The 2017 Greenwich Village Art Fair (GVAF) takes place Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17—rain or shine—on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum (RAM) at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., in downtown Rockford, Illinois. The annual two-day outdoor event features 132 artists, live music by local musicians, an artisan marketplace, children's art activities, and more. Established in 1948, Greenwich is the longest running art fair of its kind in the Midwest. Alpine Bank is the presenting sponsor for the 24th consecutive year; premier sponsors are the Blazer Foundation, Dean Alan Olson Foundation, and The Rock River Times. 

Gates are open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday. Admission at the gate is $7 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Advance tickets are $5 and are available at any Alpine Bank location and at the Rockford Art Museum Store. Ticket proceeds help support RAM programs throughout the year. 

Exhibiting at this year’s fair are 132 artists from around the region and across the nation. Types of artwork represented include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles, photography, wood, mixed media, and more. Artists compete for awards on the first day of the fair, where their work will be viewed by 2017 Judge Jason Judd, a curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University, art editor for BITE Magazine, and Rockford native. Learn more about him at jasonajudd.com. Awards, including Best of Show and Judge’s Choice awards, will be presented Sunday, Sept. 17. List of exhibiting artists at end of article.

For the fourth year in row, the Rockford Mass Transit District Trolley bus will transport fairgoers from parking lots off site at no charge. Special events at the fair include Greenwich After Hours (Sat, 6–8 p.m.) at Point Bar inside the fair, Bistro Breakfast both days, and the annual Art Raffle, announced Sunday, with raffle prizes of original artwork donated by five exhibiting artists.

Greenwich Main Stage, sponsored by Mary’s Place, features live music all day, both days, by local musicians includingLong-shot, Taboo Blah Blah, the Lukewarm Club of America, Andrew Robinson, American Relic, and more. All sets included with fair admission.

Local and regional vendors at the Greenwich Artisan Marketplace this year include the Beaded Zoo, Wind Ridge Herb Farm, Rockford Woodcrafts, Candle Crest Soy Candles, Soap of the Earth, Canine Crunchery, and Yackle Tees with Greenwich T-shirts. Food and drink vendors include JavaMania Coffee Roastery, We-B-Popp’n Kettle Korn, Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza, Hey Brothers Ice Cream & Waffle Cones, Pig Minds Brewing Company, and Hermes Popcorn. Located near the Greenwich Main Stage, Village Pub serves grilled fare favorites, sodas, teas, and LaMonica brands.

Kortman Gallery Point Bar features signature cocktails, mixed drinks and fine wines, and presents several on-site events during the fair. Point Bar hosts GREENWICH AFTER HOURS on Saturday night (6–8 p.m., with DJ Fuzz, cash bar, free admission, open to the public). Point Bar also features the Better Business Bureau of Rockford EMERGING ARTIST BOOTH, featuring local emerging artists selected by Kortman Gallery, along with its own Local Emerging Artist Award sponsored by the gallery and J.R. Kortman Center for Design. BISTRO BREAKFASTS—featuring made-to-order crepes (Saturday) and omelets (Sunday)—are served both days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $7 includes complimentary coffee or cocktail. Point Bar has LIVE MUSIC at noon both days, with Jim Hagerty on Saturday, and Tim Shaffer on Sunday. The RAM MEMBERSHIP BOOTH is also located near Point Bar, where visitors can easily join the art museum or renew their membership for the upcoming year.

Kids can make their own take-home art based on this year’s theme, “Awesome Animals,” at the popular Creations by Kids tent. Hands-on art activities are $1 each, or $5 for all 6. The Creations tent opens both days at 10 a.m. and closes one hour before the fair.

Also on sale now are tickets for the 2017 Art Raffle, $5 each or 3 for $10. Raffle tickets are available at Rockford Art Museum Store and will be available on site during the event. Drawing will be held Sunday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m.; ticketholders need not be present to win.

Admission to the fair also includes FREE admission to Rockford Art Museum; the current feature exhibition, Bittersweet Observations (through Oct. 1), includes paintings, prints and more by Rockford artists Jenny Mathews, Sarah Reed-McNamara, and Jeremy Klonicki.

