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Call for Artists: Park Forest Art Fair

 September 18 & September 19

Park Forest, Illinois

Downtown Park Forest

Presented by the Tall Grass Arts Association

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

100 artists

Deadline:  July 23

The Park Forest Art Fair is an outdoor fair held in the streets of Downtown Park Forest. Known as an artist-friendly (especially emerging artist-friendly) show because of its amenities for artists and reasonable registration fee, the fair features:

--$3,000 in cash awards and purchase prizes
--a complimentary breakfast on Saturday morning and a 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

The fair is promoted in the regional press (magazines and newspapers), social networking sites and advertised on WFMT and WBBM radio. 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 and illustrating the story, painting murals, etc.
ParkForestPicThe 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 including painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, woodworking, stained and blown glass and fiber arts. Over the years, artists have participated who travel from as far away as Canada and California.  While one jurying has already been held for the 2010 fair, a second, special jurying has been opened for subscribers to this website.

Application can be downloaded from 

P.S. 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 creative people! Please join us.


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Comment by Carla Bank on June 17, 2011 at 2:58pm
Connie, I keep looking for reviews for this show and I can't just find them, I asked the CHicago group if anyone did this show but I didn't hear anything. Even their site is hard to browse. Do you know anything about this show?

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