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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 children. 

There is a music fest hosted by the Village all day Saturday, with Patchouli performing all day Sunday. 

Fine art, music and food.

Saturday, 9/17, Main Street Music Fest hosted by the Village of Park Forest from 11:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Performers scheduled are Blues Kids, Breezy Rodio and The Coolers, Muzicnet Jazz Band, Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen and The Big Boppers.
Sunday, 9/18, Patchouli will play folk music all day with a performance by the Grande Prairie Choral Arts Group at 2:30 pm.
Participating vendors include El Toporo, Southland Catering and Princess Catering.

Children’s Activities
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
Barb Mason
Terry Boykin
Patricia Moore
Susan Brauer
Damen Mroczek
Jeanetta Brown
John Mroczek
Raymond Chen
Charles "Wyll" Mull
Joe Chomyn
Bob Nardi
Jim & Jo Cook
Joe Nowak
Georgeann Davis
Jan Podbielski
Jill DeBandelaben
Jeremy Mann & Primeau, Carey
Michelle Detering
Sharon & William Redinger
Bronwyn Elkuss
Wendy Ritchey
John & Kathy Farabaugh
Carol Robinson
John Flynn, Jan Reder
Margaret Rogowski
Anitra Frazier
Jelena Rupa
Nick Galatte
Antonia Ruppert
Ted Gilmer
Dorothy Sandlin
Debra Glenn
Richard Schmidt
Margi Hafer
Mitch Sigmund
Sandra & James Kamp
Joshua Dean Smith
Sheri Kowalski
Flynn Sochon
Michael Kucinski
Glenn Steward
Linnea Lahlum
Thomas Tampa
Susan Larsen
Pete Theobald
Jean Lewis
Mary Ann Trzyna
Ray Luckhaupt
Susan Wade
Rosalind Lyons
Sandy Walker
Andrew Manaylo
Marikay Peter Witlock
James Marsh
Glenn Woods & Keith Herbrand
Amy Brown
Art Department Faculty
Moraine Valley Community College
Beth Shadur
Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College
Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, September, 18 at 1:00pm

September 17 & 18, 2016
Luise Renner Prize                    Bronwyn Elkuss
2-dimensional work
James Marzuki Prize                 Glenn Woods &
3-dimensional work                                  Keith Herbrand
Terry Harrison Prize                  John Mroczek
Directors’ Prize                         Marikay Peter Witlock
Directors’ Prize                         Sylvester Robinson
Dick & Ginny Burd                    Margi Hafer
Tom & Joan Krysinski               Mitch Sigmund
Claire Zaret                              Jan Podbielski
Village of Park Forest                Sheri Kowalski
                                                Jelena Rupa
                                                Jill De Bardelaben

                                                Damen Mroczek

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.

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.

True to 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.  


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