55th PEORIA ART GUILD FINE ART FAIR
SEPTEMBER 23 - 24, 2017
10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
>> View the list of all 2016 artists.
Our 55th anniversary for bringing original art to central Illinois and we want you to be a part of the celebration! As one of the oldest art organizations in the country, the Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair is nationally recognized. We offer affordable hotel rates, convenient parking, and 500+ volunteers. Event planning is still in progress so there’s more to come!
Director: Cathi “Hawk” Hawkinson
Asst. Director: Brittany Moldenhauer
Riverfront Festival Park
200 NE Water Street
NOTE:The Peoria Park District requests that no animals be allowed
unless for therapeutic or emotional support.
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.
2016 FEATURED POSTER ARTIST
Ohio digital artist Chuck Wimmer is the featured poster artist for the 2016 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 was 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. Performances will be at the Landing near the Gateway Building and feature some of the best musical performers in central Illinois. Free.
2017 Music Schedule (TBA)
FOOD & WINE
It's not your typical "fair" food and wine, but exceptional palate-pleasers from some of Peoria's favorites.
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