Arts flourishing in Rockford area

Mike_Callinhan_RRAAThe arts are enjoying a resurgence in the Rockford area. In addition to the upcoming Art in the Park event on September 7, art-lovers have much more to enjoy coming up in the next couple of weeks.

First Friday Art Walk-Rockford will have new exhibits from Michigan artists in place for the First Friday of September 6. Downtown venues have grown to 15, all fourteen original locations plus Maghliese & Company at 117 Courtland St NE. Visitors can pick up a map / brochure listing venues to walk downtown Rockford and see the new September exhibits at the Welcome Center, City Hall or any venue.

A new exhibit has also been installed at Diana’s Café, 9 N. Main Street. Ruth Koster is a local artist specializing in acrylic and watercolor Ruth_Koster_at_Diana's_Cafepaintings in a wide range of styles from abstracts to floral works and landscapes. Koster has participated in many shows around the nation and this exhibit presents the best of her recent work.

The Fiber Art exhibit of Lois Carpenter’s work at the Krause Library will run through the end of August, if you have not yet seen this exhibit, time is running out so stop by soon.

A weekly “Paint Out” event hosted by The Rogue River Artists Association started August 21st with artists from all over west Michigan painting and drawing in Garden Club Park along the Rogue River. Everyone is invited to join the group and enjoy the experience of creating outdoors working amidst the beautiful local scenery. This group was formed to provide an opportunity for artists to gather and work with others of similar interests. It’s not a workshop and there is no teaching involved, it’s a social gathering of artists.

Interest in the arts has been skyrocketing lately. Membership in the Rogue River Artists Association has more than doubled in the last three months with more joining every week.

President Mary Myszka said, “It’s gratifying to see so many new artists interested in our group. We strive to provide support and opportunities to our members and I think the recent growth reflects how much artists appreciate that.” More information on the organization can be found at

More information on these upcoming events can be found on the Rockford Area Arts Commission website


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