‘Between Heaven & Earth’ opens at Rockford Art Museum Jan. 18

Staff Report

Michelle Feder-Nadoff: Between Heaven & Earth” will open with a members’ preview Friday, Jan. 18, and a free public opening Saturday, Jan. 19, at Rockford Art Museum (RAM), 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

The Jan. 18 members’ preview begins at 5 p.m. with a gallery walk with the artist, followed by a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Jan. 19 free public opening runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with a free gallery walk from 11 a.m. to noon. The exhibit remains on display through April 14.

Chicago native and RAM Permanent Collection artist Michele Feder-Nadoff’s exploration of art has taken her from lost wax casting, embroidery and sculpture, to repetitive drawings with sumi-e ink on paper. This retrospective follows Feder-Nadoff’s body of work, from her start at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to her current work with traditional coppersmithing in Mexico. As her artistic style evolves over the years, the creations still ebb and flow with familiarity, capturing beauty in all forms.

Following are details about the children’s classes for “Between Heaven & Earth”:

Heavy Metal — 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, ages 6 and older: You don’t have to listen to heavy metal to have fun in this class! For generations, Mexican artists have been creating bright, bold artwork out of metal. Learn the art of Mexican metal tooling and create a piece of your very own.

Just Sumi — 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2, ages 6 and older: Discover two traditional forms of Japanese art in this hands-on class. Put a modern spin on the art of sumi-e painting (a form of Japanese painting with a bamboo brush) — and then get a little fishy with gyotaku (Japanese fish prints).

Pennies from Heaven — 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 6, ages 8 and older: Put a new twist on an old art form! Long ago, many homes were decorated with “penny carpets” made of stitched-together scraps of fabric that were cut into circles by tracing pennies. With altered fabric scraps, you’ll make your own penny carpet. (Bring an old T-shirt to class, if desired.)

Cost is $8 per class or $20 for all three classes. All supplies are included. To register, call (815) 972-2874.

For more about RAM, call (815) 968-2787 or visit www.rockfordartmuseum.org.

From the Jan. 16-22, 2013, issue

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