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Date: 09/12/2008

21st Annual Fall ArtScene

by Press Release

ArtScene 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.  This year Fall ArtScene will be held on October 3rd and 4th.  Hours are Friday from 5 - 9 pm and Saturday from 3 - 9 pm.

Participating establishments:

A Movable Feast (Edgebrook Center)   1641 N. Alpine Road   815-227-0102
Artist Karen Hilliard will exhibit her contemporary collage, acrylics and watercolors.  Her work focuses on the study of textures, color and abstract form.
Anderson Japanese Gardens   318 Spring Creek Road   815-229-9390
Come experience some wonderful art featuring several local artists and take the opportunity to visit our beautiful gardens, gift shop and restaurant.  For more information visit  Saturday hours will be from 10-4 p.m.
ArtHaus Gallery   534 N. Court Street   815-316-8671
"ArtHaus Evolution"  Come see how Chad Brazle, Jude Smith and Angela Stickler have transformed this 115 year old house into qualtiy gallery space where artists can live, work and market their art.  Featured artists include; digital illustrator Barbara Berney, photo journalist Greg Bramhall and Rockford artist Sandi Uram (
ArtSpace West Gallery   1426 N. Main Street   815-963-1984
"1+1....Let's Celebrate"  Exhibit of "Realism or Not Artists Group" including Ashley Smith, Jim Fouts, Dave Reimer, Merci Carroll, Linda Conlee Johnson, Sharon Walker, Chrissy Stanfa, Toni Caccitore, Pritz Photography, Steve Edwards and more.  Works include oils, watercolors, pastels, raku, blown glass, paper mache, art to wear, metal & kinetic sculpture, jewelry, unique gifts and more.
Bennie's Cleaners   126 N. First Street   815-965-1870
"Rising to the Top"  Featured works by Jeff Coan, neon sculpture; Anne Johnson, baskets; Gordy Johnson, lath art; Sue Mount, essemblage/collage; Marsha Goodheart, watercolor/acrylics; Norm Knott, glitzy creations; Scott Mount, monoliths; Sherry Pritz, photography; Una Ryan, antique silk; Barbara Santucci, acrylics/collage; Wanie Reeverts, watercolors; Tom Littrell, acrylics; John Verl McNamara, metal sculpture; Karen Gines, acrylics; Cindy Linnabary, baskets; Carolyn Repka, acrylics; Cindy Hughes, baskets; Jeff Swanberg, photography; Karla Lombardo, acrylics and Christine Swanberg, poetry.
Bliss Beauty Lounge   120 N. Madison Street   815-713-2495
"Faces and Figures at Bliss"  An exhibit of contemporary oil and acrylic paintings and photography of figures featuring artists Janelle Iaccino, Carlene Behan and Thom Kuss.
Brio Restaurant   515 East State Street   815-968-9463
"Know How to Listen"  Nancy von Lugossy is back with more mixed media paintings that reflect her spiritual and artistic journey.  "I started this journey thirty years ago and each day reveals something new.  When you know how to listen, everyone is a Guru."
Cholke Photography & Fine Art Gallery   2211 E. State Street   815-226-9398
"Nature's Fusion"  Featured artists Robert Cholke, Debra Capriola, Sara Muender and top secret papers by an insignificant Midwest artist.  Also, a jewelry exhibit by Jessica Bruno of Orchid Morphine Designs.
Clabough Photography   136 N. First Street   815962-4776
"Impressionistic Style Photography"  Julie Garton, from Wisconsin, recycles vintage record album covers and vinyl discs into a CUSTOM CARRIER that is wearable functional art.  New this year are album wine totes and coasters.  Margaret Hutten features one of a kind greeting cards and jewelry made from unusual and ordinary materials.  An emphasis on "Green Crafting," that is using found or useless objects and repurposing them.
Cru   509 E. State Street   815-986-2633
"love. type. thing."  A graphic combination of type, toys, found objects and imagination.  Carefully recorded details accompanied by subtle messages and symbols, represent the artist's opinion and sarcastic wit.  Nicholas Dal Pra's artful aesthetic is provoked by humor and angst derived from his experiences with life, death, and everything in between.
Deborah Newton Studio   130 N. Second Street @ Market Street   815-962-1476
"Private Landscape"  Featuring new large works on canvas by Deborah Newton.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church   920 3rd Avenue   815-963-4815
"Poetry as Art"  This is a multi-media fine art show, showcasing the talents of Emmanuel artists and their friends in which art has been inspired by poetry.  There is food and live music both days, and a poetry reading session on Friday evening at 6 p.m. by Jim Roberts with open mic poetry afterwards.  Entrance to the exhibit is through the back doors of the church, right off 2nd Avenue and 6th Street.
