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. We are launching a new show, Rag-Time!, which will be held at the Mendelssohn Club at 406 North Main Street in Rockford, Illinois during the summer of 2014. And the Guild is organizing a show at City Hall during the city-wide Art Scene festivities. The Downtown Artisans Market is also in its third year, taking place between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.
This year we are participating in the creation of art for the 50th Anniversary of Egg Harbor, in Door County, WI. Members are creating two-foot-tall eggs that will be painted, sculpted, and decorated for the summer-long celebration of this beautiful village’s 50th anniversary. Our work will be on display all summer, and then be auctioned off in the Fall. Participating members will attend this celebration of art in Wisconsin!