Rockford Area Arts Council’s 27th Annual Fall ArtScene Oct. 3-4 will showcase original works of art at 37 different locations across the Rockford area from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, and from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4. Some galleries will offer extended hours until 10 p.m. Admission is free, and it’s a great opportunity to purchase local artwork.
Enjoy new exhibits and original works of art in varied media of watercolor, acrylic, wood, sculpture, pottery, furniture, jewelry, photography and multi-media. ArtScene has something for everyone, including the chance to meet new friends — nearly 10,000 people attend ArtScene each year. This year, 10 new galleries and studios will be exhibiting great art.
Visit www.FallArtScene.com for more information and maps. Following is a complete list of participating venues and artists.
• 317 Studio & Gallery, 317 Market St., (815) 519-5288: “United by Creativity” — Creativity is a human trait; it is what unites us. 317 Studio & Gallery presents an eclectic collection of creative people in two gallery locations: 317 Studio & Gallery and Ameriprise Financial. Featured artists include Tabatha Dougherty, Therese Rowinski, Jenny Mathews, Eve Harker, Keri Colestock, Kate Grinnell, Paul Burkholder, Robert Smith, Robert Coffey, Lynn Webb, Jean Apgar, Dee Santorini, Paul Pinzarrone, Jennifer Yakes, Paul Henderson, Jon Fassett, Jamie Zander-Tarara and more.
• Abreo Restaurant, 515 E. State St., (815) 968-9463: “Aspiring to Inspire” — Thirteen-year-old Rachel Rivers and other young artists are already inspiring friends and family with their art, but now Abreo wants to show all of Rockford what these talented youngsters can do. Open until 10 p.m.
• Allegory Project, 505 N. Madison St. (northeast corner of Madison and Prairie streets), (815) 566-1043: “PDA’s” — Public Displays of Affection — Artists, writers and poets share their unique take on “PDA’s.” The Allegory Project is a collaborative effort by Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council to raise awareness and participation by exploring themes in diverse media and forms of expression. Featured artists include Teresa Schwiesow-Schellbach, Tim Monroe, Brett Fiedler, Stuart Roddy, Nancy McManus Olson, Ted Simmering, Maya Simmons, Ronnie Owens, Nikki Bilodeau-Traum, Ellyn Ahmer, Jessica Tackes, John Lamar, Tabatha Dougherty, Tracy Triplett, John Gardner, Sarah Thistle, Dale Sinderson and Porter Hagerty. Inprint writers: Bob Francis, Richard Pulfer, Ted Iverson, Philip M. Warden, Christine Collins Cacciatore, Karna Tecla, Caryl Barnes and Mary Lamphere. Poetry/Open Mic hosted by Christopher Sims begins at 9 p.m. each evening. Open until 10 p.m.
• Ameriprise Financial, 6870 Rote Road, Suite 102, (815) 708-6112: “United by Creativity” — Ameriprise Financial presents an eclectic collection of creative people in two gallery locations: Ameriprise Financial and 317 Studio & Gallery. Featured artists include Tabatha Dougherty, Therese Rowinski, Jenny Mathews, Eve Harker, Keri Colestock, Kate Grinnell, Paul Burkholder, Robert Smith, Robert Coffey, Lynn Webb, Jean Apgar, Dee Santorini, Paul Pinzarrone, Jennifer Yakes, Paul Henderson, Jon Fassett, Jamie Zander-Tarara and more.
• The Bank Building, 115 Seventh St. (corner of Seventh Street and Charles Street), (815) 608-6175: “Fall Art Exhibition” — Artist Flora Cousins presents “Don’t be a Bully … be a Buddy” along with artwork from other various local artists. Visit Market Street Press offices and meet publisher Lisa Palmeno. (upstairs). Downstairs will feature a showcase of artwork by local artists and musical entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. Open until 10 p.m.
