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    • Wed, August 01, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fri, August 01, 2025
    • New Dimensions Studio upper & lower levels
    Register

       Open Studio

    You may only use open studio if you have previously taken a class at Womanspace.  Please check the studio availability by clicking the link below to view the calendar.   You may pay here for use of the Lower Clay Studio or Upper New Dimensions Studio.  Please indicate on the sign-in sheet in the studio that you paid on the website, how much and what the payment was for.   Thank you

    • Open Studio cost is $5.00 per hour or $20 for 4 hours or more, for use of either the upper studio or clay studio.
    • Clay costs are $15.00 for a 12.5 pound bag of clay or $1.50 per pound, this cost includes the use of glazes and firing.
    • Firing and Glaze fee for Non-Womanspace clay pieces is as follows per piece:  $1.00 for 1-2 lb piece; $2.00 for 3-4 lb piece; $3.00 for 5 lb and up.  (Approximate weight and size of each piece)                                                                                                                   
    •  Check studio availability  https://womanspace.wildapricot.org/Calendar 
    • Fri, October 05, 2018
    • Fri, October 26, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 2
    Register

    Fridays, October 5, 12, 19, 26
    10:00-11:00am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.

    Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Register by day before start of class.


    • Tue, October 09, 2018
    • Tue, October 23, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 8
    Register

    Tuesdays, October 9, 23
    9:00 - 10:00am

    Facilitator: Shiraz Tata, PhD

    Meditation is the practice and process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. Whether you are seeking greater focus, less stress and more peace of mind, or a deeper appreciation of the beauty and richness of life, the simple practice of sitting down and turning your attention inward can do wonders! This is a beginning class where different forms of meditation are introduced and practiced in a seated position. Bring a yoga mat or rug if you would like to do this lying down.

    Register by 10/7

    • Thu, October 11, 2018
    • Thu, October 25, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Womanspace
    • 2
    Register

    Thursdays, October 11, 18, 25
    9:30-10:45am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    Hatha yoga is a slow-paced gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishing a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the "Ha" - sun/stimulating energy with the "Tha" - moon/calming energy.

    Restorative yoga helps promote deep relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures provide similar benefits to classic Hatha yoga postures and are usually done in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening.  Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Register by: 10/10 (No class on October 4th)

    • Sat, October 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace -- Anjali Pavilion
    • 7
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    Saturday, October 20

    1:00 - 3:00pm

    Facilitator: Beth Campisi

    Chakras are vital energy pathways that connect us to the cycles and rhythms of the Earth, to all aspects of ourselves and to the cosmic pulse of Creation. Chakra Rhythms is a moving meditation practice that invokes, awakens and revitalizes our 7 major Chakra centers through a fusion of free flowing movement and spontaneous expression of the physical body. By surrendering to the music and moving from the inside out, we are able to free our natural energy flows and experience how each Chakra makes us feel. The possibility and potential within each Chakra center is waiting to be revealed and released! No dance experience is needed. It is an opportunity to simply Be. Be with yourself in motion to music within community, each having our own personal inner experience and embracing our own healing process.

    The intent is to offer a fun, safe and sacred space for all to explore, feel and express fully how their body wants to move and to discover a new way to feel yourself existing in your own body. When we open the flow of our physical being, all other pathways open and all we seek shall be revealed! At the conclusion of Chakra Rhythms we feel an enlightened awareness of our bodies, minds and spirits as well as a connection to our chakra system as a whole. Dress to move and bring a mat or blanket. 

    We rarely hear the inward music but we are dancing to it nonetheless- Rumi

    Register by: 10/18


    • Sat, October 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 6

    Saturday & Sunday,  October 20 & 21

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    Texture & Incising

    Encaustic painting is painting with a hot colored wax solution that gives you a beautiful depth and translucency that you get with no other painting medium. Gorgeous results! It's loose-it's fun- and requires no painting experience!! All materials are furnished, and you will learn both painting and collaging techniques, and go home with 4 pieces of art. Bring a friend and come have a great time.

    Register by 10/17

    • Sun, October 21, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
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    Sunday, October 21
    5:00-7:00pm


    Heart beats, footsteps, turn signals, dripping faucets, babies sleeping, all have a rhythm of their own.  Drums and drumming have been apart of the human expression from the beginning of time.  Womanspace gathers a group monthly to express our joy of rhythm with whatever instrument we  have, or  would like to borrow.  If you have a djembe, dunan, frame drum, or any other percussive instrument please bring them.. We encourage all ages,to come to enjoy the camaraderie of making music together. We will explore traditional drumming rhythms, the rhythms of sayings, Nursery rhymes,  and connect with each other and to the earth. We will also express some emotions through drumming.  Anger ,love , fellowship and contentment can also be expressed as we settle into the rhythm of drumming out our human nature. No talent,  drum or previous experience required.

