Naperville Area News

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6/13/2019 General
144 Artists and Artisans Are Set to Display Their Works June 22 and 23

In celebration of the Naperville Woman’s Club 60th annual fine art fair anniversary, NWC has reimagined this annual community event. The Naperville Fine Art & Artisan Fair (formerly known as the Naperville Woman’s Club Juried Fine Art Fair) will welcome 144 artists and artisans Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, 2019 on the grounds of Naper Settlement, a living history museum located in downtown Naperville at 523 S. Webster Street at Aurora Avenue. Hours are 10 AM – 5 PM Saturday and Sunday. Admission is always free and family friendly.

The Naperville Fine Art and Artist Fair attracts and features the works of 144 artists from all over the country. Visitors are sure to find that “must have” piece in the many works that will be for sale. Works include painting, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, metal, wood, sculpture, photography and mixed media. The Naperville Woman’s Club presents awards to selected artists for Best of Show, Excellence and Merit.

In addition to these 144 artists and artisans displaying and selling their works, new activities have been added for an even more “artful” experience for visitors to enjoy.

Budding artists will want to try their skills at creating the Community Mural. Over the course of the two-day event, attendees of any age and skill level may participate in painting an eight-by-twelve foot mural, which will be located at the center of the Fair. Each person will paint an eight-by-eight inch section, which will then be added to the mural. Over the course of the weekend, the scene of the mural will “appear.” “The Community Mural is brand new this year. We are excited for our guests to be part of its creation,” said Marie Gnesda, Art Fair Director.

“Step inside” the 3D drawing that famed 3D Chalk Artist Shaun Hays will create. Hays will draw a 3D work of art on the ground. Watch, as he creates his drawing, then “step inside” and appear to be part of the scene. This 3D drawing is sure to be one of the most popular features of the updated Naperville Fine Art & Artisan Fair. Learn more about Shaun Hays at https://chicagochalkchamp.com/about/

Look for the balloon artist strolling the grounds. Lica Lorraine will delight the kids with her unique creations.

Visitors should come hungry to the Naperville Fine Art and Artisan Fair. They will enjoy a variety of delicacies, sure to please anyone’s palate, offered by the food trucks. Visit Twisted Classics, Belgio’s, Sausage-Fest, Mediterranean Cuisine and Cupcakes for Courage for a delicious snack or meal.

Take a break from the many activities at The Naperville Fine Art and Artisan Fair and become a VIP. For $50 per ticket, VIPs will enjoy relaxing and recharging in a dedicated area just for them. Children are free up to age 12 when accompanied by a paying adult. Each VIP ticketholder is entitled to three drinks and a small bites plate to share with whom they wish. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Dawn Dau at 630-939-8801. Tickets may also be purchased at the VIP area at the Naperville Fine Art and Artisan Fair.

Local area food pantries will receive proceeds from the Silent Auction (with all pieces donated by the artists) and the “Empty Bowls” fundraiser put on by ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center.

Background: Founded in 1897, the Naperville Woman's Club is dedicated to promoting community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. The NWC meets at their landmark building, The Old Stone Church, 14 S. Washington St., Naperville. For information on membership and building rentals, contact the NWC at 630-420-9680 or www.NapervilleWomansClub.org.

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