• Bennie’s Cleaners, 126 N. First St., (815) 964-3070: “We Love ArtScene!” — Featured works by Salem Barker, sculpture; Carrie Baxter, acrylic mixed media; Bob Blosser, acrylic and ink on canvas; Savon Blosser, beaded and metal jewelry; Michelle Dorr, acrylic painting; Mario Duarte, metal sculpture; Julie Ekstam, painting; Kurt Erickson, digital collage and acrylic painting; Karen Gines, acrylic painting; Marsha Goodheart, mixed media; John Hantsch, acrylic painting; Jennifer Hillistad, Raku ceramics; Anne Johnson, mixed fiber creations; Gordie Johnson, turned wood; Norm Knott, mixed media; Susan Lee, wheelthrown pottery; Tom Linden, Plein Air oils; Cynthia Linnabary, hand-built pottery; Karla Lombardo, acrylic painting; Gail Moreland, photography; Scott Mount, watercolor; Sue Mount, watercolor; Sherry Pritz, digital photography; Carolyn Repka, painting; Wanie Reeverts, watercolor; Una Ryan, fabric/mixed media; Barbara Santucci, painting; Nadja Schutt, jewelry; Judith Koren Shanahan, mixed media; Jeffrey Swanberg, photography; Manny Tang, acrylic painting and linoleum print; Barry Treu, painting; and Meghan Turley, painting. Open until 10 p.m., Friday, and 9 p.m., Saturday.
• Cambridge Dental Building, 418 Seventh St., (815) 964-9111 — An exhibit showcasing artwork from various local artists. Enjoy musical entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m.
• Clabough Photography, 136 N. First St., (815) 962-4776 — An exhibit featuring digital photography from Europe and Colorado by Tom Clabough. Open until 10 p.m.
• DiTullio’s Italian Market & Café, 2207 E. State St., (815) 399-2080: “Our Controlling Nature” — An exhibit of new oil paintings by Johnathan Kuss exploring the theme of the human desire to control nature.
• Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N. Church St., (815) 964-5514: “Emmanuel Episcopal Art Gallery” — A celebration of local artists in a new gallery space featuring Jeanne Ludeke, Diane Rose Dailing, Paul Burkholder and Molly Carter.
• Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Celebration Room Gallery), 920 Third Ave., (815) 963-4815: “Portraits” — Join Emmanuel artists and friends for food and entertainment as you explore “Portraits.” More than paint … see what the soul creates! “A great portrait is always more than a portrait of the painter than of the painted.” — Samuel Butler, novelist. Sponsored by Art@Emmanuel and The Center for the Arts & Spirituality.
• FotoEnvy/ThreeTwoFive Studio, 325 W. Jefferson St., (815) 222-7924: “FREE PLAY” — Rockford aRt.cade presents its fourth all-ages video game art exhibition featuring all-new work and a completely open theme. Expect more than 3,000 square feet of art, music, interactive displays, contests and cultural references from video gaming’s entire history! Artists include Allison Blake, Vince Bertolami, Jon Candiotta, Kirk Dyreson, Raphael Gonzalez, Mary Herriges, Matthew Jeske, Raven Johnson, Jori Ann Lee, Mario Kayo Martinez, Gary Nauman, Amy Nyberg, Joel Ottman, Branden Pair, Joshua Palmer, Ally Schacht , John Sullivan and Angel Onofre. Open until 10 p.m.
• The Frame Shoppe/Gallery, 1641 N. Alpine Road (Edgebrook Center), (815) 398-8400: “Embroidered Effigies” — Showcasing beaded and embroidered portraits and altar pieces by Ellie Pinzarrone.
• Irish Pub Building, 1021 Fifth Ave., (815) 871-1421 — An exhibit in a classic Irish pub setting featuring Barbara Berney, Melinda Peterson and “Bicycle Man” Brian Curry showcasing creative and unusual bikes made from spare parts. Enjoy musical entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m.
• Irish Rose Saloon, 519 E. State St., (815) 964-0480: “… And Then There Were Four” — New works featuring conté, oils, acrylics and photography by artists Robert Jasker, William Haun, Deanna Schultz and Dan Branson. Open until 10 p.m.
• JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903: “Remembering Jim Julin” — A special showing memorializing Rockford artist Jim Julin in conjunction with Rockford Urban Ministries’ “Used Art Sale.” Enjoy musical entertainment Friday evening. (Use west entrance from parking lot on Saturday evening.)
• Katie’s Cup Coffeebar, 502 Seventh St., (815) 914-5998 — An eclectic exhibit featuring Les Morgan, Mary Rosandich, Jen Hillistad, Roni Golan, Sheila Carey and Rockford University student art. Enjoy musical entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m.
• Kortman Gallery, 107 N. Main St., (815) 968-0123: “Hot Dose!” — The collaborative artwork of Sarah Stewart and Corey Hagberg, “Velvet Realms” aims to encapsulate the residual machinations left over from that space in between the various transformations in life. The threshold from a nightmare into being awake, child to adult, sick to healthy, permanent to ephemeral, transient to stationary and from imprisoned to being free. The struggle that occurs in every transformation leaves behind a void that stays haunted by the memory of what once was. Step into the void of “Hot Dose!” Open until 10 p.m., Friday, and 9 p.m., Saturday.
• Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St., (815) 965-0931: “Dead and Rural” — An exhibit of hauntingly mesmerizing landscapes of the beautifully decaying past and present by Cari Ann Wayman. Open until 10 p.m.
• Lucette Salon & Spa, 508 E. State St., (815) 986-1550: “We are Art” — A celebration of many different types of art exploring how art can be portrayed through an infinite variety of media and perspectives. Featured artists include Elizabeth Kris McQueeny, Mike Selover, Jennifer Zito, Foodstamp Davis, Gretchen Stark, Eleanor Boersma and Lucette staff. Open until 9 p.m., Friday, and 10 p.m., Saturday.
• Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St., (815) 987-8858: “Rockford through the Eyes of an Artist” — An exhibit of paintings by Ingrid Neuhofer Dohm featuring acrylic on canvas and landmarks of Rockford.
• Nicholson Tools, 325 Seventh St., (815) 963-4821: “Tools through the Ages” — A window display of old tools and bins … it will make you “remember when.”
• North Main Studios, 2500 N. Main St., Door 4 South, (815) 519-1809: “El Dia de los Muertos” — Traditional and contemporary interpretations of The Day of the Dead tradition featuring studio artists and guests. Open until 10 p.m.
• Octane Interlounge, 124 N. Main St., (815) 965-4012: “In Good Company” — Nels Akerlund’s photography exhibit, “In Good Company,” features portraits of people who make Rockford a great place to live. Open until 10 p.m.
• One Spirit Center, 1801 Charles St., (815) 520-5939 — An exhibit featuring handmade clay beads, art and jewelry by Wiley and Tamera Biggers, paintings and jewelry by Jenni Sadewater, digital photography by Bobbi Sorensen and paintings by Carissa Felber and Hariet Winternhiemer. Open until 10 p.m.
• Rockford Art Museum Art Annex, 711 N. Main St., (815) 972-2865: “Beautiful Lies” — A group exhibit on view through Jan. 24, 2015, featuring work by Mario Kayo Martinez and other local emerging artists. Curated by RAM Education staff Stacey LaRosa and Denise Glasenapp, this free exhibit is a companion show to new feature exhibition Tradiciones (free public opening Saturday, Oct. 11, at RAM).
• Rockford Auto Museum, 518 Walnut St., (630) 726-4550: “Automotive Mural Art” — Mural artists Corey Hagberg and Ryan Lake using spray cans and detailed with brushes, paint cars in color with historic Rockford buildings as the background. Open until 10 p.m.
• Rockford City Hall, 425 E. State St., (815) 986-6532: “Artists for Peace” — More than 30 artists from the Rockford Art Guild present some of their best and most diverse work at City Hall in downtown Rockford. A wonderful blend of paintings, sculpture, mosaic humaniforms, Raku wall hangings, furniture, multimedia art, pottery, wood creations, jewelry and more. Artists include Beverly Broyles, Ron Clevenger, Jose Sente, Dee Santorini, Eye of Ra Studios, Paula Marsh, Cathy Hodges, Jill Golden, Sue Abare, John Naretta, Jim Whitt, CrackPotz Pottery, Richard Sydorowicz, Pam Parkinson, Bruce Santorini, Melissa Booker, Rick Borrett, Janus Rose, Cristi Kniess, Hawksnest Jewelry, Richard Weber, Jorge Martinez, Kim Girouard, David Zoberis, Jason Bruckner, Gail Faber, Lori Hart-Piper and more. Open until 10 p.m., Friday, and 9 p.m., Saturday.
