Fall ArtScene 2015
Friday, October 2, 5-9 pm
Saturday, October 3, 4-9 pm
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ArtScene in early October brings out thousands of art-lovers to galleries and studios all over town, to enjoy new exhibits of original works. Art Scene attracts so many fans because it is free, and it's fun for both the browser and the buyer.
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“A Really Big Show”
An eclectic collection of creative people in two gallery locations: 317 Studio & Gallery and Ameriprise
Financial. Featured artists include Tabatha Dougherty, Therese Rowinski, Greg Whitson, Jean Apgar, Eve Harker, Dee Santorini, Lynn Webb, Greg LaMont, Deborah Newton, Paul Burkholder, Alysia Alfano, James Scanlon, Paul Pinzarrone, Jennifer Yakes, Karen Arthurs, Chelsea Mamott, Michele Young Turner, Jonathan Fassett, Jenny Mathews, Bob Smith, Brian Harker, Steve Edwards, Dan Warlop, Jennifer Furst and Bruce McDonald.
“A Really Big Show”
An eclectic collection of creative people in two gallery locations: 317 Studio & Gallery and Ameriprise
Financial. Featured artists include Tabatha Dougherty, Therese Rowinski, Greg Whitson, Jean Apgar,
Eve Harker, Dee Santorini, Lynn Webb, Greg LaMont, Deborah Newton, Paul Burkholder, Alysia Alfano,
James Scanlon, Paul Pinzarrone, Jennifer Yakes, Karen Arthurs, Chelsea Mamott, Michele Young Turner,
Jonathan Fassett, Jenny Mathews, Bob Smith, Brian Harker, Steve Edwards, Dan Warlop, Jennifer Furst and Bruce McDonald.
“TechnoBabel” (Exhibit 1)
Iconic? Ironic? Featured artists Ted Simmering, Sarah Thistle, Ellyn Ahmers, Brett Fiedler, Tracy Triplett,
Nikki Bilodeau-Traum, Ronnie Owens, Steve Stender, John Vos, John Lamar, John Gardner, Tim Monroe
and Mike Hawk (video) explore the impact of technology today.
“Event Horizon” (Exhibit 2)
Artwork based on Event Horizon, a space/time boundary, a time when technological change will be so
rapid, varied, coinciding, and deep, that human life and meaning will be irreversibly transformed.
Montessori Private Academy students Grant Heckel, Hailey Fiedler, Steven Brown, Ryan Brown,
Parker McElroy, Blake Coleman, Jordyn Kofoid, Colin Currier, Oliver Buckner and Sean Hyacinthe share
their vision of this transformation. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. FRIDAY & 9 P.M. SATURDAY
Picasso said, “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” This exhibit is an assemblage of abstract creations expressed in visual languages as diverse as the group of artists who created them. Featured are the contemporary, digital new media work of Barry Reithmeier, bright and engaging mixed media from Cristi Kniess, paintings and pastel landscapes from Ray Schulz, fabricated metal 3-D work of Mario Duarte, Ron Clevenger’s textured mixed media work and the painting of Kristin Merriman.
“Art at East Wind”
Atmosphere nails.hair.skin will feature various media from Atmosphere’s own Tracy Hoffman who
does mixed medium realism, hand-beaded headbands by Crystal Venable, and jewelry by Sheila
Winckler. Additional artists are Adrienne Hare Shindledecker with Creations by A Hare who does photography and various media; wildlife art and mixed medium realism by Cora Hutchinson with
House of Art; and watercolor by Michele Champion with Michele Champion Art. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
An exhibit featuring paintings on canvas, paintings on glass, photography, abstractions, landscapes
and still life’s by artists Jeff Bolek, Dan Cunningham, Jessie Freiheit and more! OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
FRIDAY & 9 P.M. SATURDAY
Featured works Sue Abare, watercolor; Carrie Baxter, acrylic mixed media; Barbara Berney, digital
photography & jewelry; Nick Baxter, photography; Michelle Dorr, acrylic painting; Julie Ekstam, painting; Kurt Erickson, digital collage and acrylic painting; Karen Gines, acrylic painting; Marsha Goodheart, mixed media; Jason Gough, neon; Anne Johnson, mixed fiber creations; Gordie Johnson, turned wood; Pam Kehoe-Peterson, jewelry; Norm Knott, mixed media; Tom Linden, Plein Air oils; Cynthia Linnabary, hand-built pottery; Karla Lombardo, painting; Linda Lombardo, stained glass; Shannon Blosser-Salisbury, digital manipulation; Gail Moreland, photography; Scott Mount, watercolor; Sue Mount, watercolor; Sherry Pritz, digital photography; Una Ryan, fabric/mixed media; Barbara Santucci, painting; Nadja Schutt, jewelry; Jeffrey Swanberg, photography; Chinacat Tang, acrylic painting and linoleum print and Meghan Turley, painting. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. FRIDAY & 9 P.M. SATURDAY
An exhibit featuring digital photography by Tom Clabough.Click for map of this location
“MEANINGLESS Art Show”
Hosted by Pablo Korona at his studio, he has invited people (note that word) to submit work without intention or purpose. “Photographs”, “sculptures”, “bicycles”, “abandoned and rediscovered objects”, and other “art”. Featured artists include Pablo Korona, Dave Decastris, Jeremy Klonicki, Paul Dyer, Joe Downey, and many more. Still accepting submissions! OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. FRIDAY & 9 P.M. SATURDAY
SOULSTIRS (good vibrations) drawings in pen and ink by artist Lisa Loudin come from the heart and tell a story. These meditative and whimsical drawings began with just one word and end in an entire journey. OPEN FRIDAY ONLY UNTIL 9 P.M.
