Our Past Hosts

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(HOSTS IN ROCKFORD, IL UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)

  • Oak Street Health & Wellness Fair, November 2019

  • National Chronic Graft v. Host Disease Patient Summit, Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network (BMTinfonet.org), October 2019 (Rosemont, IL)

  • Rockford City Market/Rockford Area Arts Council, June 2019

  • Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor Annual Conference, April 2019 (Oak Brook, IL)

  • A Ministry of Restoration, Sole Collage, January 2019

  • Horseflower’s Creative Hotspot, Holiday Exhibit 2018

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-Northern IL), Speaker Program and Sole Collage, November 2018

  • JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, ArtScene, Fall 2018

  • Rockford Area Arts Council, Exhibit, Shumway Market Gallery, June-July 2018

  • SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center, Survivor Day, June 2018 and Sole Collage, September 2018

  • Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center, OSF/St. Anthony Medical Center, Sole Collage Lunch & Learn, May 2018

  • Terrace Senior Apartments Craft Show, Exhibit, April 2018

  • Katie's Cup, ArtScene, Fall 2017/Spring 2018

  • Siena on Brendenwood Independent Living, Exhibit and Speaker Program, January 2018

  • Highview in the Woodlands, Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care, Speaker Program, November 2017 (Rockton, IL)

  • Art as Therapy Event, Livestrong Program for Cancer Survivors, Rock River Valley YMCA, Speaker, October 2017

  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Katie’s Cup, and Swedish American Regional Cancer Center (3 sites), ArtScene, Fall 2017

  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Speaker Program, October 2017

  • Rock River Valley YMCA Senior Ladies Club, Speaker Program, September 2017

  • Wisconsin Blood Cancer Conference, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, September 2017 (Milwaukee)

  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Shelter Care Homeless Ministry, Jubilee Center Art Kitchen, September 2017

  • Generations Credit Union – Blood Cancer Awareness Month, Fundraiser for “Light the Night”/Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, September 2017

  • Hamilton Sundstrand Association Picnic for employee families + children, July 2017

  • Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – OSF/St. Anthony Medical Center, Exhibit, May 2017

  • SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center, Exhibit, April 2017

  • Livestrong at the YMCA Graduation, Speaker, April 2017

  • “Celebrating a Second Chance at Life,” Bone Marrow Transplant Survivorship Symposium, Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network, (BMTinfonet.org), April 2016 (Chicago)

  • ArtScene – Midtown District 2015 - 2016

  • Livestrong Benefit Exhibit, “Art by People Affected by Cancer,” State Street Gallery, ArtScene, Fall 2014

  • Womanspace-Rockford (various art exhibits)

  • Art Studio Open Houses (2017, 2018)

Visitors at Rockford City Market think the FootsieStool “Don’t Fret, Rock On!” is pretty cool.

Visitors at Rockford City Market think the FootsieStool “Don’t Fret, Rock On!” is pretty cool.

 
Founder/Artist Valerie Gibbons with two new fans of the FootsieStools at Terrace Senior Apartments in Rockford.

Founder/Artist Valerie Gibbons with two new fans of the FootsieStools at Terrace Senior Apartments in Rockford.

 
These are so cute, I’ve just gotta touch ‘em! FootsieStool admirers at Hamilton Sundstrand Association Picnic.

These are so cute, I’ve just gotta touch ‘em! FootsieStool admirers at Hamilton Sundstrand Association Picnic.

 
Members of A Ministry of Restoration envisioned their walk into the new year by creating Heart & Sole Collages.

Members of A Ministry of Restoration envisioned their walk into the new year by creating Heart & Sole Collages.

Sole Collage Workshop at Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center. Because inside everyone is a happy “sole.”

Sole Collage Workshop at Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center. Because inside everyone is a happy “sole.”

 
This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! Do you have a website or some way I can make a donation?
— Appreciative visitor, Rockford City Market (gets our vote as best quote yet)
I appreciate the importance of art as a healing modality for patients.
— Sandeep Jain, MD, Director of Dry Eye and Ocular GVHD Clinic at the University of Illinois-Chicago
 
Of all the exhibits we’ve had, this one engaged people the most. Visitors spent time looking at them, and yes, they laughed and smiled.
— SHARON NESBITT-DAVIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ROCKFORD AREA ARTS COUNCIL
We got off to a rough start this morning in our house, but this (sole collage) has been a perfect end to the day.
— Lisa, Sole Collage Participant, NAMI-Northern Illinois
Very cool!
— Brooke, 11, sole collage participant
Visitors (at ArtScene) loved them!
— LINDA CASTREE, MANAGER, JUSTGOODS
Thank you for visiting Art Kitchen at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Your art stools were sensational and an inspiration for all of us.
— GEORGIANNE, VOLUNTEER ARTIST, SHELTER CARE MINISTRIES
Thanks for lifting our patients’ spirits and giving us all something to smile about!
— SWEDISHAMERICAN REGIONAL CANCER CENTER (ON FACEBOOK)