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Art

Downtown Downers Grove sets the scene for annual Fine Arts Festival

DOWNERS GROVE – For art lovers, Downers Grove will be the place to be Sept. 9 and 10.

The 41st annual Downtown Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days on Main Street between Grove and Curtiss streets.

More than 5,000 people have descended on Main Street in previous years to view the work of artists from around the country.

“It draws people from all over,” said Erin Venezia, marketing director for the Downtown Downers Grove Management Corp., which is presenting the event.

The juried art show features the work of 42 artists who work in a variety of mediums.

Attendees will have an opportunity to view a wide range of art work including jewelry, paintings, drawings, photography, wood work, mixed media, fiber, ceramics, glass and graphics.

“We try to have a variety,” Venezia said. “We have quality over quantity. We want to maintain a quality show.”

Art prices range from $25 to more than $4,000. Admission is free.

“There’s something for everyone and something at every price point,” Venezia said. “We have a large number of returning artists.”

But the festival offers more than fine art. Attractions include live entertainment and a children’s art booth sponsored by the Indian Boundary YMCA.

“It’s an interactive booth where children can work on a project,” Venezia said.

Face painting and balloons also will be available for children.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Downers Grove Choral Society as well as individual musicians. Two student musicians from Downers Grove North and South high schools will perform.

“We have good live entertainment,” Venezia said.

Visit downtowndg.org or call 630-725-0991 for a complete schedule of entertainers as well as a list of artists and boutiques and cafes offering specials during the fest.

“A lot of the boutiques will be running specials,” Venezia said. “They all get into it.”

Free parking will be available in the village parking garage, on the street and in village-owned parking lots throughout the downtown area.

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If you go

WHAT: Downtown Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10

WHERE: Main Street between Grove and Curtiss streets in Downers Grove

COST: Free

INFO: downtowndg.org

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