“Art of Disastr”
An exhibit featuring a mix of styles and media by the artists from the Disastr House Community.
OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
“Word of Art 2”
In Print Professional Writers’ Organization is proud to sponsor in association with Center for Arts &
Spirituality “Word of Art 2,” a collaboration of authors and artists. “Word of Art 2” hard cover, full
color books will be available for purchase for $20 at the exhibit.
“The Best Most Miserable City”
A celebration of the recent remodeling done at the “Fraim & Mortar” building. An exhibit featuring
an eclectic display of mediums by local artists. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
“Loving Life is Living Life”
Ali 6 is a Chicago based street artist who hand illustrates and paints his forever smiling best friend
“Richie” the raccoon. The work produced is purposefully surrounded and influenced by the artists’
personal interests. Providing positive vibes through smiles of “Richie.” OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
“Two Person Show”
An exhibit featuring pastel paintings, mixed media, furniture and whimsical decorative items by Susan Simmert and paintings, painted ceramics and jewelry by Judith Meyer.
An exhibit showcasing artwork from various local artists.Click for map of this location
“Dead and Rural”
Abandoned house photography and artifacts by Cari Ann Wayman. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
An exhibit featuring various local artists in conjunction with Rockford Urban Ministries “Used Art
Sale.” Enjoy musical entertainment Friday evening (Tom Kastle) and Saturday evening.
“Salon Style Pop Up Show”
Come join the Kandinsky’s Artist Group for our first Salon style Pop Up Show as we take over Edgebrook Center! The Cork, Keg & Spirits will host a wine tasting and our talented artists show off their work. Also stop into Lucha Cantina for food and a special art project that you can create and take with you. In addition, a “photo booth” with a professional photographer to take your picture. See the works of our members and learn about our plans for a “Creative Hotspot” and world-class creative community here in Rockford. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
“Lightmatter Artist: Molly Sullivan”
Opposing sides with similar pallets brings two images into one. A diptick. A representation of how
two things that are different can be seen as one.
A showcase of artwork featuring David Zoberis and Danika Mollway, mixed media; high school student
art and various artists and artistic crafts.
“DISGUISED: Portraits in Clay”
This group of ceramic heads deals with my observations of absurd human behaviors, awkward
experiences and complicated relationships. Often poignant, maybe disturbing or disguised, and
definitely with double meanings, these ceramic sculptures have become explorations about
people and their odd ways. The human experience guarantees a full spectrum of situations and
interactions. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. FRIDAY & 9 P.M. SATURDAY
HomeGrown is a collaborative show featuring local artists Joe Tallman and Alison Weust. Their work is heavily influenced by their upbringing in Rockford and the city’s music scene. At the show you will find a collection of drawings and prints that question the boundaries between fine art and graphic design. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
Join three uniquely elegant boutiques to celebrate a tapestry of color. Featured artists include
Jon Peterson, acrylic; JJ Swanson, oil on canvas; original watercolors by Belvidere artist Jack
Whitehead; handmade upscale eclectic jewelry by Xandra’s Creations; beaded gem art by Bella
MacKenna Meyer and Kate Meyer and acrylics by Merrick & Marley Meyer.
“Is this Art?”
What qualifies as “Art?” Recently, the Bank of England concluded that Vidal Sassoon’s chosen craft,
hairdressing, “does not fall within the field of the visual arts.” We disagree whole-heartedly and we
invite you to come explore the vast array of media in which art can be found. Featured artists include
Stephany Latham, Amy Byrne, Gretchen Stark, Ariana Castillo, Toys by Food Stamp Davis, Tim Stotz,
Jenny Mathews, Thomas Vaultonburg, Seth Cook, Susan Haugland, Natasha Straight, Elizabeth Kris McQueeny, Angel Steege, Steve Nofsinger and Lucette Salon & Spa & collaborating photographers Yunkin Keophomma, Jennifer Krantz and Susan Kawalee. OPEN UNTIL 9 P.M. FRIDAY & 10 P.M. SATURDAY
"Yum, Yum Sunshine Show"
High end psychedelic toys for grown-ups, hand knit, hand carved, hand painted featuring Jesus Correa, Jeremy Klonicki andSarah Danielle Stewart. A veritable hullaballoo for you. "Gypsy Peddlers" features an eclectic collection of three artsy women who hand carve woodblock and linoleum prints and repurpose findings into treasured jewelry and accessories...plus a few vintage things found along the way. Featured artists include Kari McDonald, Sarah McNamara and Nikki Hollander. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
An exhibit featuring a variety of artwork by Studio Artists and Guests. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.Click for map of this location
“Before I Die”
Northern Illinois Hospice, in partnership with Bridge Rockford Alliance, Inc. presents Before I Die.
