Rockford Area Arts Council Presents 10th Annual Spring ArtScene

By: From RAAC
By: From RAAC


ROCKFORD (RAAC) -- The Rockford Area Arts Council will present the 10th Annual Spring ArtScene on April 13 and April 14, 2012! 

Spring ArtScene showcases original works of art at 35 different locations across the Rockford and the Rockford metro area from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 13, and 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday April 14, 2012.  Admission is free and it’s a great opportunity to purchase artwork!  ArtScene provides a unique opportunity for all kinds of people to get together, meet great artists and see many different types of art at one time in a festive, casual, cool and fun environment!  

Enjoy new exhibits and original works of art in varied media of watercolor, acrylic, wood, sculpture, pottery, furniture, jewelry, photography and multi-media. ArtScene has something for everyone, including the chance to meet new friends – nearly 10,000 people attend ArtScene each year.

Meet the Artists, Be Inspired to Buy!


10th Annual Spring ArtScene

Enjoy exhibits in varied media of watercolor, acrylic, wood, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography, & multi-media!

Friday, April 13  •  5 – 9 pm

Saturday, April 14  •  3 – 9 pm

ArtScene is coordinated by the Rockford Area Arts Council.

Call 815-963-6765 for more information.


2012 Spring ArtScene Venues

Abreo Restaurant
515 E. State Street
“Compositions on Glass”
Rockford artist Randall Correia strives to distill the essence of pattern, color and light in
his work.  He uses various techniques including églomisé, collage and translucent
layering to bring you expressive and dramatic compositions in oil paint on glass.

All Paws Beauty Salon
130 N. First Street
An exhibit featuring artists Angie & Chris Johnson, acrylic on canvas and pencil sketches;
Scott Wenstrom, framed photography and abstract art on canvas by a guest artist.

Ameriprise Financial
6870 Rote Road, Suite 102
An exhibit featuring artists Tom Littrell, Tabatha Dougherty, Sherrie Dorr, Jennifer Yakes,
Charles Finch, Lenny French, Meico Gowan, Jonathan Fassett and Annie Fee’s artisan jewelry.  Join us for appetizers and music as we celebrate art in our new location!

Anderson Japanese Gardens
318 Spring Creek Road

“Transcending Art”

An exhibit in the upper level gallery featuring Jim and Shawn Barbagallo, Raku pottery and demonstrations; Salem Barker, fine art wood, stone and metal sculpture; Christina Barker, handcrafted natural wax candles, all natural soap and air freshners; John McNamara, sculpture and Jason Judd, photographs and installations. Boylan High School Senior Portfolio will be showing in the lower level gallery.


Atmosphere @ East Wind Business Complex
129 S. Phelps Ave. (Bldg 5, Suite 511)
“Art at Eastwind”
Atmosphere, Shenanagains, and RenewU  will feature various media from Atmosphere’s
own Tracy Hoffman and Crystal Venable, Nancy Renwick from Shenanagains, Adrienne Hare, Ann Fee, Cora Hutchinson, Fred Wescott and Jessie Johnson.  Also featured will
be a “Young Emerging Artists” exhibit from Mason Hoffman, Ashlyn Marrie, Alex Fee,
Devin Gonzalez, Kelly Ranum, Savanna Hodowanic and more.  Enjoy live music by
Jeff Venable.


Bennie’s Cleaners
126 N. First Street
Featured works by Bob Blosser, acrylic/ink on canvas; Thomas Brain, photography; Joelene Chinn, Socks-That-Rock dolls; Michelle Dorr, acrylics; Julie Ekstam, painting; Marsha Goodheart, mixed media; Anne Johnson, mixed fiber; Gordie Johnson, turned wood; Jim Julin, sculpture; Norm Knott, mixed media; Tom Linden, plein air oils; Cynthia Linnabary, pottery/painting; John S. Linquist, acrylics; Barbara McNamara, oils/watercolor, Scott Mount, watercolor; Sue Mount, watercolor; Norah Nelson, jewelry; Pam Kehoe-Peterson, jewelry; Sherry Pritz, photography; Wanie Reeverts, watercolor; Carolyn Repka, abstract acrylic; Una Ryan, fabric/mixed media; Bruce Santorini, pottery/sculpture; Dee Santorini, pottery/sculpture, watercolor/acrylic and wallstones; Barbara Santucci, acrylic/mixed medium; Wilma Stout, acrylics; Jeffrey D. Swanberg, photography and Meghan Jones Turley, oil/acrylic painting.

Bookworm Café & Bakery
6685 E. State Street
“Carnival of Creativity”
An exhibit featuring Damion Davis, Leigh Szuch, Benjamin Gifford, Sarah Hoey, Robert
Furgason, Tamarra Bavincio-Legge and Sara Blascoe.  Enjoy slam poets, comedians,

latte, food and ART!


Burns Home Studio
226 N. Gardiner Avenue

“Painting Exhibit”
Paintings primarily in watercolor and acrylic on canvas, realistic and abstract with varied
subject matter (priced from $25 to $600) by artists Barbara Gardner Burns, Barb Adam, Chris Howard and Patty Schultz.

