This weekend’s Spring ArtScene is sure to bring out thousands of art lovers to galleries and studios all over town to enjoy new exhibits of original works. Following is list of participating locations.
317 Art Collective, 317 Market Street,
317 Art Collective resident artists and members have teamed up with Fringe Art Syndicate and DJ John Rawfunk to bring you a new wave of artistic hijinx! Featured artists include Laura Gomel, Jenny Mathews, Ryan Davis, Mindy Joy Nutter Young, Laura Frazier, Carolyn Bush, Jesus Correa, Therese Rowinski, Evangelina Jimenez, Bobbi Sorenson, Kittens of Industry, Ingrid Hyde, Jody Chandler, Muse Fragrances, Joanne Morgan, Jean Apgar, Cindy Vondran, Heather Moon, Ren Reiskamp, Sherry Pritz, Greg Lamont, Micki Whitacre, Mary McNamara Bernsten, Sarah Joseph, Rio Rigotti, Jason Gough, Drew Eurek, Brian Harker, David Slater, Karl Jahnke, Kelvin Candie, Folk Goblin Tintypes, Damion Davis, Kurt Erickson and Young Artists of Rockford. Cash bar provided by Prairie Street Brewhouse. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
Ameriprise Financial, 6870 Rote Road, Suite 102
Come check out a motley collection of art work by ten artists who have been connected to the Rockford scene from the 90s to today. Artists include Jason Erler, Drew Eurek, Lynn Fischer, Brynhildur Guðmundsdóttir, Matt Herbig, Carrie Johnson, Mona Lindvall, Scott Long, Carmen Turner and Rick Zillhart. Curated by Carrie Johnson. (ADA Accessible)
Art Matters 2.0, 1000 9th Street
An ecologist may cite something happening down river as a result of things going on up river. We often focus on Now, bringing imprints, default thinking, shadow emotions – often unconsciously and unaware – into understanding of Today. Artists Holly Blair-Cascio, Mark John Hoffman, Jessica Tackes, Charles Jones, Ginni Smith, Angelese Meyers, Ted Simmering, Amy Phillip, John Lamar, Marilyn Lamar, Elizabeth Wamsley, Dale Sinderson, Francine Sinderson, Stuart Roddy, Ren Rieskamp and more share their vision by exploring an expression of this flow. (ADA Accessible)
(NEW LOCATION/use parking lot on corner of 10th Ave and 9th Street)
Ascension Art Studio, 323 W. Jefferson Street
A retrospective exhibit in which accomplished artists each present their work from the past to the present. Featured artists include Barry Reithmeier, Ron Clevenger, Ray Schulz and Janus Rose.
Baha’i Center of Rockford, 1650 N. Alpine Road
The Art of Peace
An exhibit including visual and performance art reflecting on the theme of “Peace” featuring artists Sharon Nesbit-Davis, Al Royal, Esteban Perez, Judy Moe, Karen Johnson, Contessa Tucker, Ann Rundall and student artists. There will also be an opportunity to paint your own picture of “peace”.
Bennie’s Cleaners, 126 N. First Street
Works by Sue Abare, watercolor; Shawn Barbagallo, Raku Gold pottery; Savon Blosser, beaded and metal jewelry; Tabatha Dougherty, painting and mixed media; Julie Ekstam, painting; Kurt Erickson, digital collage and acrylic painting; Drew Eurek, painting; Karen Gines, acrylic painting; Marsha Goodheart, mixed media; Cindy Hughes, mixed media; Jasmina Jovanovic, painting; Pam Kehoe-Peterson, jewelry; Norm Knott, mixed media; Tom Linden, Plein Air oils; John Linquist, painting; Cynthia Linnabary, hand-built pottery and painting; Karla Lombardo, painting; Linda Lombardo, stained glass; Scott Mount, painting; Sue Mount, mixed media; Sherry Pritz, digital photography; Jim Regnier, ink drawing; Barbara McNamara, painting; Una Ryan, painting and fiber; Nadja Schutt, jewelry and painted silk; Jose Sente, mosaic; Jeffrey D. Swanberg, photography; Chinacat Tang, acrylic painting and linoleum print and Meghan Turley, painting. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. FRIDAY & 9 P.M. SATURDAY. (ADA Accessible)
Cantina Taco, 117 S. Main Street
An exhibit showcasing a variety of works from local artists. (ADA Accessible)
CJ’s Public House, 300 E. State Street
Join the Art Triad Collective showcasing a variety of original art, neon, collage, mixed-media and liquid paintings featuring artists Jason Gough, Dylan Mitchell and Angelia Massetti. Live music Friday and Saturday evening at 10 p.m. featuring General Evil (Friday) and Quilt Club (Saturday). OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.(ADA Accessible)
District Bar & Grill, 205 W. State Street
Elle est belle Les Art aussi
Showcasing artist Marta Njos Art Gallery. Impressive color, influenced by free life under the sea. Oil on canvas, a fusion of deep sea. Mist of energy, deep secret of the incredible ocean. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. (ADA Accessible)
