Art in the Lofts new fundraiser for RAAC

I Know That August Motzkus Went to Hong Hong Judith Meyer, copyright 2014 acrylic on wood, 72x48inBy Anne E. O’Keefe
Rockford Area Arts Council

Realtor Kathleen Kline has been a generous venue participant of the Rockford Area Arts Council’s ArtScene at Garrison Lofts for years. When I ran into her a few months ago at an event, I asked if she would consider helping RAAC with a fundraiser in the cool spaces at Garrison. I believe her response was very close to, “Yes, let’s do it!” We hope you will join the fun. There will be artists’ work in three units.

When Kline gets involved it isn’t merely by providing the space. She is very much the Pied Piper. She procures sponsors, gets donations for auction items, and coerces friends into volunteering and creating as well. At the first meeting she hosted at one of the units, she had already enlisted artists Judith Meyer and Susan Simmert.

Judith Meyer moved here just over a year ago from New Mexico. Meyer is an adjunct instructor at Rock Valley College and Rockford University, teaching non-western art appreciation and drawing and composition.

AppleSimmert“When I moved here, I was excited to get involved in the art scene. I think it’s important for the local universities and the community to be brought together through the arts. I also believe the Rockford Area Arts Council is a good conduit; it injects life into our community,” Meyer said when asked why she is working on this event. She went on to say that creating art, “is like oxygen to me, I have to do it to live.”

Susan Simmert is new on the art scene, her first time participating was in the Fall ArtScene, fulfilling a long time dream. When I met her for the first time, at ArtScene, I was moved by her excitement. I remember thinking, that’s one of the many reasons the Arts Council must exist. It helps people fulfill their dreams.

Simmert concurs saying, “RAAC is vital for the many talented artists we have in the area. When artists are happy everyone benefits!”

“Art in the Lofts” is an evening with artists, “Mystery Box” Auction, beverages, appetizers, desserts and a drawing for donated artwork by featured artists Judith Meyer and Susan Simmert. We are so excited to have other artists joining in the fun; Cristi Kniess, Scott Long, Val Olafson, Sherry Pritz and Betsy Youngquist. The event will be held at Garrison Lofts, 419 John Street, Saturday, January 23, from 6-8 p.m. Your $25 donation will directly benefit RAAC, helping us fulfill our mission to support, promote and celebrate the arts for everyone! Tickets are available at RAAC, 713 East State Street or online at

Kathleen Kline, of Dickerson Nieman. is doing this because “The arts open doors, and the eyes of individuals to a new world. Having these incredible artists here also shows a broader audience how the creatives can be successful at their work. And we are helping support RAAC, what could be better?” said Kline.

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