LAKE BLUFF – Carrying on Lake Bluff’s rich history as a destination for artists and art lovers, the nonprofit Artists on the Bluff will share its talent with the community at the Summer Arts Festival on the Lake Bluff Village Green June 16-17.
“We’ll have a large body of work at the festival. It (serves) as more exposure for our local artists, plus it is a community event the whole family can enjoy,” Beverly Behrens, publicity chair for Artists on the Bluff, told DailyNorthShore.
The festival will include 24 booths, showcasing the work of 28 local artists. There will also be two food vendors, six live musical acts that perform throughout the day, and a children’s craft tent sponsored by the Lake Bluff Public Library.
Most members of Artists on the Bluff spend the year gearing up for this big event. The membership comprises an eclectic group of artists — many mid-career — who draw from within a 100-mile radius of Lake Bluff. While the organization began nearly 20 years ago with about 12 to 15 members, it has seen a dramatic increase in membership over the past couple of years, now boasting 78 members.
The boost in membership is primarily due to the success of the group’s exhibit space at The Gallery in Lake Forest, which opened two years ago.
“Everyone is excited to have an opportunity to show their art,” Behrens said.
The gallery space has attracted new members, and in the past year, expanded from a hallway of the restaurant into a separate room where diners frequently visit while waiting for a table.
The exhibit changes monthly with a new theme that ties together a variety of mediums. It’s not uncommon to see a wide range of artwork from jewelry and fiber arts to oil and watercolor paintings.
“It’s quite a broad spectrum,” Behrens said.
This month’s exhibit, “Bloom”, opened on May 10, just in time for spring flowers. The exhibit includes a variety of artwork, such as Liz Jensen’s fiber arts and Bob London’s photographs.
In addition to The Gallery exhibits, Artists on the Bluff also meets monthly at the Lake Bluff Park District. The meetings include informative arts-related presentations by accomplished professional artists from inside and outside the organization.
“It’s really very exciting. There is always something different,” Behrens said.
The presentations frequently include an art demonstration on different mediums, such as print making or how to make a hat, Behrens said.
Starting this June, Artists on the Bluff will host a tent at the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market. Each week throughout the summer, two to three different artists will have their artwork on display for sale.
For more information on Artists on the Bluff, visit www.artistsonthebluff.org.
Here are several photos from the opening of “Bloom”, the exhibit of Artists on the Bluff at The Gallery in Lake Forest. All photography by George Pfoertner/JWC Media: