Veterans Memorial Hall to participate in the Rockford Area Arts Council’s 2021 Spring ArtScene

Date: April 14, 2021
Topic: 2021 Spring ArtScene
Contact: Museum Director Scott Lewandowski | (815) 969-1999
Who: Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum, Rockford Area Arts Council
Where: 211 N. Main St. Rockford Illinois
When:  Friday, April 23rd 5-9 PM and Saturday, April 24th 4-9 PM
What: Veterans Memorial Hall to participate in the
Rockford Area Arts Council’s 2021 Spring ArtScene
Veterans Memorial Hall will present “The Art of Healing- Comfort Thru Art”. Which will showcase Artist and items that help bring comfort to our visitors thru Art. ArtScene venue locations and artist information is hosted on the website: and Facebook. ArtScene offers a wide variety of art to appreciate and purchase including: jewelry, paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, quilts/fiber art, and more!
Explore Veterans Memorial Hall as we present Art that heals the soul and comforts the mind. Featuring Quilt’s displayed by the Sinnissippi Quilters, many quilts will be offered for sale during the event. Artwork created by Military Veteran Artists, Alisa Funnell, Dan Faler and more. Also including various works from Rockford’s Veterans Administration’s CBOC Peer Support members including Kati Beck and Jeff Metheny. Jeff, while serving in Afghanistan learned to paint with toothpicks. He continues to paint with toothpicks to honor his brothers and sisters in arms, past and present.  His art can be viewed at:
Sunshine Stitches will display a special selection of quilts and present a Quilt of Valor to local Veteran, Douglas Dailing (Navy 1974-78) during the event. A Quilt of Valor® (QOV) is a quality, handmade quilt that is machine or hand quilted. It is awarded to a Service Member or Veteran who has been touched by war.  The Quilt says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice in serving our nation.” To use the term Quilt of Valor, Quilts of Valor or QOV, the quilt must be a specific size, must have a label with required information, it must be awarded (it is not a gift) and it must be recorded.
Why: Many veterans use art as a form of therapy for various health issues relating to their military service. This event is in line with our mission at Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum, to honor the Veterans of Winnebago County through outreach, education, and events. “The Art of Healing, Comfort Thru Art” is a one-of-a-kind showcase for the Rockford area Veterans and those that wish to honor them.
Veterans Memorial Hall will be adhering to the current Winnebago County Health Department COVID-guidelines including that masks to be worn while in the building.
We would like to extend a special THANK YOU to Wayne and Mary Funnell for their generous support and to their daughter Alisa Funnell for her help with this event.