Oct. 6-30 ‘Used Art Sale’ pays tribute to late Rockford artist Jim Julin

Staff Report

Rockford Urban Ministries (RUM) hosts its eighth annual “Used Art Sale” in the JustGoods fair trade store gallery, 201 Seventh St., Rockford. This year, the sale remembers and honors one of Rockford’s own great artists, Jim Julin, who died two years ago. The “Used Art Sale” runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, Oct. 6-30.

Items from Julin’s collections, as well as works commemorating him by his friends and fellow artists, will also be on display during the month of October. Nov. 1, on the “Day of the Dead,” friends are invited to gather and remember.

Art is donated by local artists and craftspeople as well as by supporters of RUM. Affordable prices abound for original oils, watercolors and “found objects” for inventive artists, as well as small postcards and a large selection of art books for $2 each.

The art is priced to sell, and JustGoods Gallery is free and open to the public.

JustGoods is a nonprofit market, providing gifts certified to have been produced in a “fair” way (i.e., no child labor, the producer is paid a living wage, not environmentally damaging). Fair trade began as a way of promoting mission and peace programs, cooperatives and justice issues in third-world countries.

All proceeds from the Used Art Sale benefit RUM and its partner projects.

RUM’s latest project is hosting a work camp for large groups of volunteers to work on indigent peoples’ homes.

Donations are still being accepted for the sale. Anything that could be considered art is welcome. Donations may be dropped off at the gallery at 201 Seventh St. during store hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, or call Stanley Campbell at (815) 964-7111 for pick-up or special arrangements.

Posted Oct. 2, 2014

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