Golan-Liberman Contemporary Art   2209 E. State Street   815-979-1944
"The Light from Within"  New creations from a variety of artists including our local "Rockford Art Power" will be on display featuring paintings, sculpture, glass, photography and more.  The space itself will undergo a fall preparation and will be dressed accordingly.  We invite you to share a one of a kind experience!
Illinois Design Center & Gallery   2219 E. State Street   815-398-3095
"Happy Days are Here Again" A mixed media exhibit of cerebral compostions and explosive colors featuring artists Michael Gerry, Ginny Krueger and Sherry Sullivan.
Ingrid Dohm Studio @ Whitehead Realty   839 N. Perryville Road   815-519-6492
"Small Works"  An exhibit featuring works by Ingrid Dohm.  Less is more!
Kegel's Bicycle Store   2605 Charles Street   815-229-5826
Featured artists include; Jessie Freiheit, oil paintings; Jane Hooker, Plain Jane hand painted whimsical art; Melinda Roach, unique handmade jewelry; Rick Hamaker, lathe turned writing instruments of exotic woods, acrylics and other unusual materials and a special display of Prototype concept bicycles from Trek Bicycles.
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden   2715 S. Main Street   815-965-8146
"Landscapes" An exhibit of botanical and horticultural art by regional artists.  Please visit for a complete listing of featured artists.
Kortman Gallery @ J.R. Kortman Center for Design   107 N. Main Street   815.968-0123
"Llamando A Todos Los Espiritus (Calling All Spirits)  A collection from a diverse group of people with varying degrees of artistic background, expressing their own ideas of the Day of the Dead.  Exhibiting artists include Isabell Abbott, Mike Abbott, Sue Bailey, Ann Cameron, Amanda Cornn, Sam Cornn, Dayna Flores, "Scary" Dan Gildea, Mari Gildea, Dennis Gulling, Sara Joseph, Naomi Karlzon, Erick Knaus, Dan Mackey, Kristin Sherman and Todd Stokes.  Curated by Mari Gildea.
Medicine Man   510 E. State Street   815-969-0960
"Back at 451: Past and Present"  Medicine Man welcomes back our good friend and artist extraordinaire John Diell.  See recent works, special surprises and guest artists.
Midtown Marketplace & Just Goods   2017th Street   815-965-8903
"Mankind's Spokesman"  An exhibit of the artistic works of Frank Salantrie.
Midwest Stone Source   915 23rd Street   815-395-8677
Six artists display their creations in the showroom location of Midwest Stone Source featuring Dee Santorini, Cindy Karnitz, Roni Golan, Salem Barker, Jay Strong and Cruz.
New Dimensions Gallery @ Womanspace   3333 Maria Linden Drive   815-877-0118
"Medusa or Madonna"  An exhibit exploring images of women portraying many facets of the feminine. 
Norstar Heating & Cooling   122 N. Second Street   815-398-1969
An exhibit featuring artists John Verl McNamara, sculptor; Mary McNamara Bernsten, printmaker and painter; Sarah Bursley McNamara, photographer and Barbara McNamara, painter. 
Northern Leaf Imaging   4801 Boeing Drive   815-494-1134
"Conceptual Vision"  Brad Nordlof (Rockford) and Doug Sperling (Chicago) will display their current conceptual visions.  Brad is a landscape photographer.  His images capture nature and are displayed with size and power in order to transfer the unique experience and concept to the viewer.  Doug is a professional commercial photographer.  His images are a tribute to artists like Euclid and Doppler in which he includes repeating patterns, synchronous lines and the concept of infinity.  Also featured will be Ingrid Dohm's latest works. 
Octane Interlounge   124 N. Main Street   815-965-4012
"Deck Envy"  Father and son, Keith Grace and Cole Grace draw on the inspiration of each other to create their own style of skate-board graphics, paintings and collages. 
Perfect Frame   6450 E. Riverside Blvd.   815-654-8500
"Perfect Frame's Gallery"  Painter, David Coffey will be back to show some of his unique art and textile artist Barb McArdle, one-of-a-kind handmade bags.  Photographers, Jim Spelman and Mark West and artists Nikki Robinson and Pat Eichman. 
Phoenix Traders   215 7th Street   815-962-4212
"Kimo and the Moon Breakin' the Rules"  An art show and book signing featuring Timothy Kimo Brien and Heather Moon Sofran.  Black Light Buddha Batiks from Nepal will also be featured.