    Advance registration appreciated. Walk-ins welcome.

    Facilitator: Julie Thompson

    • Mon, October 22, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Media Room
    • 11
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    Monday, October 22

    1:00-3:00pm  

    Facilitated by: Marsha Hosfeld

    In this workshop series, we will discuss the typical genealogy resources and creative ways to use them, as well as problem-solving techniques when primary sources are not available. Each class will include time to ask questions and get assistance with your own research into your family history. Bring a laptop if you have one. Forms and source lists will be provided.

    II. Exploring Public Records: Where to find (and how to use) census reports, birth/marriage/death certificates, and military records.


    Register by 10/18

    • Mon, October 22, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 1
    Register

    October 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    Join a wonderful group of women who are exploring techniques and skills in pottery.  Each class you will throw your best piece, then carve a design into it, creating a truly unique piece of art.  We will discuss techniques and tools, and work on throwing skills.  This is an intermediated level class, throwing experience necessary.           Reg by 10/19



    • Mon, October 22, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 16
    Register

    Monday, October 22
    6:00-9:00pm

    Coco

    Young Miguel’s family has a mysterious, generations-old ban on anyone from their clan performing music. Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician just like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Longing to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the Technicolor Land of the Dead where, along with charming trickster Hector, he seeks to learn the real story behind his family’s mysterious ban on music. Animated film that won two Academy Awards. (2017) PG

    Register by 10/21


    • Tue, October 23, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 1
    Register

    Carving & Mishima

    October 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    You are not a beginner anymore…..but how do you take the next step? Dee will take you through the many forms of decorating your clay pieces, discuss glazing with you, and help you on your way to becoming an advanced potter.  Some experience necessary.   Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes & firing.        Reg by 10/20


    • Tue, October 23, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Tuesday, October 23
    6:00-7:30pm

    Book Discussion: Sister Citizen by Melissa V. Harrris-Perry


    Facilitated by Representative Litesa Wallace and Karen Gutierrez

    Melissa V. Harris-Perry gives us a groundbreaking book that explores stereotypes such as lasciviousness, devotion, and outspoken anger that black women encounter every day in contemporary American life. These hurtful and dishonest representations shame and shape their experiences as citizens. The book uses multiple perspectives to understand more deeply--black women's political and emotional responses to race and gender images. Sister Citizen explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and how a shared struggle to preserve the authentic self, links all women together.


    Register by: 10/20

    • Wed, October 24, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
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    Wednesdays,  October 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28

    Facilitator: Gail Faber

    If you have drawing experience and would like to learn about the pastel medium and how create a colorful painting, then this is the class for you. We will practice using hard pastels, soft pastels, pastel pencils and different colors and textures of papers, including sanded surfaces. Individual styles will be encouraged as we explore various techniques in layering and blending colors. This class is for beginners and those experienced with pastels.

    Some supplies provided. You may bring supplies you already have, or wait for suggestions at the first class for what to purchase.

    Reg by: 10/21



    • Wed, October 24, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 12
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    Wednesday, October 24

    Facilitated by: Ifat Deriwala

    Henna art is gaining popularity all over the world.   This fun henna party class will help you learn the basic skills of henna design. Simple designs, techniques and stages of developing a design will be covered in this program. Age 10 and up can join the fun. No prior drawing skills required. All supplies included.

    Register by 10/22

    • Wed, October 24, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 9
    Register

    Wednesdays,  October 24

    Facilitator: Ray Schulz

    Spend the evening with fellow artists and a glass of wine drawing what you like in any medium. Still life set up provided for drawing, plus hundreds of pictures for inspiration or bring your own subject to draw! Two hours of relaxed drawing with instructor on hand for critique. Bring all your own drawing supplies and your favorite wine to share! Note: Each session is one evening.

    Register by 10/22

    • Thu, October 25, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 2
    Register

    Thursdays,   October 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, Dec 6, 13

    Facilitator: Jennie Johnson Sic

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to make wheel thrown pottery? Then this class is for you! Starting from the beginning, you will learn how to wedge, center, pull and shape the clay on a potters wheel. You will get the opportunity to practice both bowl shapes as well as vase shapes and learn how to add handles or other decorative aspects to your work. You will complete the process of thrown pottery by trimming your pieces to get them ready to fire. Once out of the kiln you will glaze and finish off your artwork. Fee includes up to 25lb of clay, glazes and firing. Come ready to learn this enticing new skill!

