Rockford Art Capsule

ArtCapsule, Taste of Rockford slated for Saturday

August 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

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” 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 […]


August 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rockford Art Capsule–a real contest or drawing?  Dear Editor, Color me a little confused here. Have the organizers of Art Capsule given any thought to how seriously flawed the contest’s voting procedures and rules are? Done properly a contest should allow only one ballot per voter. Not so Art Capsule. Pads of tear-off ballots are readily available at participating contest venues throughout the downtown area. Ballot boxes are also scattered about at many of the same merchants. What’s to stop someone(s) from picking up multiple ballots to repeatedly vote for a favored contest entrant who just happens to be a close friend or relative? In order to insure the authenticity and validity of the voting totals the contest organizers could have chosen a single manned ballot pick-up and drop off location. The City’s downtown Welcome Center, already staffed by community volunteers, would be a perfect location. As it now stands, contest entrants are being done a disservice. They will be forever left to wonder if their work of art entry won or lost strictly based upon viewer popularity and merit or, sadder still, did they simply win or lose based upon a stuffed ballot box! Sonja Alberti Rockford

Art Capsule bigger, better despite rainy weather

August 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

Jeff Lewis, chair of the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC) and the idea guy who came up with Rockford’s Art Capsule event, said more people voted on the 30 local art displays in 2011 than in the first year. “We had a thousand votes, which was more than last year,” Lewis said. This year’s event, designed with the theme of Rockford for the art submissions, culminated on Saturday, August 8 with voting and sampling fare from Rockford restaurants in the second annual Taste of Rockford. Art Capsule voting also took place all week long with art offered in a variety of categories and venues all around downtown. Ten restaurants took part in the Taste event, with all money going to RAAC. A total of $1,300 was raised. Local restaurants participated by offering samples from spring rolls to sliders and tasty treats to top off the edible tour of downtown. Lewis said the restaurants were very generous, providing quality and quantity of impressive proportions for just a dollar or two per sample. Art Capsule was also a popular success. Best of Show was taken by Connie Kuhnle for her “Faces of Rockford.” Best Two-Dimensional Art went to local painter Linda Bassford, who presented “Watermelon Kids.” Best Three-Dimensional Art was won by Lois Carpenter with “The Dam Fish.” Best Photography was a tie between Dan DeWard with “Dream, Believe, Perform, Achieve” and Stacy Niedzwiecki with her work “Wash – Rinse – Repeat.” “It wasn’t bad for a wet, rainy day,” said Lewis.