Greenwich Village Art Fair set for Sept. 17-18

Staff Report

The 2011 Rockford Art Museum (RAM) Greenwich Village Art Fair will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18 — rain or shine — on the grounds of RAM, at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

The fair features fine art, live music, a gourmet marketplace, children’s art activities, and food and drink concessions.

A Rockford tradition since 1948, Greenwich is the oldest continuous outdoor fine art fair in the Midwest.

Gates are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Advance tickets are $3 and are available at the RAM Store or any Alpine Bank location. Proceeds support RAM exhibitions and education programs.

Admission to Greenwich Village Art Fair includes free admission to RAM Sept. 17-30; feature exhibition is Rockford Made 4356: Deill/Julin (on view through Dec. 27), highlighting work by self-taught artists and Rockford natives John Deill and Jim Julin.


FINE ART: More than 100 artists from across the country represent 94 artist booths at this year’s fair. Types of artwork represented include paintings, prints and drawings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles, photography, jewelry and more.

A complete list of exhibiting artists is included at the end of this article.

GOURMET MARKETPLACE offers samples and sells Midwest delicacies, including craft beers, herbal teas, gourmet dips and cheeses. Vendors include Maytag Dairy Farms (blue cheese, cheddar cheese); Wind Ridge Herb Farm (dried herbs, herbal teas, dips); The Beaded Zoo (beaded silverware); Dip’n Good Dips (gourmet dips); Market Baskets On The Go (environmentally-friendly baskets); Etim’s Beauty (soaps, lotions); CACAOCUVÉE (fine chocolates); PRP Wine; Q7 Ranch (grass-fed beef); Pasta Cucina (pastas, vinegars, infused oils); and La Paloma Gardens (canned goods).

BOHEMIAN BAZAAR offers affordable vintage finds and work by established and emerging artists in an urban market setting. Vendors include Andek Designs; Fairie Feather Design; Karla Bernard; Lula’s; Red Peacock Designs; Tim Goral; PAWS Humane Society; Judy Bjieck; and Lori’s Recycled Chic.


Artists are judged by category at the fair by 2011 jurors Rachael and Ed “Edmar” Marszewski, Chicago artists, curators and arts organizers. The couple will name winners in the following award categories (announced Sunday, Sept. 18): Best of Show, $1,000; 3-D Functional, $500; 3-D Non-Functional, $500; 2-D, $500; Jewelry, $500; Painting, $500; Photography, $500; and five Honorable Mention awards, $100 each.

Rachael and Ed “Edmar” Marszewski are two artists and curators who run Co-Prosperity Sphere, a contemporary arts center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, and direct Public Media Institute (PMI). PMI publishes Proximity, Materiel and Lumpen magazines, and produces the annual Version Festival. They recently co-founded the MDW (“Midway”) Fair, an alternative festival to Art Chicago. Learn more about Rachel and Edmar at,, or


The Kryptonite Music Stage features live music all day, both days, by local musicians. All shows are included with fair admission. Styles vary, ranging from jazz and blues, to rock and pop, to folk and country.

Following is the complete music schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 17

10:30-11:30 a.m. — Mark Bernard, acoustic guitar

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — S.T.O.R.M., dueling guitar and mandolin

1-2 p.m. — Matthew Santos, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter,

2:30-3:15 p.m. — After 5 Jazz

3:45-4:30 p.m. — Doug Fleming, progressive pop

5-6 p.m. — Empty Pockets,

Sunday, Sept. 18

10:30-11:30 a.m. — Ron Rawhoof, acoustic freestyle,

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Mark Hobbs, contemporary folk

1-2 p.m. — Marbin

2:30-3:30 p.m. — Dorothy Paige-Turner with Joel Ross

4-5 p.m. — Richard Douglas Band, bluegrass


Prismacolor Creations by Kids is a hands-on area where children can make their own take-home art. This year’s theme is Skate Art. Activities are $1 each, which include: Easel Painting, Face Painting, Model Magic Skateboards, Shrinky Dink Fingerboards, Skater Collage, and Tag It!


