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.
“Oh You Pretty Things!” 317 Art Collective resident artists and guests display works in painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media and more! Featured artists include Karl Jahnke, Bret Whitacre, Laura Frazier, Sheridan McGuire, Tim Stotz, Laura Gomel, Jenny Mathews, Jesus Correa, Bobbi Sorenson, Carolyn Bush, Folk Goblin, Stefi Jade, Nadja Schutt, Ingrid Hyde, Greg Lamont, Sherry Pritz, Ren Reiskamp, Jody Chandler/Muse, Leigh Szuch, Kurt Erickson, Kittens of Industry, Mary McNamara Bernsten, Shane Swank, Jean Apgar, James Hogan, Paul Pinzaronne, Kathie Collinson, Mary Furguiele, Mary Weiss, Drew Eurek, Therese Rowinski, Izzy Swank, Joe Bruce, Veronica Soria Martinez, Damion Davis, Kelvin Candie and Melissa Lehman. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
“Rainbow Room” Artists Jessica Quam and Drew Eurek have collaborated their abstract style and works to bring downtown Rockford a unique look at line and form mixed with beautiful color and expressive composition. Large and small works will be on display throughout 510 Threads lobby and the modern Medicine Man lofts.Click for map of this location
Since graduating from Boylan in 2009, photographer Katie Levine was able to enter into the high fashion industry through a prestigious internship at Vogue in their LA offices to post-college graduation, moving to NYC for an apprenticeship under legendary Annie Leibovitz. Since Launching on her own, she’s shot for both national and international magazines such as; Paper Magazine, Flaunt, V Magazine, V Man, GQ Mexico and more. Locally, she was featured on the front page of the Rockford Register Star for her collaboration for Paper Magazine featuring Virgil Abloh’s Nike x Off White 2018 World Cup Capsule collection. This year she has continued her connection to Rockford with her collaboration with the director and stars of “Minding The Gap” was featured as an online story for Paper Magazine and also highlighted in the Rockford Register Star. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
An exhibit featuring artists Drew Eurek, oils; Carmen Turner, watercolor; James Hogan, photography; Jennifer Furst, oils, Greg Whitson, photography, Mona Lindvall, jewelry; Therese Rowinski, mixed media; David Boccignone, acrylic; Carrie Johnson, oils; RL Weber, oils & watercolor and various other artists.Click for map of this location
“You Are What You Art” Over 20 artists from the Rockford Art Guild will be showcasing works in painting, ceramics, wood, drawing, fiber arts and more! Featured artists include Jean Apgar, Karen Arthurs, Jean Brough, Delores Burkholder, Chuck Gregory, John Hantsch, Kat Heitzman, Chris Howard, Maggie Isaacs, Cristi Kniess, Greg LaMont, Barb Larsen, Susan Meyer, Jake Milazzo, Mary Jo Milazzo, John Naretta, Pat Saunders, Mollie Singh, John Wemmer, Beth Wemmer, Bill Burns and other art guild members. (ADA Accessible)
“GATES” An exhibit including visual and performance art exploring the meaning of “gates” in our lives featuring artists Randy Ballard, Sharon Nesbit-Davis, Karen Johnson, Judy Moe, Contessa Tucker, Esteban Perez, Kathryn Brown, Ken Karnatz, Ann Rundall and more! There will also be an opportunity to create your own painting.Click for map of this location
“The Grand Finale” Works by Sue Abare, watercolor; Shawn Barbagallo, Raku Gold; 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 Javonovic, 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 MeghanTurley, painting. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. FRIDAY & 9 P.M. SATURDAY
“Neon Visions” Showcasing a variety of original art, neon, collage, painting, mixed media, jewelry, liquid paintings and more featuring artists Jason Gough, Dylan Mitchell, Angelia
Massetti and Bill Olson. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
“African Safari” Journey to the unspoiled natural beauty of Africa as artist Marta Njos takes you on an unforgettable African safari experience with her oil paintings on canvas.