Presenting Sponsor: Alpine Bank; Premier Sponsors: The Blazer Foundation, Dean Alan Olson Foundation, The Rock River Times. Supporting Sponsors: Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Northern Public Radio WNIJ/WNIU, Rockford Mass Transit District, Rockford Mutual Insurance Company, Joan Stonecipher, SwedishAmerican Foundation; Contributing Sponsors: Better Business Bureau of Rockford, Illinois State Credit Union, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, Peak Fitness Inc., Perryville Pet Hospital, and Rasmussen College. Award Sponsors include Lon and Dick Behr, Evergreen Ball Board, Rockford Association for Minority Management, WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, Wipfli LLP, Women's Art Board of Rockford Art Museum, River District Association, Kortman Gallery and J.R. Kortman Center for Design.

FULL LIST OF EXHIBITING ARTISTS
Exhibiting artists include: John Ames (Chicago, IL), mixed media 2D; Larry Anderson (Lake Zurich, IL), wood; Josh Baker (Westchester, IL), photography; Shawn Barbagallo (South Beloit, IL), ceramics; David Barnes (North Aurora, IL), photography; Daniel Bassett (Madison, WI), ceramics; James Becia (Mt. Horeb, WI), photography; Barbara Benstein (Lake Zurich, IL), drawing/works on paper; Sher Berman (Deerfield, IL), jewelry; Jacqueline Bevan (Round Lake Beach, IL), jewelry; Vilma Birbilaite (Chicago, IL), jewelry; Cecelia Blenker (Waukesha, WI), painting; Adrienne Brebrick (Wausau, WI), ceramics; Peter Brenner (West Dundee, IL), jewelry; Steve Brewster (Poteau, OK), sculpture; Sara Slee Brown (Iowa City, IA), mixed media 2D; Beverly Broyles (Rockford, IL), painting; Sharon Burns (Madison, WI), jewelry; Brenna Busse (Minneapolis, MN), mixed media 3D; Debra Capriola (Rockford, IL), mixed media 2D; Robert Cholke (Rockford, IL), mixed media 2D; Ron Clevenger (Machesney Park, IL), mixed media 2D; Rick Cortez (La Grange Park, IL), mixed media 3D; Venus Cramer (Elmhurst, IL), jewelry; JD Davison (Upper Arlington, OH), jewelry; Debra Ehmann and Martin Rowe (Waterloo, WI), photography; Daniel Fenn (Hillsboro, WI), glass; Michele Friedman (Chicago, IL), jewelry; Chuck Geier (New Lenox, IL), mixed media 3D; Barbara Geurink (Eau Claire, WI), fiber/leather; Janice Gilkey (Fort Atkinson, WI), painting; Kelly Griffin (Rockford, IL), photography; Ronald Grobert (Warrenville, IL), photography; Tom Guirl (Belvidere, IL), ceramics; Lou Hii (Indianapolis, IN), drawing/works on paper; Mark Hill (Middleton, WI), drawing/works on paper; Brian Horan (La Grange Park, IL), photography; Deborah Horgan (Glendale, WI), jewelry; Gail and Dale Horn (Hawthorn, IL), photography; Ingrid Hyde (Rockford, IL), painting; Don Hyson (Winnebago, IL), sculpture; Chris Jensen (Oak Creek, WI), jewelry; Mary Ellen Johnson (Madison, WI), fiber/leather; Larry Kanfer (Champaign, IL), photography; Kiaralinda (Safety Harbor, FL), metal; Norm Knott (Rockford, IL), mixed media 2D; John Lamar (Rockford, IL), metal; Marilyn Lamar (Rockford, IL), jewelry; Cynthia Linnabary (Roscoe, IL), ceramics; Henry Litchfield (Peoria, IL), jewelry; Julaine Lofquist-Birch (Rockford, IL), fiber/leather; Nova MacKentley (Paradise, MI), photography; Anastasia Mak (Chicago, IL), painting; James Marsh (Las Vegas, NV), photography; Jill Martin-Golden (Roscoe, IL), painting; Melissa Mason (Bloomington, MN), drawing/works on paper; Taylor Mazer (Grand Rapids, MI), drawing/works on