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Chicagoland Artisans

A place for Chicago and surrounding area artisans to gather and share about juried and non-juried shows, markets and festivals.

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Oakbrook's 52nd Annual Fine Art Exhibition - Labor Day?

Started by Elizabeth Kline. Last reply by Elizabeth Kline Mar 23. 4 Replies

Hello everyone! I am at a bit of a loss. I've been trying to find information about the Oakbrook Center's Fine Art Exhibition/Invitational that has been running over Labor Day weekend for apparently…Continue

Tags: Brook, Oak, Center, Oakbrook

Art in the Barn in Barrington?

Started by Claudia Winter. Last reply by Linnea Lahlum Jan 30. 2 Replies

Has anyone participated in this show recently?  I am concerned about the 20% commission (plus booth fee) seems a little steep.  Is it worth it?  I  have heard the show is well attended, but do…Continue

Springfield IL “Art Spectacular at the Carillion”

Started by Linnea Lahlum Mar 29, 2013. 0 Replies

 I know technically it is not Chicago…. But has anyone done Springfield IL “Art Spectacular at the Carillion”? At the Springfield Botanic Garden. I am looking for a midwestern show for that weekend,…Continue

Tags: the, Carillion”, at, Spectacular, IL

Weekend of July 20?

Started by Connie Mettler. Last reply by Alison Loewen Mar 28, 2013. 11 Replies

Elissa wants to know if there is anything in the area besides Ann Arbor the weekend of July 20 so I went to my other site: and…Continue

Tags: Sheboygan, WI, Neenah, WI, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Kohler Art Center, July 20

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Comment by Sharon Lippert on March 5, 2014 at 5:41pm

Hi all... I'm now living in Rockford... You can check out The Greenwich Village Art Fair in Rockford, IL.  I did well there my first year... second year I didn't make the cut but give it whirl, you never know. 

It's hard finding good shows so far from the city.

How I miss WGN Morning News. :D

Comment by Shireen Cline on January 24, 2014 at 12:30am

Hello Artists, I would like to inform everyone that after two years of organizing and building a respectful reputation for my event Art and Music in the Vineyard that the Round Barn Winery (Whose first concern is to sell wine) has decided to steel my show. The artists who have worked with me will tell you that I work solely to promote art and give them media exposure. They are treated with the up most respect and I go the distance to accommodate their needs and market their work. The Round Barn Winery did nothing to help promote the art show. I paid for all the advertising and when I asked them to hang a poster, they told me they had no room to hang it. They didn't even have the show posted on their marque. I placed  yard signs out and a big feather flag at their entrance to let people know about the show, plus tv advertising, radio, posters, art magazines and  ART FAIR CALENDAR. The artists had good sales because I marketed the show to buyers, The winery markets to wine drinkers. Saturday is a party crowd, a lot of people getting drunk. They would wonder down at the end of the show. The people who came to the art show to buy art were their because of the marketing tools I paid. I'm an art show organizer who cares about the artists who participates in my shows. 

Comment by Jayde Petersen on January 23, 2014 at 11:33pm

Just a quick comment here as I just found this group...I participated for the first time in the Long Grove Art & Wine Festival last August (2013). Never again. Although the people running the show were nice, there were WAY too many jewelry booths there (I am a jewelry artist). Even the customers were complaining. No one was selling much. I didn't even make booth fee back. Not well attended either. Heard that Port Clinton was the same weekend and not far away, and that seemed to be where all the customers were. One fellow exhibitor noted: When the majority of vendors say this is their first year at a particular show, it usually means the show isn't very good. Live and learn I guess.

Comment by Shireen Cline on May 7, 2013 at 10:59am

Hello Chicago Artists, most of the Chicago residents with disposable incomes reside at their lake homes along Lake Michigan so why not participate in a show where these people hang out on the weekend?

I'm the organizer for Art and Music in the Vineyard at the Round Barn Winery in Barrien County Michigan. If you are interested in learning more email me at or go to to check out the venue.

Comment by Christa Pomeroy Lawrence on April 3, 2013 at 6:20pm

The Mundelein Arts Festival received an Emerging Artist Prize from the Kirk Players. It is a $500 prize to be decided by our judges. If you know of anyone interested in participating in our show, Sept 7 &8, please let them know about this new prize. Here is the criteria:

An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts and is not represented.  An artist is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artist.

The work of the emerging artist should display:

  • -a cohesive concentration of study within the chosen subject manner (a unified body of work)
  • - a mastery of technique (2D or 3D)
  • - effective use of design (i.e., strong use of composition, visual rhythm, unity, balance, use of color, etc.)
  • - an integration between technique and concept
  • - complex conceptual ideas


*Though not required, as the Kirk Players represent the theatre arts, consideration may be given to an artist whose work ties into the performing arts;  i.e. such as through a narrative (story telling) body of work; figurative pieces; something related to literature, music, or dance; or having comedic or dramatic subject matter.

Comment by Sara Hoffland on July 22, 2012 at 11:10am

Thanks for the info Tim!

Comment by Tim Arnold on July 22, 2012 at 7:52am

Sorry forgot to menchen show Tall Grass in Park Forest

Comment by Tim Arnold on July 22, 2012 at 7:49am

My old high school teacher used to do the show and always talk highly of the people and his sales. It has been awile sence he did it but good luck and let us know how it goes.

Comment by Sara Hoffland on July 21, 2012 at 9:01pm

I'm also looking for any info about the park forest art fair by Tall Grass.  Anyone know anything?

Comment by Joanne Barsanti on June 23, 2012 at 3:09pm

Hi, I just joined the group. I was accepted into the Park Forest Art Fair by Tall Grass Association. This will be my first Art Fair, so am open to suggestions. I will probably be contacting the Tall Grass Association this coming week to ask questions. If you have something specific, let me know and I will include it in my discussion. I am mostly concerned with Tent requirements (I do not have one). From all that I could see on their website, it seems like a very artist-friendly show. This is their 57th show, so something must be going 'right.'


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