Original works of art will be showcased at 35 different locations during Rockford Area Arts Council’s 10th Annual Spring ArtScene Friday and Saturday, April 13-14.
Enjoy new exhibits and view and purchase original works of art in varied media of watercolor, acrylic, wood, sculpture, pottery, furniture, jewelry, photography and multi-media.
Admission is free and hours are 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 13, and 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 14. Nearly 10,000 people attend ArtScene each year.
Following is the complete list of Spring ArtScene venues (numbers correspond with the numbers on the “Downtown Rockford” and “Metro Rockford” maps):
Spring ArtScene venues
1. Abreo Restaurant, 515 E. State St., (815) 968-9463 — “Compositions on Glass”: Rockford artist Randall Correia strives to distill the essence of pattern, color and light in his work. He uses various techniques, including églomisé, collage and translucent layering to bring you expressive and dramatic compositions in oil paint on glass.
2. All Paws Beauty Salon, 130 N. First St., (815) 229-7297 — An exhibit featuring artists Angie and Chris Johnson, acrylic on canvas and pencil sketches; Scott Wenstrom, framed photography and Lawrence, abstract art on canvas.
3. Ameriprise Financial, 6870 Rote Road, Suite 102, (815) 708-6112 — An exhibit featuring artists Tom Littrell, Tabatha Dougherty, Sherrie Dorr, Jennifer Yakes, Charles Finch, Lenny French, Meico Gowan, Jonathan Fassett and Annie Fee’s artisan jewelry. Join Ameriprise Financial for appetizers and music as they celebrate art in their new location.
4. Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, (815) 229-9390 — “Transcending Art”: An exhibit in the upper level gallery featuring Jim and Shawn Barbagallo, Raku pottery and demonstrations; Salem Barker, fine art wood, stone and metal sculpture; Christina Barker, handcrafted natural wax candles, all-natural soap and air freshners; John McNamara, sculpture, and Jason Judd, photographs and installations. Rockford Boylan Catholic High School Senior Portfolio will be showing in the lower level gallery.
5. Atmosphere at East Wind Business Complex, 129 S. Phelps Ave. (building 5, suite 511), (815) 509-3181 — “Art at Eastwind”: Atmosphere, Shenanagains and RenewU will feature various media from Atmosphere’s own Tracy Hoffman and Crystal Venable, Nancy Renwick from Shenanagains, Adrienne Hare, Ann Fee, Cora Hutchinson, Fred Wescott and Jessie Johnson. Also featured will be a “Young Emerging Artists” exhibit from Mason Hoffman, Ashlyn Marrie, Alex Fee, Devin Gonzalez, Kelly Ranum, Savanna Hodowanic and more. Enjoy live music by Jeff Venable.
6. Bennie’s Cleaners, 126 N. First St., (815) 964-3070 — “Transformation”: Featured works by Bob Blosser, acrylic/ink on canvas; Thomas Brain, photography; Joelene Chinn, Socks-That-Rock dolls; Michelle Dorr, acrylics; Julie Ekstam, painting; Marsha Goodheart, mixed media; Anne Johnson, mixed fiber; Gordie Johnson, turned wood; Jim Julin, sculpture; Norm Knott, mixed media; Tom Linden, plein air oils; Cynthia Linnabary, pottery/painting; John S. Linquist, acrylics; Barbara McNamara, oils/watercolor, Scott Mount, watercolor; Sue Mount, watercolor; Norah Nelson, jewelry; Pam Kehoe-Peterson, jewelry; Sherry Pritz, photography; Wanie Reeverts, watercolor; Carolyn Repka, abstract acrylic; Una Ryan, fabric/mixed media; Bruce Santorini, pottery/sculpture; Dee Santorini, pottery/sculpture, watercolor/acrylic and wallstones; Barbara Santucci, acrylic/mixed medium; Wilma Stout, acrylics; Jeffrey D. Swanberg, photography; and Meghan Jones Turley, oil/acrylic painting.
7. Bookworm Café & Bakery, 6685 E. State St., (815) 966-2797 — “Carnival of Creativity”: An exhibit featuring Damion Davis, Leigh Szuch, Benjamin Gifford, Sarah Hoey, Robert Furgason, Tamarra Bavincio-Legge and Sara Blascoe. Enjoy slam poets, comedians, latte, food and ART!
8. Burns Home Studio, 226 N. Gardiner Ave., (815) 397-9480 — “Painting Exhibit”: Paintings primarily in watercolor and acrylic on canvas, realistic and abstract with varied subject matter (priced from $25 to $600) by artists Barbara Gardner Burns, Barb Adam, Chris Howard and Patty Schultz.
9. Church Street Gallery, 835 N. Church St., (815) 961-8265 — “Waiting for Spring”: Original acrylics, oils, photography and digital photographic imaging, displaying vivid colors, motion and imagination. Featured artists include Emil Borys, K Dyer, Polly Freund, Wayman Gulley, Helen Nelson, Paul Pinzarrone, Barry Reithmeier and more.
