Free public opening Oct. 6 for Rockford Art Museum’s ‘Full Circle’

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Full Circle: Little City Foundation” opens at Rockford Art Museum (RAM) with a members’ preview beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, and a free public opening from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6. The show runs through Jan. 3, 2013.

The Center for the Arts at Little City Foundation in Palatine, Ill., has long recognized that creativity knows no boundaries. For more than 20 years, this dynamic organization has empowered and challenged people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through its innovative fine art program. “Full Circle” celebrates the notable achievements of these gifted, but often unrecognized, Little City artists, and explores the ways in which they use art to communicate. Their remarkable talents in outsider art and other genres include painting, sculpture and video. Guest curated by Patty Rhea.

The Oct. 5 members’ preview includes a gallery walk with Frank Tumino of Little City Foundation at 5 p.m., and reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The free public opening Oct. 6 features free admission, late hours for Fall ArtScene, a free gallery walk at 11 a.m., and a free children’s art activity at 11 a.m.

Other exhibit programs include a free public lecture by Mark Bond and Tumino at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8; and a free “No Boundaries: Arts Day for People with Disabilities” from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15.

Following are the children’s classes (all supplies provided by the museum) offered as part of the exhibition:

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2-3:30 p.m. — “Spherical Self”: For ages 6 and older, $8. Recreate the bending and buckling of fun-house mirrors in your own distorted self-portrait as you mimic M.C. Escher’s methods and wrap your warped features onto a sphere.

• Saturday, Nov. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. — “Race, Roll or Fly”: For ages 4 and older, $8. Explore trains, planes and automobiles as inspiration for creative expression. Construct paper airplanes and see how other ways of getting around can transport us to creativity.

• Saturday, Dec. 15, noon-4 p.m. — “No Boundaries: Arts Day for People with Disabilities”: For all ages, free. RAM presents “No Boundaries,” an exciting day of fine arts experiences for people with disabilities, featuring a special performance by Chance to Dance; hands-on art activities; dance workshops; and other fun stations designed for visitors of all ages and abilities. Partners include Rockford Dance Company, Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Rockford Park District.

To register for any of the children’s classes, call RAM Education Coordinator Stacey Sauer at (815) 972-2874 or e-mail

RAM is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily. Admission is $7 adults, $3 seniors and students, free for members and children younger than 12. Groups of 10 or more are $2 per person, and donation day is every Tuesday.

Call (815) 968-2787 or visit for more details.

Posted Oct. 3, 2012

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