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Art on the Lawn celebrates 10 years

Monday, June 15, 2009  
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Posted Jun 15, 2009 @ 3:00 PM

ROCKFORD — Patti Tangorra and her 9-year-old granddaughter, Rachael Holmes, spent this afternoon at Rockford College browsing stained-glass windows, beaded jewelry and a few lawn art reptiles at Art on the Lawn’s 10th anniversary show.

“We’ve been running each other crazy,” Tangorra said. “There are a lot of fun creative things, things I could never dream of doing myself, but it’s fun to see others dreaming them up. We are having fun, it’s a good time.”

Angela Thibault, the artist behind Golden Spiral Jewelry of Madison, Wis., made her inaugural visit to the show over the weekend and was pleased with the size of the fair and the number of artists. Thibault’s husband attended last year’s show.

“It’s been a good day and a great show,” she said, as she took a break between making jewelry with a photo etching technique she says started with computers. “I hope to be back.”

John McNamara, vice president for college development, estimated that more than 1,500 people would attend the event.

Marking 50 years of giving
Lavishly dressed women listened to music and mingled throughout an afternoon of celebration at Cliffbreakers in Rockford as The Taus Inc. celebrated its 50th anniversary. The group formed in 1959 to raise cultural awareness and promote college education. The group became the symbol of commitment to African-American female high school students who looked for the means to get a higher education, said Estelle Black, a founding member.

“What we’re trying to do is get the community involved,” Black said. “If we can get to our goal, we can give scholarships forever. That’s our goal: When Taus is gone, the scholarships will still exist.”

Charisse Nunn, president of Taus and 25-year member, is proud to be a part of an organization deeply committed to area youths and the need for continued education.

“It’s such a wonderful moment for us. Not that many organizations are able to be in existence for 50 years,” she said. “That shows the dedication, hard work and commitment of the women that are part of Taus.”

The group continues to raise money for its endowment fund. With $20,000 set aside, the group is setting a loftier goal of attaining $100,000 to support area scholarship for many more years to come. The initiative began in May 2004.

This story appeared at http://www.rrstar.com/news/x2085762319/Art-on-the-Lawn-celebrates-10-years on June 14, 2009.

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