Sixty-one artists from across the country will exhibit their work at the North Shore Art League’s 9th Annual Art in the Village. The juried event will take place June 25-26 at Hubbard Woods Park in Winnetka.
Entries for this year’s fair “run the gamut from oil painting, acrylic painting and jewelry to sculpture, mixed media and printmaking,” said Linda Nelson, executive director of the North Shore Art League. . Photography, serigraphy and watercolor are also represented.
Activities will include a silent auction of works of art donated by participating artists. The proceeds “will help offset the costs of running the League,” Nelson explained. “We run a year-round school for children and adults and that helps us.”
Chicago portrait artist Lisa DePinto will again paint quick oil portraits on canvas panels for attendees for $40. DePinto has taught figurative drawing and painting at the Art League for eight years.
The artist said she tells people it takes about 25 minutes to paint their portrait, “but I usually end up taking about 35 minutes of their time,” she said.
DePinto likened this marathon painting session to “an extreme sport. It’s quite exhilarating. I love the interaction with the live model and getting into each face and personality. I like the challenge it represents.
Artist Glenna Adkins comes from Kentucky to exhibit and sell her abstract paintings at Art in the Village for the fourth time.
“I love that the locals are coming out and really supporting it,” Adkins said. “It’s a small show. I tend to do a lot of really big shows, so it’s a nice respite. Customers are very supportive and know the art well.
Adkins described her abstract paintings as “pretty colors, soft but with pops of color. It’s mostly thin layers of acrylic paint, but I also incorporate soft pastel and graphite pencil, pen and pencil. ink.Then they are varnished with an oil based varnish at the end and this gives it a subtle sheen.They are all done on stretched canvas.
Adkins said his work has many inspirations. “I’m inspired by color, shape and light, sometimes music, sometimes a mood,” she said.
Adkins’ paintings cost between $325 and $7,400.
Seattle-based jewelry artist Shamila Jiwa first showcased her work at Art in the Village last year.
“I loved how intimate it was,” Jiwa said. “It drew a very demanding crowd, I thought. I did the event very well. My stand was literally bouncing. I had people coming all day.
Jiwa noted that she stores her work in dedicated spaces in Chicago, Seattle, and California.
“I have a signature setup,” she explained. “It saves a lot of effort and energy to make sure I have a nice stand.”
Jiwa’s booth will be filled with her fine jewelry. “I create extremely well-made, high-quality jewelry that is made with precious metals,” she said. “My work has a lot of luxurious details. All of my jewelry is handcrafted one piece at a time here in Seattle.
She’ll be bringing her signature two-tone stackable rings, among other stunning creations, as well as unique collector’s edition rings and earrings, among other items.
Jiwa’s rings cost between $500 and $13,000.
Colorado resident Peggy Feliot-Jensen participated in Art in the Village last year.
“It was my first art festival outside of Colorado,” Feliot-Jensen said. “It was a big trip for me because I drove from Colorado to Winnetka.” She made the trip because she discovered that about 60% of her Colorado clients were from Chicago.
Feliot-Jensen does abstract acrylic painting.
“I basically work from the feelings I have,” said the artist. She adds that she is also inspired by cubism and the American sculptor John Chamberlain. “I painted with the same modern shapes, colors and dynamics,” Feliot-Jensen said. “I create the initial dynamics of a painting with charcoal, then build layers on top of it using acrylic.”
His paintings cost between $700 and $9,000.
Northbrook’s Brian Sindler, a nationally acclaimed outdoor entertainer, will judge the awards for cash prizes, and Winnetka resident Nancy Behles, a League faculty member, will serve as the show’s judging panel, Nelson reported.
Nelson concluded that this annual event is “a bringing together of the trade of Hubbard Woods and all of Winnetka with this organization to bring visibility to Winnetka and the artists we bring”.
Art in the village
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 25 and 26
Where: Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Road, Winnetka
Tickets: FREE ENTRANCE
Information: 847-446-2870; northshoreartleague.org
Myrna Petlicki is a freelance journalist for Pioneer Press.