ArtScene and First Fridays

ArtScene is a regional, biannual, gallery walk hosted at over 30 locations throughout Winnebago County. During ArtScene weekends, existing galleries, and pop-up galleries alike, display and sell the work of dozens of local artists. Admission to every venue is free and open to the public–ArtScene is an ideal event for getting to know local artists and purchasing their most recent work.

First Fridays serve as a traditional downtown event in Rockford; the opening of shops, galleries, and restaurants featuring local artist’s work, is a much anticipated monthly happening.

Fall ArtScene 2021

ArtScene, a biannual gallery walk, is hosted by the Arts Council, featuring new and established artists of the Rockford Region. Visitors to ArtScene are welcome at any of the venues listed—there is no admission fee and all are welcome. All participating venues are adhering to the current Winnebago County Health Department COVID-guidelines and require masks.

ArtScene offers a wide variety of art to appreciate and purchase including jewelry, paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, quilts/fiber art, and more! Artists are available for conversation—sharing the approach and inspiration for their work. Select venues have food and beverages available for their visitors, at no cost, and most surrounding restaurants and shops are open for your enjoyment.

Fall ArtScene’s kickoff will begin with the Poetry Prelude, 4 p.m., at Rockford City Hall, October 1. 

Fall ArtScene 2021 is October 1 and 2—5-9 p.m. on Friday night and 4-9 p.m. on Saturday night. All venues will have maps/artist listings for visitors.



Venue locations include:

317 Art Collective – 317 Market St, Rockford IL 61107 ADA Accessible
Luminescence. Featuring: Eamonn James, Laura Gomel, Brett Whitacre, Kyle Kufrin, Melinda Cook, Melissa Powers, Jason Gough, Angie Loptien-Nofsinger, Breanda Fedie, Summer Wagner, Dylan Rose, Paige Griffen & Carmen Turner. Additionally on the ground floor we will have work by Carla Leikam, Nicole Landreth, Rhiannon Yandell, and Chris McDermand

Bennie’s Cleaners – 126 N 1st St, Rockford, IL 61107 ADA Accessible
What’s a little dysfunction among friends? Featuring: Savon Blosser, Terry Brown, Jose Sente, Lisa Frost, Drew Eurek, Marsha Goodheart, Norm Knott, Karla Lombardo, Manny Tang, Shannon Blosser, Mic Steede, Meg Turley, Tom Linden, Joelene Chinn, Sherrie Dorr, Karl Jahnke, Karen Gines, Scott Mount, Sue Mount, Rachel Bonacquisti, Rico Alvarado, Dave Taylor, Susan Berry, Jeff Ward, Adam Cantrell

Crypto Cafe – 221 E State St, Rockford, IL 61104 -UPPER
Featuring: 815 Prints, Rhiannon Yandell, Jose Sente, Meaghan Hendricks

Fraim & Mortar – 3022 Wallin Ave, Rockford, IL 61101 ADA Accessible
FIRE SALE. Featuring: MainfraiM, Asia, Asa Burnley, Barn Owl, Dustin Eckhardt, Carrie Johnson, Carmen Turner, Collin Harrison, Jenny Mathews

Future Studio – 317 W Jefferson, Rockford IL, 61101 ADA Accessible
Featuring: Neil Bloom, Albert Riley, Summer Wagner and Guest

GEM: Gather, Engage, Make  – 406 E State St, Rockford IL 61104 ADA Accessible
Featuring: Sarah Reed McNamara – SRM Prints, Britt Bunton, Holiday Hearts and Crafts, Kristin Hastings, Wolf Wren Press, Mona Lindvall Designs, Current Location Press, Jenny Mathews, Paige Griffin, Jasmine Rose, Quarry House Press, Andria Green, Every Person Vintage, Ayadora Natural Skincare, Tempest Jones, LaToya Wade … and more!

