54th PEORIA ART GUILD FINE ART FAIR
SEPTEMBER 24 - 25, 2016
10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
>> View the list of all 2016 artists.
Ranked as a "Top 50" art fair in the country, the Fine Art Fair is one of the largest community events on Peoria's Riverfront. The fair is not only a major art event in central Illinois, but it is a popular community and family event. Plan to spend the day or the entire weekend at Peoria's largest art event on the city's scenic riverfront. Experience exceptional works of art from the nationally recognized artists, memborable music, and palate-pleasing food, beer and wine. Additional art activities include "make and take" projects for the kids and the creation of the 12' x 8' Community Mural of various works of art by this year's poster artist Chuck Wimmer.
The Peoria Fine Art Fair is nationally recognized by the following:
- #32 rating in the "Top 50" list by Art Fair SourceBook, a definitive guide of art fairs in the U.S.
- #69 in the "Top 100" by Sunshine Artist, America's premier art and craft show magazine.
- "Top 50" nationally by Art Fair Calendar, a comprehensive juried fine art fair listing website.
Riverfront Festival Park
200 NE Water Street
Peoria Art Guild page under Events
$7 weekend pass
children 12 years and under free
Free weekend passes for members!
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Showcasing 150 nationally recognized artists who love Peoria! Original works of art will include jewelry, painting, ceramics, photography, digital art, printmaking, mixed media, metal, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, leather, and wearable fiber.
FEATURED POSTER ARTIST
Ohio digital artist Chuck Wimmer is the featured poster artist for this year's Peoria Fine Art Fair. Born in Budapest, Wimmer moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to embark on a career as a freelance illustrator. Today, Wimmer devotes all of his energies in managing his art show career, participating in more than 35 juried exhibitions annually. His works can be found in both private and corporate collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Isreal, and Japan.
"I am so honored to be asked," said Wimmer. "Digital art is often ignored by art fairs for their promotional materials, but I feel the art that the Fine Art Fair committee selected perfectly describes the artist experience at the Peoria Fine Art Fair - it's fun and uplifting!"
Wimmer added that he makes "vector" art because he loves the clean simplicity and scalability of it. He uses only flat colors, no gradients, to enhance the desired clean graphic look.
The chosen whimsical poster image is called, Frank Sat Up, and is featured in all of the 2016 art fair promotional materials. Additional Wimmer works of art will be used to create the interactive community mural at the fair.
If you think the kids are the only ones having fun, the interactive Community Mural is designed for adults. It takes hundreds of people to participate in this fun, hands-on activity -- and everyone attending the Fair can watch as the mural literally comes together tile-by-tile over this two-day event. It's free, it's fun and it's Peoria's nod to our fun-loving poster artist Chuck Wimmer. Free.
KIDS ART FESTIVAL
The Kids Art Festival will expand this year and will focus on art-education. It will offer 14 "make and take" art projects with a concentration on world-renowned artists including Van Gogh, Picasso, Michelangelo, Alexander Calder, John Eichinger, Romero Britto, Charles Fazzino and Wassily Kandinsky. Each participant has the opportunity to create famous artists-related projects and additional projects that will include Aboriginal art, African art, and Marvel Comic Books' Superheroes.
For the price of a ticket to the fair, you can enjoy musical performances with our scenic riverfront as a backdrop. The hourly performances will be at the Landing near the Gateway Building and feature some of the best musical performers in central Illinois. Free.
2016 Music Schedule:
Saturday, September 24th
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ~ Peoria Ballet
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ~ Ray Long & The Highway 61 Band
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ~ The Coco Loco Band
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ~ Bradley Jazz Ensemble
Sunday, September 25th
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ~ Toocan
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ~ Matt Larson/Audible Watercolor
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ~ Harold Greene Trio
4:00 p.m. - 5:00p.m. ~ Peoria Jazz All-Stars
FOOD & WINE
It's not your typical "fair" food and wine, but exceptional palate-pleasers from some of Peoria's favorites.
Red beans & rice
Tabouli & pita
Hot dogs (kids)
|Nick 'n Willy's
Pizza by the slice:
Aegean, pepperoni, & cheese
Subs or wraps
|Haddad's (under bridge)
Grilled pork chops
PEORIA ART GUILD INFORMATION TENT
The best volunteers on the planet will answer all your questions about the Fine Art Fair, locating a specific artist, or directions to the Kids Art Festival. They can also tell you about upcoming special events. A fundraising raffle will also be at the PAG tent with current works from participating artists. And don't miss the official Fine Art Fair commemorative poster and T-shirts. They are a great, affordable way to support the Fine Art Fair.
Fine Art Fair posters $10
PEORIA ART GUILD FINE ART FAIR PREVIEW PARTY
Friday, September 23
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
The event name says it all. Preview, party, and purchase art in advance of the Fine Art Fair on the Friday night before the fair.
Preview Party Tickets: $40 per person in advance. $50 at the door.
2016 Poster Art Raffle Tickets: $10 each or 3 for $25