29. The Many Colors of Carla Bank

If you’ve ever felt like you’d like to add a little more color into your life, there’s an artist in Barrington who has made that her business. Carla Bank grew up in Mexico City and says the colorful sights, vibrant sounds and masterful murals of her childhood home have shaped her outlook on her life and her art.

The Colorful Paintings of Barrington Artist Carla Bank

Barrington Artist, Carla Bank - Photo Courtesy of Patty Nash

Carla Bank is brand new to Barrington. In fact, she and her husband moved here from Florida this past February on the snowiest day in decades. Remember the Great Blizzard of 2011? Yep. That’s the day they pulled into town.

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28. Explore the Art of Barrington’s Amanda Paulson

With the Barrington Art Fest just days away, we can’t let the week go by without meeting some of the artists who will have their works on display and for sale. But you don’t have to wait until this weekend to meet Barrington artist, Amanda Paulson. She’ll be the featured guest at an artist reception and wine tasting scheduled for TONIGHT. It’s happening at the Park Avenue Wine Bar in downtown Barrington, where her artwork is currently featured, including this 48″ x 48″ painting of the Statue of Liberty, priced at $1,595.

Amanda Paulson Oil Paintings

Liberty: Statue of, 2008, oil on panel, 48″ x 48″ – Amanda Paulson

Amanda is truly a local Barrington artist. She grew up here in Barrington, attended Countryside Elementary School, Station Middle School and graduated from Barrington High School in 2004.

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27. Meet & Encourage Barrington’s Youngest Artists

The people in charge of this weekend’s Barrington Art Festival are shining a spotlight on the area’s youngest artists this year. For the first time, they’re devoting a section of the festival to youth artists who will be displaying their works for sale and there will also be a children’s art activity area where kids of all ages can slip on a smock, roll up their sleeves and create their own masterpieces.

Children's Activities at the Barrington Art Festival

The family fun is totally FREE and it will definitely be a highlight of this year’s festival!

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26. Kick Off Art Festival Season in Barrington, Illinois

Can you believe a whole year has flown by since the sizzling hot inaugural 2010 Barrington Art Festival last year on Memorial Day Weekend!!! The second annual festival is just days away, the countdown has begun and there are some exciting changes in store for this year’s festival.

2011 Barrington Art Festival

Just like last year, we’re devoting our posts at 365Barrington.com this week to sharing festival details and spreading the word about this year’s exhibitors and other Barrington artists. We’re starting today with an overview of the festival along with some of the changes that you’ll find this year.

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25. Check Out Today’s Barrington Open Houses

Feel like checking out some of the homes currently for sale in Barrington? Today’s a great day to do it. It’s a beautiful Sunday, the doors are open and the welcome mats are out this afternoon at 17 Barrington properties that are for sale and just waiting for new owners.

Weekend Open Houses in Barrington, Illinois

If you visit any of these homes today and would like more details like how long they’ve been on the market, whether there have been price reductions and what other homes are available that might suit your needs, I’m here to help…

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24. Meet the Green Grocer in South Barrington

A Chicago neighborhood hot spot is opening for business in Barrington TODAY to offer a new place for us to find fresh local produce while shopping outdoors.  The Green Grocer is debuting a seasonal open air market this morning at the Arboretum of South Barrington and their colorful fruits and veggies are just waiting to come home to your table.

Open Air Produce Market at the Arboretum of South Barrington

Courtesy of Dan Wendt

The new Produce Market will be a great place to pop in and pick up essential grocery items, lunch to go, the ingredients for a fresh and delicious dinner, fresh flowers or a gift for a friend who loves unique and hard-to-find food items.

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23. Explore Citizens Park at Family Nature Fest

Want to get outside and explore nature with your kids tomorrow? There’s a full schedule of exciting activities planned for all ages during Family Nature Fest from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21st at Citizens Park in Barrington.

Family Nature Fest in Barrington, Illinois

There will be an interactive fitness trail set up for tomorrow’s festival, along with exciting fitness-themed games, activities and classes. Everything is designed to encourage kids and their families to turn off the TV and instead get outside with nature, have fun and get fit.

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22. Get Artsy Outdoors at Art in the Park

If you love art and you love the outdoors, you don’t want to miss the FREE “Art in the Park” art and music festival coming up in Barrington this weekend.  The third annual event kicks off the outdoor festival season and is happening all day this upcoming Sunday, May 22nd.  You can expect to find more artists displaying their works this year, along with more musicians, more children’s activities, more food AND more people gathered for a day of art and inspiration at Barrington’s Citizen’s Park.

Citizen's Park Art in the Park Festival

Photo Courtesy of Barrington Cutural Arts Center

There will be close to 60 area artists displaying their works for sale from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at this Sunday’s event, there will be eight musical acts performing live on the stage, you’ll find live art demonstrations happening throughout the park and just wait until you hear what’s planned for kids this year…

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20. Get Handy at the Barrington Home Show

Break out your hard hat, fasten your tool belt and listen up.  If there is a handy bone in your body or if you’re lucky enough to know a skilled do-it-yourselfer, you don’t want to miss this huge home improvement event happening in Barrington this weekend.

Home Improvement Show in Barrington, Illinois

It’s being billed as the largest home improvement show to ever take place in the Barrington area and it’s happening Saturday and Sunday, May 14th and 15th.

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