Local author and artist Karla Clark has announced the fifth annual “Art In the Family and Friends” holiday art show and sale, set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., on the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center campus. The event is free and open to the public.
“We’re excited that our show has been so successful that this year we needed to move to a bigger venue,” Clark said. The event was held in Clark’s Rockford home every fall beginning in 2009.
Clark came up with the idea for the event as a way to show tribute to her father, Frank Manarchy, now deceased, a woodcarver who handcrafted ducks, fish and birds. The idea grew, and the 2013 show includes the work of more than a dozen artists.
One sister, Linda Cleary, is an award-winning quilter; another, Paula Sentovich, is a singer-songwriter with two CDs to her credit. Other cousins have musical CDs. Clark’s son and a young friend are amateur photographers. Other friends make jewelry. Others paint.
“Many friends look forward to the show to find unique items to give as holiday gifts,” Clark said. “We have a wide variety of items, starting from $5 up, so there is something for everyone.
“I am so pleased to be able to showcase the talent of my family and friends, as well as support a good cause,” Clark added.
Although there is no admission fee, each artist is donating a piece of art to raffle off. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit “Autism Speaks.”
Clark’s 21-year-old son has autism. “Jonathan has been part of the show since day one,” Clark said. “He sells his color photographs, which are so good, several are on display at Milestone Dental Clinic in Rockford.”
The artists/artisans include Jane Weiss Proudfoot, paintings and hand-painted glass ornaments; Lana Ewing, jewelry; John Naretta, vice president of Rockford Art Guild, paintings; Beverly Broyles, executive director of Mendelssohn, watercolor paintings; Mary McNamara Bernsten, “4 Hooligans” line of clothing based on her children’s artwork; Linda Cleary, quilted items and textiles; Paula Sentovich, CDs; Frank Manarchy, woodcarvings; Jonathan Clark, photography; Zizi Altamore, photography; Sue Ciaccio, unique cookie/dessert stands; Barbara McNamara, paintings; Mary Stephenson, jewelry; Dana Manarchy, mosaics; Molly Manarchy, CDs; Jerry Parlapiano, CDs; Marybeth Manarchy, notecards; and Karla Clark, books, crocheted items, collages/paper art and rag rugs.
From the Nov. 6-12, 2013, issue