The 65th Rockford Art Museum (RAM) Greenwich Village Art Fair takes place Sept. 14-15, rain or shine, on the grounds of RAM at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., downtown Rockford.
Gates are open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m.-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 Alpine Bank locations and the RAM Store. 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 2013 art fair features more than 145 artists, food and specialty vendors; live music, both days; children’s art activities; Gourmet Marketplace and Bohemian Bazaar vendors; and food and beverage throughout the fair, including at The Rock River Times Bistro, Bud Light Village Pub and Kortman Gallery Point Bar. Alpine Bank is the presenting sponsor for the 21st consecutive year; premier sponsors are CW Blazer Foundation and The Rock River Times. Greenwich Village Art Fair Chairman is Scott Prine.
More than 100 juried artists from across the nation will exhibit at this year’s fair. Types of artwork represented include paintings, works on paper, sculpture, furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, photography, wood, mixed media and more. Artists are judged on the first day of the fair by 2013 Juror Christine Anderson, assistant director of Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee. She is a working artist and recently served as a judge for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Midsummer Festival of the Arts. Awards, including Best of Show and six Judge’s Choice awards, are announced Sunday, Sept. 15. See list of exhibiting artists at the end of this article.
Special events include Greenwich After Hours (Saturday, 6-8 p.m.) at Kortman Gallery Point Bar and Curtains Up! (Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.), presented by Rockford Area Arts Council and featuring the announcements of 2013-2014 programming by local arts organizations.
Kryptonite Music Stage features live music all day, both days, by local musicians. All shows included with fair admission. Styles vary, ranging from jazz and blues, to rock and pop, to folk and country. The 2013 roster features Kelly Steward and the Restless Kind, Micky Rosenquist, Mary J. Harris Trio, Vince Chiarelli, Acoustic Junk with Mark Bernard, Ron E. Rawhoof, Sunday Blues Band, Sarah Abramowitz, and Ryan Swan Trio on the main stage.
The Rock River Times Bistro features music by Empty Pockets, Jimmy Z, Jim Grass, Hilly Jones, Scott Chemello and Dan Dunnavan.
Kortman Gallery Point Bar features Hitmen Unplugged and Doug Fleming.
Creations by Kids, ‘100 Years of RAM’
Creations by Kids, “100 Years of RAM,” 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 that celebrates the centennial of Rockford Art Museum. These hands-on art activities are $1 each, or $5 for all six, and include paper bag helmets inspired by Ed Paschke; paper quilts inspired by the women of Gee’s Bend; Model Magic Lorado Taft Sculptures; Paint Like a Master; Face Painting; and Rockford Art Museum Color by Number.
The Rock River Times Bistro
The Rock River Times Bistro features the Bistro Bloody Mary, fine wines and JavaMania gourmet coffee. Bistro Breakfast — featuring individually-prepared crepes (Saturday) and omelets (Sunday) — are served both days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $7, includes complimentary drink. Live music (see schedule above under “Live music”) at The Rock River Times Bistro both days, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kortman Gallery Point Bar
Kortman Gallery Point Bar features the signature Love Lemon Martini and the Point specialty drink, plus cocktails, mixed drinks and fine wines. Point Bar hosts Greenwich After Hours on Saturday night (6-8 p.m., free and open to the public, featuring a cash bar and music by DJ Fuzz). Live music at Point Bar both days, Hitmen Unplugged (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.) and Doug Fleming (Sunday, 5 p.m.). Point Bar also features the Rockford Area Emerging Artist booth, sponsored by Better Business Bureau, with its own award sponsored by Kortman Gallery; 2013 artists invited by Kortman Gallery to show are Lamarcus Harvey, Sarah Reed McNamara, Jane Weis Proudfoot and Mario Kayo Martinez.
Bud Light Village Pub
Bud Light Village Pub serves grilled fare favorites, including Maytag Blue Cheese Burgers — and Bob’s Big Steak Sandwich (no extra charge to top it with cheddar or Maytag Blue Cheese), plus JavaMania coffee, soda, tea and beer by Budweiser, Michelob and Goose Island.
Food and beverage vendors throughout the fair include Carlyle Brewing Company, Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza, Javamania Coffee Roastery, Matt Hey Waffle Cones, We-B-Popp’n Kettle Korn and Edible Arrangements.
