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Warrenville's Art on the Prairie and Afternoon Jazz Festival celebrates with weekend of art

WARRENVILLE – Listening to jazz, sipping wine, putting together a stained glass mosaic and stepping inside a giant bubble are just some of the activities guests can experience at Warrenville’s Art on the Prairie and Afternoon Jazz Festival Saturday and Sunday.

The event is a weekendlong celebration of the arts, with an art show, various musical performances and other interactive options for the entire family.

“It’s a weekend of art given free for our community,” said Ruth Brackmann, Warrenville Park District recreation supervisor and chief event organizer.

New this year are micro-brew and wine tastings from local companies Rock Bottom in Warrenville and Tasting deVine in Wheaton. Chicago artist Anna Todaro also will be on hand throughout the weekend to paint a prairie-themed mural while visitors watch.

Ben’s Bubble Show also has been added to this year’s festivities, providing fun for kids with giant bubble creations.

Art on the Prairie has been a Warrenville event since the mid-1990s, when the Warrenville Public Library began organizing the festivities, Brackmann said. After a hiatus for a few years in the 2000s, the Warrenville Park District decided to continue the event around 2007 and has held it every year since, she said.

Last year, Art on the Prairie broke away from the annual Summer Daze to be held in conjunction with the Warrenville Arts Council’s Afternoon Jazz Festival. A majority of the event is funded through a city grant, Brackmann said.

Art on the Prairie will feature 30 artists, and while some come from Wisconsin and Michigan, many are from the Chicago area and other parts of Illinois, she said.

Pieces that will be on display and for sale at the art show include jewelry, ceramics, paintings, fused glass, photography and more.

Warrenville residents will have the chance to get in touch with their creative sides by participating in painting, pottery and weaving demonstrations and activities.

Children will have this same opportunity at their own art station, complete with splatter paint, crafts and snowglobes.

Beyond these individual art offerings, residents will help create a community art project by placing stained glass pieces on a large glass slab to form a mosaic of a tree divided into the four seasons.

The piece is to be entirely made by the community, Brackmann said, giving them the chance to engage hands-on with art.

“If you’re looking at the arts, that’s really what it’s about,” she said.

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