Art & Entertainment

All types of talent to be presented at Art in the Park

August 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

Rain or shine, Rockford will be the center of a storm of art on Saturday, Sept. 8 along the banks of the lovely Rogue River during the Rockford Area Arts Commission’s (RAAC) annual Art in the Park. The event, in its umpteenth year, has about 70 artists of all ilks planned. The work will be good—the show is juried, which means the RAAC is selective in what artists are allowed to participate. As in past years, some of the artists will be exhibiting their works in progress so viewers can watch them in action, whether they are painting with acrylics or oils, weaving or creating pottery art. Rockford’s own Lila Harmon is one of the organizers, and said the diversity of the show is one of the draws. She said there are many local artists whose names and work may already be familiar—think Linda Bassford, Noel Skiba, Dana Ziebarth, Lois Carpenter, Shirley Dean—but also artists from all across the state will come for the day. Mediums include painters of a variety of styles and types, photography, metal art, woodcarving, jewelry, pottery, weaving and more. As always the event is free to attend and is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It is always a rain or shine event, so we hope for good weather,” said Harmon. She noted that bad weather isn’t always a deal-breaker for those with a booth. Last year the weather was picture perfect, but two years ago the rain started about 9:00 in the morning and let up at about 4:30 p.m. “There were still plenty of people there.” Live music compliments the event, which centers around Garden Club Park by the dam and the music will be on the stage in the grass. No food vendors are invited because there are so many dining opportunities in downtown Rockford. Harmon said the event is a great opportunity for holiday shopping, and those who don’t find the perfect gift at Art in the Park should take a look at the many shops and stores Rockford offers. During the event the RAAC picks a few favorites for awards—Best in Show, Best Photography, etc. Although the public can’t vote for their favorites at this art event, they can count on all quality stuff. […]

Auction raises $50,000 for Strong Kids

February 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

Generous donations, bidding for YMCA youth campaign An ambitious goal of raising $50,000 toward the Wolverine World Wide YMCA was reached with the support of generous donors and bidders, and those who benefit will be children from local families struggling financially. The Wolverine World Wide YMCA Healthy Kids annual auction was held Friday, Feb. 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Wolverine World Wide headquarters in Rockford. The gala event included a silent and live auction and a cash bar. All proceeds will go to the Strong Kids campaign, dollars which will stay in the community as they allow membership for youth to enjoy sports, aquatics, child care and other YMCA benefits. Dave Powers Sr., Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA Board member and owner of Cannonsburg Wood Products, chairs the auction committee. “We exceeded our goal of raising $50,000 for the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA Strong Kids program and we are still counting donations that are coming in,” he stated. “We are thrilled with the results and grateful to all the generous donors for their contributions to the auction, the committee members, volunteers and staff who secured great auction items and managed this very fun event, and especially to those who purchased items or made a cash donation.” Annually the Belmont YMCA goal for the Strong Kids campaign is $115,000 and total sponsorship to the community is $136,000. The YMCA has the goal of improving the health and well-being of children and adults and offers resource and guidance to bring families closer together and foster connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests.