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Article posted: 6/20/2013 10:29 AM

Annual Arts Festival to fill Bartlett Park June 29-30


The 11th annual Arts Festival produced by Arts in Bartlett will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29-30 in Bartlett Park, Oak and North avenues.

A free juried art show with nearly 50 artists fills the park with a variety of paintings and drawings, photography, jewelry, sculpture and metalwork, ceramics, and mixed media art. Judges will select various award winners Saturday and the votes for visitors' favorite artist will determine the People's Choice Award on Sunday.

Participating artists will also donate small items for Young Art Appreciators "kids only" tent, where children can purchase original art for $1, $2, or $5, with proceeds going toward Arts in Bartlett scholarships and grants.

Parents can then take them to meet the artists and learn more about their techniques. Children can also have their faces painted and create their own art in the gazebo led by the Color My World Children's Art Studio teachers.

Free entertainment on the main stage includes singers, dancers, folk, rock and classical groups, ensembles, with "after hours" rock and blues bands playing until sundown.

The World Tent features drumming circles and a henna artist. Food vendors and a beer and wine tent near the stage make this a great place to hang out all day.

This year's Arts Festival is sponsored by the Village of Bartlett, the Bartlett Park District, the Bartlett Examiner, Daily Herald, Renewal by Andersen, Elgin Children's Choir, A. Mategrano DDS, Stratford Square Mall and Good Sounds.

A full list of artists and schedule of entertainment is available at www.artsinbartlett.org.

Arts in Bartlett is an all-volunteer arts council in the Bartlett Center for the Arts, 118 W. Bartlett Ave. Its programs are partially supported by Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For information, visit www.artsinbartlett.org, or contact art@artsinbartlett.org or (630) 372-4152.

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