By Anne E. O’Keefe
Rockford Area Arts Council
The Rockford Area Arts Council has partnered with the Rockford City Market (RCM) to bring rotating artists to the Market for Artists at the Market. It is an opportunity for artists to experience the RCM and determine if they may wish to invest in a space for next year. The RCM opens on Friday from 3:30-8:30 p.m. and the first artists will be from the Kandinsky’s Creative Group (KCG). Artists include founder, Lenny French; Jenny Mathews; Amelia Chandlee; Diane Tepper; Michelle Vieau; and Pat Taylor.
The Kandinsky’s Creative Group was created when visual artist Lenny French was having coffee last April at Katie’s Cup. Since then, along with Sarah, whom he calls his better, Diane Tepper and Jenny Mathews, he has done an amazing job of coalescing artists for five shows at Edgebrook.
According to French, Kandinsky’s Creative Group (KCG) was created to bring creative individuals together no matter what their art form, to be all inclusive of visual and performing artists. One of the goals is to build a world-class creative community in northern Illinois, where the interchange of ideas and opportunities is abundant. The group is the place where creative individuals can grow their voice and skills. The KCG also creates a place of fellowship, where the very traits that drive the creative are celebrated.
Another goal of the group is to raise awareness of the creative community and their effects on society. The KCG will bring a wide variety of events and outreach projects that will bring enlightenment, hope and civic pride to our community.
“We started as just an idea and with time and hard work it started to take root. We developed relationships with Edgebrook, Lucha Cantina and Rockford Buzz, which really helped us growing quickly. But at the core are the artists themselves, helping us grow by leaps and bounds,“ French said.
Artist Jenny Mathews said, “One of the things I love about Kandinsky’s Creative Group is the camaraderie and exchange among our members. When we get together we talk about everything from technique and materials to how to best present pieces for show. Lessons taught by experienced professionals are balanced out with the freshness and excitement of brand new artists. It’s a very productive and supportive mix.”
“As I look to the next year and the future of the group, I know the hard work we’ve put forth this past year will bring place for entrepreneurship and individualism that will turn the city into a hot spot for creativity,” French went on to say.
KCG is offering three Cours D’art en Plein Air courses throughout the summer including: oil, pastels, acrylics and watercolors. All will be held at Rock Cut State Park and you may be a beginner or advanced to enjoy this experience. You may sign up at Rockford City Market on Friday or find more information on the Facebook page for Kandinsky’s Creative Group.