Dixon Hosts National Watercolor Exhibit

The Next Picture Show is one of just five venues to host an impressive collection of paintings shared by some of the world’s most respected artists. Explore a few of the sights at this latest exhibit.

Nooks & Crannies, Spring Edition

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Smart Living Weekly – April 9, 2014

  Spring Art Scene in Rockford Right in Our Region: More than 200 local artists will display their work in 37 venues throughout Rockford this weekend, during Spring 2014 Art…
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Nooks & Crannies, Winter Edition

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Beloit Film Fest Bigger and Better Than Ever

Now in its ninth year, BIFF is welcoming new events, more venues and an even longer celebration of everything film. Discover what’s coming up this year, and find some of the unique showings you can visit.

Building Community at The Next Picture Show

If you’ve always admired tightly knit communities where people come together to encourage one another, be sure to stop in at The Next Picture Show in Dixon, Ill. Learn how this nonprofit has evolved into a gathering place like no other.

Artists’ Ensemble Theater Kicks Off 10th Season

What began as a theater experiment has become, a decade later, a Rockford treasure. Discover how this creative group of performers is engaging the entire community in its art.

Rockford Art Museum Turns 100

From its first piece to its 1700 pieces in the collection today, much of the museum’s collection is currently on display. Jon McGinty leads a quick tour through the past century, and shows how local artists will celebrate

The 1893 Columbian Exposition: Remembering Chicago’s White City

Chicago was a young and wild city when it hosted the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Discover how traces of the magnificent White City and its treasures are still visible around Chicagoland, and what contribution Rockford played.

Woodlawn Arts Academy: Where Artists Go to Grow and Create

While schools are cutting back their arts programs, this Sterling-based academy is revving up. Discover how this unique location fosters artists of every age, and why this creative outlet is so important for families.