LA GRANGE – La Grange’s 24th annual West End Arts Festival celebrates art in many forms as visitors can explore the talents of fine artists from across the Midwest, watch local chefs at work, enjoy unique wines and live jazz performances and engage in all-ages art activities near the Stone Avenue train station.
Presented by the La Grange Business Association, the event will be Sept. 7 and 8. It features more than 60 artists who will display and sell their works, including photography, acrylics, oils, pottery, jewelry, fabrics and sculpture.
There also will be a booth showcasing the work of art students from Lyons Township High School, including live demonstrations on the pottery wheel.
The West End Arts Festival is the culmination of a monthlong series of events in La Grange to celebrate the 140th birthday of the village. The event takes place in front of the Stone Avenue Metra station.
New this year are free guided tours of the century-old train station led by the La Grange Area Historical Society on Sept. 7. On Sept. 8, Bottle & Bottega, 1 W. Harris Ave., will offer painting classes in the style of American artist and television art instructor Bob Ross.
Called “The Joy of Painting Happy Little Trees,” wigs are included in the journey to paint like a Ross. Space is limited. Advance tickets for the classes may be purchased at www.bottleandbottega.com/la-grange/schedule/.
Expanding appeal to artists of all ages, the La Grange Art League and the Park District of La Grange will host interactive art activities and crafts for children. A face painter will be on hand to make each face a work of art.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8. Artists’ booths will be open from 10 a.m., to 6 p.m. Limited artists will remain open for browsing and purchase from 6 to 10 p.m.
Entertainment on Sept. 7 will include a live art auction at 6 p.m. of 30 hand-painted game tables that have been displayed in front of local La Grange businesses this summer.
The Art of Food tent will feature live culinary demonstrations and samplings from chefs at area restaurants, including Steak + Vine, Altiro Latin Fusion Restaurant, Solstice, fourteensixteen, La Buona Vita, Barrel House Social, Sushi Ukai, Kama Bistro and Antonino’s Ristorante.
The Art of Wine tent will offer more than 30 varietals along with wine education. Hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7 and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 8.
An access pass to the wine tent is $20 in advance and $25 at the door and includes eight tasting tickets and a souvenir glass.
Wine tent access may be purchased in advance at www.lagrangeevents.com. Wines by the bottle also will be available to purchase.
The Art of Music tent will feature live performances from numerous local jazz bands.