September art at the Geneseo Library

The September art exhibit at the Geneseo Public Library brings the viewer an early glimpse of Fall's glorious colors. The watercolor paintings by RutabagA member, Karen Rae Vroman, from Erie, IL will joyfully warm your heart. More works by this award winning artist, as well as other area artists, may be seen on the "Rutabaga Art" Facebook page or on their website, or by visiting the RutabagA Studio and Gallery at 108 N. State St. in Geneseo, IL.

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Two Great Classes Coming Up This Month!

On Saturday, Aug. 24, join us for a class in painting your own mandala. A mandala is simply a symmetrical pattern, and has been very meaningful to various cultures for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. We teach you to start your own, and the sky’s the limit as to how far you want to develop it.

Then on Saturday, Aug. 31, we will explore drawing, painting, and writing your thoughts and impressions in your own journal/sketchbook. You do NOT have to know how to draw! We want to emphasize this, because the practice of journaling and sketching your thoughts is meant to be stress-relieving, not stress-creating. Your journal is your very own expressive place, and only has to please you. You don’t have to share it and you certainly won’t be judged on it. We are here to help you get started, and provide inspiration and guidance for your creative journey.

See the details of both these classes in our August calendar of upcoming events. Please join us!

April exhibit of Holocaust Memorial Artwork

The "Holocaust Memorial Visual Art Contest" exhibit will be at the Rutabaga Art studio/gallery at 108 N. State St. in Geneseo, IL from April 23 to May 1. Stop in to see what these 23 Quad Cities high school students, and 2 foreign exchange students have depicted about the Holocaust and their reasons why they chose to paint or draw what they did.
Rutabaga will host a reception for the artists and the public on Saturday, April 27, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. All are welcome!

Start the New Year With These Children's Classes

Children's Art Classes coming soon to Rutabaga Art studio/gallery at 108 N. State St. in Geneseo, IL.:


"Make Your Own Kaleidoscope" on Sat., Jan. 26, 10:00-12:00, for ages 10 and up. Cost is $5, with the remainder being provided by the Geneseo Kiwanis Club. Taught by Sharon Michaelsen.


"Wire Armature and Clay Sculpture" on Sat., Feb. 23, 10:00-12:00, for ages 10-18. Cost is $5, with the remainder being provided by the Geneseo Kiwanis Club. Taught by Sheilah Wigant McGee.


Phone 309-944-4994 to register.

Three Geneseoans in Quad City Arts Show

Three Geneseo artists have been juried into the Quad City Arts exhibit "Finding Inspiration: Monet to Matisse" at the Rock Island Gallery at 1715 2nd Ave. Paintings by Rutabaga members Sharon Michaelsen and Joyce Mattan, and a papier mache sculpture by gallery owner David Smith have been chosen for this group show featuring a variety of media.

The opening reception is on December 7, 2018 from 6-9 pm. The exhibit will hang thru Jan. 25, 2019. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 am to 5 pm. and Sat. 11 am to 5 pm.

Sharon Michaelsen of Rutabaga Art, Dave Smith of Smith Studio and Gallery, and Joyce Mattan of Rutabaga Art.

Sharon Michaelsen of Rutabaga Art, Dave Smith of Smith Studio and Gallery, and Joyce Mattan of Rutabaga Art.

Ex-stencilism In Watercolor

In October we had the great good fortune to have noted watercolor artist Ralph Iaccarino join us in the studio. He taught us a brand new class using patterns and stencils with watercolor. Ralph is a great storyteller and generously shares his techniques. A good time was had by all!

Mugging for the camera . . .

Mugging for the camera . . .

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Member Karen Vroman, a professional watercolorist in her own right.

Member Karen Vroman, a professional watercolorist in her own right.

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