Greenwich Village Art Fair to feature more than 150 artists

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• Event is Sept. 13-14 at Rockford Art Museum, downtown Rockford; tickets are $3 in advance, $5 at the gate for adults

Staff Report

The 66th Greenwich Village Art Fair takes place Sept. 13–14, rain or shine, on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum (RAM) at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., in downtown Rockford. Presenting Sponsor is Alpine Bank.

Gates are open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission at the gate is $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Advance tickets are $3 and are available at all Alpine Bank locations and the RAM Store. All proceeds support RAM programs throughout the year.

A Rockford tradition since 1948, Greenwich is the oldest continuous outdoor fine art fair in the Midwest. The 2014 art fair features more than 150 artists, live music, a gourmet marketplace, and children’s art activities. Alpine Bank is the presenting sponsor for the 21st consecutive year; premier sponsors are the Blazer Foundation, Dean Alan Olson Foundation and The Rock River Times.

More than 150 artists from across the nation will exhibit at this year’s fair. Types of artwork represented include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles, photography, wood, mixed media and more. Artists compete for awards on the first day of the fair, where their work will be viewed by 2014 Judge Juan Fernandez, a working artist and photography professor based in the Chicago suburbs. A Michigan native, his work is represented in the permanent collection of Columbia College Chicago and the Midwest Photographers Project of the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Awards, including Best of Show and six Judge’s Choice awards, are announced Sunday, Sept. 14.

SPECIAL EVENTS at the fair include Greenwich After Hours (Saturday, 6-8 p.m.) at Point Bar, Bistro Breakfast both days, and the annual Art Raffle, announced Sunday, with raffle prizes of fine art donated by five exhibiting artists.

KRYPTONITE MUSIC STAGE features live music all day, both days, by local musicians. All shows included with fair admission. Styles vary, ranging from jazz and blues, to rock and pop, to folk and country. The 2014 roster features Wildhawk, Staggg vs. Derek Luttrell, Jodi Beach Trio, Flat Car Riders, Tom Mac Group, Mary J Harris Swing Band, Rockford Sunday All-Star Blues Crew, Miles Nielsen, and Sonicbloom, plus special performances by Rockford Dance Company with Wayland Anderson.

BUD LIGHT VILLAGE PUB serves grilled fare favorites, sodas, teas, Budweiser brands and more. Food and beverage vendors at Kryptonite Music Stage include Carlyle Brewing Company, Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza, Javamania Coffee Roastery, Matt Hey Ice Cream and We-B-Popp’n Kettle Korn.

CREATIONS BY KIDS is an area where children can make their own take-home art based on this year’s theme, “Where the Wild Things Are.” Sponsored by Children’s Medical Center at Rockford Health System and Prismacolor, the hands-on art activities are $1 each, or $5 for all six.

KORTMAN GALLERY POINT BAR features signature cocktails, mixed drinks and fine wines. Point Bar hosts Greenwich After Hours on Saturday night (6-8 p.m., free and open to the public, featuring a cash bar and DJs Dan Minick and Eric Nofsinger). Point Bar also features the Better Business Bureau Emerging Artist booth, with its own award sponsored by Kortman Gallery and J.R. Kortman Center for Design, featuring four local artists.

BISTRO BREAKFASTS — featuring individually prepared crepes (Saturday) and omelets (Sunday) — are served both days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $7 includes complimentary coffee or cocktail. Live music at Point Bar both days, noon-1 p.m., with Sarah Abramowitz (Saturday) and Ron E. Rawhoof (Sunday).

GOURMET MARKETPLACE offers handmade favorites including fine chocolates, herbal teas, gourmet dips, cheeses and more. Vendors include Bella Luna Bakery, Maytag Dairy Farm, CACAOCUVEE fine chocolates, Wind Ridge Herb Farm, Dip ’n’ Good Dips, Annette’s Italian Specialties, The Beaded Zoo, Etim’s Beauty, Candle Crest Soy Candles, Cellar Door Designs and more.

