Artists, both near and far to the Chicago area, should be intrigued by today’s offerings. I hear many complaints about the big art fairs: high booth fees and expenses in return for a festival atmosphere which produces a large audience but small sales for the artists.
If you’ve never participated in a Chicago area art fair, take a look at these. Chicagoans love their art fairs and are excellent art collectors. Read carefully about the events below. They may be just what you have been looking for.
D & W Events in Chicagoland
Looking for fine art/fine craft festivals featuring quality work, buying crowds and friendly artist hospitality? Here are four shows can make your summer!
D & W Events, Inc., art fairs are known for:
- high quality artists
- savvy art patrons in a high economic area
- fabulous settings in affluent areas
- experienced professional organizer who seeks quality and variety
- friendly artist hospitality including Saturday breakfast, bottled water, booth sitting and more
- easy load in and out
The locations are carefully chosen for each of these and each is partnered with a local charitable organization bringing you a built-in customer base.
The deadline for all four festivals is March 15.
To learn more and download an application: www.dwevents.org
Cuneo Gardens Art Festival
Vernon Hills, IL
May 24 & 25 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Cuneo Mansion and Museum
Milwaukee Avenue north of Route 60
10 am to 5 pm
Imagine spending two days in a park setting surrounded by a historic museum with a formal sculpture garden, greenhouses…. an upscale buying crowd meanders around the grassy knoll…just the place to display your fine work. The median price for a home in Vernon Hills is $469,000 and it is surrounded by many other affluent Chicagoland communities. Doesn’t this sound like the place to be?
The grounds are fenced, gated and guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Friday set up, catered festival food, indoor washrooms are just some of the amenities. A portion of the silent auction and festival proceeds benefit Conservation International.
Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts
May 31 & June 1
6th annual Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts
Presented by Deerfield Fine Arts Commission
and the Village of Deerfield
Deerfield Road west of Waukegan Ave.
10 am to 5 pm
Held in downtown Deerfield, this festival attracts a high income crowd, median home price $825,000. Artist festival preview party, Friday set up and indoor washrooms are some amenities. A portion of the silent auction and festival proceeds benefit Ovarian Cancer Research.
Art in the Park – A Northbrook Fine Art Festival
July 12 & 13
Presented by the Northbrook Arts Commission
Village Green Park
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
New tree-lined setting for this 8th year festival in Northbrook.
Friday set up, community project and indoor washrooms are some amenities. Silent auction proceeds benefit Northbrook Arts Commission. A portion of the festival proceeds benefit City of Hope.
Highwood Fine Art Festival
August 16 & 17
Highwood Avenue & Waukegan/Sheridan Rd.
Presented by the Highwood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Highwood Special Events Committee
10 am to 5 pm
Downtown location in walking/biking community. Saturday early am set up. Silent auction proceeds benefit Highwood Special Events Committee. A portion of festival proceeds benefit City of Hope.
This is an area well known for its fine restaurants and part of the festival is the “Taste of Highwood.”