Before I Die is a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal
aspirations in public space. This project was started by Candy Chang on an abandoned house in New
Orleans after she lost someone she loved. Learn more at www.beforeidie.cc/site/. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
Musing, an exhibition of work that combines drawing, bookmaking, sewing, collage, and 3-D models. This new body of work examines the artist’s fascination with beautification rituals, fashion and adornment, in both contemporary and historical contexts from the Victorian era coiffure to the bullet bras of the 1950’s to the slick fashion photography of the present day. Molly Carter appropriates fragments and melds imagery to evoke a sense of both beauty and angst. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. FRIDAY & 9 P.M. SATURDAY
Rockford native Lisa Gray is a painter/illustrator known for her edgy artwork. FREE public opening
Friday, October 2 (through January 17, 2016).
“Rockford aRt.cade 5”
Rockford aRt.cade is back! Our fifth high-energy video game art exhibition features work from over
twenty artists, epic gaming tunes, baked goods by Mary’s Market and an intense Virtual Reality
experience by GalactaVision of Madison you have to see to believe! Artists include Aaron Bauer,
Vince Bertolami, Kyle Brechon, Jon Candiotta, Kirk Dyreson, Ginny Dyreson, Chris Evans, Hardrick
Gulley, Mary Kate Herriges, Jori Ann Lee, Jon Michael Lennon, Mike Mancuso, Gary Karl Nauman,
Amy Nyberg, Angel Onofre, Joel Ottman, Branden Pair, Josh Palmer, Leo Perez, Chris Piszczek, Ally
Reeverts and John Sullivan. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
“Automotive Neon Signs”
A display of automotive neon art and hand-painted exterior murals by artist Jason Gough.
“30 Artists Take Over City Hall”
Rockford Art Guild will be showcasing pottery and sculpture, wooden bowls, mosaicked humaniforms,
handmade beaded jewelry, paintings of Rockford and so many other treasures. Artists include Jill Golden, Pam Parkinson, John Naretta, Dee Santorini, Beverly Broyles, Laura Gomel, Heather Sofran, Kim Girouard, Jose Sente, Richard Sydorowicz, Paula Marsh, John Hantsch, John Wemmer, Jake Milazzo, Bernie Budzynski, Melissa Booker and more! Music! Food! Artist demonstrations! OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. FRIDAY & OPEN AT 3 P.M. ON SATURDAY.
“Notes from the Sea”
Artist Marilyn Propp reflects the clash/coexistence between the industrial and the natural worlds. “Industrial debris, machine parts, and marine life are entangled or morph into one another: a vision of the future where accommodation is the result. The series is fueled by my concerns about environmentally destructive practices: the devastation of coral reefs through the system of bottom trawling; plastic packaging that washes out to sea, contributing to the five gyres and to beaches awash with plastic bottles; oil spills. I use the materiality of paint, paper, wood, and print, and present images of beauty while offering reflections on destruction. “
An exhibit featuring Jamie Scanlon, paintings and ink; Ruth Gee, custom crochet; Scott Miles, metal
sculpture; Melinda Carlson, hand-made jewelry; Amy Holmquist, Renee Melles and other various
“On the Edge”
Artist Salem Barker’s current series of sculptural work expresses a harmony of industry and nature by
melding wood and metal mediums, contrasting geometry and fluidity in singular form. Roni Golan
will feature new studio paintings and live performance art, and glass, bronze and ceramics will be on
display by other local artists. Live music and refreshments! OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
“A River Runs Through It”
SwedishAmerican employees, volunteers, physicians and their family members will be displaying 2 and
3 dimensional art in a variety of media conveying the theme of the exhibit “A River Runs Through It”.
OPEN UNTIL 9 P.M. FRIDAY ONLY
“Tom Heflin Originals”
International artist , Tom Heflin will be showing new oil and pastel paintings.
“Art on Tap”
Beer themed portraits and paintings featuring Randy Olson, Ben Laskov and others! Plus, a 14 handle
tap takeover featuring revolution brewing and 14 custom tap handles from Rockford artists. OPEN
UNTIL 10 P.M.