Poska   2213 E. State Street   815-316-2979
An exhibit featuring artists David Dreisbach, Roland Poska and Kate Rauss.  Prints from Dreisbach's suite entitled "Poems and Etchings" by Johnson and Dreisbach.  Kate Rauss creatively reworks antique and vintage jewelry into new pieces.  Featured in numerous national magazines recently including Vogue and Elle her pieces are a must have addition to your collection.

Rockford Art Museum   711 N Main St   815-968-2787
"2008 Rockford Midwestern"  This juried biennial exhibition features 100 original paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photographs by 90 artists from across the Midwest.  Award-winners include, Eric Mecum (Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award), Joseph Church (Best of Show), Kay Westhues (Best 2-D) and Susan Dwyer (Best 3-D).  Local artists include Stephen Warde Anderson, John Bell, Katie Bell, Danielle Burbach, Paul Burkholder, Ingrid Dohm, Yale Factor, Keith Grace, Debra Grall, Mary Hakala, Kristy Luck, Kristine Allen McMahon, David Menard, Deborah Newton, Paul Pinzarrone, Cherri Rittenhouse-Schwaiger and Alfred Stark. 
Rockford Art Museum Annex   711 N. Main Street   815-968-2787
"Les Amis"  Featured artists include Sandee Appell, Baktybek Asanbekov, Barb Berney, Cindy Brown, Diane Dailing, Michelle Dorr, Gayle Heinneman, John Martin, Leslie Nautiyal, Mike Pizzuto, Sandi Uram and Holly Wohjahn.  Medias include oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings, jewelry, pottery and sculpture.

Rockford College Art Gallery   5050 E. State Street   815-226-4034
"Crossroads"  A cross section of paintings by artist educator Mary Glynn-Boies highlighting her current work alongside selected earlier paintings in a solo exhibition.  Her paintings are stilled narratives spotlighting children seemingly absorbed in ordinary activities but placed in surroundings steeped in potentiality.

The Art of Healing Gallery @ MIldred Berry Center   8616 Northen Avenue   815-720-5097
"The Art of Healing" The purpose of the gallery is to showcase the talents of adults and children with mental illness and to demonstrate how the arts are an important part of the recovery process.
The Frame Shoppe/Gallery (Edgebrook Center)   1641 N. Alpine Road   815-398-8402
This upbeat exhibition presents art by Rockford Art Guild members.  Many of our award-winning artists will be included. 
Veteran's Memorial Hall   211 N. Main Street   815-969-1999
"Freedom Delivered"  A multi-media art exhibit on two floors in Veteran's Memorial Hall featuring works by Tom Linden, Kris Ball, Stephanie Jordan, Ted Simmering and artists from The Plein Air Group.  Historic art will also be on display from Veteran's Memorial Hall.

YWCA of Rockford   4990 E State Street   815-968-9681
"Pieces of Meditative Reflection"  Featured artist includes Mary Wedemeyer.  "Photography has infinite possibilities to thos who fall in love with the experience.  For me, it unfolds new discoveries about the world of creation and myself.  It is a meditative reflection."  Mary Wedemeyer 

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