Gallery 5, 1404 N. Main Street, Suite 5
An exhibit featuring exquisite and creative eggshell carvings and fine art, nature and travel photography by artists Gloria Fine, Bob Fine and Ethan Zentz. Framed and matted archival prints and greeting cards will be available as well. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
Horseflower’s Art Gallery/Vintage Boutique, 1416 N. Main Street
Join Horseflower’s for our self-titled show Horseflower’s Unleashed. Checkout all the wonderful artwork done by our local artists including Lenny French, Joe Martinez, Paul Pinzarrone, David McWilliams, Sammi Jo, Nina Hackman, Marijana Maja, Kat Heitzman, Kimberly Kay, Rachel Bonacquisti, Sarah Larson, Jeremy Lampkin, Greg LaMont and Denny Miller. In addition, there will music by Betty Ray & The band. Along with some wonderful sweets treats from Wonderland Bakery. Plus interactive art projects on the front promenade. Make sure to stop in and join our fun creative Community where all are welcome as friends and everyone is treated like family. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. (ADA Accessible)
Infinite Soul Vibrations, 333 E. State Street
Bodied in Vibrations
Live healing crystal and copper body art wrapping featuring artist Tamika Brown. Come in and experience the unexpected at this unique black light glow art gallery!
Innovatech, 213 N. Third Street
Division & Co. Grand Opening Party
“The ground floor of the Innovatech Building will be host to the grand opening of Division & Co’s new studio and boutique featuring a custom motorcycle show, new art from Fatherless Print Posse, and the screen prints and illustrations of Joe Tallman and Alison Wuest (Flat Planet Press). Upstairs will feature fine art from Maximino, Drew Eurek, Shaniqwa Porter, and Bailey Snider. R-Strong will feature Buddah Barrios, Jaime Perez, Ben Pritchard, and DJ Vic Monsta. Free refreshments! OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
Irish Rose Saloon, 519 E. State Street
On A Mission: Photography by Sharon Thomas
Photography exhibit featuring a variety of subjects photographed in Africa, Indonesia and Central America as well as local scenes. Prints in several mediums from metals to canvas. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. (ADA Accessible)
Just Goods Fair Trade, 201 7th Street
Melissa Paluzzi’s artwork reflects her love of color, expressing movement and energy in a variety of styles, ranging from abstract to whimsical. (ADA Accessible) For more information please pick up a “Midtown Does ArtScene” program book, or visit www.midtowndistrict.org
Katie’s Cup, 502 7th Street
Exhibits showcasing works from various local artists. (ADA Accessible) For more information please pick up a “Midtown Does ArtScene” program book, or visit midtowndistrict.org
Kjeller filmlab + gallery, 1402 N. Main Street
Darkroom photography is more than an antiquated technology that has been replaced by digital cameras and printers. This show, featuring various local analog photographers re-imagines how film cameras and darkroom techniques can be used to create meaningful art.
Kortman Gallery @ J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main Street
Mischiefs in heat and sawdust: Works of Nick Cashmere
Nick Cashmere’s intriguing multi-media work incorporates wood, printed & drawn images, and 3-D applications. In his artist’s statement Nick writes, “The ideas for my work usually starts with a single word or image, something that gives me a feeling or idea that I latch onto. I tend to choose common imagery. As a way to anchor a piece from slipping to far into the ether. My main interest lies in what happens when things are taken and locked into a space with another seemingly unrelated subject. Where they can play off each other, meanings can change or layers of their history are peeled back to reveal something more pure and elemental.” OPEN FRIDAY UNTIL 10 P.M. & SATURDAY UNTIL 9 P.M.
Lucette Salon, 508 E. State Street
Of the Body
Artist Sessah Dela Rue displays a series of self-portraits based on her fertility and the connection that she has with her own body. (ADA Accessible)
Luna Datura’s Curious Gifts, 117 S. Third Street
What lights your soul on fire? What inspires you? How do you inspire others? A fusion of art featuring Heather Moon, oil; Greg Lamont, mixed media; Evangelina Jimenez, acrylic; Lucian Kuranz, watercolor; Bethe Cranson, acrylic; Manny ChinaCat, watercolor; Linda Roldan, mixed media; Janelle O’Malley, mixed media; Madalene Ankele, acrylic; Kat Cook, acrylic; Jess Keenan, acrylic; Lori and Dan Robinson, linocut prints and Brian Harker, mixed media.
