Rockford Art Guild offers ‘Rag-Time!’ art show Sept. 13-14 at Emerson House

Work by Jose Sente — mosaic using glass and metal.
Work by Jose Sente — mosaic using glass and metal.

Staff Report

Rockford-area residents will once again have the option of visiting two art shows Sept. 13-14. The Rockford Art Guild is introducing a new show with its cultural partner, Mendelssohn Club, that will be held half a block from the Greenwich Village Art Fair (held on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum, inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St.). With little effort, Rockford art enthusiasts can now visit both art shows.

The Guild’s show, “Rag-Time!”, is being held at Mendelssohn’s Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., just south of the Rockford Art Museum and across from Beattie Park. The show is an indoor-outdoor art show. Tents along the front of the building will feature the Guild’s 3D artists, showing pottery and sculpture, hand-painted firepots, jewelry, wood art and woven gourds. Inside, the Guild’s painters, printmakers and pastel artists will feature their work.

We want to try something new,” said Dee Santorini, president of the Rockford Art Guild. “We are starting with about 20 artists for this first show — but I can see this evolving into a type of medieval fair, with a mix of entertainment and music — a place to come to buy art, commission a unique piece from an artist, enjoy meeting artists and watching them work.”

Member Anne Totenhagen-Johnson will work on gourds she has dyed and woven with pine needles, reeds and gems. Bruce Santorini will do demonstrations throwing pottery on the wheel. Artist Jose Sente will have creations of mosaic using glass and metal. Painters will be there to talk to you about their work and let you watch as a work of art progresses.

Barbara McNamara will be showing her latest wildlife paintings. Painter Cristi Kniess will have hand-painted oil lamps and firepots that can be used inside or out. Guild Vice President John Naretta has studied the masters, and developed a unique painting style that he will be showing. Dee Santorini will be showing work with encaustics, a type of painting using hot wax and encaustic pigments that has become popular in urban areas such as Chicago.

We have such a huge range of work being done in the Guild,” Santorini said. “Painters, sculptors, people who work with natural materials such as wood and clay and things found in nature — always trying new things.”

The Guild’s “Rag-Time!” art show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14. Artists will do demonstrations of their work throughout the show, and will be happy to create a special piece for you for your home or office. The event will be held rain or shine.

From the Sept. 10-16, 2014, issue

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