Rockford Area Arts Council’s 12th Annual Spring ArtScene will be from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 11, and 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 12. This year’s event features original works of art at 37 different locations across the Rockford area. Admission to each participating location is free.
ArtScene provides a unique opportunity for all kinds of people to get together, meet great artists, and see many different types of art at one time in a festive, casual, cool and fun environment.
Enjoy new exhibits and original works of art in varied media of watercolor, acrylic, wood, sculpture, pottery, furniture, jewelry, photography and multi-media.
ArtScene has something for everyone, including the chance to meet new friends — nearly 10,000 people attend ArtScene each year.
The event is coordinated by the Rockford Area Arts Council. Call the council at (815) 963-6765 or visit artsforeveryone.com for more details.
Following is a complete list of ArtScene venues. The number prior to each venue corresponds to the “Downtown Rockford” and “Metro Rockford” maps on page 16.
Spring ArtScene venues
1. 317 Studio & Gallery, 317 Market St., (815) 519-5288 — Open until 10 p.m. Enjoy musical entertainment by the Council Choraleers Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (See “2. Ameriprise Financial” for more information.)
2. Ameriprise Financial, 6870 Rote Road, Suite 102, (815) 708-6112 — “Inspiration Celebration”: Dedicated to one of Rockford’s dearest arts community mentors, Tom Littrell, 317 Studio & Gallery and Ameriprise Financial are partnering again to bring new and exciting work from a close-knit group of artists. Each artist will exhibit work symbolizing a pivotal influence from an inspirational mentor in the arts. A variety of new “inspired” work will be shown at both locations by the following featured artists: Cynthia Aden, Ellyn Ahmer, Jean Apgar, Phil Best, Paul Burkholder, Tabatha Dougherty, Jon Fassett, Chuck Finch, Jenny Matthews, Rebecca Osterberg, Therese Rowinski, Bob Smith, Cindy Vondran and more.
3. Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, (815) 229-9390 — A showcase of wood sculpture by Salem Barker, handmade soaps and candles by Christina Barker, mixed media by Karla Lombardo, stained glass by Linda Lombardo, photography by John Lombardo, Raku pottery display and demonstrations by Jim and Shawn Barbagallo, and Japanese Ikebana, origami and artifacts.
4. Art Matters Artist Coop, 505 N. Madison St. (northeast corner of Madison and Prairie streets), (815) 566-1043 — Open until 10 p.m. Allegory Project — “What makes a story worth telling?”: A theme-based exhibit that showcases fine art, repurposed objects, photography, spoken and written word. Jointly sponsored by Art Matters and the Rockford Area Arts Council. A poetry session begins at 9 p.m. both evenings. The many returning exhibitors welcome newcomers Sarah Thistle, Mike Hawk, Chris Sims and Rockford’s In Print Professional Writers Organization.
5. Art Revisited, 400 block of Seventh Street (west side of street), (815) 871-1421 — “Art Revisited”: Donated and slightly-used art for sale displayed in the windows of the 400 block of Seventh Street.
6. Atmosphere nails.hair.skin at East Wind Business Complex, 129 S. Phelps Ave. (Building 5, Suite 511), (815) 509-3181 — Open until 10 p.m. “Art at East Wind”: Atmosphere nails.hair.skin will feature various media from Atmosphere’s own Tracy Hoffman, Crystal Venable, Wendy Layshock and Sheila Winckler; Adrienne Hare, Cora Hutchison, Fred Wescott, Jean Lopez, Ariel Estes, Judy Power, Stephanie and Darren Avila, and more. Also featured will be a “Young Emerging Artists” exhibit from Lilliana Layshock, Autumn Layshock, Mason Hoffman, Ashlyn Marrie, Zach Marrie, JoJo Gibbons, LeAnn Severson, Lexi Capitosti, Bella Meyer, Merrick Meyer, Marley Meyer, Kate Meyer and more. Enjoy appetizers and live music by local musician Jeff Venable.
