It’s a beautiful mid-summer day here in Chicagoland and a good time to do some “blogging” as excitement builds for our Country Folk Art Festival on September 25, 26, & 27 at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, Illinois.
We’re pleased to say that we will be presenting one of the finest and most diverse shows in many a year, with many of your favorite artisans returning to the show, plus some exceptional first-time exhibitors. Joining us for the first time will be Anne Childs, a multi-talented artisan who will startle you with her incredibly fine reproductions of folk portraiture. Anne’s paintings are a perfect way to augment your antiques collection!
Joining Anne will be an artisan who hasn’t been with us for the past few years...it’s Dan DiPaolo, who’s company name is “Fried Green Tomatoes.” Dan’s whimsical characters have always solicited rave reviews. In fact they were so popular that he often sold out at our Friday night opening! Dan is featured in the August issue of Country Living Magazine. We welcome you back to the show Dan!
Another very talented lady who has never exhibited at our Illinois show will be joining us in September. Her name is Jane Theobald, and she is one of the finest makers of Nantucket baskets in the country!
As always at our fall show, popular folk artist and author Will Moses, great-grandson of the renowned artist Grandma Moses, will make a personal appearance presenting his brand new children’s book “Raspberries,” and his charming New England folk art paintings., both of which he will be happy to sign for customers.
One of our special features will be a free presentation on antique quilts entitled “American Quilts – A Woman’s Art” by Cease Giddings, owner of FolkWorks Gallery in Evanston, Illinois, in the second floor meeting room on Saturday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m. Following her talk, Cease will appraise antique quilts, with a limit of two, for $10 each, with proceeds benefiting Evanston History Center.
On Sunday, September 27, the final day of the show, Tom and Pat Hooper of ASL Pewter in Louisiana, Missouri will offer a free presentation entitled “Pewter, An American Icon.” at 1:00 p.m. in the second floor meeting room. Tom and Pat supplied all of the pewter used in last year’s HBO Special, “John Adams.” After their talk they will raffle off a pewter inkwell. The Hooper’s offer a wonderful selection of authentic reproduction pewter as well as contemporary pieces.
Be sure to mark your calendar and join us for our September show. If you’ve never attended you’ll be absolutely amazed at what you find, from wonderful handmade furniture, to reproductions of American antiques, contemporary folk art, Halloween and Christmas items, to historic replicas, all presented by the award-winning artisans and craftsmen who produced them! You’ll also find the most incredible selection of hard-to-find decorative accessories plus some original antiques, all to make your interior décor come alive!
And yes, there is literally something for everyone in a wide variety of price ranges. People not only shop the Country Folk Art Festival for themselves, they also purchase gifts for Christmas, weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays, finding a most unique selection of things that can’t buy in stores.
You won’t want to miss our fall show, it’s shaping up to be a real “barnburner!” Stay tuned for more “Blogs!”
Lee & Judy Marks