Passport to the Arts event embodies years of artist collaboration

Womanspace co-founders Elaine Hirschenberger and Dorothy Bock work on a Gauguin-inspired backdrop for Passport to the Arts: Artscursion to Gauguin’s Tahiti.
Womanspace co-founders Elaine Hirschenberger and Dorothy Bock work on a Gauguin-inspired backdrop for Passport to the Arts: Artscursion to Gauguin’s Tahiti.

By Liz Kulevich
Womanspace Marketing Coordinator

This September marks the beginning of the 40th year of Womanspace’s existence. These past years have seen many successes and joyous victories as co-founders Elaine Hirschenberger and Dorothy Bock have striven to fulfill the Womanspace mission: to connect, empower, create and transform our world — one woman at a time. They have done so by offering enriching and diverse programs and classes, community-building (and fun) events, and a place for people of all walks of life to express and further develop themselves, while feeling a sense of community and support.

Many of the people who have tapped into the Womanspace community are artists, both local and otherwise. Throughout the past 40 years, hundreds of artists have contributed to Womanspace, whether through their time teaching or learning, or through their gifts of art to be displayed on Womanspace walls and in the gardens or to be raffled or auctioned for fund-raisers.

The latter will be true for more than 30 artists who have generously donated beautiful pieces of art for raffle and silent auction at the Aug. 16 Passport to the Arts: Artscursion to Gauguin’s Tahiti event. The event, inspired by French artist Paul Gauguin and his experiences in Tahiti, will feature Tahitian-inspired food and drink, live music and the 7-acre Womanspace campus transformed into a tropical paradise.

A devoted group of artist volunteers have put hundreds of hours into conceiving and planning this event with the hopes of sharing the essence of Womanspace, its campus, its people and its art with the Rockford community and beyond. A true reflection of the community and collaboration that is Womanspace, this event is the perfect opportunity for those unfamiliar with Womanspace to get acquainted!

Tickets to the event are $50 per person and can be purchased online at www.womanspace-rockford.org, over the phone at (815) 877-0118 or in person at Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive, Rockford.

From the Aug. 6-12, 2014, issue

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