The Printer’s Row Art Fest, produced by Highland Park-based company Amdur Productions, returns to the South Loop, at Dearborn Street between Harrison and Polk, in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15, 2019, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. The event is free and open to the public! The Fest is accessible by public transit near the CTA Red Line Harrison stop and several bus lines. Garage parking is available at 75 W. Harrison St. and parking discounts are available through SpotHero.
Situated in the heart of Chicago’s thriving South Loop, this fest will offer art at all price points. Artists will offer paintings, jewelry, photography, leather, metal, sculpture, as well as artists showcasing upcycling, mixed media and street art. More than 90 juried artists will display and sell a variety of original work.
“We are delighted to bring this show to one’s of Chicago’s gems, the historic Printer’s Row neighborhood. With its history of art and artists, it’s a perfect location for an outdoor art festival,” says Amy Amdur, president of Amdur Productions. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with our friends, the South Loop Neighbors and the Greater South Loop Association for a wonderful event.”
Many local artists are participating in this year’s Printer’s Row Art Fest. Art shoppers and treasure hunters should be on the look out for some of Chicago’s top talent including:
· Jewelry artist Sue Rosengard creates affordable, well-crafted geometric shapes inspired by architecture, including Chicago’s skyscrapers, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Modernist designers like Alexander Calder.
· Derek Christensen specializes in reclaimed creations. Derek uses metal, wood, acrylics and more to make stand-out upcycled art.
· Photographer Scott Fincher, an editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune for more than 30 years has returned to his passion of photography and is featured in collections around the world.
· Wicker Park-based contemporary artist Kevin Lahvic will show his work on canvas. He is known for his warm, rich palette, uplifting themes, and humorous takes on the human condition, often described as “happy.”
· Candace Marsella creates contemporary, chic and elegant jewelry from fine quality precious and semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls for her Smashing Jewels line.
· Robin Nathan offers hand-made necklaces, earrings and bracelets of sterling silver, patinated copper and enamel with hand-set semi-precious stones.
· Photographer Xavier Nuez creates magical photographs with a unique lighting technique to bring new life to images. His work is show in museums and galleries throughout the world.
· Thomas Williams paints figures and landscapes in watercolors, oils and acrylics, and draws in colored pencils. He is influenced by Realism and the Baroque period.
In addition to impressive art, The Printer’s Row Art Fest also offers live music from the duo Cirrus Falcon, plus artist demonstrations and booth chats to learn more about the artists and their work. On Saturday, September 14, there will be stage talks at 12 noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Kids can enjoy face painting, and the Youth Art Tent which is sponsored by AP. Magic Circle Crepes, Judy’s Pizza, Sirloin Tips and Mediterranean will provide on-site food booths, and local restaurants will be open too.
About Amdur Productions
For 36 years the Highland Park, Illinois-based Amdur Productions, a nationally acclaimed arts festival production company, has organized and directed many of the country’s most prestigious juried art festivals. Shows produced by Amdur include many in the Chicago area, such as the Gold Coast Art Fair, the Port Clinton Art Festival, Millennium Art Festival, Artfest Michigan Avenue, and in Milwaukee, the Third Ward Art Festival. Many Amdur Productions’ events are rated in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “Top 100 Best Fine Art & Design Shows” and Art Fair Calendar’s “Best Art Fairs.”