GLEN ELLYN – About 70 artists representing a variety of art mediums will be featured at the 49th annual Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts.
The free festival, presented by the Glen Ellyn Lions Club, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 and 26 at Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn. The festival also will feature food and a beer garden.
The juried show will showcase the talents of artists from around the country, Glen Ellyn Lions Club President Rachel Benning said.
"We have people coming from as far away as Washington state, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Kansas and Missouri," Benning said.
A new addition this year will be food trucks, which have been increasing in popularity. Benning said the club was looking to offer a better array of food choices.
Pink Taco, which sells Mexican cuisine, and The Cookout On Wheels, which sells barbecue favorites, are among the food trucks that will be at the festival.
Oil paintings, watercolors and digital art photography will be represented at the festival, along with handmade clothing and blankets, Jennings said.
"We have pottery as well, along with glass, metal and jewelry artists," she said. "We have all those mediums covered."
The event is rain or shine, Benning said. Artist demonstrations also are part of the festival, including demonstrations in metalworking and woodworking, she said.
A number of artists return to the festival every year, which in turn has increased the festival's popularity.
"We have a core group of maybe 10 to 15 people that come every year," Benning said. "You can count on them, and they have classic stuff that everyone seems to like every year, so why not show them off?"
That includes Glen Ellyn artist George Ceffalio, known for his fine art paintings.
The Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts also will feature two days of musical entertainment, including the Szurko Trio, which previously has performed at the festival.
"They're very good," Benning said. "We've had them at numerous shows or volunteer events that we've done."
A full schedule is available by going to the festival's Facebook page at facebook.com/GlenEllynFestivalOfTheArts.
Along with music, there also will be a beer and wine garden on the patio at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse.
The Glen Ellyn Lions Club will be selling raffle tickets at the event, and free hearing and vision screenings will be available.
"It's just like going into a doctor's office," Benning said. "That's a very great service that we like to bring to the community."
The Glen Ellyn Jaycees started the event, but the Glen Ellyn Lions Club took it over in 2004. All net proceeds generated from the Festival of the Arts are donated back to the community through the Glen Ellyn Lions Foundation Inc., which helps to provide eye exams, glasses and hearing aids for local school children and seniors and supports other local charitable organizations, as well as the Illinois Lions Foundation and the International Lions Foundation.
The Glen Ellyn Lions Club enjoys organizing the event every year, Benning said.
"We like to give back to the community, and we feel like this is a great way to do it," she said.
How to help
Volunteers are still needed to help run the event. To sign up, go to the festival's Facebook page at facebook.com/GlenEllynFestivalOfTheArts.