Art, music, nature at Art in the Park

Take the opportunity to enjoy one of Rockford’s last summer festivals before the three weekends of Harvest Festival kick off the fall. On Saturday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Rockford Area Arts Commission will be hosting its annual juried art sale and exhibition in Garden Club Park.  

ART, MUSIC, NATURE—All here for you at Garden Club Park in downtown Rockford this Saturday. In addition to a lovely setting with a wide variety of art from fabric, photography, painting, glasswork, sculpture and more, the day also features live music. Rockford’s Art in the Park has been a downtown festival for generations and is always filled with beautiful and unique art. In past years some of the artists demonstrated their skills during the day’s activities.

Organizer Susie Clements said there are 29 artists plus the Rogue River Artists Association participating this year.   In addition to beautiful works of art on display there will also be an eclectic mix of live musical entertainment.

The musicians this year will be The Proulx brothers, Gordon, Mark and Greg; Renee VandeWege; Kayle Clements and Blue Star Pilot (Chris Lewis, Sam Briggs, and Ryder Jones).

Clements said the combination of beautiful art to view or purchase, the live music and the lovely natural setting on the banks of the Rogue River will continue to ensure the success of the event.

Returning artists include Jochen Ditterich and Cathy McCarthy, members of the Woodland Weavers Guild project which has a collaborate piece entered in ArtPrize.

Rockford photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki also participating in ArtPrize and was one of the entries in ArtCapsule.

Other artists include MariStar Golub, a member of West Michigan Potter’s Guild and Steve Brunger, who uses corals that he finds on the beaches at Point Betsie Lighthouse to create custom jewelry.

Artist Hope Atkinson uses rice paper, paint, and a marbling technique to create collage style translucent paintings.

Amy Kieliszewski creates her work in memory of her daughter Ashleigh, who passed away from Neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. September is National Childhood Awareness month for the disease and Kieliszewski is participating in Art in the Park to promote this awareness.

Last year’s winners were Tonya Rund, Jochen Ditterich, Alison Dells, Karen Agopian, Chad Anderson, and David Piszczek (Best of Show).

For more information visit or find the event on Facebook.

Clements noted that the annual art show is such a tradition in Rockford, today’s organizers have no idea when the first event was held.They would love to know but are confident it will be the success it always has. “It’s become a Rockford tradition,” Clements said.

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