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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Art Talk – Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is back for its 36th year


Naperville Art League’s Riverwalk Fine Art Fair returns to an in-person event and is ready to wow art fair goers with a stunning two-day exhibition and sale. Scheduled from 10AM to 5PM for Sat. and Sun., Sept. 18 and 19, the juried show will be home to 100 top-rated national artists who will fill the downtown area with an eclectic collection of fine art and fine craft.

The show attracts art lovers, serious collectors, new homeowners, and leisure seekers who want to spend the day relaxing in the surrounds of the Riverwalk, Naperville’s crown jewel. Attendees will discover hand-crafted original work in 14 media categories, including painting, ceramic, wood, jewelry, fiber, photography, glass, and metal. Many art acquisitions of various sizes will transpire, from small iconic fashion accessories to metal sculptures, leaving artists and purchasers feeling fulfilled.

This year, fair organizers partnered with Naperville Sister Cities Commission (NSCC) as a prelude to the Hispanic Heritage Festival at Central Park, 6 to 9PM Sat.

An area designated to children’s activities will be found on the southeast corner of Jackson and Eagle and will feature art projects that reflect the colorful culture of Cancun, Mexico, NSCC’s newest sister. From 11AM to 2PM Sat. and from 11AM to 4PM Sun., Pinot’s Palette will provide supplies and guided instruction to budding artists who want to try their hand at painting Frida Kahlo inspired works. The Alive Center for teens will teach participants to make papel picado and paper flowers from 2PM to 5PM Sat. Representatives from Nichols Library will present a bilingual story-time at the Riverwalk Amphitheater at 10:30AM on Sat., Sept. 18.

The DuPage Children’s Museum takes its long-standing position in the parking lot at Jackson and Main and will bring an activity tent filled with child-friendly projects. The Riverwalk Amphitheater, located near Jackson and Eagle, will serve as a respite for those looking for entertainment and a place to rest. Acappellago, a west suburban a cappella chamber choir, returns to the fair and will perform from 1 to 3PM on Sat. Students from Bach to Rock, a music school located in Naperville, will be sharing their talent during the day from 1 to 2PM on Sunday, followed by Bella Musica.

The Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is the signature event of the Naperville Art League (NAL). More than 100 volunteer members work under the leadership of the show director to serve the needs of the artists and attendees. Funds raised through the event support the League’s Fine Art Center & Gallery and ensure that, through its classes and activities, NAL can provide an artful environment for the community all year round.

For more info, call (630) 355-2530 or visit www.napervilleartleague.com. Admission is free!
The Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is funded, in part, by the City of Naperville.

One more thing: The Riverwalk Fine Art Fair has been named #89 on Sunshine Artist’s Top 200 list of the best art fairs in the country for the last ten years!

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Debbie Venezia
Debbie Veneziahttp://www.artsdupage.org
Debbie Venezia is the Director of Arts DuPage, a DuPage Foundation initiative. Contact her at debbie@dupagefoundation.org or visit www.artsdupage.org.

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