Tag: Artists

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

 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.
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.
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

 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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Amanda Paulson Oil Paintings

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 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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Children's Activities at the Barrington Art Festival

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.

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

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Citizen's Park Art in the Park Festival

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.
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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Community Follies Auditions in Barrington, Illinois

3. Audition for the First Barrington Community Follies

 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!!!

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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Youth Art Division at the Barrington Art Festival

330. Show Your Stuff 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.

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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Ron Hawking Performs Holiday Concert at Barrington High School

249. Ron Hawking "Home For the Holidays" Concert

 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.

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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Ice House Mall in Barrington Mini Nutcracker Performance

248. Ice House Mall 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.

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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Barrington Area United Way Sample the Arts Campaign

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.

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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Art in the Barn Weekend at Good Shepherd Hospital

177. Art in the Barn at Good Shepherd Hospital

 This is a big weekend for our friends up at Good Shepherd Hospital. They’re hosting their 36th annual “Art in the Barn” event on the hospital grounds from 10AM to 5PM on both Saturday and Sunday and they have a full schedule of art and entertainment planned, including live music, food and pony rides!

“Art in the Barn” began in 1974 when a group of ten women and local artists came up with the idea to help raise money to build the hospital here in Barrington. It started as a show with 30 artists, and this weekend, there will be about 180 artists displaying their works for sale and they’re expecting about 6,500 people to attend. There will be painters, jewelry-makers, sculptors, photographers, ceramics artists and woodworkers on hand, just to name a few. The art will be on display in barns that were used as food testing sites when the property was owned by Quaker Oats. Over the years, the annual juried art show has raised over $2.5 Million dollars for Good Shepherd Hospital. It’s a great way to spend a fall weekend in Barrington and support our local hospital at the same time.…

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Artist Thia Malenchik at Barrington Gourmet Grill

172. Artists Exhibit at Barrington Gourmet Grill

 There will be some beautiful artwork on display and for sale during a special artist exhibit open house today at Barrington Gourmet Grill and it’s for a great cause. They’ll be featuring the work of three artists today, Rainey Kellogg, Gloria Zucaro and Thia Malenchik who painted this piece.…

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