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Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is slated to return Sept. 18-19


Above / The Naperville Riverwalk provides an attractive backdrop for the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair, set to return Sept. 18 & 19, 2021, in downtown Naperville. The NAL information booth again will be located across from the Dandelion Fountain at Jackson Avenue at Webster Street.

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More than 100 artists are expected at the award-winning art exhibit and show. (Naperville Art League photo)

Riverwalk Fine Art Fair returns on Saturday and Sunday, September 18 & 19, 2021, according to host and planner Naperville Art League. The 36th annual event will be held from 10AM to 5PM both days along Jackson Avenue between Eagle and Main streets in downtown Naperville.

“We are looking forward to an in-person event this year. Now that COVID restrictions have been lifted, we are prepared to welcome thousands of visitors as we showcase the talents of top artists from across the country and around the world,” stated Debbie Venezia, RFAF Director. “To ensure everyone’s safety, we will allow extra space between booths and will follow CDC guidelines for outdoor events.”

More than 100 national and international artists will participate in the Naperville Art League’s annual juried show. The RFAF features a wide variety of art including paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, fiber, wood art, and more.  Award-winners from the previous year have been invited back.

Naperville Art League, a 501(c)3 non-profit celebrating its 60th year, is seeking corporate sponsors for the event.

For more information, contact Naperville Art League at (630) 355-2530.  

A little history about the Naperville Art League

Founded in 1961, the Naperville Art League (NAL) was led by F. Hayman Herndon. Back then, the nonprofit group met regularly in the basement of a local bank. As classes grew and the League began to prosper, NAL moved to the basement of the old Nichols Library until it was able to purchase its own building.

The whimsical Century Walk Mural, “World’s Greatest Artists,” faces Fifth Avenue.

In 1978, NAL established its home on the corner of Center Street and 5th Avenue.

​Naperville Sun owners Harold and Eva White became supporters of the League and generously paid NAL’s outstanding mortgage balance. Later, NAL was remembered in the White’s estate, allowing the League to add a separate gallery to the existing building in 1996.

In 2009, the center became a part of Naperville’s Century Walk with the addition of the World’s Greatest Artists mural. Designed by Mike Venezia and painted by Marianne Lisson-Kuhn, this signature piece invites visitors to come explore treasures within.

Dick Locher is recognized among “The World’s Greatest Artists.” Locher (1929-2017), a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and longtime artist of the Dick Tracy comic strip, moved to Naperville in 1969. Locher also created the maquettes that became the much-bigger-than-life Dick Tracy and Joseph Naper sculptures featured in the Century Walk outdoor public art exhibit.

The Naperville Art League has been honored to present the longtime members and founders of the Naperville Art League every month during this milestone year of 2021.

Find more information about programs, classes, exhibits and membership at www.napervilleartleague.com.

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