The community is invited to hone their eyes and prepare their appetites for this year’s ArtCapsule and A Taste of Rockford. These crowd favorites are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4 from noon until 4 p.m. This is the third year for both of these events, hosted by the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC), and they have been crowd favorites. Both events display the best that Rockford has to offer through amazing artwork and delicious food.
Plenty of talent will be showcased during ArtCapsule. There are three categories: 3-D, 2-D and photography. During the week, visitors may check out the artwork at various venues and then vote for their favorite entries on Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. Ballot boxes will appear throughout the downtown area on Saturday—just look for the tents with banners to enter your votes.
New this year is an app for the two events. It was designed by Jeff Lewis of Fluis Inc., who is also chair of the RAAC, and features plenty of bells and whistles.
“We are trying to make it easier for people to find ArtCapsule artwork and A Taste of Rockford samples this year,” said Lewis. “We have created a mobile website that visitors with smartphones can access at http://bit.ly/ArtCapsule2012.”
On the mobile website, visitors may see the artwork, the artists’ bios and a map of the venues where the artwork is displayed. Also featured is a menu for A Taste of Rockford and the location of the restaurants for ease in locating the food samples.
A special entry for ArtCapsule will be featured throughout the week, and will be on permanent display at Rockford High School during the upcoming months. It is entitled “Courage,” and is the only teen entry in this year’s event. The work is a collaborative installation by 14 recent Rockford High School graduates. The school purchased four flags from the West Michigan Healing Field and worked on various pieces for the artwork. The work features ceramics, sculpture, carpentry and multi-media to commemorate the flags and the victims attacked in America on 9/11/02. The public is advised that this entry cannot be seen on Saturday, due to the school being closed on weekends, but are welcome to visit the school to see this wonderful display during normal school hours through the summer.
A Taste of Rockford features Rockford’s eateries offering samples of their fare for $1 tickets. The proceeds from A Taste of Rockford will be going to the RAAC, who is grateful to the restaurants taking part in this crowd favorite. Nine participating restaurants are preparing samples that will cost from between one and three tickets, so visitors are assured a taste of participating restaurants’ offerings for a fantastic price. This year the samples will be located at the participating restaurant’s front door. For easier access, visitors may purchase tickets at tents strategically placed throughout town on Saturday, with the main location at the Welcome Center, located on Squires Street. Maps and menus will be available the day of the event.
There will be an After Glow following the event on Saturday at 4 p.m. for the artists at the Frame & Mat Shop, with celebratory wine and cheese to thank them for their entries into this event. A group photo will be taken at 4:30 p.m. at the Rockford Dam.
“ArtCapsule wouldn’t be possible without the support of the nine local restaurants participating in A Taste of Rockford this year,” Lewis said. “Not only do they add ‘flavor’ to the event, the proceeds they raise through ticket sales funds artist prizes and event expenses. We are so grateful to the businesses willing to move merchandise, rearrange fixtures, set lighting and work with the artists to display their works. It’s wonderful that Rockford supports its arts community through ArtCapsule and A Taste of Rockford. We’re grateful to the patrons, the City, Heart of Rockford and especially the volunteers who have made this yearly event possible.”
A Taste of Rockford Menu
- Corner Bar—Hot Dogs
- Herman’s Boy—Pulled Pork and Turkey Salad Sliders
- Poindexter’s—Dip Samples
- Grand Cakes—Cupcake Samples
- Grill One Eleven—Spring Rolls
- Marinades—Wood Oven Pizza
- Twisted Vine—Smoked Turkey Dep/Cherry Chutney
- Custard by the Dam—Apple Crisp
- Dam Dogs—All Beef Dogs