HIGHLAND PARK- Amdur Productions is pleased to announce the artist lineup for its 32nd annual Port Clinton Art Festival, one of the highest-rated art festivals in the nation, which returns Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., in downtown Highland Park surrounding Port Clinton Square, Central, First and Second Streets.
“Being a part of the Highland Park community for 32 years, Amdur Productions is proud to bring a wide variety of arts and cultural entertainment to the city’s booming downtown area,” said Amy Amdur, Highland Park native and president of Amdur Productions. “This year attendees can look forward to a brand new layout that extends even further into the city’s downtown, providing festival attendees the opportunity to interact with more local shops and restaurants than ever before.”
Free and open to the public, Port Clinton Art Festival will showcase the work of more than 260-juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums, including paintings, glass, ceramics, photography, wood and jewelry. This year, the Port Clinton Art Festival is excited to announce a list of artists, including:
· Jeff Easley, a wood designer provides studio furniture and abstract wall sculptures to an appreciative audience, combining his high standards of craftsmanship with refined designs and the beauty of wood.
· Lisa Kristine, a world-travelling photographer whose work features more than 60 countries that she has visited and shot during the past 23 years.
· Eugene Perry, a modern and contemporary sculptor, whose subject matter consists of multiple pieces, in a range of different shapes, grouped around specific themes or flow. While he uses a variety of techniques and processes during fabrication, his finished product is always distinguishable to those that have seen or know his work.
· Randy Polk not only designs his own jewelry, but also dedicates time to finding gems for the pieces he creates. In fact, he discovered a new gem in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa, which he named Royal Lavulite after its royal purple color.
· David Gordon, trained as both a painter and a printer, and as such, seeks to combine the two. Where the properties of painting and graphic are combined, there is an instantaneous and striking contrast.
In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats. Throughout the weekend festival, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy art activities for kids, including color creations, spin art and an art scavenger hunt.
Besides offering a wide array of artists to enjoy, the Port Clinton Art Festival also will provide visitors with a chance to sample some great activities, food and live music. Some entertainment, food and live music highlights include:
· A free Lulu Lemon yoga class led by some of the top yoga instructors in the Chicagoland area (Saturday, 8:30 a.m.) Central avenue
· Chicago bands “Howl at the Moon” (Friday, 8:00 p.m.), “Maggie Speaks” (Friday, 8:30 p.m.), “16 Candles” (Saturday, 8:00 p.m.) and “Check with Lucy” (Sunday, 12:30 p.m.)
· Highland Park restaurants, such as, Cafe Central, Beelow’s North Shore, Green Panda, Piero’s Pizza, Real Urban BBQ, Michael’s, Tamales and Uptown Diner.
· Wine and beer will be available for purchase as well throughout the weekend’s festivities.