• Rockford Roasting Company, 206 N. Main St., (815) 290-9591: “Homebrew” — Photographer Greg Farnham and illustrator Shannon Sutton come together around the common theme and medium of coffee. Greg explores the use of coffee as a developing agent for film, while Shannon uses coffee to add caffeine and color to her illustrations and hand lettering pieces.
• Rockford University Art Gallery (Clark Arts Center), 5050 E. State St., (815) 226-4032: “Stephen Warde Anderson” — Stephen Warde Anderson is an accomplished, self-taught portraitist who has perfected and adapted his technique over 20 years. He creates allegorical paintings revealing a splendid imagination and innocent admiration of women.
• Shelter Care Ministries, 218 Seventh St., (815) 871-1421: “Multifarious Media” — Featuring Chuck Gregory, James Scanlon, Steve Edwards, Paul Cox, Cathy White and Amy Holmquist. Enjoy musical entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m.
• State of the Art Gallery, 218 E. State St., (815) 979-1944: “The Power of Life” — The State of the Art Gallery, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA and Healing Pathways have teamed up to display works of art created by those touched by cancer. Anyone who has used art to cope with or give meaning to the cancer journey will be on display. Featured artists include Roni Golan, Valerie Gibbons, Cheri Sanford, Craig Samuelson and more. Join the gallery for a one-of-a-kind live music and art performance from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, with artist, Roni Golan. Proceeds will benefit Healing Pathways, a cancer resource center that offers free supportive services to cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones in the stateline area; LIVESTRONG, a 12-week group exercise and support program open to any adult cancer survivor at no charge; and State of the Art Gallery. Open until 10 p.m.
• SwedishAmerican Hospital, 1401 E. State St. (Charles Street Lobby), (779) 696-2166: “Upcycled Art/Transformation” — A juried show focusing on art made from recycled or upcycled materials or focusing on the theme of transformation. Featured artists include SwedishAmerican Health System employees, volunteers and their family members. Open Friday evening only.
• Thurgood Marshall Middle School, 4664 N. Rockton Ave., (815) 490-5400: “A Love Letter to the Ocean” — Be part of the Rockford ArtScene history as the exhibit celebrates the Marshall Middle School community and their new mural, “Oceania: A Love Letter to the Ocean.” More than 750 students, faculty and other community members created thousands of handmade tiles to create this 10-foot-by-30-foot art-science-fusion masterpiece. Activities will be available for all ages, including music, dancing, spoken-word poetry, a student art show, and an opportunity to make a “mural monoprint” or pose for pictures as a deep-sea diver. Featured artists include Lisa Normoyle, David Stocker, Drew Helge and the Marshall Community. Open Saturday from noon until 5 p.m.
• University Club, 945 N. Main St., (815) 962-1730 — An exhibit featuring works by Karen Harding and the 2014 ArtsPlace apprentices. Open Friday evening only.
• The West Side Show Room, 410 Mulberry St.: “SCENEscene” — A continuous cabaret of plays, stories, comedy, music and performance presented by The West Side Show Room. Open until 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
• White House Plaza, 320 N. Alpine Road (upper and lower level), (815) 381-0069: “Renew You” — Renewu Salon, Roxy Carmichael and Healthy Habits Wellness Center & Spa invite you to stimulate your soul with Mark Johnson’s “Lion Art” originals; move and groove to Paul Heiser’s music; enjoy wearable artwork designed by sisters Julie and Jill; and let Charity Church’s art pieces decorate your favorite spot. Open until 10 p.m.
From the Oct. 1-7, 2014, issue