"Ramblin' on my Mind" by Gary Love
Gary Love from Riverside, Calif., said he is returning to the Park Forest Art Fair “because the last time I exhibited, I met some great people who were very passionate about art and I'm hoping to encounter more people like that as well as build my collector base.”
The eclectic nature of the Park Forest Art Fair can be seen in the ceramics, etchings, sculpture, photographs, paintings in many media, digital art, jewelry featuring original elements, and handblown glass on display.
Glenn Woods, who will be exhibiting at the Park Forest Art Fair, said, “Every potter starts with the same basic elements: clay and other ceramic materials used to decorate, glaze and finish their handmade pottery. Once the basics are mastered, one seeks out his or her own style and works to express his or her own unique voice.”
The Pottery Boys, who create a unique style of finishing utilizing decorative crystalline glazes, will be back at the Park Forest Art Fair for a second year.
Keith Herbrand is part of the Pottery Boys from Palm Harbor, Fla. The Pottery Boys recently created a summer studio in Blue Island and will be returning to the Park Forest Art Fair for a second year.
The artists displaying at the Park Forest Art Fair come from as far as California and Florida. Several artists are from the Southland including Chicago Heights, Crete, Frankfort, Glenwood, Homewood, Matteson, Monee, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Peotone, South Holland and Tinley Park.
Michele Owens, of Olympia Fields, was selected as the director of the Tall Grass Arts Association School, which will have a strong presence at the Park Forest Art Fair.
Park Forest Art Fair favorite Patchouli, a popular Chicago-area folk duo, will return to perform on Sept. 22 at the 58th annual event.
Vivian Purnell took over as Park Forest Art Fair volunteer coordinator in 2006. She has been working closely with the festival since then.