95. ‘Express Yourself’ at Photo Exhibit’s Opening Night

"Express Yourself" Photo Contest, Courtesy of Thomas Balsamo

What would you picture if you were asked to photograph something that makes you laugh, cry, something you love, something beautiful or something you can’t live without?  Your images would undoubtedly speak volumes about your values, your personality and the people who matter to you most. Barrington portrait photographer, Thomas Balsamo, recently posed that challenge to 28 area special needs children in a contest called Express Yourself. With the help of special needs advocacy group, Barrington Area Special Voices, this project is the latest way Thomas has used his lens to both enlighten and empower.

"Express Yourself" Photo Contest, Courtesy of Thomas Balsamo

For the Express Yourself Photo Contest, Thomas armed contestants with cameras, confidence and a few tricks of his trade.  He paired them with local photography experts, encouraged them to explore and inspired them to share their feelings creatively.

Express Yourself Artists in Action, Courtesy of Thomas Balsamo

He rewarded their work with prizes and praise.  The project became the focus of his latest book and a brand new photography exhibit debuting in Barrington this week.  And now here’s where we come in…

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65. Help Good Shepherd Hospital at Art in the Barn

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

Amanda Paulson Oil Paintings

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

Children's Activities at the Barrington Art Festival

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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22. Get Artsy Outdoors at Art in the Park

Citizen's Park Art in the Park Festival

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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3. Audition for the First Barrington Community Follies

Community Follies Auditions in Barrington, Illinois

Do you like to sing in the shower? Do your toes start tapping when you hear a snappy tune? Does your car become your stage when you sit down in the driver’s seat? Don’t waste all of that untapped talent by performing for yourself! Why not share it with the world in the first ever Barrington Community Follies?  That’s right, the Follies are coming to Barrington High School this summer and the sign-up and auditions begin this weekend.  How cool is that!!!

Community Follies Auditions in Barrington, Illinois

If you’re a singer, dancer, musician, comedian, writer or if you want to be part of the tech or costume crews, come on out to sign-up or audition for the ALL-AGES Barrington Community Follies this weekend.

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330. Show Your Stuff at the Barrington Art Festival

Youth Art Division at the Barrington Art Festival

With more snow in the overnight forecast, I’m happy to have reason to show you this photo I took during last May’s Barrington Art Festival. Puffy clouds, bright blue skies, sleeveless shirts and, yes, Barrington’s 2011 Memorial Day Weekend Art Festival are right around the corner. Do you remember how hot it was during last year’s festival? I do! Now I’m daydreaming….about sunshine and summer fun. (sigh) Ok, I’m back. Anyway, Barrington Art Festival organizers have just started recruiting all “youth” artists who want to feature their work this year.

Youth Art Division at the Barrington Art Festival

The company that runs Barrington’s art festival, Amdur Productions, just opened the application process for the festival’s Youth Art Division.

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249. Ron Hawking "Home For the Holidays" Concert

Ron Hawking Performs Holiday Concert at Barrington High School

Start my Christmas shopping…CHECK. Put up the Christmas tree…CHECK. Dig out after the season’s first snowfall…CHECK. But it just seems like something is missing. I KNOW! There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to hear your favorite Christmas tunes live in concert and tickets are on sale now for a special Christmas concert happening in Barrington one week from today.

Ron Hawking Performs Holiday Concert at Barrington High School

Barrington’s own Ron Hawking will be performing his “Home For The Holidays” concert at the Barrington High School Richard C. Johnson Auditorium. It’s a great show and the proceeds will benefit the Fine Arts Programs at Barrington High School.

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248. Ice House Mall Mini-Nutcracker Performance

Ice House Mall in Barrington Mini Nutcracker Performance

In the mood to see some Sugar Plum Fairies, Waltzing Flowers and Russian Dancers today? I have the perfect solution! There’s a Mini-Nutcracker performance happening this afternoon at Barrington’s Ice House Mall.

Ice House Mall in Barrington Mini Nutcracker Performance

It’s the Midwest Dance Collective’s annual Mini-Nutcracker performance featuring “The Land of Sweets” under the direction of Barrington dancer, teacher and choreographer, Ellen Werksman.

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