September 21 & 22
Park Forest, Illinois
Downtown Park Forest
Presented by the Tall Grass Arts Association
Deadline: June 29
The Park forest Art Fair is an outdoor fair held in the streets of Downtown Park Forest. Known as an exceptionally artist-friendly show (especially emerging artists-friendly) because of its amenities for artists and reasonable registration fee, the fair features:
- $175 Registration fee
- $2,500 in cash awards and purchase prizes
- a complimentary breakfast on Saturday morning and a fabulous dinner party for the artists on Saturday evening after the close of the fair
- Overnight security on Saturday night, which includes conveniently located, locked storage space
- booth sitters are available as needed over the weekend
Artists who participate in the fair report their pleasure that fair attendees, traditionally, stop and chat with the artists. One artist, who shows regularly through the Midwest region, reported that he sold more artworks on Saturday of the fair than he had sold in a single day at any other fair in which he participated.
The fair is promoted in the regional press (magazines and newspapers), social networking sites and advertised on WFMT and WBBM radio during the morning rush hour. Musical entertainment is provided all day, both days, as well as a variety of food vendors. There are many activities especially for children such as an art contest, tie dying, story times with art projects illustrating the story, painting murals, etc.
The Park Forest Art Fair is the second oldest juried fair in the Chicagoland area. It is a fine art fair that showcases artists who work in a variety of media. Over the years, artists have participated who travel from as far away as Canada and California. Although the jurying deadline is June 29, jurying will take place on a monthly basis for applications received during the month so that artists can plan to add the fair to their schedules.
The application and information can be downloaded from: www.tallgrassarts.org.
Approval through the jurying process also confers the status of Gallery Artist and permits artists to participate in the annual Tall Grass Gallery Artists Exhibit.
Note of interest: The Village of Park Forest was built for the purpose of housing GI's returning from WWII. Incorporated in 1949, less than 6 years later, it was home to an arts association that operated a gallery, school and art fair. The arts association was followed a few years later by a symphony orchestra, classical chorale and resident, equity theater company-a very welcoming home for the arts and for creative people!
Please join us.
Find more art fairs for your 2013 art fair season in great places like Park Forest and many other special communities across the country: www.CallsforArtists.com