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Park Forest Art Fair Celebrates 66th Year

Green sign with image of wild grass along the edge
Park Forest Art Fair returns September17-18 (Image Tall Grass Arts Association)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Park Forest Art Fair, hosted by the Tall Grass Arts Association, will be celebrating its 66th year in Downtown Park Forest on September 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

““This is the second oldest juried art fair in the Chicagoland region and it has maintained its quality over the years,” said Art Fair Chairman Janet Muchnik. “It attracts a great variety of talents, some new artists and many who have exhibited continuously for years. Visitors to the fair will see ceramics, sculpture, photographs, paintings in many media, jewelry, and hand-blown glass.”  

The artists hail from all over the Midwest including Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin and, of course, Illinois.  The artist traveling the greatest distance is stone sculptor Gedion Nyanhongo from Phoenix, Arizona. This year TGAA is pleased to introduce eight new artists:  Cecile Derel a glass artist from Chicago; Donald Hyson a woodworker from Winnebago; Lia Jackson a painter from Chicago Heights; Maine Lee a metal sculptor from Park Forest; Lauren Rapinchuk a photographer from Oak Park; Penny Shnay a photographer from Park Forest; Ken Swanson a printmaker from Racine, Wisconsin and Taryn Takacs a photographer from Highland, Indiana.

For four years in a row, the Park Forest Art Fair has won the national “America’s Best Art Fair Awards” competition sponsored by, the #1 website for art fair event listings.  Named as one of the “Best Overall Art Fairs”, the survey recognized Park Forest Art Fair as one of the best small, juried, fine art fairs in the country.

As a not-for-profit event with a huge volunteer force, costs to artists are very low. “Consequently, they can sell their works at very reasonable prices. This is the fair where people can buy originals for very reasonable prices.”

A special feature of the fair is the Kids Art Alley which offers a variety of hands-on craft activities. The Village of Park Forest will host a Music Fest on the Saturday of the fair.

Food vendors will be on site including Poppin’ Plates, Exquisite Pound Cakes, Flaming Hotties, Terrel’s BBQ and Southland Caterers.

The Grande Prairie Singers will be performing on Sunday at 12 p.m. on the Village Green followed by the Art Fair awards ceremony at 1 p.m.

Patricia Moore artist
Patricia Moore has been participating in the Park Forest Art Fair for the greatest number of years, She first exhibited in 1974 and has exhibited in nearly every art fair since then, forty-five years! (Photo: Tall Grass)

A special tribute to the late Patricia Moore will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday in appreciation of her life in the arts and for nurturing the love for the arts in others. That day has been declared Patricia Moore Day by the Village of Park Forest in recognition of her contributions to the village. Some of Pat’s artwork is available in the Tall Grass gift shop with all proceeds going to her family.

The Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery will be open all day on both days of the fair. Both the fair and the gallery are free of charge and are great places in which to purchase art for your home, art to wear, or gifts for friends and family.

More information is available on the Tall Grass Facebook page, at or by calling the gallery at 708-748-3377.

This article has been provided by the Tall Grass Arts Association and was revised on September 9, 2022.

list of art exhibitors
List of 2022 Art Fair Exhibitors with new exhibitors shown in bold. (Tall Grass Arts Association)