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Week of April 16-22, 2014

Ongoing Attractions

The Art Box – 308 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. 2-4 p.m. Exhibiting April 3-23: “Rural Romanticism.” Info: 815-758-0313.

Artists’ Ensemble Theatre – Rockford University, 5050 E. State St.   Info: 815-394-5004.

ArtSpace West Gallery – 1426 N. Main St. Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Info: 815-963-1894.

Beloit Fine Arts Incubator – 520 E. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. Gallery hours: Mon.,10 a.m.-2 p.m. ; Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat.,10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. High School Art Show runs during the month of April. Info: 608-313-9083.

Byron Civic Theatre – 850 N. Colfax, Byron. Coming April 25-26, May 2-4: Monty Python’s Spamalot. Tickets go on sale April 14. Info: 815-312-3000 or

Cholke Photography & Fine Art Gallery – 2211 E. State St. Fri., 7:30-10 p.m.; Sat., 4:30-10 p.m.; Sun., 2-5 p.m. Free. Info: 815-226-9398.

Coronado Performing Arts Center – 314 N. Main St. Tickets: 815-968-5222 or

Ingrid Dohm Studio Gallery – 839 N. Perryville Road. Appointments/Info: 815-519-6492.

Freeport Art Museum – 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport. Info: 815-235-9755.

The Gallery At JustGoods – 201 Seventh St. April: Sarah Miller; paintings on recycled doors.. Info: 815-965-8903.

Charlotte Hackin Art Studio & Gallery – 6278 Brynwood Drive, Rockford. Info: 815-639-1318.

DeKalb Area Women’s Center Galleries – 1021 State St., DeKalb. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. April: Collections. Free. Info: 815-758-1351.

Janesville-UW Rock County Theatre – Kirk Denmark Theatre, University of Wisconsin-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. . Info: 608-758-6565.

Kortman Gallery – 107 N. Main St. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Exhibiting now: “Creatures Formed in Earth.” Exhibit runs through May 31. Info: 815-968-0123.

Monroe Arts Center – 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Exhbiting March 21-May 2: WRAP Competition and “Babylon in Heart and Mind” . Info: 608-325-5700.

David C. Olson Photography Studio – 7801 E. State St., inside Clock Tower Resort. Wildlife and nature imagery. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Free. Info: 815-873-1777.

Rock Valley College Studio Theater – Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Info: 815-921-2160 or

Rockford Art Museum – 711 N. Main St. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Exhibiting thru May 4: “Modern Metaphors.” Admission: $7 adults, $3 students/seniors; free for children younger than 12. Group rate: $2/person for 10 or more .Free day every Tuesday. Info: 815-968-2787.

Rockford Dance Company – Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. Info: 815-815-963-3341 or 815-968-0595.

Rockford University Art Gallery – Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State St. 3-6 p.m., Tues.-Fri. Exhibiting March 21-April 25: Jeremy Long: Personal Allegories. Info: 815-226-4105.

Scheffler Art & Gallery – Rooney Building, 107 Elm St., Franklin Grove. Hours: Tues., Wed., Thurs., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 815-973-0942.

State of the Art – 218 E. State St. Open Tues.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. and by appointment. “First Friday” events until 8 p.m. Info: 815-979-1944.

317 Studio & Gallery – 317 Market St. Every Friday, see “Artists at Work” from 4-9 p.m.

University of Wisconsin-Rock County – Theodore Robinson Gallery, Wells Cultural Center, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis.

The West Side Showroom – 410 Mulberry St., Rockford.

Womanspace – 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Info: 815-877-0118.

Woodstock Opera House – 121 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Info: 815-338-5300.

Woodstock Weavers Guild – Old Courthouse Arts Center, 101 N. Johnson, Woodstock. Gallery hours, Thurs. , Fri. and Sat., 1-5 p.m. Free.

Wright Museum of Art – Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. Free. Info: 608-363-2095.

Registration Needed

Registration for “Understanding Your Digital SLR” – Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave. , Beloit, Wis. Date: April 19, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $50. Call 608-313-9083 or visit

Mark the Date for “Open Poetry Evening” – The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Date: April 22, 6:30-8 p.m. Info: 815-758-0313.

Register for “Picture This” Matting & Framing Workshop – Womanspace, New Dimensions 2D Studio, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: April 26, 10 a.m.-12;30 p.m. Age 16-adult. Learn simple matting techniques for displaying your artwork or photos. If you already have a frame, bring it along. Be sure to bring the piece of artwork or photography you want to mat. Fee: Regular $30, member $20 (includes matte board). Register by April 24. Info: 815-877-0118.

Register for Auditions for Children in “Les Miserables” – Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll. Date: April 27, 4 p.m. For appointment, call 815-244-2035.

