‘Pulp and Pigment: The Realms of Roland Poska’ opens Feb. 3 at Rockford Art Museum

Staff Report

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) will open “Pulp and Pigment: The Realms of Roland Poska” with a members’ preview and reception Friday, Feb. 3, and a public opening Saturday, Feb. 4.

The members’ preview Feb. 3 begins with a gallery walk at 5 p.m., followed by a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The public opening Feb. 4 runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features free admission, a free gallery walk at 11 a.m., and a free children’s art activity at 11 a.m.

The exhibit will remain on display through May 6.

Rockford artist Roland Poska’s pioneering work in the field of handmade paper establishes him as an important figure throughout the Midwest and the nation. For nearly five decades, Poska’s work has explored themes of color, nature and egalitarianism on a monumental scale.

Pulp and Pigment” showcases many of the works that helped define Poska’s career as well as the medium of paper as an art form. Rockford College art professor David Menard guest curates this exhibition.

RAM is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, and can be reached at (815) 968-2787 or online at www.rockfordartmuseum.org. Gallery and store hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, free to members and children younger than 12, and free to everyone every Tuesday. Admission is $2 per person for groups of 10 or more.

Pulp and Pigment’ children’s classes

RAM will offer the following children’s classes in conjunction with the “Pulp and Pigment” exhibition:

Pulp Painting! — Saturday, Feb. 25, 2-3:30 p.m., ages 5 and older: Learn the exciting process of pulp painting. Using tissue paper combined with water, you will deconstruct paper into pulp and sculpt it into a new piece of artwork.

Plantable Pulp Cards — Saturday, March 24, 2-3:30 p.m., ages 5 and older: Get ready for spring in this class. Using a stencil and screen, make a shape using handmade paper. Incorporate veggie or plant seeds into the shape. When it’s dry, paint and decorate your shape and glue it to a card. Once the ground thaws, plant your card in the soil to make a beautiful garden.

Rock, Scissors, Paper Coil Baskets! — Saturday, April 28, 2-3:30 p.m., ages 6 and older: Transform a normal everyday basket into a modern work of art. Using paper coils, build a basket in whatever shape you like. Large or small, fat or thin … no two are alike.

Children’s classes are $8 per class or $20 for all three classes. All supplies are included. To register, call Stacey Sauer, RAM education coordinator, at (815) 972-2874.

From the Feb. 1-7, 2012, issue

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