Rockford is crawling with ghost signs, by Jim Hagerty,, October 20-21, 2022


Rockford is crawling with ghost signs

Source:, October 20-21, 2022

Local Artist, Major Fashion Designer Virgil Abloh Dies At 41




Source:  Thibault Camus/ AP File


Source:  Rockford Register Star, USA Today Network, Nov. 29, 2021.

“Rebirth,” mural by Tom Edwards, north side of the Jefferson-Horton American Legion Hall, 1010 South Main Street, Jasper St. Angel building, dedicated November 5, 1978


Sources: Rockford Register-Star, November 7, 1978; photographed by Jean Lythgoe September 2, 2021

“The Bees Knees,” “From Sea to the Sun,” and “Native Elements,” three towers from the SPARKS Summer Programs, mentored by Susan Burton, located at the northwest corner of South Main and Cedar Streets

Three  new towers, “The Bees Knees,” “From Sea to the Sun,” and “Native Elements” joined the sculpture scene in downtown Rockford. Youth from the SPARKS Summer Programs were mentored by Susan Burton, a nationally known mosaic artist. Located at the northwest corner of South Main and Cedar Streets across from the Embassy Suites. The south side of the Webbs Norman Center, formerly the downtown Post Office can be seen in the background.
Photographed by Jean Lythgoe, August 30, 2021.

“Be True,” 117 S. 3rd St., north facing, Luna Datura’s Curious Gifts, by Sam Kirk, 2021 CRE8IV murals

Be True, 2021

This piece was created for the Cre8IV @gorockford Mural Festival in Rockford, IL. The mural is a celebration of many communities, but the LGBTQ community is the central focus in this one. When creating this I was inspired by those who live life true to who they are, no filters, no limitations. Sam Kirk,

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