7. Bennie’s Cleaners, 126 N. First St., (815) 964-3070 — Open until 10 p.m., Friday, and 9 p.m., Saturday. “Something for Everyone!”: Works by Tiffany Babb, photography; Carrie Baxter, acrylic mixed media; Barbara Berney, digital collage and jewelry; Bob Blosser, acrylic and ink on canvas; Savon Blosser, beaded and metal jewelry; Joelene Chinn, Socks-that-Rock; Michelle Dorr, acrylic painting; Mario Duarte, metal sculpture; Julie Ekstam, painting; Kurt Erickson, digital collage and acrylic painting; Karen Gines, acrylic painting; Marsha Goodheart, mixed media; Jennifer Hillistad, raku ceramics; Anne Johnson, mixed fiber creations; Gordie Johnson, turned wood; Norm Knott, mixed media; Susan Lee, wheel-thrown pottery; Tom Linden, Plein Air Oils; Cynthia Linnabary, hand-built pottery; Paula Marsh, painting; Barbara McNamara, oils and watercolor; Gail Moreland, photography; Scott Mount, watercolor; Sue Mount, watercolor; Pam Kehoe-Peterson, jewelry; Sherry Pritz, digital photography; Carolyn Repka, painting; Wanie Reeverts, watercolor; Una Ryan, fabric/mixed media; Barbara Santucci, painting; Nadja Schutt, jewelry; Jeffrey Swanberg, photography; Manny Tang, acrylic painting and linoleum print; Barry Treu, painting; and Meghan Turley, painting.
8. BMO Bank Center, 501 Seventh St. (downstairs), (815) 871-1421 — “Student Art Exhibition, Poetry & Comedy”: An exhibit featuring artwork created by Rockford Public Schools and Auburn High School students. These young artists have an opportunity to display their talents and be honored for their accomplishments. Poetry event “Word Up” will begin at 7 p.m. featuring an open mic event for all poets. (Check-in for this event is in the main lobby downstairs by 6:30 p.m.) This is a “clean” event, and anything allowed on mainstream television is acceptable, but nothing R-rated. The limit is two pieces per reader. “CREAM of the Rock Comedy Crew” will perform at 8 p.m. featuring Lynn, Scott Galvin and Marcos Lara.
9. Cambridge Dental Building, 418 Seventh St., (815) 871-1421 — An exhibit showcasing artwork from various local artists. Enjoy musical talent by Dan Phelps, Jesse Fox, Ron Rawhoof and Nic Juric.
10. Clabough Photography, 136 N. First St., (815) 962-4776 — Open until 10 p.m. An exhibit featuring original photography by Tom Clabough.
11. CMF Mortgage Building, 115 Seventh St., (815) 608-6175 or (815) 985-0700 — “Faces and Forms”: An exhibit featuring paintings, cement works, photography, stone sculptures, medieval armour and vampire/goth fashions. Featured artists include Dillon Coulahn, Brenda Peterson, Gregory Paul, John Risch, John Hardt, Mario Quarte, Regina Englehart and Willie Lara’s Ghetto Vampire styles offering bold new designs including frilly dresses, colorful skirts and miniature steam punk hats (upstairs) and an exhibit featuring Jeremy Klonicki and other artists (downstairs).
12. Fairgrounds Valley Community Center, 1015 W. Jefferson St., (815) 489-8550 — “Ellis Heights Talent Share”: Fairgrounds Community Center will be providing space on Rockford’s west side for artists to share their work during ArtScene.
13. FotoEnvy/ThreeTwoFive Studio, 325 W. Jefferson St., (815) 222-7924 — Open until 10 p.m. “VS”: Rockford aRt.cade presents a celebration of video gaming’s most iconic rivalries. 3,000 square feet of gallery space will be split down the middle with epic heroes and heroines on one side and vicious bosses and baddies on the other. Art will be accompanied by a custom gaming soundtrack, video montages, local baked goods and interactive displays and contests. Artists include Allison Blake, Jon Candiotta, Kirk Dyreson, Joe Goral, Mary Herriges, Matthew Jeske, Raven Johnson, Mario Kayo Martinez, Gary Nauman, Amy Nyberg, Joel Ottman, Branden Pair, Joshua Palmer, Ally Schacht, John Sullivan and more.
14. The Frame Shoppe/Gallery, 1641 N. Alpine Road (Edgebrook Center), (815) 398-8400 — “Boylan Senior Scene”: Showcasing artwork by Rockford Boylan Catholic High School seniors enrolled in Art4 and AP studio drawing featuring Derek Droessler, KT Francisco, Emily Gibson, Marisol Paredes, Jennifer Peters, Marian Reyes, Madz Ricotta, Monica Skrzypczak and Sadey Jumapao.
15. Irish Pub Building, 1021 Fifth Ave., (815) 871-1421 — An exhibit in a classic Irish pub setting featuring Barbara Berney, Deborah Kelly “Turtle Woman,” Sue Hayden “The Turtle Lady” and other artists. Enjoy musical talent by 2nd Opinion Barbershop, Basement Blues Band, Notorious Folk, Andrew Sedlak, No Name String Band, Empty Pockets and Drew D’Astice.
16. Irish Rose Saloon, 519 E. State St., (815) 964-0480 — Open until 10 p.m. “Gods and Dolls”: An exhibition of paintings, prints and sculptures that relate to humans’ fragile and tenuous relationship with the supernatural and divine featuring artists William Haun and Bradley Cahill.
17. JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903 — Sarah Miller creates nature-inspired scenes using spray paint on old cupboards, windows and doors. Enjoy musical talent by Jesse Fox, Comfort Food, Dan Phelps, Paul Bronson, Andrew Sedlak, Al Fyfe and Rocketteeres, Nimo and Boys and Justin Gates.
18. Katie’s Cup Coffeebar, 502 Seventh St., (815) 986-0628 — “Express-oh! Art”: An eclectic exhibit featuring Carpenter’s Place guests “Without Walls” photo display, handcrafted bracelets, candles; Wally Miller, abstract acrylic painting; Jennifer Hillistad, Raku ceramic hanging art; Sheila Carey, SC Accessories & Creations, jewelry art and Mary Rosandich, stained glass. Enjoy musical talent by Marques Morel, Kendra Swanson, Nic Juric, Soap Flossers, Justin Gates and No Name String Band.
19. Kortman Gallery, 107 N. Main St., (815) 968-0123 — Open until 10 p.m., Friday, and 9 p.m., Saturday. “Creatures Formed in Earth”: An exhibit of animal-inspired ceramic sculpture, suitable for interior and exterior installation, by Margret Hesler Hynes.
20. Lucette Salon & Spa, 508 E. State St., (815) 986-1550 — “Rebirth”: Enjoy beautiful, provocative work from two talented artists, Arin Whitmore and Cora Greenison, and learn what the new salon aspires to become in the coming year.
21. Minglewood/Plush Gift Gallery, 510 E. State St., (815) 969-0960 — “The Surreal Forest and Animals of Print”: Sarah Reed-McNamara, a local artist and printmaker, will be showcasing a brand-new series of imaginative linoleum block prints as well as hand-stitched artwork.
22. North Main Studios, 2500 N. Main St., (815) 519-1809 — Open until 10 p.m. “Re-Emergence” and “The Inking Stage”: Re-Emergence will feature new work and open studios of Tamarra BaVincio, Axel Cruz, Drew Helge, Malinda Helge, Nikki Holander, John Lamar, Marilyn Lamar and Kathryn Martin. Guest artist show “The Inking Stage” features local artists displaying a variety of illustration media showing the value of illustration. Artists include Vince Bertilomi, Jon Candiotta, Tristam Chlyde, Elanor, Brett Fiedler, Erikia Isa, Raven Johnson, Mario Martinez, John Sullivan, Dalton Thompkins and Kori Zick.
23. Octane InterLounge, 124 N. Main St., (815) 965-4012 — Open until 10 p.m. “Other Worlds”: Vintage images taken and reworked into new and exciting environments by artist Eleanor Boersma. Surrealist collages to take you to “Other Worlds.”
24. The Office Niteclub, 513 E. State St., (815) 965-0344 — Open until 10 p.m. “Nelson 2.0”: A collection of photography capturing life’s moments through the camera lens by John Nelson and “Energy Sky” painting and painted window by Ericka Johnson.
25. One Spirit Center, 1801 Charles St., (815) 520-5939 — Open until 10 p.m. An exhibit featuring handmade clay beads, jewelry, candle holders and figurines by Wiley Biggers, photography by Maggie Isaacs, jewelry by Lisa Chatfield, paintings and candle holders by Jenny Sadewater, and digital photography by Bobbi Sorensen.
26. Rockford Art Deli, 402 E. State St., (312) 725-4723 — Open until 10 p.m. “Phasers Killed Everyone I Love by Don Picton”: Stop in for a mishmash of prints, T-shirts, toys and a couple big foam pieces. “It’s semi-good art for cheap people and weirdos!”
27. Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., (815) 968-2787 — “Modern Metaphors”: An exhibit featuring beautifully complex paintings, mixed media and photography combining Old Master techniques with modern content by artists Katherine Ace, David Kroll, Bruno Surdo and Sergio Fasola. Free lecture by Missy Minardi Saturday at 3 p.m. (exhibit runs through May 4). Check out “Rockford: Photography by Valerie Olafson” also on view through May 4 in the RAM Annex.
28. Rockford Baha’i Center, 1650 N. Alpine Road, (815) 979-7196 — “Be the Change”: Art and performances by various visual and performing artists inspired by the idea of becoming the change you want to see in the world. Performances will take place hourly on the half hour. Participatory art experiences will be included throughout the evening.
