RAM Greenwich Village Art Fair winners chosen by 2015 Judge Thad Duhigg

BEST OF SHOW ($1,000; sponsored by Lon and Dick Behr): Taylor Mazer, Grand Rapids MI (Booth 72, Drawing / Works on Paper)

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):  Melissa Banks, Chicago IL (Booth 41, Jewelry); Jill Bedford, Delafield WI (Booth 7, Photography); Rick Cortez, La Grange Park IL (Booth 143, Mixed Media 3-D); Debra Dembowski, Pewaukee WI (Booth 70, Jewelry); Scott Westgard, Buffalo Grove IL (Booth 15, Drawing / Works on Paper); Betsy Youngquist, Rockford IL (Booth 63, Mixed Media 3-D)

HONORABLE MENTION (five awards, $100 each; sponsored by River District Association): John Berglund, South Haven MN (Booth 47, Wood); Joyce Fritz, Green Bay WI (Booth 9, Jewelry); Sara Hoffland, Winfield IL (Booth 121, Fiber / Leather); Chris McCarthy, St. Louis MO (Booth 30, Glass); Hironobu Nishitateno, Loves Park IL (Booth 76, Ceramics)

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. Alex Krueger was named this year’s winner.

Greenwich Village Art Fair was held Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Tickets at the gate were $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger; they included free admission to Rockford Art Museum during the fair. Alpine Bank was the presenting sponsor for the 22nd consecutive year; premier sponsors were the Blazer Foundation, Dean Alan Olson Foundation and The Rock River Times.

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. This year’s two-day event featured 135 artists, live music, a gourmet marketplace, children’s art activities and more. Ticket proceeds support RAM throughout the year. Learn more about Greenwich at rockfordartmuseum.org/gvaf or connect with @greenwichrockford #greenwichrockford on social media.