JUDGE’S CHOICE (six awards, $500 each; sponsored by Rockford Association for Minority Management, WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, Wipfli LLP, and Women’s Art Board of Rockford Art Museum): Sharon Burns, Madison WI (Booth 56, Jewelry); Jeff Hart, Aurora IL (Booth 13, Wood); Susan Otterson, Janesville WI (Booth 54, Fiber); Ken Swanson, Racine WI (Booth 77, Drawing / Works on Paper); Kirsten Walstead, Minneapolis MN (Booth 47, Ceramics); Scott Westgard, Buffalo Grove IL (Booth 15, Drawing / Works on Paper)
HONORABLE MENTION (five awards, $100 each; sponsored by River District Association): Jacqueline Bevan, Round Lake Beach IL (Booth 32, Jewelry); Rick Cortez, La Grange Park IL (Booth 126, Mixed Media 3-D); Cameron Gillie, Madison WI (Booth 95, Photography); Ingrid Hyde, Rockford IL (Booth 83, Painting); Betsy Youngquist, Rockford IL (Booth 63, Mixed Media 3-D)
The fair also featured an Emerging Artist Booth, sponsored by Better Business Bureau, with four artists invited to exhibit by Kortman Gallery, and its own Emerging Artist award ($200), also sponsored by Kortman Gallery. Alison Weust was named this year’s winner.
ABOUT THIS YEAR’S FAIR
Greenwich Village Art Fair runs through 5 p.m. Sunday. The annual two-day event features 136 artists, live music, a gourmet marketplace, children's art activities and more. Held rain or shine on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum at Riverfront Museum Park on the second weekend after Labor Day every year, Greenwich Village Art Fair is the longest-running art fair of its kind in the Midwest. Tickets at the gate are $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger – and include free admission to RAM during the fair. Proceeds support Rockford Art Museum throughout the year.
Alpine Bank is the presenting sponsor for the 23rd consecutive year; premier sponsors are Dean Alan Olson Foundation, GreenFire, and The Rock River Times. Supporting sponsors are Bradford Systems, Magpie, Northern Public Radio WNIJ/WNIU, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rasmussen College, Rockford Mass Transit District, Rockford Mutual Insurance Company, Joan Stonecipher, SwedishAmerican Foundation; contributing sponsors are Better Business Bureau of Rockford, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, Larson & Darby Group, Peak Fitness Inc., Perryville Pet Hospital.
For more information go to rockfordartmuseum.org or call (815) 968-2787. Connect with @greenwichrockford #greenwichrockford on social media.