Rockford Area Event Showcases The Local Arts Community

Apr 12, 2018

“As an artist, you don’t only create for yourself," according to Sharon Nesbit-Davis, Executive Director of the The Rockford Area Arts Council.

"You actually want to share it and let people see it," she said, "and there’s a special joy to that experience, as well.”

RAAC Executive Director Sharon Nesbit-Davis
Credit Guy Stephens/ WNIJ

That experience is a primary purpose of the Council’s Spring ArtScene, which takes place Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14.

Nesbit-Davis said the free event provides a great opportunity for the area’s many artists to show their work.

She said ArtScene will feature works in all media – photography, painting, sculpture and more -- and in a wide range of styles.

The chance to view art in a casual atmosphere is an opportunity for the public, as well.

"To see it, enjoy it, feel it, experience and take some pride that we have a community  that can produce this kind of work,” Nesbit-Davis said.

A total of 38 venues -- including galleries, public spaces and private businesses in Rockford and nearby areas -- will be hosting the art. There also will be a chance, at some locations, to meet the artists themselves. Some also will offer refreshments and some, live music.