Can you believe it is September already? Suddenly it is time for one of my favorite art fairs of the year, the Ravenswood ArtWalk! This year I return to the Atrium building, formally known as Hayes Properties, and will set up my stands there. I look forward to seeing familiar artists and getting to know new ones.
Ravenswood ArtWalk: 17th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry on Saturday and Sunday runs along Ravenswood Ave from Leland south to Irving Park, with open studios, artists in buildings, musical performances and live demonstrations. All businesses are open from 11-6 PM on September 15 & 16. At the center of the festival is the outdoor RAW Street Fest.
RAW Street Fest features over 50 exhibitors, two stages of live music, the return of Begyle Brewing’s popular craft beer garden, a children’s activity corner and our food truck roundup. Grab coffee and pastries from Julius Meinl and see artwork from members of Thresholds in the pop-up gallery (Venue 4). The RAW Street Fest is a great rest and meet-up point where attendees can grab a bite and a drink while enjoying live entertainment.
A $5 donation is requested upon entry, a small offering that goes a long way in keeping the rest of the festival free and un-ticketed.
You can view the list of participating artists at this link.
Public Art to peruse at the art walk includes: “Never More” by Yolanda Pilch at 1820 W Wilson. This piece is part of the 47th Ward Mural Initiative. Sponsored by Ravenswood Community Council, SSA #31, John & Mindy Sullivan, River Valley Farmer’s Table and 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar.
“Garden Sprite” by Frank Lloyd Wright is 4043 N Ravenswood (indoors)– the entryway to the Hayes Building where I am vending. This is a replica of a statue designed by Wright in 1913 for Chicago’s Midway Gardens.