Rockford Area Arts Commission

A Taste of Rockford to be nine times bigger than last year

August 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Grand finale of ArtCapsule this Saturday—all over town  For those who enjoyed generous and delicious samples of Rockford restaurants last year, prepare to multiply your experience by nine. A Taste of Rockford will now take place inside or in front of nine local eateries rather than in one location. A Taste of Rockford, live music and, of course, impressive art by nearly 30 artists will all be available on Saturday, August 6 in the grand finale of the second annual ArtCapsule by the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC). RAAC’s answer to its mission statement of promoting art in Rockford will be everywhere in downtown Rockford this week via ArtCapsule 2011. This is the second year of the event and it has grown in both entries and venues. There are 30 artists featured in 22 venues with plenty of talent showcased in the three categories of 3-D, 2-D and photography. During the week, visitors may pick up ballots at any participating venue, check out the artwork and vote for their five favorite entries. During the week, ballot boxes will be at Frame and Mat Shop, Great Northern Trading Company, and A Charmed Life… Nail Salon and more ballot boxes will appear throughout the downtown area on Saturday. Add “A Taste of Rockford”—Rockford’s eateries offering samples of their fare for $1 tickets on Saturday, and you have a wonderful exclamation point on a great week of celebrating the best Rockford has to offer. The proceeds from A Taste of Rockford will be going to RAAC this year, so the commission is grateful to the restaurants taking part in this crowd favorite. 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. Last year restaurants gathered at one location, while this year the samples will be located at the participating restaurant’s front door. For easier access, visitors may purchase tickets at tables strategically placed throughout town on Saturday, with the main location at the Welcome Center, located on Squires Street. “We’re looking forward to a great week’s worth of art that will culminate with a tasty ArtCapsule on Saturday, August 6 with music in the park, artwork in shops and […]

Art, food and music to be featured next week

July 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rockford’s second annual ArtCapsule event begins Monday, August 1, in downtown Rockford with artwork displayed in a variety of stores and shops. Artists work should reflect the the City of Rockford. The event, a cooperative effort between the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC) and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, will feature photography, paintings, two and three dimensional works of a variety of artists. Visitors can view and vote on the work throughout the week and again there will be a social media voting at the RAAC’s facebook page. Rockford ArtCapsule 2011 culminates Saturday, August 6 with a Taste of Rockford and live music from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Garden Club Park. This year’s Taste of Rockford will feature samples of downtown’s most flavorful fare for a dollar a taste and will take place throughout downtown at each of the City’s participating restaurants. Tickets for the Taste of Rockford can be purchased in front of the Welcome Center (located in front of Great Northern Trading Company’s door). The ArtCapsule is limited to 100 artists, who have been responsible for finding a venue at which to display their work. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. Voting takes place Saturday and online through the week-long display. Jeanne Gregory, Executive Director of the Rockford Chamber, said the event was well received last year and people have been looking forward to another exciting ArtCapsule. Adding live music will contribute to the fun atmosphere.

Students invited to 2011 Arts Camp

June 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

Experience the magic of visual and performance arts The Rogue River Theatre, sponsored by Rockford Area Arts Commission, is holding the eighth annual Summer Theatre Arts Camp July 18-22 at North Rockford Middle School. Several children from the Rockford area schools entered the camp’s t-shirt contest for best design to be used on the 2011 camp t-shirt. Pictured is first-place winner Destiny Batchelder from Roguewood Elementary School. Earning second place was Elise DenBraber, taking third was Peyton Heowski, and Keelyn Fife earned fourth place. To register for the camp—the theme this year is “Fairytales, Myths and Lore”—with classes in visual and performance arts by professional instructors, call (616) 874-5264. The camp is for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.  

RAAC holds fundraiser at Barnes & Noble

March 31, 2011 // 0 Comments

On Friday, April 1, the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC) will hold a fundraiser at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Woodland Mall, where 10 percent of anything purchased in the store will benefit the arts in Rockford. If you’re looking for something to do during spring break, stop in and buy a latte and a magazine or some gifts for your Easter basket. Be sure to tell the cashier you are with the RAAC. However, e-books and gift certificates are excluded. You’re heading to the beach, you say? No worries! You can shop online at between April 1 and 6, and the RAAC will still get 10 percent of your purchase. Just put in this code number when you check out: Bookfair ID # 10441921. Have fun shopping and supporting your favorite programs like Art in the Park, ArtCapsule, Rogue River Community Theater, and the Rockford Band, Orchestra and Choir. Stay tuned for a new event this summer called Rock the Dam!  

City plaque honors ‘Water Dance’ sculptor

February 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Recently the City of Rockford installed a plaque recognizing Steve Anderson of Anderson’s Metal Sculpture. Squire readers will recall last May’s installation of the beautiful stainless steel “Water Dance” sculpture on the face of the Rockford Dam. Located above the three-fish sculpture, the plaque honors the sculptor for his work of art and his generous donation of all labors in bringing “Water Dance” to life. Also recognized were the Downtown Development Authority, the Rockford Area Arts Commission, and the City of Rockford for their financial support in part. “Water Dance” has transformed the face of the dam and has been enjoyed by countless visitors since its installation. An informal survey conducted by The Rockford Squire following the installation indicates that most viewers believe the cement wall background of the sculpture should be painted to showcase and make “Water Dance” more highly visible. In viewing the sculpture from the dam overlook or the Bridge Street bridge, one finds the work of art blending into the background. A background color suggested most often was “flat black.” Most believed that the gleaming stainless steel fish would really “pop” leaping against a black background. What do you think? Call the Squire office at (616) 866-4465 and give us your opinion.

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