State of the Art Gallery seeks community’s support

Gallery hopes to raise $9,500, enough to stay open through the end of the year

Staff Report

Downtown Rockford’s State of the Art Gallery, 218 E. State St., will hold a special fund-raiser exhibit from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1. The gallery, which opened in early 2013, in seeking support from the community to keep its doors open.

The show will feature new work by artist/owner Roni Golan, Lexy Charms Couture, Drew Helge, Salem Baker, Rachel Keyes, and more. Live music accompaniment will be provided by Two Strings, No Walking.

I love the gallery, which serves not only as my studio, but also as a cool gathering place in downtown,” gallery owner and artist Roni Golan said. “It can be used for art shows, performances, for students, and as a location for interesting conversations about art and culture. The guests who visit the gallery always inspire me.”

For those reasons and more, Golan believes the gallery needs a chance to succeed. “Rockford is my city, and for me, the gallery symbolizes the ‘transformation’ that we all talk about,” Golan said. “If you find yourself agreeing on the value of a gallery to the downtown, there are several ways you can help it stay open before or during the Aug. 1 show.

If you have ever wanted to buy original art, now is the time,” he added. “You can also become a ‘patron’ of the arts by donating money to help keep the gallery open. Additionally, the gallery is available for rental for groups of up to 60. What a wonderful backdrop to your event, with the atmosphere of original pieces of art by local artists. Finally, you can spread the word for friend and family. The goal for the event is to raise $9,500, which will keep the gallery open for the rest of the year, providing a cushion as it works to become a bigger part of downtown.

In 2013, we opened the gallery to help enrich the cultural life in the heart of the city, and my hope is that we succeeded in adding some color and flavor to the downtown,” Golan concluded.

Find the gallery on Facebook at or call (815) 979-1944.

From the July 23-29, 2014, issue

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