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Park Forest Art Fair (Illinois) – Call For Artists

Park Forest Art Fair (Illinois) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Tall Grass Arts Association announces a call for artists for the 67th Annual Park Forest Art Fair. The Fair is the second oldest, continuously juried fine art fair in the Chicagoland region. For several years, it has been voted one of the top Five Small Town Art Fairs in the country by the ArtFairCalendar annual survey of “Best Art Fairs in America.”

The fair features 80+ artists exhibiting painting, pastels, print-making, photography, glass, stone, ceramics, fiber, jewelry, and wood. Several of the artists have exhibited continuously for nearly three decades. Artists are welcome to demonstrate their artwork techniques during the fair.

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Apply by: 5 May 2023

This is an extraordinarily artist-friendly fair. The downtown street provides awnings under which new and emerging artists who have not yet invested in a tent can display their artworks. Volunteers can help unload and load vehicles, provide water all day on both days, and provide time for bathroom breaks. The Tall Grass Board of Directors serves breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, snacks at mid-day on Saturday, and a scrumptious dinner Saturday night along with an awards ceremony.

Prizes are awarded in the areas of 1-dimensional art, 2-dimensional art, and jewelry as well as two judges’ choice awards and a peoples’ choice award.

There is a music fest on Saturday hosted by the Village of Park Forest. It features latin, jazz, rock, and blues. Along the sidewalk in front of the Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery, the “Kids Art Alley” includes many art activities for young children such as painting, face-painting, and several craft projects. Food trucks and local food vendors are on site for lunch and snacks.

The Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery will be open during the fair and will feature the Annual Gallery Artists’ exhibit. The gallery and art fair are open to the public free of charge.

I want to thank you and all the wonderful volunteers for putting on the Tall Grass Art Fair! You all do such a beautiful job of creating an atmosphere of community. That, more than anything, brings me back each year! – Ellen Grenier Bevill

To all the wonderful people who worked so hard to put together such a great art fair; I have always thought that you, at Tall Grass, accommodate the vendors most thoughtfully. Tall Grass art fair is a wonderful experience for participating artists, art aficionados and the Park Forest community. – Sue Wade

The Park Forest Art Fair was simply amazing. I have never experienced an art fair such as this before. The attention and support given to the artists made one feel like royalty. I enjoyed the breakfast and was more than grateful for the spread that was laid before us for dinner. The award ceremony left me speechless. I have never experienced that level of appreciation for vendors at an Art Fair before. Wow!!! Is all I can say. I enjoy meeting the other artists. Their work floored me. The kind spirit of the artists and the staff was felt throughout the weekend. I am more than satisfied with my sales. – Tara McGee

About Tall Grass Arts Association

Tall Grass Arts Association promotes public education and appreciation of visual art through exhibitions, classes, and the Park Forest Art Fair. Since 1956, the association has served artists, children, and the south suburban communities of Chicago in some of the most ethnically diverse and artistically and economically underserved communities in Illinois.

Their mission statement, and thus major goal, is to promote public arts; to encourage artists; and to support high-quality visual arts programming through art school classes, exhibits, gallery, and mini gallery/gift shop sales; the annual Park Forest Art Fair; and special programs accessible to the general public of all ages. In recent years, the association has made great strides in developing and expanding its arts programming in an effort to reach out to artists, children, seniors, and the general public.

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Fine Arts Festival Of Manatee County 2020 (Bradenton, FL) – Call for Artists

Fine Arts Festival Of Manatee County 2020 (Bradenton, FL) – Call for Artists

ArtCenter Manatee announces a call for artists for the Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County 2020, a juried two-day outdoor festival that takes place in Downtown Bradenton at the beautiful Riverwalk Park on the Manatee River. The show features local, regional, and national award-winning artists, as well as artist demos, shopping, music, and food vendors with seating. The festival attracts art lovers of all kinds. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. The proceeds of the festival benefit ArtCenter Manatee’s Education programs.

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Deadline: 31 Dec 2019

Event dates: Feb 22 and 23, 2020

The classes of entry into the show are: Fine Craft, Jewelry, Painting and Drawing, Photography, and Sculpture

Fine Arts Festival Of Manatee County 2020 artists will benefit by competing for $4,000 in prize money: Best of Show $1500, 1st Place $1000, 2nd Place $850, and 3rd Place $650

Artist Amenities:

  • Friday set up
  • Saturday Meet and Greet at ArtCenter Manatee, 6-8pm, to include a tour of the ArtCenter, light appetizers, wine, beer, and music
  • Free parking for artists
  • Cash awards
  • Complimentary coffee and danish
  • Complimentary bottled water delivered daily
  • Booth sitting for breaks

About ArtCenter Manatee

Founded in 1937, ArtCenter Manatee is located in downtown Bradenton at the intersection of arts and culture. ArtCenter Manatee is the premier center for art, art education, and unique gifts in Manatee County. The nearly 10,000 sq. ft. building in downtown Bradenton features three galleries with exhibits that change monthly, five classrooms that hold over 3,000 students every year, an Artists’ Market gift shop, and an art library featuring over 3,000 art volumes. ArtCenter Manatee has repeatedly been voted the best art gallery by the Herald Tribune and Bradenton Herald. ArtCenter Manatee has been the premier visual arts organization in Manatee County for over 80 years. They offer over 400 classes to adults and children; local, regional and national exhibits in three galleries that change monthly; and an artisan gift shop and ecommerce website.

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