Artists featured at Anderson Gardens’ ‘Captured on Canvas’ event Sept. 7

Staff Report

Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens will showcase the work of local artists for a new event, “Captured on Canvas,” from 4 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7. Throughout the day, selected local artists will use the gardens as inspiration to create their own masterpieces on-site. Guests who attend the reception are encouraged to stroll the gardens and engage with artists as the final touches are made to their work. The evening features a reception with a silent auction of the pieces created that day and light hors d’oeuvres. Successful bidders will take their paintings home at the conclusion of the evening.

Reservations for the reception are $20 for garden members and $25 for non-members, and can be made by calling Katie Weston at (815) 316-3306 or e-mailing

Proceeds from Captured on Canvas help support the mission and daily operations of Anderson Japanese Gardens.

Anderson Japanese Gardens is one of the highest-rated Japanese gardens in North America. Inspired by calm and tranquility, this 12-acre, award-winning landscape is composed of koi-filled ponds, winding pathways, gentle streams, plunging waterfalls, raked gravel gardens, beautifully trained pines, and more. Master craftsmanship and 16th-century traditional architecture are found throughout.

Learn more at or by calling (815) 229-9390. Anderson Japanese Gardens is at 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford.

From the Sept. 3-9, 2014, issue

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