The Park Forest Art Fair is the second oldest continuously juried fine art fair in the Chicagoland region. It is an exceptionally artist-friendly fair with helpers to assist with loading and reloading, and distribution of bottled water all day. There are prizes totaling $3,000.
Because Tall Grass is a not-for-profit and gets to know its artists well, it is sensitive to the impact of the costs of participating in an art fair. For that reason, it has kept its registration fee at $175 through the recession and beyond. Tall Grass feels it is especially important to keep the cost of the art fair registration low during the present economic environment. The Board of Tall Grass provides the art fair artists a continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and a wonderful dinner on Saturday evening during which prize winners are announced. Two years ago, the Board also provided a healthy snack on Saturday since many artists could not take the time to visit the food vendors.
"I had the pleasure to be an artist at the Park Forest Art Fair put on by the wonderful volunteers of the Tall Grass Arts Association. This show was a artists' dream. The volunteers take such good care of the artists, from making sure we had water all day long and booth sitters for bathroom breaks. On top of that we had bagels, juice, coffee and yogurt both mornings and to top it off the volunteers put on a wonderful dinner Saturday night.
But I have to say the thing that impressed me the most is this show runs like a well-oiled machine and it's all done with volunteers and donations, not some big promoter.
In closing I have to give this art fair a A+ and I would recommend it to anyone that likes being treated like a guest. I also have to thank the people from Park Forest and surrounding areas for coming out to see the show." Janet Hubbard, Oak Creek, WI
"Thank you for your many, many, many efforts. It really is a wonderful show. I've done plenty of shows in the city and affluent north suburbs but none of them can compare to the ease, loyalty and support that the Park Forest Art Fair offers. I have always said it feels like coming home." Jennifer Meyer, Lansing, IL
"We were so happy with our sales this year, we were practically giddy! Having a great show at Park Forest really made our summer!! Thank you for all you do!" The Pottery Boys, Blue Island, IL