Rockford Area Arts Council’s 24th Annual Fall ArtScene will showcase original works of art at 40 different locations throughout the Rockford area Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15.
Hours are 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, and 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday. Admission is free.
Enjoy new exhibits and original works of art in varied media of watercolor, acrylic, wood, sculpture, pottery, furniture, jewelry, photography and multi-media.
Nearly 10,000 people attend ArtScene each year.
Following is a list of 2011 Fall ArtScene venues. The number prior to the venue corresponds to the “Metro Map” and the “Downtown Map.”
2011 Fall ArtScene venues
1. Aardvark Studios, 1109 Railroad Ave., (815) 961-9060 — An exhibit of paintings and sculptures by Andrew Langoussis, portraits and beyond by Vincent Chiaramonte, and Nancy Benson displays her fiber art and grand opening of her new studio.
2. Abreo Restaurant, 515 E. State St., (815) 968-9463 — “The Machine”: A behind-the-scenes look at the preparation and delivery of the fine dining experience at Abreo Restaurant featuring photography by Rockford artist Roger Corrigan.
3. All Paws Beauty Salon, 130 N. First St., (815) 229-7297 — An exhibit featuring artists Scott Wenstrom, framed photography; Rebecca Osterberg, oil on canvas; Brooke Mendez, pencil drawings; and Angie and Chris Johnson, acrylic on canvas and pencil sketches.
4. ArtSpace West Gallery, 1426 N. Main St., (815) 963-1984 — “Let’s Celebrate — ArtSpace West Gallery Turns 4!”: Join in the celebration as the gallery features an eclectic mix of artists whose multi-faceted works have been featured since ArtSpace West’s opening at Fall ArtScene in 2008. Enjoy works in metal, wood, glass and multi-dimensional sculpture as well as oils, pastels, watercolors, photography, art-to-wear, jewelry and more.
5. Atmosphere @ East Wind Business Complex, 129 S. Phelps Ave. (Building 5, Suite 511), (815) 509-3181 — “Art at Eastwind”: Various media from Atmosphere’s own Tracy Hoffman and Crystal Jefferies, Adrienne Hare’s “Creations by a Hare,” Annie Fee’s Uniquely Handcrafted Jewelry, Pat Rodger’s Blooming Treasures, Cora Hutchinson, Shenanagains’ Nancy Renwick, Joyce Gibbons, Jessica Johnson, Rae Glenn, Jessica Teske, Douglas Adcock and Fred Wescott. Live music by Jeff Venable and appetizers from Texas Roadhouse.
6. Bennie’s Cleaners, 126 N. First St., (815) 964-3070 — “Upstairs, Downstairs: A Collection of Friends”: Featured works by Shannon Blosser-Salisbury, Joelene Chinn, Julie Ekstam, Karen Gines, Marsha Goodheart, Anne Johnson, Gordie Johnson, Jim Julin, Jeremy Klonicki, Norm Knott, Tom Linden, Cynthia Linnabary, John S. Linquist, Karla Lombardo, Jeannie Manetta, Barbara McNamara, Scott Mount, Sue Mount, Pam Kehoe-Peterson, Sherry Pritz, Wanie Reeverts, Carolyn Repka, Una Ryan, Bruce Santorini, Dee Santorini, Barbara Santucci, Wilma Stout, Jeffrey Swanberg and Meghan Jones Turley.
7. Carpenter’s Place, 1149 Railroad Ave., (815) 964-4105 — “Heart and Hope”: Michael Wertz returns with exciting new photos added to his original collection of prints from his days of homelessness. Also, The House of Hope, made of amazing photographs of community members from every walk of life by photographer Jim Spelman, will be on display. Complementing these photo exhibits will be an intriguing mix of artwork by homeless guests from Carpenter’s Place.
8. Cholke dCapri Photography & Fine Art Gallery, 2211 E. State St., (815) 226-9398 — “In 2D and 3D”: An exciting mix of photography, mixed media, tactile objects and jewelry by artists Bob Cholke and Debra Capriola, Barbara Berney, Sherry Viktora, Annette Conley, Lorraine Miller, Kim Girouard, and artists from Ashville, N.C.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Australia; Ireland; and others.