10. Clabough Photography Video, 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., (815) 962-1476 — “Pure”: Featuring new paintings … pure serenity, pure color, pure loll by Deborah Newton.
12. FotoEnvy/Studio Works, 317 W. Jefferson St., (815) 298-1536 — “FotoEnvy/Studio Works”: An exhibit featuring artists Josiah Sjostrom, Angelica Goral, Joe Goral, Sarah Hoey, Ryan Davis, Greg Farnham, William Woodward, Kellie Logterman, Lyndsay Holm, Brian Milo, Chris Warkocki, TJ Duckett, Nikki Hollander, Trisha Mundt, Christina Ditzler, Kyle Wilson, Drew Eurek and Ron Clevenger.
13. Franchesco’s Ristorante, 7128 Perry Creek Pkwy., (815) 229-0800 — “Franchesco’s and the Arts”: Featuring Alan Franseen of Seen Images displaying landscape photography from the Midwest and Southwest and Joe Mongan exhibiting metalscapes for the garden and art for the home.
14. Ingrid Dohm Studio at Whitehead Realtors, 839 N. Perryville Road, (815) 519-6492 or (815) 227-0137 — “New Works: Still Lifes and Florals” by Ingrid Dohm and “And Why Not?” by photographer Paul Burkholder.
15. Irish Rose Saloon, 519 E. State St., (815) 964-0480 — “The Female Nude”: William Haun received his bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts degrees from Northern Illinois University in the discipline of “Time Arts.” His primary focus was animation and video art. Since then, he has devoted much of his time to more traditional media: painting, printmaking and photography. He teaches graphic design, visual effects and video at the Illinois Institute Schaumburg and Rasmussen College in Rockford.
16. Just A Second Antiques & Accessories, 1710 N. Main St., (815) 978-3071 — “Second To None @ Just A Second”: Nationally-acclaimed artist Tom Heflin will be available Friday evening to sign his prints and books. Kari McDonald of The Paper Button will display fun re-purposed vintage button jewelry, and accessories, and Tina Rippy will showcase her felted wool expertise in scarves, purses and home accessories.
17. Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., (815) 986-0628 — “Espress’yo Self”: Plexiglass ink paintings by Shannon Hoyt, oil paintings on archival photos by Joel Ottman, photography by Jen Gorman and mixed media pieces by Jo Huenkemeier Fox. Katie’s Cup will be open from 5-9 p.m. both nights with live music from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, and poetry from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday.
18. Kortman Gallery at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., (815) 968-0123 — “Intimation(s)”: Kristy Luck’s mixed media paintings and drawings explore figure, form and space with much emphasis on materiality of paint and surface. Abstraction versus representation is a running theme throughout the works.
19. Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St., (815) 965-0931 — “Inspiration Can Come from Anyone or Anything”: Local photographers Ryan Davis, Greg Farnham, Sean Halcom, Bret Konsdorf, Brian Milo, Jason Ommodt, Shawn Petersen, Pablo Korona, Jr Wyatt, Chris Reisetter and Mindy Young have gathered their talents and styles to show you what inspires them. Through their lenses, they have captured a small portion of what has made them who they are today and encourage you to ask yourself: “What Inspires You?”
20. Michael’s Arts & Crafts, 6301 E. State St., (815) 227-1296 — “Michael’s Arts & Crafts Employee Exhibit”: This exhibit will feature “Creations by a Hare,” “A Little Rae of Fun,” current employees and artwork by Rapha Gonzalez. Multiple media from jewelry, painting, photography and needlework will be on display. The show will be viewable during the store’s regular business hours, and items will be available for purchase.
21. Millennium Center for Arts & Recreation, 220 S. Madison St., (815) 316-9090 — “Emerging Young Artists”: Features poets, visual artists and bands from multiple high school artists in the Rockford area as well as vendors Katie’s Piehole Records, KoKoBear Bakery and more. For a full list and detailed times, visit www.RockfordMC.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Millennium-Center-Rockford.
22. North Main Studios, 2500 N. Main St., (815) 519-1809 — “Be a part of our Creative Energy”: Featured artists include John Lamar, metal sculpture; Cruz, pottery; Plain Jane Art, mixed media; Meghan Turley, painting; Drew Helge, glass/mixed media sculpture; John Mattison, photography; Valerie Lemen, painting; Lisa Yarost, fiber arts; Jennifer Dyer, printmaking; Marsha Goodheart, painting; Sarah Hoey, photography; Sable Matula, mixed media; N.A. Schutt, beadwork; Jeanine Hutcherson, photography; Kurt Erickson, digital photography and mixed media; Bobbi Sorensen, photography; Janet Striedl, painting; Brandon Vance, pen and ink drawings; and Marilyn Lamar, jewelry.
23. Octane Interlounge, 124 N. Main St., (815) 965-4010 — “MainfraiM presents In Every Quarter; In All Quarters”: Shedding a new light on forgotten ancestry with story boxes by Jeremy Klonicki and exploring unused spaces with the conceptual photography of Amy Dreibelbis.
