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'Little surprises' abound at Riverwalk Fine Art Fair in Naperville

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  • The 27th annual Naperville Fine Art Fair features about 140 booths displaying paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and other forms of art. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Naperville.

       The 27th annual Naperville Fine Art Fair features about 140 booths displaying paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and other forms of art. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Naperville.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Tim and Meghan Conti of Naperville view the work of Jason Pavalonis on Saturday during the Naperville Art League's 27th annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair.

       Tim and Meghan Conti of Naperville view the work of Jason Pavalonis on Saturday during the Naperville Art League's 27th annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

 
 

Green porcelain plates and vases with intricate crystals like snowflakes and egg-shaped sculptures of Humpty Dumpty sparkled along the Naperville Riverwalk on Saturday during the first day of the Naperville Art League's 27th annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair.

Aerial photos of Chicago's skyline with building lights celebrating the 2010 Blackhawks Stanley Cup, along with paintings, jewelry and mixed media creations galore drew browsers and buyers in as they walked around 140 booths where artists displayed their works.

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"It's so much fun to look around the booths and see little surprises," said Deborah Venezia, executive director of the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair. "You walk by each booth and just take in what's there, and you'll gravitate toward the art you like."

Artists are chosen by judges who evaluate slides of their work to ensure it fits with the show's image, Venezia said.

Some, like Yoram Gal, come from as far away as Israel, while others, like Anne Gray of Naperville, don't travel far for the fair.

"I sell in 50 galleries across the United States, and I don't do many shows," said Gray, who was selling plates, vases and other porcelain creations adorned with crystals that form as the kiln she uses to fire her pottery cools down. "So it's fun to do Naperville. I like to bring new pieces here."

Photographer Scott Fishman said he enjoys bringing his aerial photos of downtown Chicago and abstract photos of tourist sites to the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair because the event provides good energy and brings people who are interested in buying art.

"I just try to give people a different perspective on the city that they don't normally see," said Fishman, a Chicago resident.

The fair continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday along Jackson Avenue and the Riverwalk between Main and Eagle streets.

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