Freeport, Illinois — Krape Park will provide a beautiful setting for the 11th annual Art in the Park festival on Sunday, September 2nd. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. visitors can walk the shaded paths that wind through the park to enjoy nearly 40 booths featuring a variety of fine arts for sale including paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. Performances by local and regional performers, free art activities for families, and delicious food vendors add to a full day of fun for the community.
“We are very pleased to be a part of hosting this festival each year; it is a great way for us to support artists and help provide a cultural event for the entire community” says Jessica Modica, Freeport Art Museum executive director. Art in the Park typically draws a crowd of well over 2,500 people during the single day event.
Occurring over Labor Day weekend, the festival encourages tourism to the area and highlights one of Freeport’s best attributes: Krape Park. The park features a picturesque waterfall that tumbles down from a high limestone bluff, a one-of-a-kind carousel that costs just 50 cents to ride, canoes and paddle boat rental, and a miniature golf course. Ron Schneider, Superintendant of Recreation for Freeport Park District says “Krape Park is the perfect community gathering space for Art in the Park because of its natural beauty and fun recreation activities.”
Festival attendees have often expressed how they enjoy making an entire day out of the event and many of the participating artists are returning from previous years due to a good amount of sales they are able to generate. Painter, Mia Rudolph is one of the returning artists. “Art in the Park is my best show of the year, financially. I am very pleased with how many people from the community come out to support local artists.”
Art in the Park is sponsored by FHN and State Bank.
Below is a list of participating artists and their medium:
Michael Anderson – painting, Kathryn April – photography, Vance Bennett – photography, Cindy Bielefeldt – painting/jewelry, Bob Boehm – photography, Terry Brown – woodworking, Timothy Carter – sculpture, Melinda Cook – ceramics & pottery, Dan Davenport – sculpture, Janet Hubbard – jewelry, Don Hyson – woodworking , Marlene Ilecki – jewelry, Carol Jenks – ceramics & pottery, Chrissona Jessen – jewelry, Marlene Kleckler – jewelry, Paula Kuehl – pastel drawing, Mark Lajiness – sculpture , Cindy Legate – jewelry, Dwight Lohman – photography, Paula Marsh – painting, Henry Matthiessen III – sculpture, Kari McDonald – printmaking, Suzanne Miller – sculpture, Momentum Art Guild – mixed media, Nancy Ocken – ceramics & pottery, Mary-Claire O’Neill – glass, Gary Pearson – photography, Mia Rudolph – painting, Kurt Salla – jewelry, Danelle Setterstrom – ceramics & pottery, Daniel Sheimo – woodworking, Geoffrey Symanek – watercolor, Elizabeth Waddington – painting, Joyce Werkheiser photography/jewelry, Mike Viita – woodworking
Below is a list of musical performances and the times:
Kris Valkema – 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Greg Herriges – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Grass Attack – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Dave Rudolf – 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Mr. Ed – 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
About the Freeport Art Museum
Established in 1975, the Freeport Art Museum shares the visual and performing arts with the people of northwest Illinois. FAM’s mission is to promote an understanding of art and culture through our collections, exhibitions and education. The museum’s collection contains nearly 4,000 artifacts from all continents and all time periods including ethnographic objects from Egypt, Southeast Asia, and Papua New Guinea; Pre-Columbian and Native American baskets and pottery; excellent 15th to 19th century European painting, prints and sculpture; and a significant collection of contemporary American prints, paintings, and sculpture. The Freeport Art Museum is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
The Freeport Art Museum is located at 121 North Harlem Avenue, and is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 5:00 pm., and Saturday from 12:00- 5:00. Tours may be scheduled by calling 815-235-9755. Admission to the Museum is FREE however, donations are gratefully appreciated.
For more information, call the museum at 815-235-9755.