June weather has felt more like fall weather, but art events this week will have residents warming up with celebrations of summer fun.
The inaugural Summer Solstice Uprising Night Market, presented by the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, will take place on Friday, June 21, from 5 to 10 p.m., on 99th Street and Walden Parkway. The market will feature the start of a “Prairie Gothic” exhibit and include children’s activities and food vendors. It will also enable residents to enjoy the great outdoors on the longest day of the year.
Organizers are requesting $5 donations for individuals or $10 for families. The Alliance hosts other Uprising markets throughout the year, and introducing a new summer event is a great addition.
The corridor at 99th and Walden features several businesses that enjoy teaming up for street fests, and the market will be held near “Quantum Me,” an art piece commonly known as the “Beverly Bean,” providing visitors a unique spot for photos or mingling as summer officially begins.
The next day, on Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the second annual Ridge Park Art Fair and Festival will be held.
Hosted by the Ridge Park Advisory Council, the John H. Vanderpoel Art Association and the Chicago Park District, the event will feature 42 artists offering original paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs, jewelry, art glass, leatherwork and more.
Live music and food trucks will also be part of the festivities. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy guided tours of the Vanderpoel Museum, located inside the Ridge Park Cultural Center and featuring a world-class collection of Impressionist paintings and other late 19th- and early 20th-century paintings and works on paper. They can also tour a ceramics studio at the south end of the park.
The advisory council has been busy pushing for improvements at Ridge Park since it was formed in 2016, getting the cultural center’s roof repaired in 2017 and its aging windows restored this year.
Attending the art fair is an easy way to support upcoming improvement projects that the council has planned—as well as supporting the arts community.
Organizers said both events will be family friendly. Whatever the weather brings, residents should take advantage of these interesting and fun art events.
For more information on the Uprising market, visit The Alliance website at beverlyarts.org.