Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—August 21, 2018
Boasting a rich history and wealth of gifted artists, along with status as one of the Southland’s most valued annual treasures, the Park Forest Art Fair, sponsored by Tall Grass Arts Association (TGAA), in September celebrates its 63rd year, Sept. 15 and 16, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in DownTown Park Forest on the Village Green.
“This is the second oldest juried art fair in the Chicagoland region and it has maintained its quality over the years,” event Chairwoman Janet Muchnik said. Muchnik emphasized the event always attracts a variety of talents, “some new artists and many who have exhibited continuously for nearly four decades.
“Fair visitors have a tradition here of talking with the artists and in fact, the artists expect people to stop by and chat.
As a not-for-profit event with a huge volunteer force, costs to artists are very low. “Consequently, they can sell their works at very reasonable prices. This is the fair where people can buy originals for very reasonable prices.”
The eclectic nature of the fair is quickly visible to visitors who will see ceramics, etchings, sculpture, photographs, paintings in many media, digital art works, stitchery, jewelry featuring original elements, and stained glass.
The fair will continue to feature the Kids’ Art Alley. It will offer a vast range of activities to delight the younger set, including the almost legendary Children’s Art Contest, crafts and more.
The acclaimed Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery, 367 Artists Walk in DownTown Park Forest, will be open during the fair with a traditional summer exhibit of works by gallery artists.
David Abrahamson – acrylic painting
Ellen Grenier Bevill – handwoven wearables
Terry Boykin – polymer clay, digital art & acrylics
Susan Brauer – fused glass items
Javier Chavira – painting
Raymond Chen – watercolor
Joe Chomyn – thrown porcelain
Carri Cole – jewelry
David Dallison -watercolor
Georgeann Davis – jewelry & lampwork beads
Michelle Detering – watercolor
Bronwyn Elkuss – hand-stitched fiber art
Kathy & John Farabaugh – stained glass/jewelry
John Flynn & Janice Reder – lathe wood pens
Rebecca Flowers – digital photography
Halona Gustin – Flynn Sochon pottery
Margi Hafer – watercolor & mm/collage
Janet Hubbard – jewelry
Jeremy Keller & Mary Ennis – ceramics
Seung Jae Kim – photography
Linnea Lahlum – jewelry
Jean Lewis – oil & pastel
Rosalind Lyons – pencil & oil prints
Harry & BJ Mackie – jewelry
Barb Mason – jewelry
Jennifer Meyer – found object sculptures
Marie Miklaszewski – jewelry
Patricia Moore – mixed media & acrylic
Damen Mroczek – jewelry
John Mroczek – jewelry
Gedion Nyanhongo – hand-carved stone sculptures
Jan Podbielski – jewelry
Jerry Rhoads -wood
Margaret Rogowski – jewelry
Paul Scouten – metal/functional copper sculptures
Gail Stamps – hand knits & felted wearable art
Melvina Stemley – wearable fiber
Glenn Steward – oil & watercolor
Thomas Tampa – wood
Jamie Torraco (Kittens od Industry) – pastel & oil
Liz Waddington – watercolor
Susan Wade – jewelry
Sandy Walker – jewelry
Marikay Peter Witlock – pastel
Glenn Woods & Keith Herbrand – pottery – fine porcelain and crystalline glaze
David Zahn – ceramic & bronze sculptures
Scott Zuziak – hand carved wood items
Mary Beth Koszut
Abstract painter, Mary Beth Koszut received her MFA in painting from Bradley University in 2011. Since then she has been teaching and exhibiting her work on a local and national level. Her paintings are inspired by nature and revolve around ideas of contradiction creating a fragile stability. She currently lives in Peotone, IL and teaches art and art education at Olivet Nazarene University.
A practicing artist and educator, Angela Dieffenbach lives and works in Chicago. She is a Lecturer of Art and Design at Chicago State University running the ceramics program. She earned a MA and MFA from the University of Iowa and received a BFA in studio art and a BS in K-12 art education from Bradley University. Dieffenbach’s research based sculptures focus on the intersection of science and art with a particular interest in strange and peculiar experiments and medical treatments.
Saturday, September 15
11 – 11:45 a.m. — Rhythm System – 3-piece teenage Blues, RnB and Neo-soul group
1:20 – 2:30 p.m. — Jo Ann Daugherty Trio – Featuring Joshua Ramos, Ryan Bennett, Bruce A. Henry and Henry Johnson
2:50 – 4 p.m. — Tempero Brasileiro – Featuring Neal Alger and Julie Koidin. Special guest on percussion, Heitor Garcia
4:30 – 6 p.m. — John Primer – A Chicago Blues Living Legend
Sunday, September 16
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. — Patchouli – Guitar duo featuring master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli.
1:30 p.m. Grande Prairie Singers