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63rd Park Forest Art Fair 
September 15th & 16th, 2018
Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm
Downtown Park Forest







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Boasting a rich history and wealth of gifted artists, along with status as one of the Southland’s most valued annual treasures, the Park Forest Art Fair, sponsored by Tall Grass Arts Association (TGAA), in September celebrates its 63rd year, Sept. 15 and 16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, in Downtown Park Forest on the Village Green.

“This is the second oldest juried art fair in the Chicagoland region and it has maintained its quality over the years,” event Chairwoman Janet Muchnik said.  Muchnik emphasized the event always attracts a variety of talents, “some new artists and many who have exhibited continuously for nearly four decades.

“Fair visitors have a tradition here of talking with the artists and in fact, the artists expect people to stop by and chat.
As a not-for-profit event with a huge volunteer force, costs to artists are very low. “Consequently, they can sell their works at very reasonable prices. This is the fair where people can buy originals for very reasonable prices.”

The eclectic nature of the fair is quickly visible to visitors who will see ceramics, etchings, sculpture, photographs, paintings in many media, digital art works, stitchery, jewelry featuring original elements, and stained glass.

The fair will continue to feature the Kids’ Art Alley.  It will offer a vast range of activities to delight the younger set, including the almost legendary Children’s Art Contest, crafts and more.
 
The acclaimed Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery, 367 Artists Walk in Downtown, will be open during the fair with a traditional summer exhibit of works by gallery artists.

 
Participating Artists(Artist in Bold Are New)

David Abrahamson - acrylic painting
Ellen Grenier Bevill - handwoven wearables
Terry Boykin - polymer clay, digital art & acrylics
Susan Brauer - fused glass items 
Javier Chavira - painting
Raymond Chen - watercolor
Joe Chomyn - thrown porcelain
Carri Cole - jewelry
David Dallison -watercolor
Georgeann Davis - jewelry & lampwork beads
Michelle Detering - watercolor
Bronwyn Elkuss - hand-stitched fiber art
Kathy & John Farabaugh - stained glass/jewelry
John Flynn & Janice Reder - lathe wood pens
Rebecca Flowers - digital photography
Halona Gustin - Flynn Sochon pottery
Margi Hafer - watercolor & mm/collage
Janet Hubbard - jewelry
Jeremy Keller & Mary Ennis - ceramics
Seung Jae Kim - photography
Linnea Lahlum - jewelry
Jean Lewis - oil & pastel
Rosalind Lyons - pencil & oil prints
Harry & BJ Mackie - jewelry
Barb Mason - jewelry
Jennifer Meyer - found object sculptures
Marie Miklaszewski - jewelry
Patricia Moore - mixed media & acrylic
Damen Mroczek - jewelry
John Mroczek - jewelry
Gedion Nyanhongo - hand-carved stone sculptures
Jan Podbielski - jewelry
Jerry Rhoads -wood
Margaret Rogowski - jewelry
Paul Scouten - metal/functional copper sculptures
Gail Stamps - hand knits & felted wearable art
Melvina Stemley - wearable fiber
Glenn Steward - oil & watercolor
Thomas Tampa - wood
Jamie Torraco (Kittens od Industry) - pastel & oil
Liz Waddington - watercolor
Susan Wade - jewelry
Sandy Walker - jewelry
Marikay Peter Witlock - pastel
Glenn Woods & Keith Herbrand - pottery - fine porcelain and crystalline glaze
 David Zahn - ceramic & bronze sculptures
 Scott Zuziak - hand carved wood items


Tall Grass Arts Association is delighted to announce that fifteen new artists will exhibit in the Park Forest Art Fair on September 15 and 16 in downtown Park Forest on the village green.  The new artists are:  David Abrahamson, David Dallison, Rebecca Flowers, Janet Hubbard, Jeremy Keller & Mary Ennis, SeungJae Kim, Harry &BJ Mackie, Gedion Nyanhongo, Jerry Rhoads, Paul Scouten, Kittens of Industry (Jaime Torraco), David Zahn and Scott Zuziak.
 
Abrahamson, Dallison and Torraco are painters, although all work in different media. 
 
Flowers and Kim are photographers.  Hubbard and the Mackies create jewelry. 
 
Keller and Ennis work with clay.
 
For the first time in several years, the largest number of new artists work in sculptural arts.  This includes Nyanhongo, Rhoads, Scouten, Zahn and Zuziak.
 
In the next few weeks, Tall Grass will feature the works of these new artists as well as the returning art fair artists.  Watch this space!

Judges 
Mary Beth Koszut

Abstract painter, Mary Beth Koszut received her MFA in painting from Bradley University in 2011.  Since then she has been teaching and exhibiting her work on a local and national level.  Her paintings are inspired by nature and revolve around ideas of contradiction creating a fragile stability.  She currently lives in Peotone, IL and teaches art and art education at Olivet Nazarene University.

Angela Dieffenbach

A practicing artist and educator, Angela Dieffenbach lives and works in Chicago.  She is a Lecturer of Art and Design at Chicago State University running the ceramics program.  She earned a MA and MFA from the University of Iowa and received a BFA in studio art and a BS in K-12 art education from Bradley University.  Dieffenbach's research based sculptures focus on the intersection of science and art with a particular interest in strange and peculiar experiments and medical treatments.

MUSIC

Saturday, September 15, 2018
11 - 11:45am  Rhythm System - 3-piece teenage Blues, RnB and Neo-soul group
12 - 1:00pm - Kaben Kafo - Djembe Drum Ensemble
1:20 - 2:30pm  Jo Ann Daugherty Trio - Featuring Joshua Ramos and Ryan Bennett
 2:50 - 4:00pm  Tempero Brasileiro - Featuring Neal Alger and Julie Koidin.  Special guest on percussion, Heitor Garcia
 4:30 - 6:00pm   John Primer - A Chicago Blues Living Legend

Sunday, September 16, 2018
 10am - 5pm    Patchouli - Guitar duo featuring master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter  Julie Patchouli.
 1:30pm   Grande Prairie Singers 
































































 



 
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