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Loaded Lipstick! Create Your Perfect Hue!

Colorlab's hand-crafted, custom-blended, fresh-made cosmetics introduce a creative, innovative approach to beauty. 
Every woman is unique:  their style, their personality, their age, their skin tone-in essence, their very makeup.  Makeup is not a one-size-fit all category, it is a very personal expression of who you are.

Join the fun at our Loaded Lipstick events and create your perfect hue.

Thursday, April 9, 7-9 p.m. 
Colorlab Cosmetics, 1112 5th Ave, Rockford

Space is limited to 10!

Colorlab's makeup artist will assist you in hand-crafting your personalized shade. $30 includes your lipstick and wine and appetizers will be provided!

Call 815-963-6765 to reserve or register on-line at
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Spring ArtScene

The Rockford Area Arts Council will present the 13th Annual Spring ArtScene on Friday, April 10 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 11 from 4-9 p.m.  Spring ArtScene showcases original works of art at 39  different venues across the Rockford and the Rockford metro area.  Admission is free and it's a great opportunity to purchase artwork!  Enjoy new exhibits and original works of art in varied media of watercolor, acrylic, wood, sculpture, pottery, furniture, jewelry, photography and multi-media.  


ArtsPlace Teaching Artists
The Rockford Area Arts Council is seeking Teaching Artists for ArtsPlace summer arts apprenticeship program from youth.
Looking for artists who feel passionate about their art and want to mentor the upcoming generation.
Application deadline is March 16. 
For more information contact Sharon Nesbit-Davis, RAAC Education/Engagement Director at 815-847-5382

Click on the link below to download the application

ArtsPlace Teaching Artist Application 2015.pdf 


Mayor's Arts Awards

Mayor's Arts Award
Nominate Now!

Give an Exceptional Student much-deserved arts recognition by submitting a nomination for a 2015 Rockford Area Arts Council's Mayor's Arts Award.

 The Exceptional Student of the Arts Award  honors a high school-aged student’s artistic talent and community involvement in the arts during the student’s high school years. 
Awards will be presented at your school's year-end or fine arts assembly at the conclusion of the 2015 year as determined by the recipient school.

 Nominations are due Wednesday,  April 1, 2015

Submit Your Nomination Packets To:
Rockford Area Arts Council
713 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Fax: (815)963-8958

2015 Mayor's Arts Award Nomination Form.pdf