Here  – 727 1st Ave, Rockford, IL 61104 ADA Accessible
Featuring: Rkfd x Fatherless

Heritage Museum Park – 1129 S Main St, Rockford, IL 61101 ADA Accessible
Featuring: Angel Rodriguez, Tania Media, Cristina Mandujano, Rodrigo Ceballos, Rocky Espinoza, Javier Jimenez, Karen Ponce, Angel Ortiz, Rosa Salinas, Mia Villarreal, Rico Alvardo, Angie Scordato, Adrienne Hare

Indigo – 333 E State St, Rockford, IL 61104 ADA Accessible
Featuring: 22+ women small business owners and featured artists including Nicole Zurita, Cindy Fonseca, and more!

Infinite Soul Vibrations – 333 E State St Ste 108, Rockford, IL 61104

Ingrid Dohm Studio and Gallery – 1764 Squaw Prairie Rd, Belvidere, IL 61008

The Irish Rose – 519 E State St, Rockford, IL 61104
Father and Son Expose. Featuring: Jorge Martinez, Luis Martinez

J.R. Kortman Center for Design – 107 N Main St, Rockford IL 61101
ARTISTRY IN EYEWEAR. Featuring: Candice Johnson, Socorro Mucino, Merly Morris, Brian Estep, Jesus Correa, Fatherless, Scott Urban, Nick Cashmere, and Brett Whitacre

Katie’s Cup – 502 7th St, Rockford, IL 61104 ADA Accessible
Express-o Yourself: A Celebration of Local Art & Artists. Featuring: Showcase Artist: Sheila Hecox – Terrabella Jewelry, Terry Poffinbarger, Tom Asher, Jay Gilmore, David Van Delinder, John Messley, Twitchy Kitty Studios-Renee Rieskamp

LaLoggia Construction – 623 N Madison St, Rockford, IL 61107 ADA Accessible
Featuring: Rob (Shredwood) Mulkins

Meta Beauty Collective – 2209 E State St, Rockford IL 61104 ADA Accessible
Fears. Featuring: Margaret McGraw, Ashley Jilek, Michaela Wachlin, Julia Rennicke

The Milk House @ Pioneer Hall – 121 S Madison St, Rockford IL 61104
Featuring: Rockford Lutheran High art school students

Nancie King Mertz  – 905 Ridgewood Rd, Rockford IL 61107 Partially ADA Accessible

Octane – 124 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61101 ADA Accessible
“Paradise Places in the North Country” & “Influential Figures”.  Featuring: Judith Meyer
Rachel Bonacquisti

Rockford Art Guild@ Mount Olive Lutheran Church – 2001 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
We Are What We Art. Featuring: Rebecca Taylor, Nicole Taylor, John Naretta, Jean Apgar, Delores Burkholder, Jean Brough, Dawn Vich, Bill Burns, John Hantsch, Barry Dock, Janet MacGregor, Arlene Coffeen, Anne Totenhagen-Johnson, Chuck Gregory, Janus Rose, Michelle Dahl, Kat Heitzman, Debra Mayer, Jeff Metheny, Barbara Larson, Brian Spade, Greg LaMont, John Wemmer, Beth Wemmer

Rockford City Hall – 425 E State St, Rockford, IL 61104
Poetry Prelude @ 4PM

Rockford Roasting Company – 206 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61101 Partially ADA Accessible
Featuring: Benjamin Chauvin, Oliver Davis, Megan Devine, Rebecca Druien, Paige Griffin, Natalie Praneis, Andrew Rodden, Samantha Wagner, Erin Zeller

Rockford Roasting Company – 416 S Main St, Rockford, IL 61101 ADA Accessible
Shine. Featuring: Mario Duarte, Jenny Mathews

Smith & Sons – 315 Market St, Rockford IL 61107
10 years in the making- Fine Art Photography by Nathan Arroyave

TEST SITE – 213 N 3rd St, Rockford, IL 61107

TEST SITE – 614 E Jefferson St, Rockford, IL 61107

TEST SITE – 510A Market St, Rockford, IL 61107

Three Ravens Studio – 1404 N Main St Ste 2, Rockford, IL 61103
Featuring: Thomas Harrison, Joslyn Cnota

The Underground – 418 E State St, Rockford IL 61104 ADA Accessible
Featuring: Roni Golan

The Rockford Mass Transit District trolley will be running for the Fall ArtScene! Park and ride for free!  Please see the map above for the route and the numbered stops.

Trolley graciously provided by:

ArtScene signs created by

ArtScene flyers designed by