WINNETKA, IL — The North Shore Art League held its annual juried art fair on Saturday and Sunday, with thousands of attendees making their way to Hubbard Woods Park for the 98-year-old arts organization’s summer art fair, said organizers.
The exhibition featured works by a selection of artists from across the country featuring painting, sculpture, photography and more.
Participants bid on donated works in a silent auction, local businesses donated gift certificates for a raffle, and all proceeds went to the nonprofit Art League and its activities. educational.
Brian Sindler, a professional artist who has served as a board and faculty member of the Art League, served as a judge for the fair.
“It was a great honor to judge the work of this diverse array of artists,” said Sindler. “It was difficult to pick just a few winners from so many worthy contenders.”
First place was awarded to Jack Kraigof Evanston, with Linda Bernasconi of Chicago in second place and Gary Stretar of Spencer, Ohio in third.
Glenna Adkins of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, Jeff Condon of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Jenny Henley of Marietta, Georgia, received honorable mentions, according to organizers.
The event featured baked goods from the nuns of St. Roger’s Abbey and on-site oil portraits of faculty member Lisa DePinto.
Based at the Winnetka Community House, the North Shore Art League receives no tax support and relies on donations and private funding to finance its operations. Sponsors include Byline Bank and Vivid Art Gallery.
“What an amazing weekend,” said North Shore Art League Executive Director Linda Nelson, who presented winners with certificates and prize checks.
“Over 3,000 art lovers attended this year’s Art in the Village. Rain or shine, artists exhibited and sold their work, crowds were happy and the board, staff and the volunteers worked hard to make the show a success,” Nelson said.