Main Street Gallery by M & M Photography, 1404 N. Main Street, Suite 4
Fine Art Photography
Artists Michael Ciaccio and Melissa Crow will be releasing their limited photo-montage piece entitled “Reminiscent of Rockford” which features images of Rockford both past and present creatively blended into an unforgettable scenic landscape. Gallery features one of a kind works, limited editions, matted prints, framed art and much more! OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
MainfraiM, 3022 Wallin Avenue
MaximalisM; Exactly like it Sounds
Artists Melinda Cook, Brett Whitacre, Sarah Danielle Stewart and Arin Whitmore defy minimalism with a boundless devotion to embellishment, elaboration, and complexity. Be our guests and explore the new work from this exciting line-up as well as visiting some of the studios at Rockford’s flagship west-side art gallery. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. (ADA Accessible)
Midtown District Office, 203 7th Street
Midtown Does ArtScene
Exhibits showcasing works from various local artists. (ADA Accessible) For more information please pick up a “Midtown Does ArtScene” program book, or visit midtowndistrict.org
Nordic Cultural Center/Swedish Historical Society, 327 S. Third Street
Various artists showcasing works in woodworking, photography, painting and more. (ADA Accessible)
Norwegian Art Co-op, 1404 N. Main Street, Suite 2
Artists Amelia Simpson, Arlene Coffeen, Dawn “Sunrise” DiVenti and Thomas Harrison present nature-inspired paintings, sculpture, and acrylic abstract mixed media; assemblages of found and altered objects; oil painting; and pottery including cups, mugs, bowls, dinnerware, plates, salt shakers, wine stoppers and tea pots.
Pop Up Co-Op Rockford, 406 E. State Street
GEM: Gather, Engage, Make
GEM is a gathering of local and regional artists and makers. We are very excited to have Chicago based artist Tara Zanzig who works primarily in mixed screen printed media and Friday night only we welcome Printmaker Wendi Dibbern of Quarry House Press based in Galena, IL. Dibbern’s work is inspired by interior design, nature, folklore and the esoteric. Rockford artisans and makers include Kelly Steward, fibers, textiles, home goods and accessories; Sarah Reed-McNamara, printmaker and textiles; Steve Nofsinger, 2D & 3D printmaker; Angie Loptien, 2D painter and illustrator; Jasmine Rose, photography and fiber; Trash Bandit Art, hand drawn and colored illustrations and Green Love Gear, handmade children’s clothing. Cash bar by Prairie Street Brewhouse and live music by Kelly Steward on Friday evening. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. (ADA Accessible)
Rockford Area Arts Council @ The Shumway Gallery, 713 E. State Street
8th Grade CAPA Art Showcase
View the work of emerging young artists from District 205’s Creative and Performing Arts program. Matthew Taden, teacher and curator. (ADA Accessible)
Rockford Art Guild @ Rockford City Hall, 425 E. State Street
You Are What You Art
The Rockford Art Guild is back at City Hall! Over 20 artists from RAG will be showcasing works along with students from the Harlem School District. Live music both Friday and Saturday evening. (ADA Accessible)
Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main Street
CHERYL POPE: NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT (FEB 8–MAY 27)
Chicago artist Cheryl Pope uses athletic wear/equipment, recognizable sports ephemera, and installations that nod to her background in fashion and boxing. She collaborates with young artists from neighborhoods across Chicago, incorporating this dialogue around tough subjects, such as violence and its impact on youth, and the felt experience of a community into her artwork. Free admission for 18 & under during exhibition. Bilingual artwork info available. On view daily thru 5/27. Sponsors include Rockford Area Arts Council. More at rockfordartmuseum.org. (ADA Accessible)
Rockford City Market, 116 N. Madison Street
Come experience the work of a variety of talented local artists. While you’re here, grab a drink and explore our brand new indoor market building. Please visit Rockford City Market on Facebook for more information! (ADA Accessible)
Rockford Remade, 611 W. State Street
Art in Recovery
Rockford Remade and Rockford Rescue Mission bring art opportunities to the residents of the Men’s and Women’s Life Recovery Program teaching them to express themselves, facilitate healing, and rediscover long lost talents. (ADA Accessible)
Rockford Roasting Company, 206 N. Main Street “Women in Art”
Five diverse female artists each portraying their experience using a different medium featuring Jasmine Rose, Breanda Elise, Karen Burke, Arin Whitmore and Kris Theiss.
