, and Why I Love Art Youth Art Exhibition & Scholarship Contest will appear in Gallery 3 starting Feb. 7, with a special closing reception March 4. Please “Like” us today at

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 Jan. 12-18, 2011 issue

Enjoy The Rock River Times? Help spread the word!