The 2012 Rockford Art Museum (RAM) Greenwich Village Art Fair takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, rain or shine, on the grounds of RAM at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., downtown Rockford.
Gates are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Admission at the gate 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. All proceeds support RAM programs throughout the year.
A Rockford tradition since 1948, Greenwich is the oldest continuous outdoor fine art fair in the Midwest. The 2012 event features more than 100 juried artists; live music, both days; children’s art activities; 20 Gourmet Marketplace and Bohemian Bazaar vendors; and food and beverage vendors, including The Rock River Times Bistro, Bud Light Village Pub and Kortman Gallery Point Bar.
New this year is a booth exhibiting four local emerging artists, sponsored by Better Business Bureau of Rockford.
The 64th Greenwich Village Art Fair is dedicated to the creativity and kindness of Rockford artist Jim Julin (1956-2012).
Alpine Bank is the presenting sponsor for the 19th consecutive year; premier sponsor is CW Blazer Foundation; and GVAF Chairman is Scott Prine.
More than 100 artists from across the nation will exhibit at this year’s fair. Types of artwork represented include paintings, prints and drawings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, photography and more.
Artists are judged on the first day of the fair by juror Julie Ganser, director of advising, programs and outreach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Awards, including Best of Show and six Judge’s Choice awards, are announced Sunday, Sept. 16.
Exhibiting artists, vendors and attractions are included below.
Vendors and attractions
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. The 2012 roster features Derek Luttrell, The Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo, Ron Rawhoof, Hope Despite, Craig Tuttle, Richard Douglas Band, After Five Jazz, Steve Stapler and Empty Pockets. The Rock River Times Bistro also features music by Harmonic Movement, Mark Bernard and Jim Grass.
Creations by Kids, sponsored by Children’s Medical Center at Rockford Health System and Prismacolor, is an area where children can make their own take-home art based on this year’s theme, Space Art. These hands-on art activities are $1 each, or $5 for all six, which include paper bag astronaut helmets; alien creations; Model Magic planets; easel space painting; alien faces; and galaxy painting.
The Rock River Times Bistro features fine wines and a gourmet Bloody Mary bar. TRRT Bistro offers special events both days, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $7 each. These Bistro Breakfasts offer individually-prepared crepes on Saturday, omelets on Sunday, served with complimentary champagne or coffee.
Kortman Gallery Point Bar features signature cocktails like the Love Lemon and Sock Monkey ARTinis.
Bud Light Village Pub serves grilled fare favorites.
Food and beverage vendors throughout the fair include Carlyle Brewing Company, Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza, JavaMania Coffee Roastery, Matt Hey Ice Cream and We-B-Poppin Kettle Korn.
Gourmet Marketplace offers Midwest delicacies, including fine chocolates, herbal teas, gourmet dips and cheeses. Vendors include Bella Luna Bakery; Cacaocuvee fine chocolates; Lime Rock Brown Swiss Farm cheeses; Pasta Cucina; and Wind Ridge Herb Farm.
Bohemian Bazaar offers affordable vintage finds and handmade work in an urban market setting, including booths by Andek Designs of Rockford; Candle Crest Soy Candles of Rockford; Etim’s Beauty of Rockford; Fairie Feather Design of Belvidere, Ill.; Lula’s of Rockford; Jessica Knudsen of Rockford; Sharon Lippert of Roscoe, Ill.; Red Peacock Designs of Rockford; PAWS Humane Society of Rockford; and Sacred Mocs handmade by Tim Goral of Grand Detour, Ill.; and Sherry’s Fairies of Rockford.
Tickets are also on sale for the 2012 Art Raffle, $5 each or three for $10. Raffle tickets available at RAM Store and at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St. Drawing will be held at 3:45 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16; ticketholders need not be present to win. Five winners announced, with artwork generously provided by artists Shawn Barbagallo, Thomas Brain, Sharon Fujimoto, Ilene Rezman and Robert Sunday.
Free admission to Rockford Art Museum
Admission to the fair also includes free admission to Rockford Art Museum Sept. 15-16; feature exhibitions are 2012 Rockford Midwestern and Into the Light: Illinois Glass.
Learn more about GVAF at www.rockfordartmuseum.org/gvaf. Connect with Greenwich Village Art Fair and its artists, vendors and musicians at facebook.com/greenwichvillageartfair and twitter.com/gvaf_artfair.
More than 100 artists featured
More than 100 artists from across the nation will exhibit at this year’s Greenwich Village Art Fair, held rain or shine, Sept. 15-16. Types of artwork represented include paintings, prints and drawings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, photography and more.
26 local artists (eight new)
Rockford — Jim and Shawn Barbagallo, Salem Barker, Thomas Brain, Joseph Church, Michelle Dorr, Annie Fee, Karen Vaughn Harding, Tim Hawley, Michael Idzikowski, Pam Kehoe-Peterson, Norm Knott, John Lamar, Julaine Lofquist-Birch, Barbara McNamara, Melody Newton, Bill Thumm and Betsy Youngquist.
Loves Park — Hironobu Nishitateno and Johwey Redington.
Machesney Park — Ron Clevenger and Meghan Turley.
Roscoe — Tabatha Dougherty and Cynthia Linnabary.
Belvidere — Tom Guirl and Mackenzie Knabe.
Capron — Joelene Chinn.
