Find Your Space: Oct. 19 ‘Escape Into Art’ benefits youth art scholarships

Gale Ketteler

By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

Every year, Womanspace throws a party for art and artists, and you are invited!

The 2012 OutReach for the Arts fund-raiser is Escape into Art at the Hoffman House Oct. 19. Guests will enter a world of music and color, with amazing art, local and regional artists, live music, an abundant hors d’oeuvres buffet, a raffle of five major artworks, plus a silent auction of additional works of art.

Proceeds benefit Womanspace youth art scholarships and art enrichment for senior citizens. Tickets are $60, which includes one free raffle art ticket at the event, available Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Womanspace, via credit card at or (815) 877-0118, and at the door.

This year’s raffle artists for Escape Into Art are Jeanne Coe, Julie Ekstam, Maureen Gasek, Bruce Santorini and Ted Simmering, and raffle tickets are $10 each, or eight for just $50. You pick which art you want to win, so you can increase your odds by putting more tickets on your favorite works of art! Winners need not be present. Sponsors include Focus Financial Advisors, Dick and Kit Conner, David Boccignone-Ameriprise Financial, Brynwood Myofascial Therapy, Vegetarians in Motion, Dr. Lenora Maier and Dorothy Bock.

Visit our campus soon to see not only the raffle art on display in New Dimensions Studio, but also The Bold & the Buddha-ful, an impressive exhibit of Asian-inspired art by Norm Knott and Nancy von Lugossy in Gallery 1. This show is sponsored by David Boccignone-Ameriprise Financial and open during business hours Monday-Thursday until Nov. 8.

“Compass,” by Ted Simmering, one of five featured works by local artists available in the “Escape Into Art: OutReach for the Arts 2012” art raffle.

Come to our first Community Raku Firing this Saturday, Oct. 13, from noon-5 p.m., and visit our website or contact us for details. Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery: Raku begins Oct. 14, but space is very limited. Check our schedule for handbuilt and intermediate pottery, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, basket-weaving, jewelry-making, art lectures and lots more art classes!

Kids will improve their skills with Digital Photography at Anderson Japanese Gardens this Saturday morning, Oct. 13, with Janet Heuer. Then, Oct. 16, parents can learn practical ways to address childhood illness at Reflexology and Kids with Melody Pearson. Adults will learn more about Digital Photography Oct. 20 with Dave Lombardo, and Colleen McDonald explores coping with the loss of a parent Oct. 21 at Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.

Going Veg: Vegetarianism, Veganism and More is our Oct. 17 Lunch and Learn, sponsored by Sandra J. Slaga, Attorney at Law, and Myofascial Release is the topic Nov. 7. Jim Roberts presents The Secret Sound with Tibetan Singing Bowls and other instruments Oct. 22, and you can experience Meditation with Dr. Shanti every other Wednesday evening, Yoga with Una Ryan every Thursday morning, and Evening Yoga for women and men with Keri Knutson Oct. 31.

Coming in November, it’s Faux Illuminated Manuscript, an all-ages artshop with Norm Knott, Doodling for Genius with Karen Gines, and a great day with James Frazier exploring The Wizard and I: Personal and Spiritual Growth on the Yellow Brick Road.

Gale Ketteler is program coordinator and 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 in Rockford. Regular office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Info at (815) 877-0118,, and

From the Oct. 10-16, 2012, issue

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