Kortman Gallery Point Bar serves signature Art Fair cocktails — Love Lemon and Sock Monkey artinis mixed drinks and fine wine. Point Bar also hosts the Greenwich After Hours special event from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, sponsored by Kortman Gallery and Octane, featuring DJ Fuzz and a cash bar.

The Rock River Times Wine Bar offers gourmet appetizer plates featuring Maytag Dairy cheese, Abreo cream puffs and fruit; wine, champagne and brunch cocktails; and a special GVAF gourmet coffee by JavaMania. TRRT Wine Bar also offers two food events from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a Saturday Made-to-Order Crêperie and Sunday Omelet Brunch. Saturday features made-to-order sweet or savory crepes and includes champagne cocktail or coffee; Sunday, individually-prepared omelets, fresh fruit, muffin, plus champagne cocktail or coffee. Each is $7 per person.

Bud Light Village Pub serves grilled sandwiches, hot dogs, brats and burgers (including the popular Maytag Dairy blue cheese burger), veggie burgers, plus beer, wine, soft drinks and gourmet coffee.

Other GVAF vendors include JavaMania Coffee Roastery (espresso, iced coffee); Matt Hey Ice Cream (waffle cones, root beer floats); WE-B-POPP’N Kettle Korn (gourmet popcorn); Wood-Fired Pizza (handcrafted gourmet pizza); Carlyle Brewing Company (micro-brewed craft beers); Bella Luna (Italian baked goods); and Love Lemons (a GVAF tradition of peppermint stick and fresh lemon).

Art Raffle

Tickets also are on sale for the 2011 Art Raffle, $5 each or three for $10. Raffle tickets are available at RAM and J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St. Tickets also will be sold at the fair. The drawing will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m.; ticketholders need not be present to win.

Five winners will be announced, with artwork provided by exhibiting artists Shawn Barbagallo, Rockford; Sharon Burns, Madison, Wis.; Sharon Fujimoto, Amherst Junction, Wis.; John Lamar, Rockford; and Robert Sunday, Roscoe, Ill.


Presenting Sponsor: Alpine Bank

Supporting Sponsors: Prismacolor, The Rock River Times, and SwedishAmerican Medical Foundation

Contributing Sponsors: C&E Specialties, Egg Harbor, JavaMania Coffee Roastery, Kryptonite, Kortman Gallery, Octane, Meridian Implement Co., and The Stone Eagle Tavern

Award Sponsors: Best of Show, Lon and Richard Behr; 3-D Functional, Patty and Bob Rhea; 3-D Non-Functional, Wipfli; 2-D, Women’s Art Board; Jewelry, FRIENDS of Rockford Art Museum; Photography, Rockford Association for Minority Management; Painting, Women’s Art Board; Honorable Mention, Barrick Switzer Long Balsley & Van Evera LLP

Alpine Bank marks its 18th consecutive year as GVAF presenting sponsor. Scott Prine marks his ninth consecutive year as GVAF chairman.


2011 exhibiting artists

More than 100 artists from across the nation will exhibit at this year’s Greenwich Village Art Fair. Types of artwork represented include paintings, prints and drawings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, photography, and more.

Local artists

Jim and Shawn Barbagallo; Salem Barker; Thomas Brain; Joelene Chinn; Joseph Church; Ron Clevenger; Michelle Dorr; Sherrie Dorr; Ann Fee; Keith Grace; Tom Guirl; Karen Vaughn Harding; Tim Hawley; Linda Kelly-Fosse; Norm Knott; John Lamar; Cynthia Linnabary; Julaine Lofquist-Birch; Bob Matthews; Louise Mayhall; Barbara McNamara; Jennifer Mullin; Hironobu Nishitateno; Robert Sunday; Betsy Youngquist; and David Zoberis.

