Art Fair & Festival Debuts at Ridge Park this Summer

The 1st annual Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival will take place Sat., June 23 at the Ridge Park Cultural Center, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. The event is being planned by the Ridge Park Advisory Council (RPAC) and John H. Vanderpoel Art Association along with the Chicago Park District, and will highlight Beverly/Morgan Park as a cultural hub.

The Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival will feature Chicago area artists working across a wide variety of media, selling their paintings, sculptures, wearables, prints, photographs, and much more. Event planners anticipate a diverse array of art and artists will participate.

As a Chicago Park District cultural center, Ridge Park offers rich and dynamic programming that will be highlighted throughout the art fair and festival. The John H. Vanderpoel Museum is located in the fieldhouse through the Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residency Program, which unites artists and communities in Chicago’s parks. The Museum hosts a world-class collection of Impressionist paintings and other late 19th and early 20th century paintings and works on paper. Ridge Park Art Fair attendees will  have the opportunity to take guided tours of the Vanderpoel Museum, as well as of the park facilities and ceramics studio.

Rounding out the day will be events for patrons of all ages: food trucks, a bouncy castle, local bands, the opportunity to connect with Beverly/Morgan Park institutions and services.

Chicagoland artists are invited to apply for the Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival at www.ridgeparkartfair.org.  A. $20 application fee is required and will be used toward the $85 booth fee for artists accepted into the juried fair. Space is limited. Eligible fine art media include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, leather crafts, textiles, jewelry, and art glass.  For more information, contact Irene Testa, irene@vanderpoelartmuseum.org.

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