158. Grab Your Guide to Barrington’s 2012 Art Festival

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Barrington Art Festival

Artists from all over the country are gearing up for the Memorial Day weekend art festival happening in Barrington this Saturday and Sunday, May 26th and 27th. 140 juried artists, representing all categories and price points, will be exhibiting along Cook and Station Streets in downtown Barrington in the community’s third annual event.

The FREE outdoor art fest runs both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and is packed with fun activities planned for the entire family…

Courtesy of Susan McConnell Photography

Festival-goers will get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making these masterpieces, with a select group of artists hosting interactive art demos in their booths throughout the weekend.  The art festival will once again host a Youth Art Division, offering artists ages 18 and under the opportunity to showcase and sell their work.  There will be two performance stages set up at the fest, featuring live music from Cirrus Falcon and Mark Adamczyk.  There will also be a variety of street food vendors serving everything from cinnamon roasted nuts to funnel cakes to beverages.  Produced by Amdur Productions, in partnership with the Village of Barrington and the Barrington Cultural Commission, this weekend’s event is the kickoff to art fest season and will draw thousands of visitors to downtown Barrington!

If you’d like a layout and the names of this year’s Barrington Art Fest exhibitors, we’re making it easy for you.

CLICK HERE for 2012 Barrington Art Festival Map

You’ll find the exhibiting artists’ names, websites and booth numbers by clicking HERE, and these are three artists Amdur chose to feature on their Facebook page this week:

Artist: Phil Marty

Artist:  Phil Marty – PMPhotography.net
“Nature photography has been my passion since the beginning, but my portfolio has expanded over the years to include travel and blues music. As a travel journalist, now retired from the Chicago Tribune but still trekking on a freelance basis, I’ve photographed on all seven continents. I admit to a love affair with the American West and Southwest, but Antarctica without question is the most amazing place I’ve ever photographed.”

Amdur Says:  “When capturing an image, photographer Phil Marty uses a variety of techniques and special lenses to isolate the subject. When printing the images on canvas he also wraps them around wooden stretcher bars to add the final touch.”

Artist: Kevin Hunter

Artist: Kevin Hunter – KevinHunterArt.com
“Food paintings in our homes remind us of our nature; we are temporary, we hunger, we enjoy comfort, we thrive with proper nourishment. They offer to our guests the notion that they are in a home that caters to fundamental human needs and that they will be welcomed and cared for.”

Amdur Says:  “Hunter creates intimate still life paintings in oil of fruit and vegetables. Each represents a moment suffused with thoughts of nourishment and sustenance.”


Artist: Robert Farrell

Artist: Robert Farrell – FarrellSilver.com
“Silversmithing is a dying craft.  There has been a decline in the appreciation of hand-labor and the value of the true, one of a kind object.  I am a traditionalist at heart—a lover of antiquities and of objects made with only modest tools and a human being’s hands.  I strive to keep alive an understanding of and an appreciation for one of a kind, hand made objects.  The inspiration for my work comes from several areas:  the ceremonial objects unearthed from centuries long past; the ideas of family heirlooms and treasured objects; and the knowledge that objects made from metal last forever and will survive long after I am gone.”

Amdur Says:  “Robert Farrell creates one of a kind fabricated objects using sterling silver, copper, namel, gold, gold leaf, nickel and various Japanese alloys.”


The organizer behind this weekend’s Barrington Art Fest and the founder of Amdur Productions, Amy Amdur, says she’s especially excited about this weekend’s event because of the variety of art available.  In addition to paintings and photographs, there will be sculpture, jewelry and other “wearable art” on display.  And she says you’ll find pieces ranging in price from $25 to $2,500.  Here’s a video with Amy’s description of this weekend’s festival highlights and, for more information, visit AmdurProductions.com.


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