Artists by category

3-D Functional (ceramics, glass, fiber, leather, wood, metal, mixed media): Larry Anderson, Lake Zurich, Ill.; Jim and Shawn Barbagallo, Rockford; John Berglund, South Haven, Minn.; Karen Berglund, South Haven, Minn.; Joel and Karma Brokaw, Kalona, Iowa; Pamela Bronk, Plymouth, Wis.; Sharon Burns, Madison, Wis.; Tom Dumke, Oconomowoc, Wis.; Daniel Edler, Cedarville, Ill.; Paul Eshelman, Elizabeth, Ill.; Sharon Fujimoto, Amherst Junction, Wis.; Tom Guirl, Belvidere, Ill.; Earl Heinz, Warrenville, Ill.; Craig Kitzman, Deerfield, Wis.; Norm Knott, Rockford; Marlys and Richard Kunkel, Richardson, Texas; Cynthia Linnabary, Roscoe, Ill.; Erika Mock, Superior, Wis.; Hironobu Nishitateno, Loves Park, Ill.; Demetra Saloutos, Stoughton, Wis.; Amy Simpson and Rickie Scott, Elgin, Ill.; Kate Strong, Chicago; Robert Sunday, Roscoe, Ill.; and Kathy Thielman and Marcia Burton, West Chicago, Ill.

3-D Non-Functional (includes ceramics, glass, fiber, leather, wood, metal and mixed media): Salem Barker, Rockford; Brenna Busse, Minneapolis; Joelene Chinn, Capron, Ill.; Kiaralinda, Safety Harbor, Fla.; John Lamar, Rockford; Bob Matthews, Belvidere, Ill.; Louise Mayhall, Rockford; Jeff Shawhan, Racine, Wis.; and Betsy Youngquist, Rockford.

2-D Medium includes painting (any medium), printmaking, drawing, photography, collage, mixed media: Michael Anderson and Colin Murray, Madison, Wis.; Ron Clevenger, Machesney Park, Ill.; Sherrie Dorr, Rockford; Russ Erickson, Woodridge, Ill.; Keith Grace, Rockford; Jordan Kammer, Minneapolis; Julaine Lofquist-Birch, Rockford; Jennifer Mullin, Rockford; Gail Osterberg, Plymouth, Wis.; Trent Schmick, Evansville, Wis.; Corrine Smith, Rock Island, Ill.; Scott Westgard, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; and Sylvia Westgard, Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Painting: Henry Bell, Noblesville, Ind.; Joseph Church, Rockford; Eddie Corkery, Villa Park, Ill.; Michelle Dorr, Rockford; Karen Vaughn Harding, Rockford; Gary Hartsfield, Nashville, Tenn.; Richard Helland, Palatine, Ill.; Linda Kelly-Fosse, Harvard, Ill.; Daniel Lager, St. Paul, Minn.; Barbara McNamara, Rockford; Constance Pelcek, Hales Corner, Wis.; Mark Pflughoeft, McFarland, Wis.; H. Dean Willis, West Dundee, Ill.; and David Zoberis, DeKalb, Ill.

Photography: John C. Ames, Chicago; Thomas Brain, Rockford; Rick Canham, Portland, Ore.; Ronald Grobert, Warrenville, Ill.; Bill Lemke, Waukesha, Wis.; and Carol Pflughoeft, McFarland, Wis.

Jewelry: Melsie M. Anderson, Galesburg, Ill.; Melissa Banks, Chicago; Peter Brenner, West Dundee, Ill.; Melanie Brown, Round Lake, Ill.; Sharon Burns, Madison, Wis.; Ann M. Cianciolo, Milwaukee; Debra Debowski, Pewaukee, Wis.; Susie Engwall, Waunakee, Wis.; Ann Fee, Rockford; Michele Friedman, Chicago; Jan Gussin, Killdeer, Ill.; Maggie Joyce, Chicago; Deb Karash, Marshall, N.C.; Barbara Lager, St. Paul, Minn.; Margit Moses, Madison, Wis.; Judy Newton, Brookfield, Wis.; Carrie Notari, Chicago; Susan Richter O’Connell, Sheboygan, Wis.; Jeanette Payne, Port Washington, Wis.; Wanda Pitzele, Hanover Park, Ill.; Leda Rawlins, Madison, Wis.; Ilene Rezman, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; Kathleen Smith and Steve Hedstrom, Farmington Hills, Mich.; Karen Stefanoff, Mendota, Ill.; Ann and Wayne Stoever, Beloit, Wis.; Linda Thevenot, Naperville, Ill.; J.P. Wilds, Dripping Springs, Texas; Lisa Williams, Chicago; and Betsy Youngquist, Rockford.

From the Sept. 14-20, 2011, issue

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