Artists by category
3-D Functional (category includes ceramics, glass, fiber, leather, wood, metal, mixed media) — Larry Anderson, Lake Zurich, Ill.; John Berglund, South Haven, Minn.; Karen Berglund, South Haven, Minn.; Joel and Jordan Brokaw, Kalona, Iowa; Pamela Bronk, Plymouth, Wis.; Sharon Burns, Madison, Wis.; Brent Cox, Waterloo, Wis.; Tom Dumke, Oconomowoc, Wis.; Daniel Edler, Cedarville, Ill.; Jerry Farnsworth, Bloomington, Ind.; Sharon Fujimoto, Amherst Junction, Wis.; Nancy Gardner and Burton Isenstein, Oak Park, Ill.; Tom Guirl, Belvidere, Ill.; Earl Heinz, Warrenville, Ill.; Robin Kittleson, Geneva, Ill.; Marlys and Richard Kunkel, Ribera, N.M.; Julaine Lofquist-Birch, Rockford; Peter McMasters, Evansville, Wis.; Erika Mock, Superior, Wis.; Hironobu Nishitateno, Loves Park, Ill.; Susan Otterson, Janesville, Wis.; Luke Proctor, Mount Horeb, Wis.; Gint Sabaliauskas, Evergreen, Colo.; Demetra Saloutos, Stoughton, Wis.; Amy Simpson and Rickie Scott, Elgin, Ill.; Vivian Smith, Madison, Wis.; and Kate Strong, Chicago.
3-D Non-Functional (category includes ceramics, glass, fiber, leather, wood, metal, mixed media) — Jim and Shawn Barbagallo, Rockford; Salem Barker, Rockford; Brenna Busse, Minneapolis; Joelene Chinn, Capron, Ill.; Kiaralinda, Safety Harbor, Fla.; Norm Knott, Rockford; John Lamar, Rockford; Cynthia Linnabary, Roscoe, Ill.; Johwey Redington, Loves Park, Ill.; Jeff and Bruce Shawhan, Racine, Wis.; Bill Thumm, Rockford; Thomas Wargin, Menomonee Falls, Wis.; and Betsy Youngquist, Rockford.
2-D Medium (category includes collage, mixed media, drawing, printmaking) — Michael Anderson and Colin Murray, Madison, Wis.; Ron Clevenger, Machesney Park, Ill.; Russ Erickson, Woodridge, Ill.; Tim Hawley, Rockford; Don Hodges, Viroqua, Wis.; Jennifer Johansson, Carterville, Ill.; Brenda Klein, Ada, Mich.; Mackenzie Knabe, Belvidere, Ill.; Gail Osterberg, Plymouth, Wis.; Mark Pflughoeft, McFarland, Wis.; Vicki and Jim Rocker, East Moline, Ill.; Trent Schmick, Evansville, Wis.; Scott Westgard, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; and Sylvia Westgard, Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Painting — Joseph Church, Rockford; Michelle Dorr, Rockford; Tabatha Dougherty, Roscoe, Ill.; Karen Vaughn Harding, Rockford; Gary Hartsfield, Nashville, Tenn.; Michael Idzikowski, Rockford; Jordan Kammer, Minneapolis; Daniel Lager, St. Paul, Minn.; Anastasia Mak, Chicago; Barbara McNamara, Rockford; Laura Meddaugh, Madison, Wis.; Constance Pelcek, Hales Corners, Wis.; Meghan Turley, Machesney Park, Ill.; and H. Dean Willis, West Dundee, Ill.
Photography — Jim Becia, Mount Horeb, Wis.; Thomas Brain, Rockford; Rick Canham, Portland, Ore.; Ronald Grobert, Warrenville, Ill.; Bill Lemke, Waukesha, Wis.; Susan Lukas, Cudahy, Wis.; Chris Maher, Lambertville, Mich.; Carol Pflughoeft, McFarland, Wis.; Paul Prorok, Chicago; Jim Rasmussen, Mount Prospect, Ill.; and Ann Pedder Reilly, Janesville, Wis.
Jewelry — Melsie M. Anderson, Galesburg, Ill.; Melissa Banks, Chicago; Peter Brenner, West Dundee, Ill.; Debra Debowski, Pewaukee, Wis.; Susie Engwall, Waunakee, Wis.; Annie Fee, Rockford; Kelly and Linda Jenkins, Indianapolis; Pam Kehoe-Peterson, Rockford; Barbara Lager, St. Paul, Minn.; Annette Morrin, Lambertville, Mich.; Margit Moses, Madison, Wis.; Ivona Narolewska, Bridgeview, Ill.; Judy Newton, Brookfield, Wis.; Anita Elaine Peters, Barrington, Ill.; Wanda Pitzele, Hanover Park, Ill.; Ilene Rezman, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; 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.
Greenwich Village sponsors
Presenting Sponsor: Alpine Bank; Premier Sponsor: CW Blazer Foundation; Award Sponsors include Lon and Dick Behr, WilliamsMcCarthy, Wipfli, Women’s Art Board, FRIENDS of Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Association for Minority Management, and Kortman Gallery. Supporting Sponsors: SwedishAmerican Medical Foundation, The Rock River Times; Contributing Sponsors: C&E Specialties, JavaMania Coffee Roastery, Kortman Gallery, Kryptonite, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center; Creations by Kids; Sponsors: Children’s Medical Center at Rockford Health System, Prismacolor; Emerging Artists Sponsor: Better Business Bureau; and Bohemian Bazaar Sponsor: Rasmussen College.
From the Sept. 12-18, 2012, issue