By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist
Every year, Womanspace throws a big party for art, artists and art education, and YOU are invited!
This year’s OutReach for the Arts fund-raiser is Art2Go Friday, Feb. 25, from 6-9 p.m., at the Hoffman House Banquet Hall. Raffle tickets ($10 each or eight for $50) are on sale now at Womanspace and www.womanspace-rockford.org for six major works of art worth $800-$1,500, and you choose which art you want to win.
Guests at Art2Go will enjoy entertainment, two complimentary glasses of wine, a bountiful array of hors d’oeuvres, plus the opportunity to bid on 30 stunning works of art in a silent auction, all hosted by Jeannie Hayes of media partner 13 News-WREX. Major sponsors include the Law Office of Jim Black and Associates, Midwest Acupuncture & Pain Treatment Center, Dick & Kit Conner, Alpine Bank and State Farm Agent Lisa Mawyer.
“Why I Love Art” Youth Art Exhibition & Scholarship Contest is on view now through the March 4 closing reception in Gallery 3 at Womanspace, and scholarship awards will be presented at Art2Go. This is your last week to see Art Teachers’ Art, a special exhibit featuring Rockford-area art teachers in Gallery 1, where the new Women: Circling the World exhibit opens March 4.
There’s a Red Tent Quilt Block Party for all ages Feb. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No sewing experience is necessary, and blocks will be added to a quilt for display at our Red Tent Events June 21-26. We are also publishing a Red Tent Anthology for these events. All adult female writers are invited to submit non-fiction and poetry for consideration by the March 1 deadline. See http://www.womanspace-rockford.org/pages/publications/pdfs/RTAnthology.pdf for the Call for Writers.
EarthMatters meets today at noon to learn more about sustainable coffee production and consumption. Because of the blizzard, our World Religion Lunch and Learn on Vietnamese Buddhism with Ven. Thich Phuoc Tri has been rescheduled for Feb. 23. Learn about TMS Therapy for Depression Feb. 16, and Public Media and the Changing New Scene with Susan Stephens of WNIJ March 2. You can Bring a Friend for Free to these programs! Cakes for the Queen of Heaven meets Feb. 27 with “In the Name of the Mother and the Daughter,” and is open to women wondering what it would have been like to grow up in a world where the divine was imagined to be female.
Dorothy Bock presents an Art Lecture on Salvador Dali Feb. 17, an Oil Painting workshop Feb. 19, and Life Drawing starts March 2. Dee Santorini leads the all-ages artshop Sculpting Totems and Guardians March 5, and our Junior Members (girls age 9-13) will become the Hostess with the Mostest Feb. 22.
March is Women’s History Month, and Womanspace presents Khadija: First Woman of Islam March 1, Perfect Children: Childcare in Historical Perspective with Professor Beth Ingle March 7, and Ahab’s Wife for Bookwoman’s March 9 discussion. See www.facebook.com/Womanspace and find your space at Womanspace!
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. Regular office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Info at (815) 877-0118, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.womanspace-rockford.org.