This Weekend in Evanston at the Fountain Square Arts Festival

I can safely say the summer art fair season is in full stride. With two shows already in the books, I am anxiously waiting for show number three: this weekend in Evanston at the Fountain Square Arts Festival. I had a wonderful time at this show last year, and look forward to another great event.

And of course, I am introducing two new images this weekend. If you haven't had an opportunity to see my new work, I'd love to have you come out and take a look at what I've been up to.

Here, then, are the specifics for this weekend:
Fountain Square Arts Festival June 26 & 27, 2010 Downtown Evanston, IL 10 am - 6:00 pm both days

For three decades, Fountain Square Art Festival has won acclaim as one of the most prestigious art festivals in the Midwest. With more than 225 artists, it's the largest and oldest juried fine arts fair on Chicago's North Shore. The festival is located on six city blocks in downtown Evanston with the fest's eponymous "Fountain Square" sculpture garden serving as its focal point. This urban setting creates the perfect ambience and embodies the word "sophistication" with an audience of more than 50,000 discerning, upscale art aficionados and collectors.

Entertainment & Attractions Besides the main attraction of world-class art, the Fountain Square Arts Festival offers a vast array of entertainment. A main music stage features continuous live jazz. In addition, the festival boasts a vast assortment of the area's best food and children's art tent offering art lessons and projects for kids!

Of course, as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at John@CarusoPhoto.com.

I look forward to seeing you very soon!

Cheers,

John

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The 2010 Summer Art Show/Fair Season

I am delighted to announce my 2010 summer show schedule. It is shaping up to be one of my best--and busiest--summers ever. I will have a booth at some of my old favorite shows, but I am also excited about some new shows I'll be at this year. For a complete run down on my shows, please see the schedule below.
I hope to see you at one (or more!) of these terrific events. If you have any questions or comments, please drop me a message at john@carusophoto.com.

Thanks!

John

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Riverside Arts Fair May 22 & 23, 2010 Riverside, Illinois Downtown Business District 10:00 am - 5:00 Saturday and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday

Currently in its fourth year, the Riverside Arts Fair is sure to please artists and patrons alike. Join us as we celebrate two days of art in downtown Riverside, Illinois. This fine art fair has quickly become a community highlight. It compliments and confirms the appreciation for high quality design and materials that Riverside residents and our neighbors find in this quaint community.

Hosted by the Economic Development Commission, supported by the Village of Riverside and the Riverside Chamber of Commerce, the festival is held in the central business district of historic Riverside. A multitude of fine art patrons, music, children?s art activities and more await those who choose to join us for this spectacular event.

Lincolnshire Art Fair June 12 & 13, 2010 100 Village Green Drive Lincolnshire, IL, 60069 10:00 am - 5:00

The 13th Annual Lincolnshire Art Festival features approximately 150 juried artists set up along the grounds of Lincolnshire's Village Green dining and shopping area. The free festival surrounds a serene fountain and at the festival center is a beautiful sculpture garden, bordered by pleasant walking paths and benches.

At the Festival:

FESTIVE FOOD--Visitors may enjoy a variety of fare ranging from fresh fruit smoothies, ice cream, Middle Eastern food and in addition to Flatlander's onsite restaurant they will also have a special booth in the festival serving food.

CREATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL FUN--Free hands on art projects for children. Additionally, kids can go on a scavenger hunt through the festival looking for different types of art listed on a bingo card and then receive an "Official Art Explorer" sticker.

FREE ENTERTAINMENT--Throughout the weekend, live music from acoustic rock duo Cirrus Falcon will entertain the crowd.

Fountain Square Arts Festival (Pending) June 26 & 27, 2010 Downtown Evanston, IL 10 am - 6:00 pm

For three decades, Fountain Square Art Festival has won acclaim as one of the most prestigious art festivals in the Midwest. With more than 225 artists, it's the largest and oldest juried fine arts fair on Chicago's North Shore. The festival is located on six city blocks in downtown Evanston with the fest's eponymous "Fountain Square" sculpture garden serving as its focal point. This urban setting creates the perfect ambience and embodies the word "sophistication" with an audience of more than 50,000 discerning, upscale art aficionados and collectors.