Tickets are also on sale for the 2014 Art Raffle, $5 each or three for $10. Raffle tickets available at Rockford Art Museum Store, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Drawing (with original artwork provided by exhibiting artists) will be held Sunday, Sept. 14; ticketholders need not be present to win.

Admission to the fair also includes free admission to Rockford Art Museum through Sept. 30; feature exhibition is the Rockford Midwestern Biennial.

PRESENTING SPONSOR: Alpine Bank; PREMIER SPONSORS: The Blazer Foundation, Dean Alan Olson Foundation, The Rock River Times. SUPPORTING SPONSORS: Children’s Medical Center at Rockford Health System, Northern Public Radio WNIJ/WNIU, On The Avenue Marketing, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Prismacolor, Rasmussen College, Rockford Mutual Insurance Company, SwedishAmerican Medical Foundation; CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS: Better Business Bureau of Rockford, C & E Specialties, News Media Corporation, Peak Sports Club, Perryville Pet Hospital and Jane Smith.

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Greenwich Village 2014 exhibiting artists

Following is a complete list of exhibiting artists expected to participate in this year’s Greenwich Village Art Fair, set for Sept. 13-14 on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. 

• Painting — Donald Brown, Warrenville; Beverly Broyles, Rockford; Byung Choi, Chicago; Gerard Erley, Columbia, South Carolina; Charlotte Fung-Miller, Mukwonago, Wisconsin; David Garrison, Burlington, Iowa; Shirley Guay, Amboy; Jeremy Hansen, Smithfield, Nebraska; Karen Vaughn Harding, Rockford; Ingrid Hyde, Rockford; Khrystyna Kozyuk, Villa Park; Tom Linden, Rockford; Laura Meddaugh, Madison, Wisconsin; Matt Miller, Mukwonago, Wisconsin; Sean Miller, Washington, Iowa; Michael Paglia, San Antonio, Texas; Constance Pelzek, Hales Corners, Wisconsin; Annette Poitau, Oberlin, Ohio; Thomas Trausch, Woodstock; and Steve Wagner, Brooklyn, Wisconsin.

• Drawing/Works on Paper — Keith Grace, Rockford; Mark Hill, Middleton Wisconsin; Lynn Krause, Woodstock; Taylor Mazer, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Trent Schmick, Evansville, Wisconsin; John Stoeckley, Louisiana, Missouri; Jay Wennersten, Carol Stream; Scott Westgard, Buffalo Grove; Sylvia Westgard, Buffalo Grove; and Sabrina Zhou, Carmel, Indiana.

• Mixed Media 2-D — Michael Anderson, Madison, Wisconsin; Stephen Baldauf, Winter Springs, Florida; Shannon Blosser-Salisbury, Ohio, Illinois; Debra Capriola, Rockford; Robert Cholke, Rockford; Ron Clevenger, Machesney Park; Russ Erickson, Naperville; Diane French, St. Augustine, Florida; Karen Vaughn Harding, Rockford; Gary Hartsfield, Nashville, Tennessee; Theresa Hopkins, St. Louis; Jennifer Johansson, Carbondale; Mackenzie Knabe, Belvidere; Norm Knott, Rockford; Juan Lee, West Lafayette, Indiana; Kari McDonald, Rockford; Anne Morris, Moline; Mark Pflughoeft, McFarland, Wisconsin; Barry Reithmeier, Rockford; and Corrine Smith, Rock Island.

• Photography — James Becia, Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin; Jill Bedford, Delafield, Wisconsin; Bob Decker, Wapello, Iowa; Debra Ehmann, Rhinelander, Wisconsin; Ronald Grobert, Warrenville; William Lemke, Waukesha, Wisconsin; Susan Luka, Cudahy, Wisconsin; James Meade, Hoffman Estates; Brett Miley, DeLand, Florida; Carol Pflughoeft, McFarland, Wisconsin; Paul Prorok, Chicago; James Rasmussen, Mount Prospect; Chris Robleski, Milwaukee; Angel Steege, Belvidere; Jeanie Stephens, Bethalto; and Ron Wenger, Rockford.