Church Street Gallery
835 N. Church Street

“Waiting for Spring”
Original acrylics, oils, photography and digital photographic imaging, displaying vivid colors, motion and imagination. Featured artists include Emil Borys, K Dyer, Polly Freund, Wayman Gulley, Helen Nelson, Paul Pinzarrone, Barry Reithmeier and more.


Clabough Photography Video
136 N. First Street
“Impressionistic Photography”
An exhibit featuring impressionistic style photography by Tom Clabough.

 Deborah Newton Studio
130 N. Second Street
Featuring new paintings...pure serenity, pure color, pure loll by Deborah Newton.


FotoEnvy/Studio Works
317 W. Jefferson Street
“FotoEnvy/Studio Works”
An exhibit featuring artists Josiah Sjostrom, Angelica Goral, Joe Goral, Sarah Hoey,
Ryan Davis, Greg Farnham, William Woodward, Kellie Logterman, Lyndsay Holm, Brian
Milo, Chris Warkocki, TJ Duckett, Nikki Hollander, Trisha Mundt, Christina Ditzler,
Kyle Wilson, Drew Eurek and Ron Clevenger.


Franchesco’s Ristorante
7128 Perry Creek Pkwy
“Franchesco’s and the Arts”
Featuring Alan Franseen of Seen Images displaying landscape photography from the
Midwest and Southwest and Joe Mongan exhibiting metalscapes for the garden and
art for the home.

Ingrid Dohm Studio @ Whitehead Realtors
839 N. Perryville Road
815-519-6492 or 815-227-0137
“New Works: Still Lifes and Florals” by Ingrid Dohm and “And Why Not?” by photographer Paul Burkholder.

Irish Rose Saloon
519 E. State Street

“The Female Nude”
William Haun received his BFA and MFA from Northern Illinois University in the discipline of
Time Arts.  His primary focus was animation and video art.  Since then he has devoted much
of his time to more traditional medias; painting, printmaking and photography.  He teaches
graphic design, visual effects and video at the Illinois Institute Schaumburg and Rasmussen
College in Rockford.









Just A Second Antiques & Accessories
1710 N. Main Street
“Second To None @ Just A Second”
Nationally acclaimed artist Tom Heflin will be available Friday evening to sign his prints and books. Kari McDonald of The Paper Button will display fun re-purposed vintage button jewelry and accessories and Tina Rippy will showcase her felted wool expertise in scarves, purses and home accessories.


Katie’s Cup
502 7th Street
“Espress’yo Self”
Plexi glass ink paintings by Shannon Hoyt, oil paintings on archival photos by Joel Ottman, photography by Jen Gorman and mixed media pieces by Jo Huenkemeier Fox.  Katie’s Cup will be open from 5-9 both nights with live music from 6-8 on Friday and poetry from 6-8 on Saturday.

Kortman Gallery @ J.R. Kortman Center for Design
107 N. Main Street
Kristy Luck’s mixed media paintings and drawings explore figure, form and space with
much emphasis on materiality of paint and surface.  Abstraction versus representation
is a running theme throughout the works.


Kryptonite Bar
308 W. State Street
“Inspiration Can Come from Anyone or Anything”
Local photographers Ryan Davis, Greg Farham, Sean Halcom, Bret Konsdorf, Brian Milo,
Jason Ommodt, Shawn Petersen, Pablo Korona, Jr Wyatt, Chris Reisetter and Mindy Young have gathered their talents and styles to show you what inspires them.  Through their lenses they have captured a small portion of what has made them who they are today and encourage you to ask yourself: “What Inspires You?”


Michael’s Arts & Crafts
6301 E. State Street

“Michael’s Arts & Crafts Employee Exhibit”
This exhibit will feature “Creations by a Hare”, “A Little Rae of Fun”, current employees
and artwork by Rapha Gonzalez.  Multiple mediums from jewelry, painting, photography
and needlework will be on display.  The show will be viewable during the store’s regular
business hours and items will be available for purchase!

Millennium Center for Arts & Recreation
220 S. Madison Street

“Emerging Young Artists”

Features poets, visual artists and bands from multiple high school artists in the Rockford area
as well as vendors Katie’s Piehole Records, KoKoBear Bakery and more.  For a
full list and detailed times visit our website or on Facebook at 
North Main Studios
2500 N. Main Street
“Be a part of our Creative Energy”
Featured artists include John Lamar, metal sculpture; Cruz, pottery; Plain Jane Art, mixed
media; Meghan Turley, painting; Drew Helge, glass/mixed media sculpture; John Mattison,
photography; Valerie Lemen, painting; Lisa Yarost, fiber arts; Jennifer Dyer, printmaking;
Marsha Goodheart, painting; Sarah Hoey, photography; Sable Matula, mixed media;
N.A. Schutt, beadwork; Jeanine Hutcherson, photography; Kurt Erickson, digital photography
and mixed media; Bobbi Sorensen, photography; Janet Striedl, painting; Brandon Vance,
pen & ink drawings and Marilyn Lamar, jewelry.