Entertainment & Attractions Besides the main attraction of world-class art, the Fountain Square Arts Festival offers a vast array of entertainment. A main music stage features continuous live jazz. In addition, the festival boasts a vast assortment of the area's best food and children's art tent offering art lessons and projects for kids!

Glencoe Festival of the Masters July 10 & 11, 2010 320 Park Avenue Glencoe IL, 60022 10 am - 5:00 pm

The Glencoe Festival of the Masters takes place in the prestigious Frank Lloyd Wright influenced community of Glencoe on Chicago's North Shore. Held int eh downtown among boutiques and cafes, parking is close and free.

FESTIVE FOOD--Visitors may enjoy a variety of fare ranging from fresh-squeezed lemonade, smoothies, snacks, wine tastings and more. Local restaurants operate continuously throughout the weekend.

CREATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL FUN--Free hands on art projects for children. Additionally, kids can go on a scavenger hunt through the festival looking for different types of art listed on a bingo card and then receive an "Official Art Explorer" sticker.

FREE ENTERTAINMENT--A variety of musical acts perform live throughout the festival weekend. From acoustic rock duo Cirrus Falcon to French guitarist Michelet Innocent, there's melody air.

The Geneva Arts Festival July 24 & 25, 2010 On Third Street Geneva, IL 10 am - 5:00 pm

Geneva, a chic and charming historic town located on the Fox River, will celebrate its ninth Annual Fine Arts Fair in 2010. Its prestigious reputation of offering a superb selection of fine art by renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers attracts beginning and avid collectors.

Presented by the Chamber of Commerce, the show is tucked along shady streets among 100+ specialty shops located in Victorian-style homes and century-old buildings. A "hands on" kids art area, awards for emerging and seasoned artists along with warm small-town hospitality, offer a picture-postcard setting for this juried art celebration.

Art in Your Eye Festival August 14 & 15, 2010 Downtown Batavia, IL 10:00 am - 5:00 Saturday and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday

The Art In Your Eye Festival enters its sixth year at the beautiful Riverwalk on the Fox in downtown Batavia. Sponsored by the City of Batavia, the festival is a collaborative effort with other key organizations and reflects the spirit of Batavia's artistic and art-supporting community. Art In Your Eye includes additional pre-festival activities focusing on art education, hands-on art experiences, and arts appreciation. The culminating two-day event at the Riverwalk includes the centerpiece outdoor fine art show, exceptional children's art activities, continuous musical entertainment, an indoor exhibit featuring local artists, food, and free guarded bike parking to attract the hundreds of cyclists traveling the adjacent Fox River trails.

Gold Coast Art Fair August 20, 21, & 22, 2010 Grant Park The Corner of Monroe and Lake Shore Drive (Across the street from the Art Institute) Chicago, IL Fri 12-5, Sat & Sun 10-5

A Chicago Tradition for more than 50 years!

EXCITING NEWS! The Gold Coast Art Fair will have a new location in Chicago's famous Grant Park at the corner of Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Heralded as the "Grand Daddy" of American art festivals, the Gold Coast Art Fair embarks this summer on its 53rd year of wowing Chicago. As one of the most highly attended art fairs in the city, The Gold Coast Art Fair annually attracts approximately 450 juried artists and 350,000 visitors from locations around the world.

At the Festival:

FESTIVE FOOD--Visitors enjoy a variety of fare ranging from fresh-squeezed lemonade, fresh fruit smoothies, ice cream, kettle korn, Greek food, and more.

CREATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL FUN--Free hands-on art projects for children. Additionally, kids can go on a scavenger hunt through the festival looking for different types of art listed on a bingo card and then receive an "Official Art Explorer" sticker.

