Whether you need art to fill a wall or admire beautiful paintings, glass and metal sculptures and fine pottery, going to a good art fair brightens the weekend and is just plain fun.
The following art festivals are worth the time because they have a good-sized roster of carefully chosen artists in a variety of categories.
North Suburban Glencoe has its Festival of Art the first weekend of August. The fair fills the downtown streets and parking lots around Vernon and Park Avenues Aug. 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Produced by long-time art fair guru Amy Amdur, the fair includes a children’s activity booth, music and food. For more information visit Amdur Productions.
As a highly ranked art fair, Art in the Glen Town Center features glass, painting, jewelry, fabric and wood art and sculpture by nearly 200 artists from across the US. The festival is on Patriot Boulevard south of Willow Road in Glenview. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit Amdur Glen.
Three interesting art fairs come Aug. 17-18.
- Oak Park, known for its architectural examples and tours, hosts its annual Oak Park Avenue-Lake Arts & Crafts Show in Scoville Park at Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street. Saturday is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists are juried-in by the American Society of Artists. For more information visit ASOA.
- Michigan City, Indiana’s Lubeznik Center for the Arts is holding its annual Lakefront Festival of Art in Washington Park on Lake Michigan. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit Lubeznik Center.
- The annual Lincolnshire Art Festival returns to the town’s Village Green just south of Milwaukee Avenue at Olde Half Day Road. Hours both days are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit Amdur Productions Lincolnshire.
The annual American Craft Exposition, among Chicago’s highest quality craft shows, is Aug. 23-25 on Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus. Tickets, $15, are good for all three days. Friday is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Exposition is in the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion off Sheridan Road at the north end of campus at 2311 N. Campus Drive. For more information visit American Craft Expo.
The Port Clinton Art Festival, arguably among the summer’s biggest, best attended fairs and listed in art publications as among the five best fairs in the country, is Aug. 24-25. The booths of 260 juried artists spread across downtown Highland Park along Central Avenue and also south down First and Second Streets. Both days are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more info: visit Amdur ProductionsHP.