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Regional Survey of Art 8

February 10, 2012

The following article appeared in the Thursday February 9, 2012 edition of the Sauk Valley Media.

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Rockford artist Tom Linden’s oil painting, “Rock Cut Trail,” will be among the works on display in “Regional Survey of Art 8,” The Next Picture Show’s annual show and sale that features the works of artists from throughout the area. It runs March 2 through April 7 at the downtown Dixon gallery. Go to to see more of Linden’s work. (Submitted photo)
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DIXON – The original works of 40 area artists will be on display and up for sale at “Regional Survey of Art 8,” the annual fine arts exhibit that opens next month at The Next Picture Show.

The show, which features 2-D and 3-D art, opens with a free artists reception from 6 to 8 p.m. March 2. Melody and Faith Hemmer will provide music.

“This show is important, because with it we identify current trends in the Rock River art community,” Bonnie Kime, executive director of TNPS, said in a news release. “The exhibit artists will include many local favorites, as well as some new faces.

“We’ve made the regional survey show part of our annual schedule because people enjoy it so much. Because it is open to several mediums, we get a nice variety of art.”

The show’s judge is Don Brown, of Warrenville, who was born and raised in central Illinois and whose work reflects the small town, semi-rural environment that always has been a part of his life.

TNPS also will show the works of member artists Shirley Guay, March 1-15, Kathy Blunk, March 16-31, and Barry Mayworm, April 1-15, at the front of the gallery, while the lower level
will feature the works of Byron’s Mary Morgan Elementary pre-K through 12-grade classes, taught by Diane Conroy.

Rockford artist Tom Linden’s oil, “Rock Cut Trail,” shown above, will be among the works on display in “Regional Survey of Art 8.”

The nonprofit gallery, 113 W. First St., is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Go to or call 815-285-4924 for more information on its shows and events.


Path by Croft’s Shed

July 25, 2011

Path by Croft's Shed, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

It was predicted to be 90+ degrees, high humidity and a heat index in excess of 100. The Eagles Nest group opted to cancel the days paint out. After traveling down to Dixon to retrieve my painting from the Illinois Watercolor Society exhibition, I decided to use the afternoon as a dry run in preparation for Saturdays Dockside Paint Out competition in Door County.

I utilized a plein air sketch from the recent Fields Project as my guide. The goal, to complete the painting in two hours. No interruptions allowed, other than a fire alarm, perhaps. I turned on the stereo, loaded up the palette with paint, and set an 11″ x 14″ canvas in position on my easel. I noted the time on the clock and let the paint fly.

The original sketch was created only four weeks earlier. As I painted I recalled that day at the Crofts farm. The sights, the smells, the bugs; the essence of being at the site painting was still very fresh in my mind.  The time passed quickly and before I knew it, the painting was complete. Just under two hours. Great.