Guess Where Wednesday: Friends Gather Here

Guess Where Wednesday: Friends Gather Here

 Our new Guess Where Wednesday mystery photo of the week is a favorite Barrington destination where family and friends gather. I recently snapped this photo while spending a little one-on-one time with my first grader. Can you guess where we were? If you know where we snapped this week’s mystery photo, enter your guess below for a chance to win our weekly prize which is … Read more…

315. Showcase of Arts and Crafts at the Barrington Park District

315. Showcase of Arts and Crafts at the Barrington Park District

 How would you like to find all of your one-of-a-kind holiday gifts with one shopping trip this weekend? Do I sound like I’m dreaming?  I promise, it’s not too good to be true!  You’ll find original artwork in multiple mediums for sale during the Barrington Park District’s annual Showcase of Arts and Crafts on Saturday and Sunday. This two-day event will feature mixed media arts … Read more…

“Share My Kingdom/Born of Necessity” documentary film screening/art exhibit

“Share My Kingdom/Born of Necessity” documentary film screening/art exhibit

The Barrington Area Library’s Gallery in the Library is currently exhibiting works by six artists from Little City’s Center for the Arts in Palatine, IL. In conjunction with the exhibit, all are invited to a special screening of the documentary film “Share My Kingdom/Born Of Necessity” at the library, on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. You’ll be inspired and moved by this documentary film, which delves … Read more…

65. Help Good Shepherd Hospital at Art in the Barn

65.  Help Good Shepherd Hospital at Art in the Barn

If you’ve ever made a trip to Good Shepherd Hospital for medical needs, planned or unplanned, this is one weekend where you can return to repay the favor. The 37th Annual Art in the Barn juried fine art show is happening this Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th. Over 175 artists will be there to sell their creations and share their earnings to help fund hospital initiatives designed to keep us healthy.

A group of 10 women organized the first Art in the Barn with only 30 artists in 1974 to help raise money to build the hospital here in Barrington. The show has grown and, this weekend, they’re expecting up to 7,000 people to attend.

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28. Explore the Art of Barrington’s Amanda Paulson

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

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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197. Barrington Artists Unite for The United Way

197. Barrington Artists Unite for The United Way

Since I started writing this blog on April first, there is one Barrington photographer whose images you’ve seen featured here more than any other.  His name is Bob Lee, and after he retired, he made a decision to use his photography in charitable ways.  If you’re looking for a photo of a non-profit or community event that has taken place or was planned in Barrington, he is the go-to guy.

Barrington Area United Way Sample the Arts Campaign

Bob Lee is one of 30 local artists featuring their works at businesses throughout Barrington for this year’s United Way campaign which kicks off in Barrington today.

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99. Sing Praises with Opera Star Kallen Esperian

99.  Sing Praises with Opera Star Kallen Esperian

 She’s a student of Luciano Pavarotti. She’s one of the few sopranos to sing with “The Three Tenors.” She’s performed leading roles at every major opera house in the world. And very late last night, after several delays and a detour for fuel, opera star Kallen Esperian’s flight from Nashville finally arrived in Chicago. She has returned to her high school home in Barrington this … Read more…

58. Get to Know Artist Jim Root

58.  Get to Know Artist Jim Root

 The best thing about writing this blog is having an excuse to pick up the phone and call people.  This website is far from fancy, but it is one way to strike up a conversation and get to know neighbors who live right here in Barrington, like artist Jim Root.  Jim moved to Barrington Hills 23 years ago and also has a home in a small fishing … Read more…

56. Barrington Streetscapes with Artist Sue Daly

56.  Barrington Streetscapes with Artist Sue Daly

 One of the artists who will be displaying her work at this weekend’s Barrington Art Festival is a painter who lives in Lake Barrington by the name of Sue Daly. Her specialty is painting images of homes, architecture and landmarks. And Sue is particularly inspired by Barrington’s historic buildings. Sue has been drawing properties for the past 30 years. She got her start right out … Read more…

55. Barrington Art Festival 4-1-1

55.  Barrington Art Festival 4-1-1

 I have a few more details that you might find useful about this weekend’s Art Festival. The fest will take place, rain or shine, this Saturday and Sunday, May 29th and 30th, from 10AM until 5PM. The 140 artist exhibitors have been assigned booth locations primarily along Cook and Station Streets. Highlights include the artwork in all price ranges available for purchase, live music from … Read more…

54. Map Out Your Summer Art Festivals

54.  Map Out Your Summer Art Festivals

 ***FOR 2011 AMDUR ART FESTIVAL INFO, CLICK HERE*** The summer art festival season kicks off right here in Barrington this Memorial Day weekend. And the word on the streets is that the Barrington Village has hired the VERY BEST art festival production company to run the show. It’s a company called Amdur Productions and they’re the team behind thirteen Chicagoland Art Festivals taking place this … Read more…

53. Be Inspired by Artist Gail Collier

53.  Be Inspired by Artist Gail Collier

 Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be an artist? Sometimes I do. How do they turn emotions into artwork? Is communicating with creativity more an inherited gift or is it a mastered skill? Where do their ideas and inspirations come from? Yesterday I decided I’d pick up the phone and ask an artist who lives right here in Barrington. I was nervous, but … Read more…

52. Celebrate the Art of New Beginnings

52.  Celebrate the Art of New Beginnings

 There’s something about photos of babies that makes me happy. To me, there is nothing sweeter than baby feet, baby folds and even baby drool. This sounds pretty pathetic, I know. But with a 4-month-old and a 20-month old in my house, baby drool is what I do. Is it glamorous, no. But is it art? Well, it is if you’re Susan McConnell. Photographer, Susan … Read more…