• Sculpture — Salem Barker, South Beloit; Mark Dziewior, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin; Charles Kraus, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; Matt Matheney, Morton; Peter Rujuwa, Indianapolis; and David Zahn, Moline.

• Mixed Media 3-D — Skeeter Aschinger, Pompano Beach, Florida; Brenna Busse, Minneapolis; Joelene Chinn, Rockford; Rick Cortez, La Grange Park; Debbie Hagstrom, Ocala, Florida; Barbara Lash, Oakwood Hills; Lori Salamone-Limbachs, Janesville, Wisconsin; April Sepich, Helenville, Wisconsin; Betsy Youngquist, Rockford; and Charlie Yowell, Dunlap, Tennessee.

• Ceramics — Shawn Barbagallo, South Beloit; Michael Barnes, Big Rock; Rhonda Cearlock, Vandalia; Tom Chamberlain, Brooksville, Florida; Steve Cunningham, West Des Moines, Iowa; Tom Guirl, Belvidere; Jennifer Hillistad, Rockford; Michael Kifer, Richland, Michigan; Cynthia Linnabary, Roscoe; Timothy Marcotte, Stevens Point, Wisconsin; Hironobu Nishitateno, Loves Park; Gint Sabaliauskas, Evergreen, Colorado; Jeff Shawhan, Racine, Wisconsin; Steven Skinner, New Carlisle, Indiana; and Natalya Sots, Schaumburg.

• Jewelry — Valerie Abramat, Winnebago; Deborah Barnes, Mount Dora, Florida; Viviana Bermudez, Chesterfield, Missouri; Jacqueline Bevan, Round Lake Beach; Bonnie Blandford, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Venus Cramer, Elmhurst; Debra Dembowski, Pewaukee, Wisconsin; Tracy Fenwick, Hernando, Florida; Kimberly Girouard, Rockton; Antoni Kozlowski, Shelby Township, Michigan; Bill McCamish, Three Oaks, Michigan; Cheri Meyer, St. Louis Park, Minnesota; Margit Moses, Madison, Wisconsin; Michelle Moss, Stevens Point, Wisconsin; Iwona Narolewska, Bridgeview; Melody Newton, Rockford; Judy Newton, Brookfield, Wisconsin; Jeanmarie Petro, Chicago; Ilene Rezman, Buffalo Grove; Karen Stefanoff, Mendota; Ann Stoever, Beloit, Wisconsin; and Lisa Williams, Chicago.

• Fiber/Leather — Sally Austin, Carrollton, Georgia; Pamela Bronk, Plymouth, Wisconsin; Paula Green, Pompano Beach, Florida; Ilze Heider, Grafton, Wisconsin; Martha Monson Lowe, Decorah, Iowa; Peter McMasters, Stoughton, Wisconsin; Erika Mock, Superior, Wisconsin; Susan Otterson, Janesville, Wisconsin; Ana Petercic, Lincolnwood; Janus Rose, Rockford; Pamela Siehr, Madison, Wisconsin.

• Glass — Brent Cox, Waterloo, Wisconsin; Kathleen Eggert, Shorewood, Wisconsin; Sharon Fujimoto, Amherst Junction, Wisconsin; David & Kimberly Lotton, Lowell, Indiana; Chris McCarthy, St. Louis; Stephen Mineck, Vinton, Iowa; Celeste North, Louisville, Kentucky; Vicki Rocker, East Moline; Amanda Schleede, Glen Ellyn; Amy Simpson, Elgin; Teresa Soriano, Middleton, Wisconsin; and Mark Wagar, Riga, Michigan.

• Metal — Richard Backer, Tierra Verde, Florida; Dianne & Chuck Geier, New Lenox; Kiaralinda, Safety Harbor, Florida; Debbie Radke, Franksville, Wisconsin; Demetra Saloutos, Stoughton, Wisconsin; Vinnie Sutherland, Newaygo, Michigan; and Adam Weiss, Omaha, Nebraska.

• Wood — Larry Anderson, Lake Zurich; John Berglund, South Haven Minnesota; Bill Thumm, Rockford; and Jason Washa, Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

From the Sept. 10-16, 2014, issue

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