Octane Interlounge

124 N. Main Street
“MainfraiM presents “In Every Quarter; In All Quarters”
Shedding a new light on forgotten ancestry with story boxes by Jeremy Klonicki and exploring unused spaces with the conceptual photography of Amy Dreibelbis.


The Office
513 E. State Street

“The Full Nelson”
John Nelson, freelance photographer, grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and has found himself living in the Midwest for 17 years-now in Janesville, Wisconsin.  Since 2009, he has re-developed an interest in photography and began to explore the natural world and everyday life outside of our homes and workspaces.  He has invited you to explore his gallery and to share in his continued journey of the world through his eyes.

Pirate Ninja Studio
400 E. State Street, 3rd Floor
An exhibit featuring 50 works of art created by 50 artists for $50.  You’ll have to see it to believe it! For a list of artists, please check out our Facebook page/Pirate Ninja Print Shop.

Prairie Street Gallery and Art Matters
505 Madison Street (entry on Prairie Street)

Artists Coop presents “Works in Progress” (a little play on words; we’re moving one half
block from the Prairie Street Brewhouse to the northeast corner of Prairie St. and Madison).
There is a possibility our new space will be in a developmental mode, i.e. work in progress.
Check out artwork, also possibly in progress by Ted Simmering, Teresa Schwiesow,
Dale Sinderson, Nancy McManus Olson, Stuart Roddy, Aryn Kresol, Kurt Erickson,
Tracy Triplett, Tim Monroe, Tabatha Dougherty, Robert Reaven and Steve Stender.

Restoration Café
625 W. State Street
“The Rock River Valley”
Artist Jim Tsioles features photographic images of the beautiful Rock River Valley. Inspired
by the documentary “Where We Live.”

Rockford Art Museum
711 N. Main Street
“Pulp and Pigment: The Realms of Roland Poska”
Rockford artist Roland Poska’s pioneering work in the field of handmade paper establishes
him as an important figure throughout the Midwest and the nation.  More than 80 pieces
are on display, including many works that helped define his career as well as the medium
of paper as an art form.  Rockford College art professor David Menard guest curates.
On view through May 6.  ArtScene hours: Friday until 9 p.m., Saturday until 5 p.m.

Rockford Baha’i Center @ Highcrest Shopping Center
1650 N. Alpine Road

“Education Under Fire”

An experience of visual arts, poetry, and musical performances with an emphasis on the
oppression of Iranians centered on the showing of the documentary “Education Under Fire”
with discussion sessions concerning the universal right to education.
"One of the most powerful human documentaries I have ever seen, Education Under Fire is sure to galvanize viewers who will be exposed to an outrage that until now has received little attention — the systematic denial of an entire religious community of the right to pursue higher education in their own country."Elise Auerbach, Iran Specialist for Amnesty International USA


Rockford College Art Gallery @ Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
“Army of Fleabag Dreamers”

Featuring the works of Rockford-based artists Eddie Fajardo, Corey Hagberg, Joseph
Goral, Javier Jimenez and Larry Barr that work in the realm of graffiti street-art and combines
several working methods including printmaking, drawing and painting.  For this exhibit, the
artists collaborate to create an on-sight mural in the Gallery that comments on visual
culture while elevating awareness of social and political issues.  Musical performances by
Vic Monsta, Xen and King of the Demons on Friday from 7-9 p.m. and printmaking
demonstration on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Social Urban Bar & Restaurant
509 E. State Street
Presenting an inspired and original collection of work across various media by Rockford
native Drew Helge.


Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum
411 Kent Street
“The Chairs of Tinker Swiss”
Artist Jennifer Mullin-Johansson features multi-media collage art. Tour the home and see
some great art!





Tom Littrell Design
317 Market Street
“Play it again, Sam”
The continuing theme at ArtScene is revisited with new paintings, mixed media, prints,
art glass, photography and sculpture by artists including Tom Littrell, Tabatha Dougherty,
Jennifer Yakes, Lenny French, Therese Rowinski, Charles Finch, Jakob Potter, Meico
Gowan, Ron Clevenger, Liz Iven, Tom Smith, Diane Tepper and of course some “artists
at work” (maybe you) with a backdrop of “musical ramblings.”  All showcased with the
interior design elements of beautiful fabrics and wall coverings.

The Treasure Shop Florist
1274 S. Alpine Road
“Spring Flowers at Spring ArtScene”

Alan Williams captures the character of spring and summer botanicals in his floral
portraits rendered in watercolor and reverse painted glass panels.

Veterans Memorial Hall

211 N. Main Street
“Art Attack!
An exhibit featuring artists from the Rockford Art Guild in collaboration with The ELEMENT

Rockford.  Artists include Barbara Berney, Penny Cash, Vicki Crone, Christina Ditzler,
Jennifer Hillistad, Libby James, Mary Jung-Wainwright, Cristi Kniess, Paula Marsh, Debra
Mayer, Susan Meyer, Lori Hart-Piper, Kari McDonald, Melinda Peterson-Fluaitt, Cathy Pick,
Johwey Redington, Alice Rice and Janus Rose.

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