Rockford Harvest Festival

Harvest Fest entertainer shares story of life in world of art

October 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

Visitors to the three weekends of Harvest Fest are sure to enjoy new experiences, but can also find plenty of familiar faces. This year’s three weekends of festivities include the Make-it and Take-it Scarecrow event at the Rockford Historical Museum all three weekends, September 25 and 26, October 2 and 3 and October 9 and 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Rotary chicken BBQ dinner sale is a favorite that began in 1983 and takes place at the Rotary Pavilion on the corner of Squires and Courtland streets (see related article, page 1) and features drive-up curbside service. Dinners are $9. Also a returning favorite is caricature artist Louise Bauer, who has been coming to Harvest Fest for over a decade, entertaining audiences as she sketches in front of the Welcome Center near Great Northern Trading Company. Bauer said her quiet personality may lead people to believe she isn’t a funny person, but humor, as well as art, has always been important to her—one of her lectures she offers is on the healing power of humor. She is known at Harvest Fest for the quick caricatures she sketches, but considers herself a fine artist and has a portfolio packed with drawings of people, pets and nature and a history of illustrating books for publishing companies. “I always wanted to be an artist,” Bauer said of her background, and noted that as a little girl she was always drawing. Art, like music, can be a tough career choice, with many more people aspiring to make a living from their passions than jobs are available, but Bauer is an example of success in her field. She studied art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and returned to Michigan, where she went to school at Kendall College of Art and Design and earned her BFA. Her advice to others, who would like to make a living as an artist, is to “keep knocking on doors and making phone calls” in pursuit of a job. “If you make a lot of phone calls, eventually something comes through,” she advised. Bauer always dreamed of working for Disney and started with a job at an animation company, making movies of Bible stories. There she painted cells. She worked […]

Chicken dinner, urban camping, first weekend of Harvest Festival

September 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

Hayrides, scarecrow, art kids events all three weekends “If the Colonel [Sanders] had our recipe he’d have been a General,” said Rotarian Rick Ehinger of the annual Rockford Rotary chicken BBQ dinner sale to be held this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The sale takes place at the Rotary Pavilion on the corner of Courtland and Squires streets beginning at noon on Friday, September 24. Friday kicks off the first of three weekends of Harvest Festival with returning entertainment, The Great Pumpkin at Garden Club Park, a beer tent at Grill One Eleven, a brand new urban camping event and more. Among the three weekends of activities will be an art show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Herman’s Boy, 220 Northland Drive, each Saturday with working artists and art for sale. Throughout downtown there will be childrens activities, including face painting at Frenz and a pumpkin contest at Sweet Tooth. The urban camping event takes place off Main Street and will feature a local Air Stream camper with modifications, a Volkswagon camper and more. The self-contained units will be open for public inspection and may become an annual event. Jim Bodenner, owner of the Air Stream, said urban camping is a new idea and allows campers to an urban area to enjoy shopping, dining and other local ammenities. The Rotary BBQ dinner is the organization’s largest fundraiser. This year money raised from the $9 dinners will go toward improvements to the Rotary Pavilion (where the sale is held). In addition to sit-down dining, a drive-up service is offered for your convenience. See more Harvest Festival savings and events on pages 10 and 11 and watch next week’s Squire for more Harvest Festival news.

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