Tall Grass Arts Association
61st Park Forest Art Fair
September 17 & 18, 2016
10am to 5pm
Downtown Park Forest, Illinois
On Main St. between Western Avenue and Orchard Drive
Park Forest Art Fair is the second oldest juried
art fair in the Chicago area. The finest artists in the
Midwest show a variety of artworks including paintings,
prints, photographs, ceramics, glass, wood, sculpture
and fiber arts. The fair includes many activities for
There is a music fest hosted by the Village all
day Saturday, with Patchouli performing all day Sunday.
Fine art, music and food.
9/17, Main Street Music Fest hosted by the Village of Park Forest from 11:30 am
– 6:00 pm.
scheduled are Blues Kids, Breezy Rodio and The Coolers, Muzicnet Jazz Band,
Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen and The Big Boppers.
9/18, Patchouli will play folk music all day with a performance by the Grande
Prairie Choral Arts Group at 2:30 pm.
vendors include El Toporo, Southland Catering and Princess Catering.
The Kids’ Art Alley will offer a range of activities including the Children’s Art Contest, self-portraits, castle building and more.
2016 Art Fair Participating Artists
Nine new artists and 11 out of state artists
Lisa & Cris Berry
Charles "Wyll" Mull
Jim & Jo Cook
Jeremy Mann & Primeau, Carey
Sharon & William Redinger
John & Kathy Farabaugh
John Flynn, Jan Reder
Sandra & James Kamp
Joshua Dean Smith
Mary Ann Trzyna
Marikay Peter Witlock
Glenn Woods & Keith Herbrand
Valley Community College
Art Gallery, Prairie State College
ceremony will take place on Sunday, September, 18 at 1:00pm
For information, call the Gallery at (708) 748-3377.
Last year's 60th Annual Park Forest
Art Fair was a huge success and a wonderful event!
On Friday evening, the thunder rumbled across the region, By early morning, a light rain fell but by fair time, the clouds were moving across the sky and the sun appeared. By Sunday evening, after a day of bright sunlight, it could be said that the 60th Annual Park Forest Art Fair was a huge success.
Most artists reported good sales. Artists also
reported that the crowds were friendly and most people stopped to chat. Friendly fair-goers are a hallmark of the
Park Forest Fair.
attendees felt that the quality of the participating artists was excellent. Several said "best ever." Fourteen newly-juried artists participated and they were well-received, taking a large number of the prizes.
form, the artists found the atmosphere to be very artist-friendly, with a bagel breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and a scrumptious dinner. The volunteer staff was very much in
evidence, offering water and assistance with unloading and loading. Especially wonderful were the high school volunteers, mostly from Rich East High School.
One new addition to the fair was the Children's Art Alley. All children's activities were consolidated on the sidewalk in front of the Tall Grass Gallery and included the traditional children's art contest, face painting, creation of a mural, a library art project and a few non-art but fun activities such as creation of giant bubbles.
The music fest on Saturday included four wonderful bands and Patchouli on Sunday was rated "excellent".
Thank you to Michele Johnson's mother-in-law who always orders the great weather and thank you to all the participating artists and volunteers who make the weekend so special.
The image above is of two student volunteers from Rich East.