Therese Rowinski is a free-lance artist and muralist who works in acrylics, oils and watercolors. Her murals can be found in residential homes, businesses and restaurants. She has artwork in several states including two exterior murals in Florida.
She participates regularly in various local art shows including “Unforgettable Art,” “Spring and Fall ArtScene” and “Doors of Rockford.”
She is co-owner of 317 Market Street Studio and Gallery in downtown Rockford. Therese has taught art to children K-5th grade through Young Rembrandts.
Sixty years ago, ten amateur artists formed the Rockford Art Guild (RAG) to help encourage and support each other. Over the years RAG has provided education, resources and support to its’ members.The Guild organizes shows for members, such as the annual show at Nicholas Conservatory, Rockford Art Museum, Mendelssohn PAC, Katie’s Cup, Rockford Area Arts Council’s Spring & Fall ArtScene just to name a few. Dee is currently the president of the Rockford Art Guild. To celebrate their 60th anniversary, RAG is creating a MOSAIC of art guild work featuring 60 pieces of 8x8” art produced by present and past Guild members, combined into one mosaic of art telling the story of the Guild – the variety of color and movement and subject reflects the great variety of people and their art that is present in the Guild. The Mosaic Artwork will be shown at the Guild’s show “We are Rockford”, (through June 7th) at the Rockford Art Museum as well as Fall ArtScene in October. http://www.rockfordartguild.com
Susan Schumacher is an artist with more than 32 years experience teaching art to all ages. As an arts integration specialist, she works with teachers to design and conduct art projects that reinforce learning on specific topics, including, but not limited to:
Susan has been published in School Arts Magazine and was selected as an arts educator of the year by the Illinois Alliance for Arts in Education. She has been a presenter at the Art Institute of Chicago and has years of experience writing curriculum, conducting workshops and facilitating projects with groups. In her free time, she paints in watercolor and acrylics, enjoys fibers and mixed media, and designs and creates agate jewelry.
Jeff Sprecher’s art prowess began early in high school. As a freshman at West High in Rockford, one of his art class projects was chosen for exhibit at the Young Artist Show at the Burpee Museum. Jeff’s creativity expanded beyond painting, although this is where his passion and satisfaction lies, he became a new product designer and inventor. He’s designed many new projects, logos and even wrote a screenplay.
He just recently moved back to the Rockford area to be closer to family and he hopes to start exhibiting and selling his artwork.
Nancy von Lugossy is a California native who grew up on Long Island, New York. She has been living in Rockford for the past 14 years. The mixed media paintings she is currently creating are an amalgam of her last 52 years of experience. She started out studying Philosophy, has a degree in Marketing, and studied Environmental Design at Parson’s School of design in New York. She worked as an Interior Designer in New York until moving to Europe with her husband and daughter in 1991. Moving to Rockford created the challenge of fulfilling herself creatively and taking care of her 3 year old daughter.
Painting was something she could do in between school runs and birthday parties. When her daughter’s school lost their art teacher she filled in for a year. That experience connected her to the Rockford Area Arts Council and the Rockford Art Museum. The Art Museum eventually invited her to be its Artist-in-Residence for the 2002-2003 school year. She has sold her work at the Greenwich Village Art Fair, Art on the Lawn, Spring ArtScene, Fall ArtScene, her own gallery, and to numerous private collectors. A few years ago she took up welding and now with two MIG welders and a plasma cutter in her garage welding studio she’s ready to begin another chapter. To be continued…..
Artist Statement Art is an organic expression that grows from an artist’s soul. Over the years that expression takes many forms. Today my work is taking shape with metal, bark, and beeswax. My schooling was in architecture as sculpture in the environment. Even though these works are small in comparison, to me they are three dimensional spaces within our collective mind.
Nick Votava is a young artist born and raised in Rockford, IL. Nick earned his B.F.A. in painting from the University of Iowa in 2012. Aside from painting he also enjoys working in the mediums of sculpture and printmaking. Nick has shown work in individual and group exhibitions and worked as a gallery coordinator while attending school.
Current Artist Statement:
Rerun, Restate, Repeat
About three years ago I was making Valentines Day cards with a boy as part of a club activity in which I was a member. The boy was mentally and physically disabled, and could not communicate verbally. I handed him a piece of paper and a crayon. As I was drawing on my own valentine I occasionally looked up and watched the boy work. It was amazing to see what he was doing. His paper was covered with an unrecognizable form that he repeated over and over again. He had not been taught to draw this way and could not explain to me why he enjoyed drawing like this, but his hand kept moving in the exact pattern time and time again. It was as if he was searching for a constant in a world of unknowns. I may never meet that boy again, but each time I pick up a pen I am reminded to search for those details we can control. I am reminded to pursue my journey with my entire being. I am reminded to always pursue my craft in a way that makes sense to me. I am reminded to rerun, restate, and repeat.
Artist Carolyn Williams is from Rockford, and still lives here with her husband Tommy Williams, son Thomas, and her lovely 3 year old granddaughter Kamiya. She has two other daughters who reside outside of Illinois, both married and have 3 children each. Carolyn worked 31 years for Hamilton Sundstrand as a Material analysist but retired in 2008.
Caroly has always loved and appreciated art but didn’t start painting herself until 2002. Inspired by a picture that her younger sister described as a great picture that was in a liquidation sale, but when she went back to see it for herself it was sold. That is when Carolyn made her first attempt to paint on canvas. Her first painting was of an abstract jazz band that’s been donated to, and is on display at Booker Washington Center here in Rockford. Her family, church family, co-workers and strangers alike have encouraged her to continue painting.
Carolyn is blessed with a God given talent that allows her to express herself through impressions of family and folks from southern culture expressed in mid-western upbringing. Her work is passionately painted in acrylics on canvas in colors that will come alive to celebrate and inspire the traditions that reflect the life she lives.