“Printers, Makers and Painters” A gathering of artisans and makers inside GEM’s storefront featuring handmade artwork, home goods, clothing, jewelry, painting and printmaking featuring artists Sarah Reed McNamara, Jasmine Rose, Nicole Healey, Angie Loptien, Steve Nofsinger, Nikki Hollander, Kelly Steward and Quarry House Press. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.Click for map of this location
“Into the Art” A show based on the artists and their relationships with their art. Learn the hidden back-stories behind the art and why artists do what they do. Paintings, found art,
photography, jewelry and pottery featuring artists Lenny French, Joe Martinez, Greg Lamont, David McWilliams, Paul Pinzarrone, Kimberly Kay, Shaniqwa Porter, Nina Hackman, Jeremy Lampkin, James Scanlon, Sarah Larson, Steve Edwards, Nadja Schutt, Sandra Hofmeister Reavis, and Neo-Classical Artistic Guitar music by Paul Bronson. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. (ADA Accessible)
“Recent Works” Ingrid Dohm’s acrylic and watercolor paintings of landscapes, florals and still life’s.Click for map of this location
“On a Mission Photography” Photographer Sharon L. Thomas showcases world traveling landscapes and local scenes in various mediums from metals to canvas. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. (ADA Accessible)Click for map of this location
“Express-o Yourself” A celebration of local art and artists showcasing visual and written mediums including painting, sculpture, jewelry, stained glass, ink, books and live readings. Featured artists include Tom Asher, Sheila Hecox, Amanda Outcalt, Mary Ann Presman, Mary Rosandich, Cathleen Stark, Twitchy Kitty Studios and more. OPEN UNTIL
10 P.M. (ADA Accessible)
“Out Of The Box” is the latest body of work by artist and designer, Jacob Polhill. Polhill is a Rockford native who is currently studying design with a focus in Industrial design at the University of Illinois Chicago. With “Out Of The Box”, Polhill displays his ambition and fearlessness to create, no matter the medium. In the exhibition, you will see a wide range of works and mediums that include paintings, drawings, posters, and 3-D objects. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. FRIDAY & 9 P.M. SATURDAY.
“Storytelling” From the oral tradition to the printed word, the phenomenon of storytelling is intrinsic to our experience. A well told story can take us on a ride through layers of consciousness and meaning without ever really leaving us. Part history, part fantasy, we find them woven in, ever taking shape, ebbing and flowing through and around us and across time. Join Mindy Schumacher in an exploration of the joys of reading, mythology and fable through printmaking. Shop her handcrafted wares featuring block printed and sewn textile goods. (ADA Accessible)
“Emergence” Through challenging times art is needed to help emerge from the ashes and inspire hope, light, and change. Showcasing artists Brian Harker, mixed media; Eve Harker, mixed media; Kat Cook, acrylic; Angelia Massetti, acrylic; Heather Johnson, photography; Julia Jefferson, acrylic; Jessica Beegle, watercolor; Destiny Galvan, digital media; Sarah Pawlak, acrylic and Dawn Shirley, ceramics. (ADA Accessible)Click for map of this location
An exhibit featuring paintings and acrylics by artists Lucian Kuranz, Amy Phillip and more. Musical entertainment by the Hoffenpeppers both Friday & Saturday evening. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. (ADA Accessible)Click for map of this location
Exhibiting Fine Art Photography from around the country and the Rockford Area captured by M & M Photography, Gallery 5 and special guest Hannah Johnson. Limited Editions, Archival Prints and other unique mediums available.
“Demons” Some demons have horns, others come in a bag. Some can last a lifetime, while others are gone in days. Come help us explore ours! Whether your goal is to embrace or to overcome there is a place for all here. An exhibit featuring acrylics, watercolors, and media by artists Kristin Hastings, Jen Altenbernd, Tara Cosgrove, Julia Rennicke and more!
“Selina Trepp” Selina Trepp (Swiss/American b.1973) is an artist researching economy and improvisation. Finding a balance between the intuitive and conceptual is a goal, living a life of adventure is a way, embarrassment is often the result. Trepp works across media, combining performance, installation, painting, and sculpture to create intricate setups that result in photos, drawings and animations. In addition to the studio-based work, Selina is active in the experimental music scene. In this context she sings and plays the videolah, her midi controlled video synthesizer, to create projected animations in real-time as visual music. She performs with a varying cast of collaborators and as one half of Spectralina, her long running audiovisual collaboration with Dan Bitney. (ADA Accessible)Click for map of this location
“The Artists of Haight Village” Showcasing painting, fiber art, photography and mixed media by artists Lisa Jimenez, Javier Jimenez, Jeanne Ludeke, Valerie Olafson, Diane Rose Dailing, Steve Nofsinger and other Haight Village artists. (ADA Accessible)
Nature-inspired and abstract pieces, assemblages of found and altered objects and images and pottery including cups, bowls and plates to salt shakers, wine stoppers and teapots. Featured artists include Amelia Simpson, Arlene Coffeen, Dawn “Sunrise” DiVenti, and Thomas Harrison.