    Reg by 10/23



    • Sat, October 27, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Giovanni's, 610 N Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
    • 46
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    Womanspace and JustGoods are partnering to host Empowering Women Everywhere, a brunch to promote women helping women. 

    Speaker Joy McBrien, a survivor of sexual assault, will talk about how she turned personal tragedy into an international fair trade business “Fair Anita”. 

    Join us for an energizing brunch with friends to learn more about this incredible woman and what we can do to bring awareness to this important issue. You will have the opportunity to purchase jewelry from Fair Anita.

    Tickets go on sale September 10.

    Sponsorships are still available - click here for opportunities.

    Sponsored by:


    • Tue, October 30, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 13
    Register

    Tuesday, October 30
    6:00 - 7:30pm

    Facilitator: Julie Maffei

    A Course in Miracles has touched the lives of millions of people since it was published in 1976. A guide to inner healing through forgiveness, the Course weaves compassion and wisdom together in a way that is both practical and straightforward. Yet sometimes it can seem dense and intimidating. Join us for an overview of the Course, including what it is, how it came to be and different ways to approach it. Each student will receive a copy of “an introduction to A Course in Miracles” published by Miracle Distribution Center.

    Register by 10/29

    • Wed, October 31, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 9
    Register

    Wednesdays,  October 31, Nov 7, 14, 21

    Facilitator: Ron Wick

    This class is for beginners and intermediate painters who love to paint with acrylics. Join Ron's class and enjoy painting with acrylic on canvas and other surfaces. "To paint well is to have control of the medium". Together we will explore your potential. Ron will give demonstrations on different subjects each week. Come! Lets enjoy the experience together! Students can bring a painting they have done if they would like to have it critiqued in the first class. Please bring your paints, brushes and canvas and be ready to paint at the first class!

    Register by 10/29

    • Thu, November 01, 2018
    • Thu, November 29, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Womanspace
    • 11
    Register

    Thursdays, November 1, 8, 15, 29*
    *No class on Thanksgiving Day

    9:30-10:45am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    Hatha yoga is a slow-paced gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishing a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the "Ha" - sun/stimulating energy with the "Tha" - moon/calming energy.

    Restorative yoga helps promote deep relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures provide similar benefits to classic Hatha yoga postures and are usually done in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening.  Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Register by: 10/30

    • Thu, November 01, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 6
    Register

    Thursday, November 1 & 8

    Facilitator: Ray Schulz

    Pastels, what are they? Come and find out more about this wonderful versatile medium. Come, just play and experiment. Ray will guide you through the different techniques and use of pastels. All supplies provided.  Register by  10/31
    • Thu, November 01, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 5
    Register

      Thursdays,  November 1, 8, 15, 29

      Facilitator: Janet Buchanan

     Learn techniques of hand-building and sculpting in clay.  Join this fun class with fellow clay artists to bring yourself to your next level of creativity.  Instructor led, mentoring, or independent study.  Whatever your skill level, you will enjoy this new evening class of slab, coil, press mold, textures, image transfer and more.  Bring your ideas to brainstorm since the sky's the limit!  Wheels available for those who are proficient in throwing and wish to incorporate the two.  Class includes 25lbs of clay, glazes and firings.  Additional clay available for purchase.  Please bring an apron and hand towel to class.  Each students is required to bring their own pottery tool kit, (available at local craft stores or online).  All levels beginner to advanced.

     Register by 10/29

    • Fri, November 02, 2018
    • Fri, November 30, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 12
    Register

    Fridays, November 2, 9, 16, 30*
    10:00-11:00am
    *No class 11/23

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.

    Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Register by day before start of class.


    • Sat, November 03, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 4
    Register

    Saturday, November 3

    9:00am - 4:30pm

    Facilitator: Debby Gaines

    Reiki (ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning 'Universal Life Force Energy' and describes the energy found in all of life.  An ancient form of hands on energy healing, Reiki is a skill obtained through an attunement (opening) to bring the power of Universal Life Force Energy through the human chakra system.  The energy then is used to balance the body or an object by bringing it into harmony with the universe once again.

    In Reiki One, you will learn the hand positions for self-healing and for the healing treatment of others.  We will talk about the seven major chakras and the history of the Usui System of Natural Healing.  You will receive your first attunement. We will also have time to practice feeling energy and giving Reiki to each other.

    Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, with no jewelry or perfumes. Bring a sack lunch.

