The Rockford Art Guild (RAG) is a supportive and encouraging group of people who have a strong passion for the arts. Each member has opportunities to improve, explore, and challenge themselves in ways they would not find elsewhere. Guild members work together to increase the appreciation of art in the Rockford area. Our goal is to provide education, growth, and show opportunities for our members, and for other artists in the community. Members work in a variety of media, including mosaic, beading, painting, pottery, sculpting, photography, woodworking, and more.
Membership in the Guild has a huge range of advantages. We travel together to the Milwaukee Museum of Art, to art shows in the area, and to local points of interest. This creates a camaraderie and networking amongst artists, with advantages that affect all areas of our lives. We receive information on how to get into shows, how to price our art, and how to present it. Well-known artist Tom Heflin does an annual critique of members’ artwork, providing everyone a chance to hear from a master how we can improve our work. Members also receive discounts on shows hosted by the Guild, as well as opportunities to teach. You are welcome to attend a meeting and see what we are all about!
The Guild sponsors a variety of exhibits and events throughout the year. We hold a members-only juried show at Nicholas Conservatory in February every year, allowing display of our art to a wide range of people from within and outside the Rockford area. And the Guild is organizing a show during the city-wide Art Scene festivities.
What started out as a fund-raiser, the 8” x 8” canvasses have turned into something much more. Mosaics are a way of sharing and displaying the Guild’s talents with everyone, by making them affordable. Now a person can collect several local artist’s paintings without demanding too much wall space or breaking the bank. In fact, the first run was so successful that the Mosaics are in their second edition. The variety of pieces is exciting to see. It’s a thrill to know someone is taking your small painting home to cherish. And who knows, maybe they’ll get hooked and be back for more art.