Local artists among winners at 66th annual Greenwich Village Art Fair

Staff Report

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) named the winners of its 66th annual Greenwich Village Art Fair during the two-day show Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14. The following were chosen as winners by 2014 Judge Juan Fernandez:

• BEST OF SHOW ($1,000): Rick Cortez, La Grange Park, Ill.

 JUDGE’S CHOICE (six awards, $500 each): Salem Barker, South Beloit, Illinois; Mark Hill, Middleton, Wisconsin, drawing/works on paper; Taylor Mazer, Grand Rapids, Michigan, drawing/works on paper; Annette Poitau, Oberlin, Ohio, painting; Peter Rujuwa, Indianapolis, sculpture; and Betsy Youngquist, Rockford, mixed media 3-D.

 HONORABLE MENTION (five awards, $100 each): Jill Bedford, Delafield, Wisconsin, photography; Jacqueline Bevan, Round Lake Beach, Illinois, jewelry; William Lemke, Waukesha, Wisconsin, photography; and Kari McDonald, Rockford, mixed media 2-D.

 AWARD SPONSORS — Best of Show was sponsored by Lon and Dick Behr. Six Judge’s Choice awards were sponsored by FRIENDS of Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Association for Minority Management, WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, Wipfli LLP, and Women’s Art Board of Rockford Art Museum. Five Honorable Mentions were sponsored by Jane Smith.

The fair also featured a Rockford Area Emerging Artist booth, sponsored by Better Business Bureau, with four artists invited to exhibit by Kortman Gallery, and its own Emerging Artist award ($200), also sponsored by Kortman Gallery. Eric Fuertes of DeKalb, Illinois, was named this year’s winner.

Held rain or shine on the grounds of RAM at Riverfront Museum Park on the second weekend after Labor Day every year, Greenwich Village Art Fair is the longest-running art fair of its kind in the Midwest. The annual two-day event features up to 160 artists, live music, a gourmet marketplace, children’s art activities and more. Ticket proceeds support RAM throughout the year. Learn more about Greenwich at rockfordartmuseum.org/gvaf or connect with @greenwichrockford #greenwichrockford on social media. RAM, inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., can be reached at (815) 968-2787.

Posted Sept. 15, 2014

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