Promenade of Art returns to Arlington Heights
Kick off the summer with a weekend of community and creativity at the 16th annual Promenade of Art, which takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, at 121 W. Campbell, intersection of Vail and Campbell, in Arlington Heights. Admission and parking are free.
More than 110 juried artists from across the country will showcase and sell original work in a variety of categories, including ceramics, glass, furniture, photography, jewelry, mixed media, drawing, fiber and more.
Live music featuring Cirrus Falcon, kid-friendly activities, artist demonstrations, and booth chats to learn more about the artists and their work make the award-winning Promenade of Art Arlington Heights a popular show.
"(We have a) great mix of artists from near and far," said Amy Amdur of Amdur Productions, organizer of the show. "This is a really well balanced show, and the setting makes it even more perfect. Many artists will be demonstrating how they make their art on-site."
Amdur said visitors can look forward to some new artists this year, as well as new styles of art.
"We're seeing new trends in art, such as the upcycling of materials in art, to new digital techniques in photos, photos printed on aluminum, a return to ceramics, such as our poster artist," Amdur said. "Also new is the 'Put Yourself in a Photo' booth presented by ArtZipper.com, which is free ... and gives people a chance to become the art."
Visitors can sample food from local restaurants including Tuscan Market, Magic Circle Crepes, Taco Factory and Lisa's Italian Ice.
Kids are welcome to participate in a variety of fun art activities, including art fest bingo, spin art, coloring, and a graffiti wall. New this year is the Arlington Heights "Hands Together" Mural Project.
Kids of all ages (including adults) are invited to add their hand print to a community mural, showing that Arlington Heights is a community of unique individuals, but stronger and more unified together.
Each participant will get an 8-by-8-inch square and their choice of paint colors to create a hand print. The hand prints will become part of a 4-by-8-foot mural that will be displayed in the community.
Painting can be messy, so please dress accordingly. The Arlington Heights "Hands Together" project will take place from noon to 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Immediately after the show closes on Saturday, the public is invited to attend the Amdur Productions "Arty Party," which takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Arlington Ale House, 111 W. Campbell St. in Arlington Heights. Mix and mingle with the artists and see the award presentations. There is no charge to attend, and a cash bar will be available.
For details on the Arlington Heights Promenade of Art, visit amdurproductions.com or call (847) 926-4300.
If you goWhat: 16th annual Arlington Heights Promenade of Art, featuring the work of 110 juried artists, as well as food, music and kids' activities
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10
Where: Downtown Arlington Heights, 121 W. Campbell
Admission and parking: Free
Details: amdurproductions.com or (847) 926-4300