Rockford University Art Gallery @ Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State Street
5 minute Drift
5 minute Drift presents the work of Chicago-based artist Melissa Leandro as she reflects on personal familial and cultural realities that coalesce experiences from her everyday life and family histories. Leandro’s exhibition introduces a hodgepodge of domestic vignettes through the use of woven, quilted and embroidered textiles, uniquely upholstered furniture, collaged plastic tablecloths and plaster sculptures created by Leandro and her father. (ADA Accessible)
Tad More Tailoring and Alterations, 6116 Mulford Village Drive, Suite 15
Experience the efforts of a local designer, tailor and photographer in this unique exhibit featuring Sarah Letsinger and Usama Bardan. See how fabric can be reused to make unique fashion while enjoying exquisite natural photography. (ADA Accessible)
The Arc of Winnebago, Boone & Ogle Counties, 2820 McFarland Road
Art Brut (literally, “raw art”)
This collective showcases vibrant and raw renditions inspired by figurative “Prehistoric Art,” Cubism and early 20th century Modernism- all done by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities enrolled in Project Art. Artists include Nancy Becker, Samuel Blandin, Dustin Burns, Ken Einsele, Andrew Gummow, Douglas Henley, Amanda Johnson, Douglas Kuborn, Mary Mathis, Dylan Nelson, Tribecka Hinkle, James Line, Jonathan Louch, Gina Maney, Deana Murphy, Kate Nelson, Michele Panozzo, Richard Salley, Nathan Schwartz, Matt White, Monique White and Michelle Wiechman. (ADA Accessible)
The Calm Company Wellness & Yoga, 1404 N. Main Street, Suite 3
Eleanor Boersma is an eclectic artist and designer. A local Rockford artist, Eleanor plays with many different mediums including but not limited to collage, photography, painting, and embroidery. She enjoys touching on serious social issues, beliefs and ideas, as well as making abstract pieces with a focus on color.
The Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main Street
Less Human, More Being
The Nordlof Center Lobby will feature Shelby Kenney’s latest body of work exploring the connectivity within the natural world. Her paintings, drawings, and mixed media pieces center around portraiture, figure and form capturing authentic emotion, while delving into the phenomena of reality. Amanda Coyne’s fluid acrylic paintings are colorful, organic and dynamic mimicking patterns reoccurring in nature, and uses gravity and motion to create unique and striking abstract pieces. Live music by Josh Naylon on Friday evening. Second Level will feature photography by Bruce Wehman. The world as seen through the eyes of an artist, presented in beautiful black and white photography. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. (ADA Accessible) April 13 ONLY – Minding the Gap Film Screening – Doors open at 10 am- Screening at 11 am
$5 Tickets. Proceeds benefit the Boone County CASA and Children’s Safe Harbor.
The Office Niteclub, 513 E. State Street
Daniel Cunningham features abstract acrylic paintings using a variety of non-traditional implements including copper scrunchies, dowel rods, dogwood switches and more to create colorful active images. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. (ADA Accessible)
The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main Street
Wizards of Booze
A showcase featuring depictions of mystic drunkenness of cosmic proportions. You shall not pass out!” Works of tipsy fantasy from Brooke Lou, Lucia Kuranz, Mary Lythgoe, Elaine Romeo, Michelle Myhre, Hannah Garl AND Soul Cray See, a collection of prints and paintings from local potato enthusiast, Andy Whorehall. OPEN UNTIL 1 A.M. FRIDAY & SATURDAY (ADA Accessible)
The Underground Gallery @ under Kuma’s, 418 E. State Street. Roni Golan will be showcasing his recent studio paintings and some of his collaborative live creations. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. (ADA Accessible)
Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner Street
Vision Experienced and Transformed
Artist Lisa Bianchi…a story told as a reflection of a beholder’s vision and interpretation of the beauty of our world-captured and spliced into images that personify life in pictures-chosen and isolated into an artist’s camera- the images provoking a sense of innocence and purity of our planet’s gifts. Just outside the frame, however, lies the hidden and overt travesties bestowed on our planet through human greed, insensitivity, and carelessness in relationship with the earth beneath our feet! (ADA Accessible)
Veteran’s Memorial Hall and Museum, 211 N. Main Street. “Art of Healing” Veterans Showcase– Join us as the Museum again opens its doors for a truly one-of-a-kind exhibit in the historic environment of Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum. An exhibition of original art featuring artists Daniel Faler, Alisa Funnell, Elisabeth Dewispelaere, Kati Beck and more representing veterans from Rockford and Winnebago County. (ADA Accessible)