FREE ENTERTAINMENT--A variety of musical acts perform live throughout the festival weekend. From acoustic rock duo Cirrus Falcon to harpist Ariane Lydon there's melody in the air.

West End Art Festival September 18 & 19 Stone Avenue Station (along Burlington Avenue between Brainard and Spring Avenues) LaGrange, IL 10:00 am - 5:00 Saturday and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday

Celebrating its 15th year, the West End Art Festival is a LaGrange tradition whose purpose is to bring a quality, fine art event to the Village of LaGrange and surrounding communities and highlight the west end business district. Artists from across the country participate in LaGrange's late summer festival that attracts art admirers and patrons each year.

Presented by the LaGrange Business Association and held in cooperation with the Village of LaGrange, the festival is held in the shadow of the landmark Stone Avenue Station along Burlington Avenue between Brainard and Spring Avenues. The charming and historic West End area of LaGrange provides a picture-perfect setting to showcase art. Other highlights include live music, food from local LaGrange restaurants and children?s art activities for an event to be enjoyed by all ages.

A Terrific Weekend

I wanted to thank everyone who came out the the Evanston Fountain Square Art Show this weekend. It was a delight to see old friends and get to know new people. I thoroughly enjoyed talking photography and art with everyone who stopped by the booth. Although it was windy at times (the gusts on Sunday were pretty bad) and although it rained over night on Saturday, for the most part the weather was quite lovely. The crowds were steady, and looked to be enjoying all the art offered. Thanks, too, to the organizers for their work in putting on a successful show. I do want to express my sympathies for those artists who sustained damage to their booths during the storm Saturday night and the gusts on Sunday. It's never easy to see someone's work and/or booth get damaged.

Thanks again to you all!

This Weekend in Evanston (Fountain Square Art Festival)

It feels like it's been a while since my last show, and I'm truly looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. I'm also excited about being at a new show for me: Evanston's Fountain Square Arts Festival. Come visit me in booth number 310, near the southeast corner of Benson Ave. & Church St. I was delighted that people seemed to like the new booth design...as well as the new photos for this year. I hope you have a chance to come out and spend some time at the fair. If you do, please stop by my booth, take a look around, and say hello.

The vitals on the show are:

Fountain Square Art Festival Downtown Evanston, IL June 27 & 28, 2009 Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM Sunday, 10 AM - 6 PM

For three decades, Fountain Square Art Festival has won acclaim as one of the most prestigious art festivals in the Midwest. With more than 250 artists, it's the largest and oldest juried fine arts fair on Chicago's North Shore. The festival is located on six city blocks in downtown Evanston with the fest's eponymous "Fountain Square" sculpture garden serving as its focal point. This urban setting creates the perfect ambiance and embodies the word "sophistication" with an audience of more than 50,000 discerning, upscale art aficionados and collectors.

Besides the main attraction of world-class art, the Fountain Square Arts Festival offers a vast array of entertainment. A main music stage features continuous live rock, jazz, and top-name, nationally-renowned headline entertainment. In addition, the festival boasts a vast assortment of the area's best food and children's art tent offering art lessons and projects for kids.

If you can't make it this weekend, please check my website, CarusoPhoto.com, or my Upcoming Shows page on this blog for all my upcoming shows and events.

And don't forget to peruse the rest of the blog to learn about, among other things, my quest to make (at least one) photograph a day, every day, for the year 2009. To read more about my on-going Photo-A-Day/Project 365 endeavor, check out my post from December 30, 2008 appropriately titled, "Project 365" as well as my 50 day update, similarly appropriately titled, "50 Days? Already?" and my more cryptically titled 100 day update, "Day 100...or The Last-Call, Whiskey-Soaked Plan That Didn't Die."

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at John@CarusoPhoto.com. I look forward to seeing you this summer!