The Rockford Area Arts Commission

Event looking for talented artists

June 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Area Art Commission’s (RAAC) answer to its mission statement of promoting art in Rockford will be everywhere in downtown Rockford Saturday, Aug. 4 via ArtCapsule 2012. The event is looking for artists interested in showcasing their talent throughout the first week in August. There will be three divisions: photography, 2-D and 3-D. There will be two age groups in 2012: high school and adult. This year’s theme is “The Beauty of Nature.” Each year, the merchants of downtown Rockford open their doors and showcase the artwork in their stores. The public is able to vote for their favorites, and more than 1,000 votes were cast in 2011, so there is plenty of exposure for artists. ArtCapsule also allows the artists the ability to sell their entries. This is the third year of the event and organizers are working hard to make this year’s event bigger and better. The RAAC will again add music to the event at Garden Club Park throughout the day on Saturday. Add “A Taste of Rockford”—Rockford’s eateries offering samples of their fare and you have a wonderful exclamation point on a great week of celebrating the best Rockford has to offer. “We’re looking forward to a great week’s worth of art that will culminate with a tasty Art Capsule on Saturday, August 4 with music in the park, artwork in shops and restaurants, great food to sample and a city full of people out to enjoy Rockford and its arts community,” RAAC Chairman Jeff Lewis said. For more information and to download an application, please go to Watch for more information about the event in the coming weeks.

New event scheduled to kick off Ice Festival

December 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC) invites you to polish up your dancing shoes and capture the magic of a special evening they have planned for you. The inaugural Ice Festival Ball is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13 and calls itself “the perfect date.” It is easy to see why with the highlights of this special evening. With the purchase of a ticket, lucky attendees will receive a three-course dinner, entertainment, a live band, and childcare through the WWW Family YMCA. If you are like most and scratching your head over finding the perfect Christmas gift, consider this option—it has the best of all worlds. It offers excellent food, a romantic twirl in loving arms, and a safe place where the children can’t say “I’m bored.” “The Ice Festival Ball will be a great night out,” said Jeff Lewis, chairman of the RAAC. “It will showcase local artists, musicians and dancers. The proceeds will support the local arts programs and initiatives of the Rockford Area Arts Commission. We really do think an Ice Festival Ball ticket would make a great Christmas gift. And, if you don’t think your spouse will buy one for you, buy one for them.” The magic takes place surrounded by the beautiful atmosphere of Blythefield Country Club. As for entertainment, Blue Star Pilot will take the stage to urge dancing, the hands of Russ Niedzwiecki will perform magic acts, and two dance demonstrations will be performed. “People have asked me about the dress code for the event,” Lewis said. “If you want to dress up, that’s great. If you want to be casual, just don’t be jeans-and-a-sweatshirt casual. If you want to wear a tux, let me know and I’ll wear mine, too!” Since the ball is the kickoff to the Third Annual Ice Festival, Randy Finch of the Ice Brigade will be performing an ice-carving demonstration at the country club. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30, and will feature a live band, entertainment and dancing from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Childcare at the YMCA starts at 6 p.m. and children must be picked up by 10 p.m. Tickets for the Ice Festival are $100 per couple and may be purchased at Rockford City Hall, or vouchers […]