9. Church Street Gallery, 835 N. Church St., (815) 961-8265 — “Realism or Not”: Works by “Realism or Not Artists” in styles ranging from precise realism to abstraction using varied media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, drawing, ink, silk and stained glass.
10. Clabough Photography, 136 N. First St., (815) 962-4776 — “Impressionistic Photography”: An exhibit featuring impressionistic style photography by Tom Clabough.
11. Deborah Newton Studio, 130 N. Second St. (at Market Street), (815) 962-1476 — “New Original Work on Canvas”: Featuring special works for new collectors by Deborah Newton.
12. Ditullio’s Italian Market & Café, 2207 E. State St., (815) 399-2080 — “Kermit’s Wine and Spirits”: Artist Jamie Zander-Tarara will exhibit a variety of acrylic paintings and multimedia drawings from two different series of work. Her artwork combines bold colors with different styles and textures to highlight her imagery.
13. Emerson House on the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center campus, 420 N. Main St., (815) 964-9713 — “Beadwitched”: Showcasing Lana Ewing’s dazzling one-of-a-kind handmade beaded and vintage jewelry; and “Gallery C” Karla Clark’s unique paper mosaics, decoupaged plates, handmade jewelry and crocheted purses.
14. Emmanuel Lutheran Church Celebration Room Gallery, 920 Third Ave., (815) 962-6129 — “Beyond the iCon”: Who or what is “iconic” to you? Join Emmanuel artists and friends to see what they’ve been working on for this very unique exhibit — exploring the classic and maybe a little kitschy thrown in. Live performances and fabulous food will be offered both Friday and Saturday.
15. The Frame Shoppe/Gallery, 1641 N. Alpine Road, (815) 398-8400 — “Hand-Drawn Portraits”: Illustrator/Fine Artist Mary Flock Lempa, from La Grange, Ill., will be creating 9-inch by 12-inch pencil portraits from 20- to 30-minute sittings for a special ArtScene price. Drop-ins during the event are welcome, or call The Frame Shoppe Gallery in advance to place your reservation for a sitting.
16. Ingrid Dohm Studio at Whitehead Realtors, 839 N. Perryville Road, (815) 519-6492 or (815) 227-0137 — An exhibit featuring new watercolors and acrylics by Ingrid Dohm and street photography and landscapes by photographer Paul Burkholder.
17. iRent Real Estate Group, Inc., 1444 Myott Ave., (815) 708-6115 — “The Experimental Senses”: An exhibit featuring artists Isaac Velasco and Tim Atwell, mixed media and tattoo art; Ashley Arch, mixed media; and Red Peacock Designs featuring wearable green jewelry. Also showcasing photographers, edible art, sculptors, performance artists and musicians.
18. Irish Rose Saloon, 519 E. State St., (815) 964-0480 — “From Old Rock River to the Rose”: An exhibit featuring 30 years of Irish Rose commercials.
19. Kortman Gallery at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., (815) 968-0123 — “25: Rittenhouse @ Kortman”: An exhilarating exhibition of selected works by Cherri Rittenhouse, first artist and curator of the Kortman Gallery, marking the 25th anniversary of the gallery. These dynamic and exuberant paintings represent works created by Rittenhouse over the past 25 years.
20. Kryptonite Music Lounge, 308 W. State St., (815) 965-0931 — “Emerging Visual Artists Project presents: Fall ArtScene Gallery”: An eclectic collection of works featuring Kurt Erickson, digital photography; Scott Payne, painting/mixed media; Doug Adcock, mixed media; Cynthia Nelson, stencil art; Adam Cox, colored pencil/mixed media; and Jennifer Dyer, printmaking.
21. Maximum Performance, 104 S. Madison St., (815) 985-3645 — “Divinity”: About a balance between physical and spiritual understanding of the human condition; about learning and understanding the divine gifts given to each of us and how these gifts make us individuals. This show is a celebration of individualism featuring artists Lenny French, David Zoberis Sr., Mark Snodgrass and Mark Johnson.
22. MedicineMan/510 Studios, 510 E. State St., (815) 969-0960 — “The Disquieted Few” announce the theme for this year’s annual exhibition, “Trigger Event.” The art will focus on the concept of phobias and the psychological catalysts that cause or inspire these often irrational fears. Each piece contributed will explore the cause and effects of traumatic circumstances and how these events shape the perception of our environment, presented in a variety of media including photography, painting, sculpture and video.
23. Michael’s Restaurant & Bar, 4002 E. State St., (815) 962-6419 — “Art in the Bar … It’s a Whole New World”: The wellness art of Jeanne Coe has taken an added dimension. It is also recognized as healing art — the balance and color help us all feel good. Ed Riddle’s sculptures promote his own wellness through metal. Ed’s strong, sturdy designs are ever-changing, as metal changes with the elements.
24. Millennium Center for Arts & Recreation, 220 N. Madison St., (815) 316-9090 — “Celebrating ART”: Featured artists include Patrick Garcia, quick sketches, free-style art and exhibits of portraits; Diane Currier, hand-painted furniture and home décor including children’s fantasy pieces; Keith Skaggs presents art squared — your favorite pop culture icons in miniatures; Pamela Marie Skaggs, original semi-abstract pastels; Bob Coffey, outdoor photography; Misty Swift, performer, illustrator, seamstress and fiber artist; Theresa Rowinski, murals and paintings; and Jennifer Mullin, mixed-media collages. Check out Open Mic with Dustin Currier and enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine. The Spot Café will also be serving homemade chili and desserts.
25. North Main Studios, 2500 N. Main St., (815) 319-2271 — Join studio and guest artists for North Main Studios’ fall gallery and live music by Michael Atteberry, Christiaan Brown Letsinger and Jesus Correa. Featured artists include John Lamar, metal sculpture/painting; Meghan Jones Turley, painting; Cruz, mixed media sculpture; Mike Montavon, jewelry/metalwork; Jane Hooker, mixed media; Ben P, metal sculpture; Drew Helge, glass sculpture; John Mattison, photography; Valerie Lemen, painting; Lisa Yarost, fiber art/mixed media; Kurt Erickson, digital photography; Allison Johnson, jewelry; Carolyn Repka, painting; Jim Worland, custom guitars; Jesus Correa, painting; Bobbi Sorenson, photography; Micheal Sheppard, painting; AvaBelle’s Bliss, art/accessories, and Thomas Brain, photography.
26. Northern Leaf Imaging, 4801 Boeing Drive, (815) 494-1134 — “Season”: New works from Bradley Nordlof’s travels featuring brilliant photography and new paintings in radiant watercolors and soft goods by Karen Harding.
27. The Office, 513 E. State St., (815) 965-0344 — “Sister Act”: A show featuring work by two sisters. Jeanine Hutcherson will display her photography and Orian Hutcherson will display her mixed media.
28. Pilates by Kelly, 119 N. Madison St., upper loft, (815) 262-3434 — “Lost in Translation”: Experience eclectic abstract interpretations transversing worlds of colors and darkness featuring artists Terry Anderson and Kelly Fuca.
29. Pirate Ninja Print Shop, 400 E. State St., third floor, (815) 218-6280 — “Disposable”: Disposable cameras are all that were used in this show. The cameras were modified to meet the artists’ needs, but once the film was developed, they couldn’t alter the photos in any way. Join in celebrating true creativity with a PhotoBooth from FotoPirates, a catered bar from Kryptonite and getting a chance to meet all the artists to pick their brains. Featured artists include Amanda Eckburg, Bobbi Sorensen, Brandon Maylum, Brian Arroy, Brian Milo, Britney Lindgren, Erica Sharp, Greg Farnham, Jarrod Hennis, Jesus Correa, Mossy Vaughn, Ryan Davis and Sarah Furman.
30. Poska, 2213 E. State St., (815) 316-2979 — “86’d — An Abandoned Art Exhibition”: Timeworn character combines with new innovation in the latest manifestation of MainfraiM design. Artists Jeremy Klonicki and Carmen Turner shed new light on the archaic, unveiling an original line of lighting elements that will inspire the place you inhabit. From ashes to earth, these relics — once on the brink of being lost — are transformed into lamps, pendants, sconces and chandeliers, ready to illuminate mind and space.
31. Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St., (815) 566-1043 — “Fairytales”: The Prairie Street Gallery will open its newest exhibit featuring artists’ interpretations of fairy tales, fantasy and fable through the visual arts and theater with Art Matters Coop artists Ted Simmering, Nancy McManus Olson, Teresa Schwiesow, Kurt Erickson, Tabatha Dougherty, Dale Sinderson, Stuart Roddy, Robert Reaven, Steve Stender, Charles Jones and Tracy Triplett. Guest artists include Aryn Kresol, Roni Golan, Dan Herro and Joe Pelka. Performing artists (at 8 p.m. each evening) include “Interactive Improv” fairy tales performed by The Usual Suspects on the second floor in the Prairie Street Brewhouse.
32. Restauro Salon, 6160 E. Riverside Blvd., (815) 877-1000 — “Creative Genes”: An exhibit in mixed media featuring artists Sherrie Dorr, Marco Basurto and Michelle Dorr.
33. Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 102 N. Main St., (815) 963-8111 — “Drawing for Real — Realistic Portraits of Rockford’s Citizens”: Maya F. Simmons has worked many years with the Rockford Area Arts Council’s ArtsPlace youth arts apprenticeship program as a mentor and visual arts instructor. Her portraits focus on capturing the essence of the sitter in banal locations and situations.
34. Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., (815) 968-2787 — “Rockford Made 4356: Deill/Julin”: Born on the same day, in the same year — April 3, 1956 — in the same Rockford hospital, this exhibition celebrates Rockford artists John Deill and Jim Julin. Recipients of the Jessica Holt Purchase Award. Both are represented in the RAM Permanent Collection. Deill is a self-described painter with sculptural tendencies. Self-taught artist Julin is a sculptor best known for his monumental work in RAM’s sculpture garden, titled “The Big Chair.” Show runs through Dec. 27.
35. Shear Renewal, 2209 E. State St., (815) 596-0180 — “Scenes of Anderson Japanese Gardens”: Photographer Jeff Anderson and Rockford MELD have partnered to create an exhibit of photographs that showcase the beauty and tranquility of Anderson Japanese Gardens. This exhibit will feature the prints contained within MELD’s 2012 calendar, which will be for sale at the exhibit. All calendar proceeds benefit Rockford MELD.
36. Social Urban Bar & Restaurant, 509 E. State St., (815) 708-0877 — “Carnivatarians”: An exhibit featuring works by Rockford artists’ Joe Goral and Corey Hagberg.
37. Stems Floral Design Gift & Gallery and Evian Rain Salon & Spa, 4001 Perryville Road, Suite A — “The Rain”: Artists Tim Hawley, Karen Hilliard, Sherin Pearce, Jim Spelman and Kimberlee Glendenning feature works in metal art, painting, photography, jewelry and floral art.
38. Tom Littrell Design & Art Studio, 317 Market St., (815) 621-4668 — “Artists at Work”: This exhibit features Tom Littrell, Tabatha Dougherty and special guest artists. Experience a unique integration of fine arts and interior design as artists will be working LIVE at the studio. Visiting artists will have work on display in the gallery and will be actively producing in their chosen media.
39. Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., (815) 969-1999 — “Hall ’n Arts: Artfully Inspired”: A testament to the civilizing nature of art, featuring works by members of the Rockford Art Guild and The Element Rockford. Artists include Barbara Berney, Ron Clevenger, Vicki Crone, Noreen Dixon, Stella Dobbins, Doe Dummer, Chuck Gregory, Lori Hart-Piper, Paul Henderson, Jennifer Hillistad, Amy Holmquist, Libby James, Karolyn Kentner, Cristi Kniess, Kristi Marsala, Paula Marsh, Debra Mayer, Kari McDonald, Susan Meyer, Jane Peterson, Barry Reithmeier, Connie Rounds, Ray Schulz, Alice Rice, Sherry Viktora and poet Tim Hughes. Also, an exhibit in various media and styles by “Eight Create” featuring Colleen Benthal, Barbara Gardner Burns, Dolores Cascio, Dolores Dummer, Mercedes Gyorkos, Jan Johnson, Diane Muender and Millie Peterson.
40. William Brown Lofts, 226 S. Main St., (815) 670-1850 — “Art at Home”: Featuring works in mixed media from the resident artists of the William Brown Lofts.
From the Oct. 12-18, 2011, issue