Order Tickets for “West Side Story” – CoronadoPerforming Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: May 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29.50, available at Coronado Box Office or call 815-968-0595 or

Byron Civic Theatre announces annual scholarships – For graduating high school students who have shown a high level of commitment and success in the area of performing arts. To download a copy of the scholarship application, visit the website at or call 815-494-7042. Applications must be postmarked by April 30.

2014 Congressional Art Competition – The winning art piece will be selected by a panel of local experts and will be displayed in a year-long exhibit in the Cannon tunnel that leads to the U.S. Capitol. Submissions should come from high school students living in the 16th District and should be submitted to the Ottawa district office by 5 p.m., Friday, April 18. For guidelines on dimensions and acceptable media, call 815-431-9271 or visit

Order Tickets for “Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer’s” – Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall, 7070 CherryVale N. Blvd. Date: May 3, doors open 6 p.m. Watch 50 talented artists transform blank canvases to works of art as patrons sip cocktails, enjoy hors d’oeuvres. Pieces will be auctioned off at end of event. Tickets: $50 advance, $60 at the door. Limited number of VIP tickets available for $75. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300 or visit

Order Tickets for Moscow Ballet Festival ‘SLEEPING Beauty” presented by RCCA – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: May 4, 3 p.m. Tickets: $35-$45 adults, $25 for children/students under age 24. Available at Coronado Box Office or BMO Harris Bank Center. Info: 815-968-0595.

Registration for NIU Arts Camps – Dance Camp, July 12-18 at School of Theatre and Dance, NIU, DeKalb. Theatre Arts Camp Senior, July 12-18. Theatre Arts Camp Junior, NIU Jazz Camp and Visual Arts Camp, July 20-15. Age groups 8-12 thru adult. Camp scholarships available. Applications due by May 1. Early bird discount is available until June 2. Info: 815-753-1450 or

Call for Artists for Greenwich Village Art Fair – Dates: Sat. & Sun., Sept. 13-14. Apply at: Click on: participating shows. Select: Rockford Art Museum, Greenwich Village Art Fair. Info: 815-972-2870.

Rockford Area Arts Council is now taking applications for ArtsPlace 2014, the summer arts apprenticeship program for youth ages 14-18. Applications are due Wednesday, April 30.

Wanted: Submissions for Rockford’s New Plays Festival – Rockford Area Arts Council and West Side Show Room seek submissions for their inaugural play festival. Selected plays will be presented as staged readings the week of August 2014 by professional actors and the RAAC’s ArtsPlace apprentices. Two categories: Playwrights High School, ages 14-18 and Playwrights ages 19 and up. Deadline: May 16. Electronic submissions preferred. Send to:

Starved Rock Lodge & Cattails to offer Basket Weaving and Paint & Wine Classes at “The Studio” – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Basket weaving, theorem painting, a series of three acrylics inspired by Monet’s Poppies, and wildflower acrylics. No experience necessary. Classes take place on various dates throughout the spring and summer. Prices: $35-$38, include a glass of wine and snacks. Info: 815-220-7386 or

See related article about ArtScene for participating businesses and times.

Thursday, April 17

Unveiling of Art: The Oceania Tile Mural – Thurgood Marshall School, 4664 N. Rockton Ave. 1:30 p.m. Dedication by Supt. Dr. Ehren Jarrett. Sponsored by Illinois Arts Council Agency grant.

Mary Poppins The Musical – The Fireside, 1131 Janesville Ave., (Bus. 26), Fort Atkinson, Wis. Runs thru April 20. Info: 800-477-9505.

Friday, April 18

Aspiring Artists Student Exhibition Opening – Freeport Art Museum, 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport. 5-7 p.m. Awards will be announced. Exhibit runs thru May 17. Info: 815-235-9755.

Mary Poppins The Musical – The Fireside,1131 Janesville Ave., (Bus. 26), Fort Atkinson, Wis. Runs thru April 20. Info: 800-477-9505.

Saturday, April 19

Understanding Your Digital SLR” – Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave. , Beloit, Wis. Dates: April 12 and 19, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $50. Call 608-313-9083 or visit

Mary Poppins The Musical – The Fireside,1131 Janesville Ave., (Bus. 26), Fort Atkinson, Wis. Runs thru April 20. Info: 800-477-9505.

BIG The Musical” – Rockford Christian High School, 1401 N. Bell School Road. 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets available at high school main office, and at the door.

Charlie’s Angels Nite w/Wooden Box Theater – Ellwood House Visitor Center, 509 N. First St., DeKalb. 4 p.m. Admission $5 at the door, semi-formal dress code. Info:

Sunday, April 20

Mary Poppins The Musical – The Fireside,1131 Janesville Ave., (Bus. 26), Fort Atkinson, Wis. Runs thru April 20. Info: 800-477-9505.

Have your free listing in the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication. Listings can be e-mailed to, faxed to 815-964-9825 or called in to 815-964-9767.

From the April 16-22, 2014, issue