Find Your Space: Discover ‘Our City, Our Story’ at Womanspace

Gale Ketteler

By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

Rockford native Pablo Korona produces, shoots and edits Our City, Our Story, short videos of local individuals who exemplify the character of our community far better than negative media reports. The videos feature the music of Daniel James McMahon, who scored the Oscar Award-winning film Undefeated with Miles Nielsen. Come to this special Arts @Anjali event at Womanspace Thursday, Sept. 20, to meet Pablo and see his impressive stories. You’ll be proud to be from Rockford!

September is Suicide Prevention Month and artist Norm Knott brings No More Bullies! The Trevor Project to Womanspace Sept. 25. Discover what you can do to make a difference at this important evening, recommended for adults, and boys and girls age 12 and older.

Girls age 9-13 will have a blast blinging out school binders and pens Sept. 15 at U-Journal: Visions of You. Moms and daughters (age 9 and older) can learn how to protect themselves at Self-Defense for Women and Girls starting Sept. 13. Learn or review your skills, find empowerment with simple techniques, and practice on a police officer at the final class!

There’s also an Art Lecture on Roy Lichtenstein at noon Sept. 13 with Dorothy Bock, and she starts Acrylic/Oil Painting: Pomegranates, Persons, Portraits that night. Karen Gines returns to teach Acrylic Painting Tuesday mornings starting Sept. 18, and Sue Abare teaches Watercolor Tuesday afternoons starting Oct. 2.

Pottery classes now meet nearly every day (or night!) of the week in our brand-new clay studio in the lower level of New Dimensions art building. From beginning to advanced students, beads to Raku, Womanspace has a pottery class for everyone starting the week of Sept. 16.

Zombie fans can create garden ghouls Oct. 6 and 20 in Halloween Sculpture, and JoyRox Sept. 29 is a family-friendly artshop that is a cross between street art, pet rocks and geocaching. Come by yourself, or bring the kids!

The Bold & the Buddha-ful is an exhibit of Asian-inspired art by Norm Knott and Nancy von Lugossy in Gallery 1, sponsored by David Boccignone-Ameriprise Financial with a special opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21. Come for refreshments and meet the artists! Guest musician Jim Roberts will play at the reception, and then serenade labyrinth walkers, along with Celtic harpist Michael Peterson, at the Fall Equinox and International Peace Day Celebration led by Barrie Carter Gibby that same evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring a flashlight to find your way through the pine forest.

Professor Kanwal Prashar presents a World Religion Lunch and Learn: Taoism and Confuscianism Sept. 19, and Tarot for Personal Meditation meets with Jan Heuer Oct. 3, sponsored by Sandra J. Slaga, Attorney at Law. Womansong Chorale begins rehearsals with director Roberta Flaherty for all interested singers Sept. 20, and you won’t want to miss Connie Wenger, who returned from her Peace Corps stint in the Republic of Georgia and will share her experience Sept. 18 at Changing Direction at 60.

Gale Ketteler is program coordinator & marketing specialist at Womanspace, a not-for-profit founded in 1975 and located on a 7-acre campus a half-mile west of Rock Valley College off Spring Brook and Applewood at 3333 Maria Linden Drive, Rockford. Regular office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Info at (815) 877-0118,, and

From the Sept. 12-18, 2012, issue

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