The Park Forest Art Fair, sponsored by the Tall Grass Arts Association, will celebrate its 64th year on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the Village Green in downtown Park Forest.
The artists hail from across the metropolitan area. The Pottery Boys, Glenn Woods and Keith Herbrand, who have a studio and summer home in Blue Island, are two of the returning artists.
For four years in a row, the Park Forest Art Fair has won the national “America’s Best Art Fair Award” competition sponsored by
Named as one of the “Best Overall Art Fairs,” the Park Forest Art Fair was recognized as one of the best small, juried fine arts fairs in the country.
Chairwoman Janet Muchnik said the event attracts a variety of talents.
“We have some new artists,” Muchnik said, “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 non-profit event with a huge volunteer force, she said, the art fair cost is low for artists.
“Consequently,” Muchnik said, “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 will be quickly visible to visitors who peruse ceramics, etchings, sculpture, photographs, paintings in various media, digital art works, jewelry featuring original elements, and hand-blown glass.
A special feature of the fair will be the Kids’ Art Alley, offering a range of hands-on art activities to delight the younger set, including a children’s art contest.
Music always plays an important role in the Park Forest Art Fair, and on Sept. 21, Park Forest will host a music fest.
Rhythm System will perform blues, R&B and neo-soul from 10:45 to 11:40 a.m. This teenage three-piece band loves to bring their groove to the audience.
The Typhanie Monique/Neal Alger Quartet will perform jazz classics, R&B and soul from noon to 1:10 p.m.
Led by Latin Grammy Award-nominated percussionist Ruben Alvarez, the Raices Latin Jazz Sextet will perform from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.
Raices features percussionist/vibraphonist Joe Sonnefeldt, keyboardist Alejandro Cortes, guitarist Jonathan Gould, timbalero percussionist Bobby Delgado and bassist Eric Ferrer.
KO Bossy will perform from 4 to 5:30 p.m., bringing hits from bands such as Badfinger, The Beatles, Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams to Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top and much more including Al Green, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Chicago and Steely Dan.
Patchouli, a fest favorite, will perform on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This duo performs folk music, and their CDs will be available for sale.
Patchouli will take a break at 2:30 p.m., and the Grand Prairie Choral Arts Group will perform. Food vendors at the art fest will include Poppin’ Plates, Exquisite Pound Cakes, Flaming Hotties, Terrel’s BBQ and Southland Caterers.
The 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.
For more information, call (708) 748-3377 or visit the website tallgrassarts.org.