29. Rockford City Hall, 425 E. State St., (815) 986-6532 — Open until 10 p.m., Friday, and 9 p.m., Saturday. “Transform Rockford with Art!”: Rockford Art Guild & Friends presents Gladiator Mozaic-ed Males, Zebras running wild on canvas, wonderful wood worked art, beautiful raku pottery and sculptures, paintings with movement, color, twists and turns and handmade designed jewelry. Artists include Jose Sente, mosaic; Bruce Santorini, raku pottery and sculpting; Beverly Broyles, watercolor; Cristi Kniess, painting and metalwork; Richard Weber, oil painting; Dee Santorini, clay art and painting; John Naretta, oil painting; Gayle Heineman, polymer jewelry; Jill Golden, watercolor; Jim Baker, photography; Jim Whitt, raku pottery; Valerie Abramat, jewelry; Deb Mayer, painting; Jason Bruckner, woodworker; Amy Holmquist, photography; Cathy Hodges, clay art; Rick Borrett, painting; Kim Girouard, brass jewelry; Lori Hart-Piper, reverse glass painting; Gail Faber, pastels; Janus Rose, photo composites; Craig Samuelson, inkings; Jorge Martinez Zarco, wood artist; and Bogulsawa Brzezinska, beading and more. Enjoy music by the Soft Shoe Shufflers.
30. Rockford University Art Gallery, 5050 E. State St. (Clark Arts Center), (815) 226-4032 — “Jeremy Long: Personal Allegories”: Jeremy Long is an exponent of the Post Abstract Figurative movement in American painting. This solo exhibition of his recent large-scale figure paintings explores the scope of his vision.
31. Shelter Care Ministries, 218 Seventh St., (815) 708-2650 — “Multifarious Media”: Featuring James Scanlon, fine art with a flair for the imaginative, unnatural and absurd; Melissa Johnson, teases water with color and lets it play; Kathy Whyte, reclaims abandoned furniture and creates heirlooms; Paul Cox has an eye for style and repurposes furniture; Sandra Lindquist captures nature with her camera; and Jaymee Fedor features portraiture in acrylic and watercolor. Also, the “Spooky Woo Krew” (students from Rockford University) bring an eclectic mix from ink to chalk, whimsical to dark. Enjoy musical talent by the Voice Bachs Barbershop, Mike Whyte and Friends, Paul Heiser, Soap Flossers, Ron Rawhoof, Hillbilly Crooners, Max Benson and Matthew Ed Stillman.
32. Someplace Else II, 1014 Charles St., (815) 964-9663 — Open until 10 p.m. “The Array”: An exhibit featuring science fiction, astronomical, equestrian, historical, emotional, nudes, paper maché, printmaking, design, realistic, neo-pop abstract, pen and ink, mixed media and acrylic toil painting by artists Tania Carlstrom, Terenz Sitchon, Adrian Hernandez, Casey Gibson, Cherish Warden, Faye Burlo, John Hantsch, Leela Alloway, Shawnice McCraney, Cheri Rittenhouse, Matt Vincent, Illiana Durbin, Hervell Fuse, Elizabeth Horvath and Amy Stone Gallagher.
33. State of the Art Contemporary Art Gallery, 218 E. State St., (815) 979-1944 — Open until 10 p.m. “The Colors of Spring”: Fresh artwork created by artist Roni Golan featuring large and small paintings and a new extraordinary line of art on aluminum as well as new original gift items. Live performances on Friday evening with music at 7 p.m. and refreshments by Ronit’s Kitchen. Also, enter a drawing for a chance to win an original painting, no need to be present. Celebrate the gallery’s one-year anniversary Friday, May 2.
34. Stepping Stones, 706 N. Main St., (815) 721-2247 — “The Art of Recovery”: An exhibit showcasing the talents of adults and children with mental illness and demonstrating how the arts are an important part of the recovery process. The show will help reduce some of the stigma that surrounds mental illness, provide a venue for collaboration for those working in health care, and give the general community an opportunity to share in the process.
35. Studio Works, 323 W. Jefferson St., (815) 988-6829 — An exhibit featuring fine art displayed from residing artists, special guest artists and emerging artists in a variety of media. Artists include Barry Reithmeier, Ron Clevenger, Cristi Kniess, Ray Schulz, Shannon Hallstein and Danny Miller.
36. The West Side Show Room, 410 Mulberry St., (815) 319-1369 — Open until 10 p.m. “SCENEscene”: A continuous cabaret of skits, monologues, music, dance, comedy and film presented by The West Side Show Room Company.
37. Wonderland Books & Toys, 1625 N. Alpine Road (Edgebrook Center), (815) 394-1633 — Open 5-9 p.m., Friday, and 3-7 p.m., Saturday. “Flowers for Her”: An exhibit featuring 18 birchwood panels of heartfelt original flower paintings in a distinctive, colorful color palette by artist Lisa Frost.
From the April 9-15, 2014 issue