State of the Art Gallery celebrates one year

Staff Report

Downtown Rockford’s State of the Art Gallery will celebrate its first year anniversary with a special event, “The Sound of Colors,” from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, May 2. At 8 p.m., Roni Golan, painter and gallery owner, will be creating a painting, accompanied by Mindy Joy Nutter Young on the piano. Attendees are invited to watch the process and view the completed piece, which will take about one hour to finish.

Opening State of the Art Gallery was — and is — part of my responsibility as an artist,” Golan said. “Exposing the community to contemporary art, providing opportunities for local artists to show their work in a professional setting, and educating the public about the importance of creativity, both individually and publicly, are the purpose of the gallery.”

Young will also be displaying her art. She is a graduate of Rockford College, and has made a name for herself in Rockford printmaking circles for her elaborate and provocative monochromatic works. Some of her printmaking imagery of skeletal forms, nudes, and wild birds and animals appear in her eccentric drawings with much more elaborate, colorful and eye-dazzling detail.

When she’s not drawing or printmaking, Young, the artist with two middle names, is also pursuing a career in wedding and family photography. She is committed to a lifestyle of creativity and working with people.

Food and beverage for the event will be provided by Ronit’s Kitchen, which will once again be a part of this year’s Rockford City Market. Sample some of the Mediterranean cuisine that will be available at City Market.

All attendees can register for an original art piece by Golan, with the drawing at the conclusion of the evening.

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From the April 30-May 6, 2014, issue

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