24. The Office, 513 E. State St., (815) 965-0344 — “The Full Nelson”: John Nelson, free-lance photographer, grew up in Roanoke, Va., and has found himself living in Janesville, Wis. Since 2009, he has re-developed an interest in photography and began to explore the natural world and everyday life outside of our homes and workspaces. He has invited you to explore his gallery and to share in his continued journey of the world through his eyes.
25. Pirate Ninja Studio, 400 E. State St., third floor, (815) 218-6280 — “50/50”: An exhibit featuring 50 works of art created by 50 artists for $50. You’ll have to see it to believe it! For a list of artists, check out Priate Ninja’s Facebook page, /Pirate Ninja Print Shop.
26. Prairie Street Gallery and Art Matters, 505 Madison St. (entry on Prairie Street), (815) 566-1043 — Artists Co-op presents “Works in Progress” (a little play on words; the co-op is moving one-half block from the Prairie Street Brewhouse to the northeast corner of Prairie Street and Madison). There is a possibility our new space will be in a developmental mode, i.e., work in progress. Check out artwork, also possibly in progress, by Ted Simmering, Teresa Schwiesow, Dale Sinderson, Nancy McManus Olson, Stuart Roddy, Aryn Kresol, Kurt Erickson, Tracy Triplett, Tim Monroe, Tabatha Dougherty, Robert Reaven and Steve Stender.
27. Restoration Café, 625 W. State St., (815) 977-4361 — “The Rock River Valley”: Artist Jim Tsioles features photographic images of the beautiful Rock River Valley. Inspired by the documentary Where We Live.
28. Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., (815) 968-2787 — “Pulp and Pigment: The Realms of Roland Poska”: 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. More than 80 pieces are on display, including many works that helped define his career as well as the medium of paper as an art form. Rockford College art professor David Menard guest curates. On view through May 6. ArtScene hours: Friday until 9 p.m., Saturday until 5 p.m.
29. Rockford Baha’i Center at Highcrest Shopping Center, 1650 N. Alpine Road, (815) 639-9991 — An experience of visual arts, poetry and musical performances with an emphasis on the oppression of Iranians centered on the showing of the documentary “Education Under Fire,” with discussions about the universal right to education. Elise Auerbach, Iran specialist for Amnesty International USA, explained: “One of the most powerful human documentaries I have ever seen … sure to galvanize viewers who will be exposed to an outrage that until now has received little attention — the systematic denial of an entire religious community of the right to pursue higher education in their own country.”
30. Rockford College Art Gallery at Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State St., (815) 226-4105 — “Army of Fleabag Dreamers”: Featuring the works of Rockford-based artists Eddie Fajardo, Corey Hagberg, Joseph Goral, Javier Jimenez and Larry Barr that work in the realm of graffiti street-art, including printmaking, drawing and painting. The artists will create an on-sight mural in the gallery that comments on visual culture while elevating awareness of social and political issues. Musical performances by Vic Monsta, Xen and King of the Demons on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and printmaking demonstration on Saturday at 4 p.m.
31. Social Urban Bar & Restaurant, 509 E. State St., (815) 968-9463 — Presenting an inspired and original collection of work across various media by Rockford native Drew Helge.
32. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent St., (815) 964-2424 — “The Chairs of Tinker Swiss”: Artist Jennifer Mullin-Johansson features multi-media collage art. Tour the home and see some great art.
33. Tom Littrell Design, 317 Market St., (815) 621-4668 — “Play it again, Sam”: The continuing theme at ArtScene is revisited with new paintings, mixed media, prints, art glass, photography and sculpture by artists including Tom Littrell, Tabatha Dougherty, Jennifer Yakes, Lenny French, Therese Rowinski, Charles Finch, Jakob Potter, Meico Gowan, Ron Clevenger, Liz Iven, Tom Smith, Diane Tepper and, of course, some “artists at work” (maybe you) with a backdrop of “musical ramblings.” All showcased with the interior design elements of beautiful fabrics and wall coverings.
34. The Treasure Shop Florist, 1274 S. Alpine Road, (815) 397-6930 — “Spring Flowers at Spring ArtScene”: Alan Williams captures the character of spring and summer botanicals in his floral portraits rendered in watercolor and reverse painted glass panels.
35. Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., (815) 969-1999 — “Art Attack!”: An exhibit featuring artists from the Rockford Art Guild in collaboration with The ELEMENT Rockford. Artists include Barbara Berney, Penny Cash, Vicki Crone, Christina Ditzler, Jennifer Hillistad, Libby James, Mary Jung-Wainwright, Cristi Kniess, Paula Marsh, Debra Mayer, Susan Meyer, Lori Hart-Piper, Kari McDonald, Melinda Peterson-Fluaitt, Cathy Pick, Johwey Redington, Alice Rice and Janus Rose.
From the April 11-17, 2012, issue