Large colorful ribbons mark locations of best in art fair

When art lovers attend the Naperville Woman’s Club Fine Art Fair today, July 15, at Naper Settlement, large blue, red, gold and purple ribbons will designate the Best of Show, NWC Award, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit and Patron of the Arts. All art featured in100 booths throughout the show  is juried, featuring a variety of colorful mixed media, too. Admission is free.

Saturday evening, Mayor George Pradel was on hand with Art Fair Director Roxanne Lang and caterer Tim Belgio during the reception and awards ceremony in the Pre-Emption House at Naper Settlement when gratitude to all artists was expressed.

Anne Hanley, whose Batik/Watercolor titled “Red Hibiscus” is featured on the cover of this year’s program, received the NWC Award.  Hanley’s exhibit is located in the circle, just west of Century Memorial Chapel and near the entrance off Aurora Ave.

Best of Show went to Kim and David Lotton for Glass; Award of Excellence 3D, Susan Zalkindt and Paul Hawkin; Award of Excellence 2D, John Stockley, Pen & Ink; Award of Excellence Photography, Julie Schwartz; Award of Excellence Jewelry, Nancy Krahn; Award of Excellence, Fiber, Sara Hoffland.

Award of Merit 3D, Joanie Drizin, Metal; Award of Merit 2D, Ken Swanson, Printmaking; Award of Merit Photography, John Granata; Award of Merit Jewelry, Sharon Burns; and Award of Merit Fiber, Donna Mundschau.

Today, the Empty Bowls Silent Auction continues, designed to benefit local food pantries,  in the air-conditioned Meeting House, located at the Porter-Webster Street south entrance to Naper Settlement.

Petite Picassos  again provide a tent where youngsters can express their artistic talents.

Live music will fill the air  with a 45-minute performance of the Chicago Sinfonietta at 1PM.  Then at 2PM the Naperville Chorus Ensemble will sing.

Also, the historic buildings in the village are open to the public today. Peek inside the Print Shop or listen to sounds of the Blacksmith at work. Or visit the Weed Ladies in the Daniel’s House.

In between annual major fundraising events such as the summer art fair and the fall fashion show, members of the Naperville Woman’s Club, chartered in 1897, meet monthly from mid-Sepetember through July  in the Old Stone Church, a landmark along Washington Street in downtown Naperville. Meetings of the philanthropic organization begin at 11:30AM on the first Wednesday of the month. For information about membership, call (630) 420-9680 or ask member volunteers wearing purple shirts at this weekend’s art fair.

Going forward, applications to the 2013 NWC Fine Art Fair will be available beginning Oct. 15, 2012 at www.zapplication.org.

For more information about next year’s art fair, call (630) 209-1246 after July 23.

For details about all the activities of the Naperville Woman’s Club,  visit www.napervillewomansclub.com.

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