Oak Street Health and the YMCA of Rock River Valley present “Artful Aging: Photography in the Gardens.” Featured artists include Carol Anderson, Diane Boyd, Robert Boyd, Pam Hein, Celmy Hernandez, Patricia Kenney, Letricia Luhman, Susan Meyers, Judith Nichols, Jacqueline Nystrom, Desiree Robinson, Judy Sabin, Evelyn Smith, Eileen Stanley and Linda Wellens. This program was open, free of charge to anyone in the Rockford community over the age of 55. Teaching Artist, Valerie Olafson, guided participants using any device they have available to take photos then craft them into works of art. The artistic growth as well as emotional and spiritual growth was truly inspirational. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
“Fearless” Regional women artists’ display works in 2D mediums including printmaking, painting and illustration. All works are powerful statement pieces about fearing less and living now. Featured artists include Star Shaped Press (Chicago), Rave Press (Minneapolis), Lizzie Christian, Manny Tang from ChinaCat 663, Sarah Reed-McNamara (SRM Prints) and Jenny Mathews (Rockford Illustrating). OPEN UNTIL 12 A.M. FRIDAY & SATURDAY (ADA Accessible)Click for map of this location
“Selections from the RAM Collection, Paintings/Prints/Sculptures 1950-1975” Get a rare look at what Rockford Art Museum was collecting in the mid-century. On view in the
museum’s lower-level gallery, these impressive exhibits are teasers to RAM’s upcoming abstract painting exhibition, ‘Bold Abstractions: Paintings from the Thoma Collection,’
opening October 11, 2019. (ADA Accessible)
An exhibit featuring art and merchandise by artists Sara Joseph, Jim Biggs, Elaine Romeo and more. (ADA Accessible)Click for map of this location
“ArtScene at the Market” Rockford City Market will host a variety of local artists in our BowTruss Room on the Madison Street level. (ADA Accessible)Click for map of this location
“Art in Recovery” Recovery residents at Rockford Rescue Mission have rediscovered themselves and their long-hidden talents by creating beautiful works of art under the guidance of local art instructors Rae Wickstrom and Sue Schumacker. OPEN UNTIL 9 P.M. FRIDAY & 7 P.M. SATURDAY (ADA Accessible)Click for map of this location
Regin Igloria is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Chicago and founder of North Branch Projects, an organization that builds connections through the book arts. He works with various communities to create crossover between disparate populations and cultures, broadening the roles of both artists and non-artists. Igloria has taught at places such as Marwen, RISD, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Snow City Arts, and Carthage College. He received a 3Arts Individual Artist Award as well as local, national, and international grants, support through artist residencies, and has exhibited internationally. He received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Through this exhibition, North Branch Projects extends its reach to Rockford, offering community bookbinding experiences beyond the city of Chicago. The project provides an outlet for exploring the creative process where few resources may exist for the arts, or where the role of art may be viewed as insignificant or secondary. (ADA Accessible)
“North Highland Neighborhood Art Exhibit!” An exhibit featuring original t-shirts from Silky Screens, mugs, hats, mixed media, prints, collage, vintage goods and handmade items.
Featured artists include Plain Jane Art, Nikki Hollander, Andrea Belman, Sadie Hooker, and Benjamin Johnson. Join us for art, music & fun! OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
“Rockford Sustainability Summit Rain Barrel Contest” Support local artists and non-profits! All are invited to paint a rain barrel and submit it for the contest. Entries are due by September 24th. Everyone can vote online for their favorite barrels in two entry categories the week prior to Fall Art Scene and a panel of Celebrity Judges will also select their winners. On the October 5th GALA at 7 pm, the winners will be revealed and awarded prizes. Decorated rain barrels may be available for purchase through an online auction. For details on how to get rain barrels and more go to https://www.rockfordcoalition.org or visit us on Facebook at Rockford Sustainability Summit. Rockford Rain Barrel Art Contest GALA OPEN FROM 5 - 8:30 P.M. SATURDAY ONLY. Also featured at the Test Site Art Gallery is Danielle Lavetta Burbach, fine art, paintings, jewelry and T12 Marketing –Surreptitious Marketing….OPEN UNTIL 9 P.M. FRIDAY & SATURDAY (ADA Accessible)Click for map of this location
“Abstract!” Daniel Cunningham creates expressionist paintings exploring color and application. Vibrant colors with a semi-controlled haphazard approach. Theresa Criss-Amos features paintings in various sizes, using hydro dip, spray paint on water. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. (ADA Accessible)Click for map of this location
“Drawn to Drink” Artists from coast to coast will be featured with their own interpretations of “Drawn to Drink.” A variety of mediums from collage to acrylic to watercolor featuring
artists Quentin Bangston, Andrea Belman, Jennifer Hurley, Jenny Mathews, Randy Olson, Greg Rudolph, Sarah Reed-McNamara, Liz Schaer, Sarah Stewart, Chandler Subra, Alison Weust, Jeremy Klonicki and more! OPEN UNTIL 2 A.M. FRIDAY & SATURDAY (ADA Accessible)
“808’s and 815’s” Artist Jon Candiotta features paintings as a homage to the elements of hip hop culture in the Rockford area. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M.
“The Creative Process” Roni Golan will be featuring large size paintings from 2017-2019 in acrylic on canvas. A collaborative live painting performance will take place on Friday evening from 7-8 p.m. OPEN UNTIL 10 P.M. (ADA Accessible)Click for map of this location