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Greenwich Village draws 6,500, despite rain

September 18, 2013

Staff Report

Despite one day of rain, the two-day (Sept. 14-15) Greenwich Village Art Fair on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, drew 6,500 patrons (5,000 Saturday, 1,500 Sunday). Last year’s event drew 8,000, although weather was perfect both days.

The event, in its 65th year, included 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, Kortman Gallery Point Bar.

Proceeds from the fair benefit all programs of Rockford Art Museum. Alpine Bank was the presenting sponsor for the 21st consecutive year; premier sponsors were CW Blazer Foundation and The Rock River Times. Greenwich Village Art Fair Chairman was Scott Prine.

Types of artwork represented in the fair included paintings, works on paper, sculpture, furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, photography, wood, mixed media and more. Artists were judged on the first day of the fair by 2013 Juror Christine Anderson, assistant director of Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee. Following are the award-winners:

BEST OF SHOW ($1,000): Rick Cortez, LaGrange Park, Ill.

JUDGE’S CHOICE (six awards, $500 each): Chris Coffey, Akron, Ohio; Debra Dembowski, Pewaukee, Wis.; Taylor Mazer, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Celeste North, Louisville, Ky.; Thomas Wargin, Menomonee Falls, Wis.; and Betsy Youngquist, Rockford.

HONORABLE MENTION (five awards, $100 each): John Berglund, South Haven, Minn.; Sharon Fujimoto, Amherst Junction, Wis.; Iwona Narolewska, Bridgeview, Ill.; Melody Newton, Rockford; and Scott Westgard, Buffalo Grove, Ill.

AWARD SPONSORS: Best of Show was sponsored by Lon and Dick Behr. Six Judge’s Choice awards were sponsored by FRIENDS of Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Association for Minority Management, WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, Wipfli LLP, and Women’s Art Board of Rockford Art Museum. Five Honorable Mentions were sponsored by Jane Smith.

ROCKFORD AREA EMERGING ARTIST: The fair also featured a Rockford Area Emerging Artist booth, sponsored by Better Business Bureau, with four artists invited to exhibit by Kortman Gallery, and its own Emerging Artist Award ($200), also sponsored by Kortman Gallery. Lamarcus Harvey of Rockford was named this year’s winner.

Learn more about Greenwich Village Art Fair at rockfordartmuseum.org/gvaf. Connect with Greenwich Village Art Fair on facebook.com/greenwichvillageartfair and twitter.com/gvaf_artfair.

From the Sept. 18-24, 2013, issue

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