Archive for August 2007
August Art Shows in Illinois (from http://www.artfaircalendar.com – See their website for more details and other months events)
August 4 & 5
Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival
11 am to 6 pm
For more info: http://www.cityofevanston.org
August 4 & 5
AAUW Fine Art Fair
Part of the FoxFireFest
in Festival Park, next to the riverboat casino
10 am to 6 pm – Saturday; 11 am to 4 pm – Sunday
August 11 & 12 (sponsored show)
Art in Your Eye – Fine Art Show
City of Batavia Riverwalk
Saturday – 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday – 11 am to 5 pm
A relatively new event, just in its third year. A very arts-oriented group has come together to really put Art in Your Eye in this lovely setting.
Expect not only an art fair but also the City Hall Art Exhibit, a special featured artist exhibit at the Depot Museum, continuous musical entertainment, hands-on art experiences, exceptional children’s activities, the sculpture adventure exhibit – a plethora of activities gathered to celebrate the arts.
The month preceding the festival, July 17 to August 11, is the four-week Batavia School of Art, free art-related programs at Batavia Public Library, and a Friday Night Arts Walk in downtown Batavia on August 3. Tempted? Get a better look at all this festival has to offer by visiting their website: http://www.artinyoureye.com
August 11 & 12
Art in the Glen
Glen Town Center
10 am to 5 pm
For more info: amdurproductions.com
Lakefront Festival of Art
Michigan City, IN
10 am to 6 pm
Off to the beach? Don’t miss this art fair in the park on the beautiful shore line of Michigan City, presented by the Lubeznik Center for the Arts.
For more information: http://www.lubeznikcenter.org
32nd Oak Park Avenue-Lake Arts & Crafts Show
Oak Park, IL
11 am to 7 pm – Friday; 9 am to 5 pm – Saturday
For more info: americansociety of artists.org
Long Grove Art Fest
Long Grove, IL
10 am to 5 pm – Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm – Sunday
August 23 to 26
American Craft Exposition
Northwestern University Sports Pavilion
Thursday Preview Party: 6:30-9:30; tickets $100
Friday: 10 am to 8 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm; tickets $15 for three day pass
Mixed media art by Patricia Hecker of Bloomington, IN
This fine event is one of the top in the country in terms of consistency of quality and level of sales. There is a wide variety of contemporary work for the true collector.
For more info: http://www.americancraftexpo.org
August 24 to 26
Michigan Avenue Arts and Crafts Experience
Plaza of Americas, 420 N. Michigan Ave.
8 am to 6 pm
For more info: http://www.americansocietyofartists.org
NEW! August 25
Downtown Fine Art Show
Village of Mokena
8 am to 2 pm
This new juried fine art show (and aren’t the new ones always interesting?) will be held in conjunction with a community-wide panoply of classy venues.
Discover a new destination:
• visit the art fair (buy something really special)
• peruse the Concours d’Elegance (lust over the fine vehicles)
• shop the weekly Farmers Market at the historic train station (purchase the veggies for the coming week)
• spend time at the Food and Wine Festival for the perfect ending to the day.
The pleasures of living in this country is discovering these unique and unspoiled events that show the heart of a community joining together for economic development and, in this case, also to profit the Mayors Charity Foundation and the Jennifer S. Fallick Cancer Support Center.
August 25 & 26
Highwood Fine Art Festival
11 am to 8 pm
What a great weekend for art fairs in Chicagoland! Add this new one to your list of events to check out while you are making the rounds.
For more info: http://www.dwevents.org
August 25 & 26
Bucktown Arts Fest
11 am to 7 pm
August 25 & 26
Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts
Lake Ellyn Park
Glen Ellyn, IL
For more info: http://www.glen-ellyn.com/arts
August 25 & 26
Port Clinton Art Festival
downtown Highland Park
Highland Park, IL
Saturday & Sunday – 10 am to 6 pm
A highly selective process brings these top artists to exhibit their artwork in Highland Park. Only original work may be presented. Parking: on the streets and parking lots nearby
For more info: http://www.amdurproductions.com/port-clinton
Here are a few listings of arts and crafts tours and exhibits. There may be more in your area.
Tour: Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Year-round, Bryn Athyn, PA
Guided tours of the historically significant center of the Swedenborgian Community of Bryn Athyn. Specialty Tours by request. The Cathedral was built between 1919 – 1927 using a purist idea of the Arts and Crafts Artisian Guild System. Some of the original guild shops are still in use and continue to house craftsman. This building and its environment are unique among Arts and Crafts era communities in that the religious beliefs of the Swedenborgian community were blended with the Arts and Crafts ideology. Tours for individuals are free. Tours for large groups $2.00 per person. Contact the Cathedral between the hours of 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at 215.947.0266.
Tour: Boettcher Mansion of Lookout Mountain
Year-round, Golden, CO (20 minutes from Denver)
Tour a 1917 Arts and Crafts mansion, a 10,000 square foot “summer home” built by Charles Boettcher, famous Colorado entrepreneur. Dramatic cathedral ceilings with carved beams, massive stone walk in fireplace, some original hardware and lighting. Japanese patio lanterns are a delight! See permanent exhibit of early Mansion photos and original blueprints, including an ink-on-linen drawing. Open all year round, generally Mon – Sat. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday varies. Call for schedule of tours and information on renting for private or corporate meetings and social events. On 110 forested acres with views of the Continental Divide and the Colorado plains. Free for touring. (303) 526-0855.
Tour: Gamble House
Ongoing, Pasadena, CA
The David B. Gamble House, constructed in 1908, is an internationally recognized masterpiece of the turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts movement in America. It is the most complete and original example of the work of architects Charles & Henry Greene. A National Historic Landmark. One-hour guided tours Thursday-Sunday noon-3 p.m. Closed national holidays. General admission: $8; Students/65+: $5; Children under 12 with an adult, FREE. Group tours available by reservation. For information call 626/793-3334 or visit the Web site.
Tour:George White and Anna Gunn Marston House
Ongoing, San Diego, CA
A craftsman style mansion built in 1905. Docent led tours are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm. Regular admission: $5; seniors, military and students: $4. Children under 6 are admitted free of charge.
Exhibit: Gustav Stickley and His Era
Ongoing, Syracuse, NY
A small ongoing exhibit of Gustav Stickley and the Arts & Crafts era. Showing period examples of his work along with his peers. At the Everson Museum, corner of Harrison and State Streets. Telephone: 315/447-6064.
Tour: Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Year-round, Oak Park, IL
Tours led by guides from the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation, these 45-minute tours of FLW’s restored home and studio are offered year-round. Monday – Friday 11 a.m., 1p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 951 Chicago, Oak Park, IL 60302, (708) 848-1976.
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