In Good Company: 40 photos in 30 locations capture Rockford’s dynamic culture

Staff Report

In Good Company (IGC), a photography and video exhibit created by Nels Akerlund Photography + Video, highlights 40 highly conceptual photographs depicting the people and places that make the region appealing for residents and attractive to visitors. The 40 4-foot-by-6-foot photographs are on display at 30 different locations throughout the Rockford region until Jan. 5, 2015.

The community is encouraged to participate and discover this exhibit by taking a selfie with as many of the photograph exhibits as possible, including the hashtag #InGoodCompanyRKFD and posting to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Each participant will be entered into a drawing to win a 365 Days of Fun package, including prizes from area museums, attractions and restaurants, from exhibit sponsor Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB).

John Groh, president/CEO of the RACVB, said: “We are surrounded by so many hard-working, creative, inspiring citizens in our community. This exhibit gives our residents and visitors an opportunity to celebrate these individuals with us and to visit the many impressive local businesses that these photographs will be displayed in.”

The RACVB will host a closing reception at the end of the exhibition, called “Beautiful Company,” from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Jan. 10, 2015 at Rockford’s historic City Hall, 425 E. State St. Each of the 40 photographs will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the recently launched Forest City Beautiful initiative.

Individual photo exhibits and locations are listed below. For detailed information and a complete biography of each individual on display, visit

Photos and locations

• David Anderson, founding family member, Anderson Japanese Gardens — Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford

• Henry C. Anderson, M.D., family physician; medical executive, SwedishAmerican Health System — SwedishAmerican Hospital, 1401 E. State St., Rockford

• Emily Bear, pianist and composer — Rockford Memorial Hospital, 2400 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford

• Jody Deery, owner, Rockford Speedway — Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., Rockford

• Sue Fiduccia, coroner, Winnebago County — Octane Interlounge, 124 N. Main St., Rockford

• Philippe Forcioli, chef/owner, GreenFire Restaurant Bar & Bakery — Peak Sports Club, 4401 Peak Drive, Loves Park

• Duncan Geddes, PGA professional and director of golf, Rockford Park District — Northeast Family YMCA, 8451 Orth Road, Loves Park

• Tim Gruner, garden curator and head of horticulture, Anderson Japanese Gardens — Rockford Roasting Company, 206 N. Main St., Rockford

• Mary Gulbrantson, owner, Urban Farmgirl — Mary’s Market, 4431 E. State St., Rockford

• Roma Hailman, owner, Mrs. Fishers Inc. — Octane Interlounge, 124 N. Main St., Rockford

• Timothy Hanson, director of Public Works, City of Rockford — Rockford Public Library (Montague Branch), 1238 S. Winnebago St., Rockford

• Andrea Hazzard, owner and operator, Hazzard Free Farms — Mary’s Market (Perryville Road), 2636 McFarland Road, Rockford

• Zina Horton, owner, Zammuto’s Drive-In and Carry-Out — Rockford Public Library (East Branch), 6685 East State St., Rockford

• Dan Jarrett, owner and general manager, West Rock Wake Park — Octane Interlounge, 124 N. Main St., Rockford

• Jim Julin, visual artist (deceased) — Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St., Rockford

• Doc Slafkosky and Jerry Kortman, owners, J.R. Kortman Center for Design — Garrett’s Café, 1631 N. Bell School Road, Rockford

• Jarrod Hennis and Britney Lindgren, owners, Rockford Art Deli and Pirate Ninja Print Shop — Lucha Cantina, 1641 N. Alpine Road, Rockford

• The Most Reverend David Malloy, Bishop, Rockford Diocese — OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, 5666 E. State St., Rockford

• Louis Mateus and Frank Mateus, coaches and founders, Rockford Raptors FC — Cherry Bowl, 7171 CherryVale N. Blvd., Rockford

• Daniel McMahon and Miles Nielsen, musicians and composers for the Oscar-winning documentary Undefeated — Kegel’s Bike Shop, 2605 Charles St., Rockford

• Mary McNamara Bernsten, founder, I HEART ART, Inc. and 4hooligans, and Winnebago County Forest Preserve District Commissioner — Northeast Family YMCA, 8451 Orth Road, Loves Park

• Don Miller, director of Nature Education, Severson Dells Nature Center — Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park

• Larry Morrissey, mayor of Rockford — Chicago Rockford International Airport, Main Terminal, 2 Airport Circle, Rockford

• Rick Nielsen, lead guitarist, Cheap Trick — Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St., Rockford

• Jack O’Neil, competitive athlete — Rockford Memorial Hospital, 2400 N. Rockton Ave.

• Anqunette Parham, community services grand administrator, Crusader Community Health — Crusader Community Health (West State Street), 1200 W. State St., Rockford

• Phantom Regiment, Rockford’s ambassadors and two-time world champion Drum and Bugle Corps — Rockford Art Deli, 402 E. State St., Rockford

• Sunil Puri, founder and president, First Rockford Group — Octane Interlounge, 124 N. Main St., Rockford

• Maceo Rainey, principal, West Middle School — Rockford Public Library (Downtown Rockford Branch), 215 N. Wyman St., Rockford

• Michael Roh, M.D., spine surgeon, Rockford Spine Center — Rockford Public Library (Downtown Rockford Branch), 215 N. Wyman St., Rockford

• Frank Schier, editor and publisher, The Rock River Times, and founder and coordinator, Rock River National Water Trail — ID Pennock Family YMCA, 200 Y Blvd., Rockford

• David Sidney, manager of Comprehensive Planning and Design, City of Rockford — Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Ave., Rockford

• Robb Sinks, owner, Kegel’s Bike Store — Rock Valley College (outside library), 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford

• Richard Spanton Jr. and Chrissie Spanton, owners, Copperstone Inn and the Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms — Mary’s Market, 4431 E. State St., Rockford

• Chris Wachowiak, owner, Kryptonite Bar — Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 102 N. Main St., Rockford

• Michael Webb, producer and managing director, Starlight Theatre — Local Dough Café, 202 W. Main St., Rockton

• Scott A. Williams, director of science and exhibits, Burpee Museum of Natural History — Rockford Public Library (East Branch), 6685 E. State St., Rockford

• Sarah Wolf, executive director, Discovery Center Museum — Octane Interlounge, 124 N. Main St., Rockford

• Fred Young, CEO, Forest City Gear — Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford

• Betsy Youngquist, visual artist — Octane Interlounge, 124 N. Main St., Rockford

From the Oct. 15-21, 2014, issue

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