6/17-18 Wheaton, IL. Cantigny Park is pleased to announce Art in Bloom, an outdoor arts festival. More than 80 juried artists will showcase their work amidst Cantignys beautiful gardens, grounds and museums. Art in Bloom 2017 promises even more excitement than our past art festivals, which are always among the parks most popular events. Two-day attendance should be about 10,000 if the weather is favorable. This event is located on grass under large trees. Ample parking is another valuable asset! Always a nice venue and had great weather. It didn't rain. Great sales on Saturday and not so good on Sunday. I would stil go back. The sales trends seem to a bit down from 2016 for most shows.
May 27-28 The award-winning, highly regarded show features the work of 100 juried artists in various mediums including watercolor, oil, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, wood, and glass, which are exhibited and available for sale during the event. Located in the heart of beautiful Downtown St. Charles, along the Fox River, approximately 40 miles west of Chicago, there are many fine restaurants and shops, as well as numerous parks, theaters and activities. Not as good as last year but still profitable and a fun town with nice people. Weather was nice for both days.
7/22-23 Express your originality with the artwork you discover at Geneva’s nationally-acclaimed outdoor gallery of juried art. More than 140 artists will show their work – from drawing, painting and sculpture to ceramics, glass, textiles and jewelry. All art is available for sale. Come for the day or stay for the weekend. We hope to see you. Geneva is a beautiful town and event attracts serious buyers. Had a very good and profitable show.
7/29-30 NEW...Glencoe, Illinois.This distinguished outdoor festival offers exceptional artwork from more than 130 juried artists from around the world. Situated in the Village of Glencoe, the Glencoe Festival of Art features artwork of all mediums including: ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography and wood. This festival is nestled amongst upscale retail shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants in charming downtown Glencoe. The Glencoe Festival of Art is free and open to the public. Unfortunately, had to cancel show for personal reasons. Was looking forward to it and hope to be back next year. Lost potential revenue and show fees. Drat.
7/8-9 Art Fair on the Square is not only amongst largest art fairs in the Midwest, it is also rated as one of the Top 10 fine art shows by artists from across the country. Furthermore, Art Fair on the Square is the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's most important annual fundraiser, providing crucial support for exhibitions, art education, and programming. For two days, the eight blocks that surround Wisconsin's beautiful State Capitol are transformed as artists, entertainers, vendors, and nearly 200,000 visitors come together to celebrate the arts at this event. Two days of great sales, 200,000 people, and great weather. Always a fun event.
6/24-25 Expect something fresh and new. Exciting changes are in store for downtown Evanston this June when what was known as the Fountain Square Art Festival for the past 37 years rebrands itself in 2017 as "Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest." In its 38th year, the biggest change for the North Shore's largest and oldest fine arts fair (beside the name change) will be its mix of art. Yes, the eclectic works of more than 150 juried artists will be back. But add to that mix the works of artists who make eco-friendly art from recycled and found materials. (Many of these artists have had their wares showcased at the former creative showcase known as Remix Chicago.) Great number of buying patrons. Sold a lot of artwork inspite of poor load in organization and communications difficulties. New show management.
6/10-6/11 NEW Hinsdale, Illinois. Heralded as one of the top shows in western suburbs of Chicago! The Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival has received West Suburban Living's "Best Summer Art Show" for 2012 and 2014. Located in the heart of historic downtown Hinsdale and set amongst the shady trees of Burlington Park, the show hosts over 130 qualified, juried artists. Adjacent to Hinsdale’s upscale shopping district, the I-294 expressway and the Burlington Northern rail system, this show is easily accessible for all who want to attend. Quoted as "one of the highlights of the summer" by a returning artist, this show is not to be missed! Nice town, good location. Terrific sales on Saturday and not so hot on Sunday although it was close to 95 degrees outside. I got an honorable mention.
8/5-8/6 Minneapolis, Mn. The 26th Annual Powderhorn Art Fair is a Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Upper Midwest Regional Art Fair. Set in Powderhorn Park, a pastoral 66 acre city park, 184 artists circle around the tree-lined, picturesque Powderhorn Lake. Powderhorn Art Fair is a unique collaboration between the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. A portion of art fair profits are used to pay for youth programs at Powderhorn Park. This is truly a multi-cultural and family friendly event. The Powderhorn Art Fair is a sustainable, eco-friendly event. Had a great show in spite of some rain. Sold 8 paintings. Nice site in neighborhood.
8/26-8/27 NEW Highland Park, Illinois. More than 100,000 art savvy, loyal attendees and buyers visit this high caliber festival which celebrates its 34th year this summer. About 260 juried artists are featured at this show Located in the affluent community of Highland Park, Illinois, the Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most acclaimed art festivals in the country and is rated one of the top 6 art shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine and a top show by Art Fair Calendar. The best of the best is what art lovers come to see and buy at this festival. Highly professional show with accomplished artists. Sold many paintings in spite of a rainy Sunday AM.
9/23-9/24 Peoria, Illinois. Consistently one of the best shows in the country. It's our 55th anniversary for bringing original art to central Illinois and we want you to be a part of the celebration!As one of the oldest art organizations in the country, the Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair is nationally recognized for its organization, event marketing, and for putting artists' needs at the top of the priority list. Show treats artists very well and always fun to be there. This year was incredibly hot (95+ degrees) and I was in the sun the entire time. Just didn't do very well and was really disappointed. I broke even but, I guess I was due for one after a great season.