Gourmet Marketplace offers Midwest delicacies including fine chocolates, herbal teas, gourmet dips and cheeses. Vendors include Bella Luna Bakery; Maytag Dairy Farms; CACAOCUVEE fine chocolates; Wind Ridge Herb Farm; Dip n’Good Dips; Annette Jurgeson; Lime Rock Brown Swiss Cheese; PRP Wine; handcrafted cutting boards from Pine Cliff Woodworks; The Beaded Zoo; Etim’s Beauty; and Candle Crest Soy Candles.
Sponsored by Rasmussen College, Bohemian Bazaar offers affordable vintage finds and handmade work in an urban market setting, including booths by Marie Carter, Angel Steege, J. Grose, Heirbloom, Cristi Kniess, One Love Candles, Lori’s Recycled Chic, and Janus Rose.
Tickets are also on sale for the 2013 Art Raffle, $5 each or three for $10. Raffle tickets available at Rockford Art Museum Store, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Drawing (with original artwork provided by exhibiting artists) will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m.; ticketholders need not be present to win.
Presenting Sponsor: Alpine Bank; Premier Sponsors: CW Blazer Foundation, The Rock River Times; Award Sponsors: Lon and Dick Behr, FRIENDS of Rockford Art Museum, WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, Wipfli LLP, Women’s Art Board of Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Association for Minority Management; Supporting Sponsor: SwedishAmerican Foundation; Contributing Sponsors: B103 Radio, C&E Specialties, Children’s Medical Center at Rockford Health System, Prismacolor, JavaMania Coffee Roastery, Better Business Bureau of Rockford, Kortman Gallery and J.R. Kortman Center for Design, Kryptonite Music Club, On the Avenue Marketing, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Peak Sports Club, Rasmussen College and Rockford Mutual Insurance Company.
Admission to the fair also includes free admission to Rockford Art Museum Sept. 14-30; feature exhibition is the museum’s commemorative centennial exhibition, Through the Ages: 100 Years of RAM.
Learn more …
Learn more about Greenwich Village Art Fair 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.
Jurors and awards
Artists are judged by category at the fair by 2013 Juror Christine Anderson. Winners in the following award categories will be announced Sunday, Sept. 15: Best of Show, $1,000; six Judge’s Choice awards, $500 each; and five Honorable Mention awards, $100 each.
2013 exhibiting artists
More than 100 artists from across the nation will exhibit at this year’s Greenwich Village Art Fair. Types of artwork represented include paintings, prints and drawings, work on paper, sculpture, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, textiles, jewelry, photography, mixed media and more.
Jim and Shawn Barbagallo; Salem Barker; Thomas Brain; Joelene Chinn; Ron Clevenger; Annie Fee; Kim Girouard; Keith Grace; Tom Guirl; Karen Vaughn Harding; Jennifer Hillistad; Rachel Keyes; Pam Kehoe-Peterson; Mackenzie Knabe; Norm Knott; John Lamar; Marilyn Lamar; Cynthia Linnabary; John Linquist; Julaine Lofquist-Birch; Louise Mayhall; Kari McDonald; Barbara McNamara; Melody Newton; Hironobu Nishitateno; Bill Thumm; Meghan Turley; Betsy Youngquist.
Artists by category
Ceramics: Jim and Shawn Barbagallo, Rockford; Tom Chamberlain, Brooksville, Fla.; Tom Guirl, Belvidere, Ill.; Earl Heinz, Warrenville, Ill.; Jennifer Hillistad, Rockford; Rachel Keyes, Rockford; Cynthia Linnabary, Roscoe, Ill.; Hironobu Nishitateno, Loves Park, Ill.; Gint Sabaliauskas, Evergreen, Colo.; and Jeff Shawhan, Racine, Wis.
Drawing/Works on Paper: Shannon Blosser-Salisbury, Bethany, Ill.; David Garrison, Burlington, Iowa; Marie Kavadias, Wheaton, Ill.; Taylor Mazer, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Trent Schmick, Evansville, Wis.; Jay Wennersten, Carol Stream, Ill.; Scott Westgard, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; and Sylvia Westgard, Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Fiber/Leather: Pamela Bronk, Plymouth, Wis.; Sue Donohoo, Baileys Harbor, Wis.; Paula Green, Pompano Beach, Fla.; Julaine Lofquist-Birch, Rockford; Louise Mayhall, Rockford; Peter McMasters, Stoughton, Wis.; Erika Mock, Superior, Wis.; Pamela Siehr, Madison, Wis.; and Kate Strong, Chicago.
