Tall Grass Arts Association announces a call for artists for the 65th Annual Park Forest Art Fair scheduled for September 19 and 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Artists may exhibit a variety of media, including two dimensional work (painting, pastels, printmaking, and stitchery), three dimensional work (wood, glass, ceramics, and fiber), and jewelry. This is the second oldest juried art fair in Chicagoland. It is a very artist-friendly fair.
Deadline: 8 May 2020
Registration is $175 and artists keep 100% of sales. Gallery artists receive 70% of the sale price of items sold in the gallery during exhibits or in the gift shop.
The Park Forest Art Fair is held on the Village Green in front of the gallery and along Main Street in downtown Park Forest. The village hosts a music fest on Saturday during the fair and fest favorite, the folk duo Patchouli, will perform on Sunday. There are several food vendors offering a variety of foods.
Park Forest Art Fair Benefits
Tall Grass Arts Association offers several prizes, totaling $2,500, and various purchase prizes. The fair is advertised on WBEZ during prime time; in various publications such as the Chicago Tribune; in regional newspapers with the focus of the story being the individual artists from that region; and on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Being juried for the art fair conveys the status of gallery artist with an annual opportunity to exhibit annually in the Tall Grass Gallery, the opportunity to participate in invitational exhibits, and to sell in the gift shop.
Artists are provided a breakfast each day of the fair and a wonderful dinner on Saturday night when prize winners are announced. Volunteers bring free bottles of water to the artists several times each day and provide bathroom breaks for the artists.
Some of the art fair artists have been exhibiting in the fair for more than 3 decades. One pair of artists who participate in both the Naperville Riverwalk and the Park Forest on the same weekend have reported that they sell as well in Park Forest as in Naperville. All of the participating Park Forest art fair artists report that they enjoy the fact that the Park Forest fair attendees stop to chat with the artists. 100% of the sales price goes to the artist and is not split with Tall Grass. Finally, this is one of the most affordable art fairs around because it is totally organized and managed by a team of volunteers.
“I love doing shows with nonprofit orgs because I support their efforts to do good on their community. I also think this is a growing movement among artists tired of the outrageous fees and impersonal promoters (23 new artists!) Keep up the good work, see you next year.” e waddington
“Mu husband and I had such a great time this weekend. I love you all, and loved the artists with whom I spoke, as well as every single person who came into my booth. This was truly one of the most special weekends I’ve ever experienced. I can’t believe how much happiness my artwork brought so many people. I even sold my Milky Way acrylic print on Sunday! N Roash
“Even though it was my first year at the fair, I could tell that I would like to return next year. I am looking forward to next year. I would like to thank you and the great staff for being so helpful and understanding.” P Taylor
About Tall Grass Arts Association
The Tall Grass Arts Association team is composed of volunteers. They have gotten to know the artists in a personal manner as they plan all the various aspects of the fair, from registration to helping unload, marketing the fair, and participating in the dinner for the artists. It is the dedication and effort of these volunteers that allows Tall Grass to keep the fees low for artists.
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