paper; Chris McCarthy (St. Louis, MO), glass; Eileen McDaniel (Wautoma, WI), ceramics; Layl McDill (Minneapolis, MN), sculpture; Kari McDonald (Rockford, IL), mixed media 2D; Paula McKinney (West Carrollton, OH), fiber/leather; James Meade (Richmond, KY), photography; Laura Meddaugh (Madison, WI), painting; Paul Meddaugh (Madison, WI), photography; Josh Merrill (Lisle, IL), photography; Charlotte Miller (Mukwonago, WI), painting; Suzanne Miller (Monroe, WI), mixed media 3D; Stephen Mineck (Vinton, IA), glass; Erika Mock (Duluth, MN), fiber/leather; Anne Morris (Moline, IL), mixed media 2D; Michelle Moss (Stevens Point, WI), jewelry; Mike Murray (De Forest, WI), photography; Iwona Narolewska (Chicago, IL), jewelry; Don Nedobeck (Milwaukee, WI), painting; Tom Nedobeck (Milwaukee, WI), glass; Hironobu Nishitateno (Loves Park, IL), ceramics; Susan Otterson (Janesville, WI), fiber/leather; Constance Pelzek (Hales Corners, WI), painting; Anita Peters (Barrington, IL), jewelry; Wanda Pitzele (Hanover Park, IL), jewelry; Ann Prey (Nekoosa, WI), jewelry; Ken Reif (Berwyn, IL), painting; Barry Reithmeier (Rockford, IL), mixed media 2D; Anna Repke (Chillicothe, IL), fiber/leather; Jean Robison (Goodfield, IL), photography; Kathy Rudzena (McHenry, IL), photography; Kim Russell (Spring Green, WI), drawing/works on paper; Demetra Saloutos (Stoughton, WI), metal; Dee Santorini (Belvidere, IL), painting; Michael Schael (Cambridge, WI), ceramics; Jeff Shawhan (Racine, WI), ceramics; Pamela Siehr (Madison, WI), fiber/leather; Alan Sievers (Batavia, IL), glass; Ted Simmering (Machesney Park, IL), painting; Scott Simmons (Belleville, WI), glass; Rebecca Skow (Iowa City, IA), ceramics; Cameron Smith (Murphysboro, IL), glass; Teresa Soriano (Middleton, WI), glass; John Sperry (Maysville, GA), mixed media 2D; Diane Rose Sugg-Santoro (Ann Arbor, MI), jewelry; Ken Swanson (Racine, WI), drawing/works on paper; Joe Tallman and Alison Weust (Rockford, IL), drawing/works on paper; Stephanie Tantillo (Marengo, IL), jewelry; Linda Thevenot (Naperville, IL), jewelry; Bala Thiagarajan (Wood Dale, IL), painting; Kate Tillman (Lakeville, IN), mixed media 2D; Patty Tiry (Palmyra, WI), jewelry; Thomas Trausch (Woodstock, IL), painting; Wayne Trinklein (St. Peters, MO), sculpture; Laima Urban (Villa Park, IL), painting; David Vincent (Naperville, IL), photography; Terry Walsh (Lombard, IL), painting; Jon Walton (Middleton, WI), photography; Adam Weiss (Fort Calhoun, NE), metal; Scott Westgard (Buffalo Grove, IL), drawing/works on paper; Sylvia Westgard (Buffalo Grove, IL), drawing/works on paper; Don Widmer (Chicago, IL), mixed media 2D; Lisa Williams (Algonquin, IL), jewelry; Kim Wilson (Fox Point, WI), jewelry; Betsy Youngquist (Rockford, IL), mixed media 3D; Carmen Zajicek (De Forest, WI), mixed media 3D; Jie Zhou (Hayward, CA), painting; and Sabrina Zhou (Carmel, IN), painting.

Led by 2017 Chair David Potter and Co-Chair Stephanie Caltagerone, Greenwich Village Art Fair is annually coordinated by a volunteer steering committee of Rockford Art Museum, and staffed by hundreds of community volunteers during the two-day event. Ticket proceeds help support RAM programs throughout the year.

Learn more at rockfordartmuseum.org or facebook.com/greenwichvillageartfair, and follow GVAF during the event at instagram.com/greenwichrockford #greenwichrockford.

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