Furniture: Robert Myrvall, Bark River, Mich.
Glass: Brent Cox, Waterloo, Iowa; Sharon Fujimoto, Amherst Junction, Wis.; Kimberly and David Lotton, Lowell, Ind.; Chris McCarthy, St. Louis; Celeste North, Louisville, Ky.; Vicki Rocker, East Moline, Ill.; Amanda Schleede, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; and Amy Simpson, Elgin, Ill.
Jewelry: Einat Agmon, Buffalo, N.Y.; Viviana Bermudez, Schaumburg, Ill.; Jacqueline Bevan, Round Lake, Ill.; Venus Cramer, Elmhurst, Ill.; Sherry Curtis, Lake Orion, Mich.; Debra Dembowski, Pewaukee, Wis.; Ann Fee, Rockford; Tracy Fenwick, Hernando, Fla.; Kimberly Girouard, Rockton, Ill.; Pam Kehoe-Peterson, Rockford; Barbara Lager, St. Paul, Minn.; Marilyn Lamar, Rockford; Barbara Minz, Campbellsport, Wis.; Annette Morin, Lambertville, Mich.; Margit Moses, Madison, Wis.; Ivona Narolewska, Bridgeview, Ill.; Mark Needham, Louisville, Ky.; Judy Newton, Brookfield, Wis.; Melody K. Newton, Rockford; Donald Pekarek, Algonquin, Ill.; Ilene Rezman, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; Fatima Sharrieff, Tampa, Fla.; Paula Sparks, Madison, Wis.; Karen Stefanoff, Mendota, Ill.; Ann and Wayne Stoever, Beloit, Wis.; Lisa Williams, Chicago; Tess Yeager, Noblesville, Ind.; and Betsy Youngquist, Rockford.
Metal: Kiaralinda, Safety Harbor, Fla.; John Lamar, Rockford; and Demetra Saloutos, Stoughton, Wis.
Mixed Media: Michael Anderson and Colin Murray, Madison, Wis.; Brenna Busse, Minneapolis; Joelene Chinn, Rockford; Ron Clevenger, Machesney Park, Ill.; Rick Cortez, La Grange Park, Ill.; Russ Erickson, Woodridge, Ill.; Diane French, St. Augustine, Fla.; Keith Grace, Rockford; Karen Vaughn Harding, Rockford; Gary Hartsfield, Nashville, Tenn.; Jennifer Johansson, Carbondale, Ill.; Paul Klein, Amherst Junction, Wis.; Mackenzie Knabe, Belvidere, Ill.; Norm Knott, Rockford; Barbara Lash, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Kari McDonald, Rockford; Anne Morris, Moline, Ill.; Mark Pflughoeft, McFarland, Wis.; April Sepich, Germantown Hills, Ill.; and Betsy Youngquist, Rockford.
Painting: Byung Choi, Chicago; Joseph Church, Racine, Wis.; Shirley Guay, Amboy, Ill.; Richard Helland, Palatine, Ill.; Ed King, Miami Beach, Fla.; Daniel Lager, St. Paul, Minn.; John Linquist, Machesney Park, Ill.; Barbara McNamara, Rockford; Laura Meddaugh, Madison, Wis.; Charlotte Fung Miller, Mukwonago, Wis.; Constance Pelzek, Hales Corners, Wis.; Thomas Trausch, Woodstock, Ill.; and Meghan Turley, Machesney Park, Ill.
Photography: James Becia, Mt. Horeb, Wis.; Thomas Brain, Rockford; Tony Casper, Oconomowoc, Wis.; Chris Coffey, Akron, Ohio; Ronald Grobert, Warrenville, Ill.; Bill Lemke, Waukesha, Wis.; Susan Lucas, Cudahy, Wis.; James Meade, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; Chris Maher, Lambertville, Mich.; Carol Pflughoeft, McFarland, Wis.; Paul Prorok, Chicago; James Rasmussen, Mt. Prospect, Ill.; Phil Rego, Lyndon Station, Wis.; and Ann Pedder Reilly, Janesville, Wis.
Sculpture: Salem Barker, South Beloit, Ill.; Bill Thumm, Rockford; and Tom Wargin, Menomonee Falls, Wis.
Wood: Larry Anderson, Lake Zurich, Ill.; John Berglund, South Haven, Minn.; Jerry Farnsworth, Bloomington, Ind.; and Annie Mohaupt, Chicago.
From the Sept. 11-17, 2013, issue