    Register By:  10/31


    • Sun, November 04, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 6
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    Sunday, November 4

    9:00am - 4:30pm

    Facilitator: Debby Gaines

    Reiki (ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning 'Universal Life Force Energy' and describes the energy found in all of life.  An ancient form of hands on energy healing, Reiki is a skill obtained through an attunement (opening) to bring the power of Universal Life Force Energy through the human chakra system.  The energy then is used to balance the body or an object by bringing it into harmony with the universe once again.

    In Reiki Two, you will learn symbols and mantras to focus and deepen the healing treatment of the Reiki energy. We will talk about the sacredness of the Reiki symbols. We will also begin to learn ways to send Reiki through time and distance, allowing healing in the past to improve the present. Time will be allotted to practice feeling energy and giving Reiki to each other.  

    Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, with no jewelry or perfumes. Bring a sack lunch.

    Register By:  10/31


    • Mon, November 05, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 17
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    Monday, November 5

    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Most of the time we exist in mindlessness, a state of semi-awareness governed by habit and inattention. Mindlessness causes us to suffer, probably more than we are even aware. Mindfulness can be defined in a variety of ways, but simply stated it is a deliberate way of paying attention to what is happening within oneself as it is happening. Mindfulness is moment-by-moment awareness. It’s paying attention without judgment or evaluation. When we are mindful, we become more mentally alert, we’re more open and attentive and we’re able to perceive ourselves more clearly – as well as observing details that often escape our notice. If you can identify with any of these statements, you may find this monthly group very helpful.

    Register by 10/26*

    *Note: there must be a minimum of 4 people registered by Friday preceding class in order for class to run.

    • Tue, November 06, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 9
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    Tuesdays,  November 6, 13, 27, Dec 4, 11                        (no class Nov 20)

    Facilitator: Sue Abare

    This class is for those first timers wanting to experience watercolor or someone who wants to expand beginning skills. Have fun exploring the enchantment of water and paint in their irresistible dance. As with all painting, a little drawing experience is helpful. Feel free to bring supplies you may already have or wait for suggestions on what you may want to purchase. Some basic supplies are furnished. We will discuss preparing paper to paint, brushes and their technique, some color theory - but mostly we will jump in the water, and do it!

    Register by 11/03


    • Tue, November 06, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register

    Tuesdays, November 6, 13, 20, 27

    Facilitator:  Alicean "Li" Slough

    In this class you will learn about some of the differences between the "western" brush and the "Chinese" brush and their respective paints, controlling water and mixing colors, composition and some of the basic strokes using the Chinese brush. There will be a power point presentation, as well as demonstration before you begin painting. The subject matter will be the Four Gentlemen: Wild Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum and Plum Blossom. Supplies provided, but if you would like to buy your own here is the supply List: Rice paper (roll or pad), Traditional or Authentic Chinese watercolors, Brushes: 1 small, med, large, brush holder, Ink stick or traditional Chinese Ink (liquid), Ink Stone, porcelain palette or 8 jar lids. You can purchase most things at area craft stores.

    Reg by: 11/01



    • Wed, November 07, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register

    Wednesdays,  November 7

    Facilitator: Ray Schulz

    Spend the evening with fellow artists and a glass of wine drawing what you like in any medium. Still life set up provided for drawing, plus hundreds of pictures for inspiration or bring your own subject to draw! Two hours of relaxed drawing with instructor on hand for critique. Bring all your own drawing supplies and your favorite wine to share! Note: Each session is one evening.

    Register by 11/05

    • Thu, November 08, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 9
    Register

    Thursdays,  November 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13                   (no class Nov 22)


    Facilitator: Sue Abare

    Intermediate & Advanced Level. In this five-week class we will continue to practice our skill building toward simplicity, spontaneity and success. We will discuss value, wetness, color and composition. Do you know what NOT to paint? Ideas abound, lots of thinking goes on as students and instructor continue learning. Students bring their own supplies. 

    Register by 11/05


    • Thu, November 08, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 14
    Register

    Thursday,  November 8

    Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

    Georges de La Tour - 1593-1652 French Baroque Painter

    La Tour is famous for his carefully planned paintings with nocturnal lighting effects, many from his placement of candles in his compositions. They are warm and charming! His early works show Caravaggio’s influence.

    Register by 11/05

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    • Thu, November 08, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Media Room
    Register

    Thursday, November 8

    Noon - 1:30pm

    Facilitated by: Cristi Hopp Kniess

    Pillows, candles and art. Get easy tips on how to switch them out to give your space a whole new look for every season. You don't need to buy new, you need to learn how to restyle. This class will show you how to make your old well-loved pieces look and feel new again.

    Register by 11/5

    • Sat, November 10, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 14
    Register