Find Your Space: Womanspace offers Pottery Olympics Sept. 10, Girl Ascending Oct. 1

Gale Ketteler

By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

Saturday, Sept. 10, is a big day for Womanspace. First, our beautiful campus hosts the annual Artists in Action Art Fair and Pottery Olympics. Our members and instructors will demonstrate and sell their paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and other fine crafts, plus the Anjali Pavilion will feature our best potters in friendly competition to see who can throw the tallest cylinder, the largest round pot, and more. That’s Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also try your own hand at pottery (including Raku), try massage, foot reflexology, hypnosis and more!

Then, Saturday night, it’s a benefit Wine Dinner at Wind Ridge Herb Farm. Owner Liz Fiorenza hosts a delicious six-course dinner with complementary wine pairings. See our website for the delicious menu and vegetarian options. Chef Evan from the Forest City Pub will demonstrate cooking with herbs, marinating, and more. Tickets for this fund-raiser are $100 per person, $45 of which is a charitable donation to Womanspace. Do you own a business? Purchase a tax-deductible table for four and bring your best clients or employees!

A new Body Fantastic art exhibit opens Sept. 16 and Clay Bodies in Gallery 3. A special reception will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. As a highlight of these exhibits, photographer and Columbia College Professor Melissa Ann Pinney presents Girl Ascending Oct. 1, with remarkable images of emerging female identity in her new photo-art book. Photographers of all abilities, girls, and their parents should all attend this program. Meantime, this Saturday’s Artists in Action is your last chance to see the Anything Goes exhibit in Gallery 1 and the Red Tent quilts in Gallery 3. Girl Ascending, art exhibits and opening receptions are sponsored by David Boccignone of Ameriprise Financial.

Shinto opens our Lunch and Learn World Religion Series today, Sept. 7, sponsored by Sandra J. Slaga, Attorney at Law. Then, Sept. 21, Jennie Williford shares Vipassana Meditation information about the 10-day course in Pecatonica. Oct. 5, we’ll learn about the Illinois Mentor Home-Host Program for adults with special needs. Dorothy Bock leads her monthly Insight Meditation class Sept. 13, and Dr. Schalow demonstrates Alexander Technique Sept. 20.

Womansong Chorale starts rehearsals Sept. 15, but come to the potluck Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Anjali Pavilion to meet director Roberta Flaherty and her band of merry singers. Sept. 21, we celebrate International Peace Day with an Equinox Labyrinth Walk. Best-selling author Kimberla Lawson Roby shares her latest book, Secret Obsession, Sept. 29. Don’t miss this chance to have your book signed!

Art classes start next week, so visit to register for Acrylic Painting, Make a Horsehair Pot for beginning wheel throwers, Handbuilt Pottery, Watercolor, Drawing, a special Zen and the Art of Painting Saturday artshop with Nancy Von Lugossy, and Raku-Fired Beads starts Oct. 8.

Boys and girls age 9-13 can learn how to Tap Your Troubles Away later this month, then Clay Romp and explore Blue Balliett’s The Calder Game next month.

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,, and

From the Sept. 7-13, 2011, issue

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