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Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts returns this weekend

Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 5:28 p.m. CDT
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Kris Kenney (front) and Amy Peterson view photography by Greg Turco at the 2013 Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts in Lake Ellyn Park.

GLEN ELLYN – Eighty artists from across the country will display their work this weekend as part of the Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts.

The festival, which is in its 45th year, will be held Saturday and Sunday at Lake Ellyn Park.

Event Chairman Randy Poole said artists are chosen through a juried selection process and that more than 100 people apply to attend.

Artists will display a wide variety of work, including oil paintings, glass jewelry, water colors, sculptures and woodworking.

"We have everything from people that do fabric art … all the way up to oil paintings," Poole said.

The art show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and musical performances will continue to 6 p.m. Both the art show and the musical performances will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, there will be an awards presentation for a variety of categories, including best in show.

The festival will also feature food vendors, a raffle and a beer and wine garden.

The event was founded by the Glen Ellyn Jaycees, but the Glen Ellyn Lions Club took it over in 2004. It is the group's largest fundraiser and the money raised throughout the weekend benefits the Glen Ellyn Lions Club Foundation.

"The majority of our budget goes to people who can't afford eyewear, such as school children, in Glen Ellyn," said Club President Sean O'Brien.

After the funds are distributed, any remains are given to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, Bridge Communities and the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center.

O'Brien said the Lions are a little worried about the amount of construction going on near the park. Lenox Road, which runs in front of Lake Ellyn Park, is under construction, which creates reduced parking.

However, he said, the Glenbard West High School parking lot will be available and there is not a home football game scheduled for the weekend.

There will also be a shuttle bus running from Ackerman Park and the Park/Montclair parking lot to Lake Ellyn Park.

Poole said they are hoping for up to 3,000 people to attend the festival.

"I'm always thankful that the Glen Ellyn community responds by helping through donations and attending the show because it helps us do what we want to do," O'Brien said.


Musical performance schedule

The Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts will have outdoor music performances throughout the weekend. Here's the lineup:


9:30 to 10 a.m. – Steve Langford, bagpiper

10 to 11 a.m. – Blind Squirrel, fiddle tunes

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Ryan Mumby & The 100 Year Rain, blues

1 to 2 p.m. – Jack Cassidy & SYMBIA, jazz funk and soul

3 to 4 p.m. – Dean Milano & Friends; rock and roll, folk, country, jazz and others

4:30 to 6 p.m. – Special Saturday Barefoot Dance on the Lawn with On Your Marx, ska and reggae


10 to 11 a.m. – Roger Kotecki; folk, country and pop

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Bill Acuna & The Despotic Hall of Fame, pop and rock

1 to 1:30 p.m. – Anima Singers (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus), choir

2 to 3 p.m. – Dave Gordon Quintet, jazz

3:30 to 5 p.m. – Fareed Haque & The Flat Earth Ensemble, jazz


Local vendors

Four Glen Ellyn residents are taking part in the Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts. They are:

• Shawn Sargent, booth #1

• George Ceffalio, booth #30

• Erik Peterson, booth #55

• Connie Landis, booth #62

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