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  • Autumn Country Folk Art Festival focuses on the hand-crafted and historic Sep 24, 2014 6:13 AM
    For arts and crafts enthusiasts, the start of fall marks the start of show season. Every show is different, but the Autumn Country Folk Art Festival, which specializes in folk art and reproductions of antiques and traditional American crafts, brings visitors back year after year. It's on Friday to Sunday, Sept. 26 to 28 at the Kane County Fairgrounds.

  • Food and entertainment shine at Art in Your Eye in Batavia Sep 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s been said that art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. At Batavia’s Art in Your Eye festival, you can be the judge. The 10th annual fine arts show takes place Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21, at the Batavia Riverwalk. Admission is free.

  • Crafts: A fresh take on pinatas Sep 11, 2014 5:45 AM
    As summer eases into the school year — and into a new season of birthdays, class parties and holiday gatherings — now’s a good time to make a few eye-catching pinatas. Unlike store-bought pinatas, papier-mache pinatas are the real thing. And homemade ones aren’t reserved for children’s birthday parties. Modern pinatas can be sleek and geometrical for grown-up gatherings, adding pizazz to holidays like Halloween and New Year’s.

  • Art Affair Around the Square returns to Palatine Sep 3, 2014 4:01 PM
    Artists from across the region will be displaying and selling their works in Palatine this weekend as the Palatine Jaycees present their 10th annual juried art fair, An Art Affair Around the Square. Besides the visual arts, the weekend show includes live entertainment by local musicians.

  • Pins, bracelets, barrettes fill ’80s-inspired kit Aug 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    Don’t just send the little girls and tweens in your life back to school. Send them back to the ’80s with a craft kit full of supplies to whip up three of the decade’s most iconic accessories: ribbon barrettes, friendship bracelets and friendship pins.

  • Crafters find togetherness can inspire, nourish Aug 7, 2014 4:30 AM
    Four years ago, inspired by her love of crafting, Ali DeJohn began offering a mishmash of projects at weekend retreats near Boulder, Colo. Women came from around the world, and a business was born. Today, The Makerie hosts high-end crafting retreats in Colorado and New York City. Its July retreat was a full day of printing, knitting and cooking workshops plus three meals and cocktails outdoors at a Lyons, Colorado, farm. The cost was $365. Why pay hundreds of dollars to craft with strangers for a day? Community.

  • Teen craft nights boost creativity, family ties Jul 26, 2014 6:30 AM
    A few months ago, I launched a diabolical plan to entice my teenage daughters to spend more time with me, and to semi-shelter them from the maddening world. I started a Friday Crafting Night for my two girls and their friends.

  • Geneva Arts Fair: an interactive gallery Jul 23, 2014 3:15 PM
    If you want to know the story behind a piece of artwork before purchasing it, the Geneva Arts Fair offers many such opportunities.The fair, which runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, in downtown Geneva, will provide a venue for more than 155 artisans to sell their original work to thousands of art enthusiasts, while allowing patrons to meet and talk to the artists.

  • Out of character: Chinese calligraphy at the Met Jul 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    Large public exhibits of ancient Chinese calligraphy are rare in the United States, as are major shows that can be appreciated by kids as well as adults, novices as well as experts. “Out of Character” is both. It’s the first public showing of highlights from the extensive Chinese calligraphy collection of former Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and his wife, Akiko Yamazaki. “It’s meant to be fun and casual,” Yang said of the exhibit, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Aug. 17.

  • Kane County Fair opens Wednesday in St. Charles Jul 14, 2014 4:01 PM
    Visitors come to the 146th annual Kane County Fair for a variety of reasons. For 17-year-old Emily Studt, of Elgin, the Kane County Fair is a chance to demonstrate all the hard work she has put into her 4-H projects over the past year. “We work hard year-round, but for the kids in 4-H, the fair is the biggest part of our entire year,” she said.

  • World’s largest folk art market opens in Santa Fe Jul 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    Santa Fe’s famed summer market season opens this weekend with the International Folk Market, the world’s largest folk art market and one dedicated to helping artisans from impoverished nations start their own businesses. And as the popular market celebrates its 11th anniversary, it is drawing more than just tourists and locals. “We’ve had many fashion experts shop the market, visionary designers from Donna Karan, Yves Saint Laurent, Anthropologie, and Coach among them,” said market founder Judith Espinar.

  • Textiles convey emotions, complexity of Civil War Jun 28, 2014 5:45 AM
    An exhibit of quilts, clothing, uniforms and other Civil War-era textiles reveals a complicated and heart-wrenching time. “Each rip and stain in the clothing tells a story,” said Margi Hofer, curator of decorative arts at the New-York Historical Society, where the show runs through Aug. 24. “And the remarkably well-preserved quilts, some wrapped and safely buried during the war, reveal what treasured artifacts they were.” The exhibit, “Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War,” was organized by the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts.

  • 3 kid-friendly crafts for the Fourth Jun 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    The Fourth of July typically is the first holiday during kids’ summer vacation. And by now, they’re bored. Here are three simple crafts that can involve them in preparations for the holiday’s fireworks and picnics. Not only do you keep them busy, but you get decorations to reuse year after year.

  • New Glen Ellyn public exhibit turns old bikes into art Jun 17, 2014 6:10 AM
    A face made of bicycle parts and an old bike that looks like a bee are part of a new public art exhibit in Glen Ellyn dedicated to the joys of biking. The Bike It! exhibit opened Sunday and will be on display for a month, organizers say. It features roughly 13 bikes at different spots in the village, each decorated and crafted into a work of art.

  • Check out aluminum pour at Fine Line Jun 4, 2014 5:01 PM
    An aluminum pour, never before done at Fine Line Creative Arts Center, will be a captivating part of Fine Line Arts Festival’s opening night, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6.

  • Japan Festival this weekend in Arlington Heights Jun 3, 2014 3:26 PM
    The 32nd Annual Japan Festival, a celebration and demonstration of Japanese culture, will be held this weekend at Forestview Educational Center, 2121 Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights. It will include demonstrations of traditional arts, a marketplace, a pop culture exhibit and a food court. A pop concert will be held Saturday night.

  • Chan Luu’s leather-wrap bracelet is widely copied May 29, 2014 5:45 AM
    The bracelet is ubiquitous: Small gemstones or silver beads are woven with thread between two lengths of leather cording, and the finished piece wraps around the wrist three to five times. The mixture of earthy and bling has made it a top seller for Chan Luu, who is credited among many jewelry artists with originating the design. It’s also made her handmade bracelets widely copied.

  • Lincolnshire unveils apples as new public art project May 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Chicago had its colorful cows and Arlington Heights had its horses. Now Lincolnshire is launching a public art spectacle, this time with oversized, painted apples. Sixteen Fiberglas apples, decorated by a variety of artists, will be on display in town this summer to commemorate the Lincolnshire Community Nursery School's 40th anniversary.

  • Fine Line gallery to hold student show May 27, 2014 7:50 AM
    Creativity comes in many forms, and the Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles will be filled with works of art in a wide range of media May 30 to July 1 during Fine Line’s annual student show, “Art 2014: It’s What We Do.”

  • Island Lake craft fair May 25, 2014 4:59 PM
    Island Lake officials and a charitable group called Marion’s Angels will host a craft fair in Island Lake on July 26.

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