“Loft Ten 19, 1019 Third Ave. in Rockford’s Midtown District, opened in December.
Since then, the more than 4,000-square-foot space has welcomed more patrons than co-owners Clydale Hilson and Leah Blake expected.
They met years ago while attending Upper Iowa University classes in Rockford. They became friends and decided to open a new studio that would appeal to those in their twenties and thirties.
“We’re growing quickly,” Blake said. “I was kind of shocked.”
Blake invites artists to call them to book a showing. For events, she and Hilson charge $75 per hour for the first two hours and $50 an hour for the remainder of the event.
The gallery is open on Tuesdays, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. People also can call for an appointment.
Hilson and Blake have full-time jobs. He is a Rockford firefighter. She is an administrator at Milestone Inc. in Rockford.”
— Susan Vela, Rockford Register Star