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Local artists showcased in 46th annual Northern Illinois Art Show

Metal yard art by John Challand
Metal yard art by John Challand

SYCAMORE – Art work in various media from more than 60 Midwest artists will be available for purchase during the 46th annual Northern Illinois Art Show hosted by the Kishwaukee Valley Art League.

The art show will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 3 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4 in front of the DeKalb County Courthouse, 133 W State St. in downtown Sycamore.

KVAL president Larry Bond said about 66 vendors and exhibitors will be featured this year who will sell art work ranging "from very fine art to crafts."

Examples include garden art, jewelry, pottery, photography, purses, metal sculpture, soaps, candles, wood items, baskets, gourd art, floral displays, henna art and fabric, as well as oil, acrylic and water color paintings.

The artists come from across the Midwest, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and downstate Illinois, Bond said.

The Illinois National Guard Jazz Band will perform at around noon June 3 on the courthouse steps. The performance should last about an hour, Bond said.

Bond said the Illinois National Guard Brass Band gave a similar performance last year that seemed to go over well with art show attendees.

"[The band is] kind of hard to get," Bond said. "We had to request them back in December."

KVAL’s Art of Giving raffle will support young local artists, and work by student artists will be displayed for sale.

Boy Scout Troop 33 will serve food and drinks during the art show. Ice cream with homemade waffle cones and funnel cakes also will be served.

"It's a nice, family-oriented event," Bond said.

Bond has been involved with KVAL for about eight years, including the past four years as president, he said.

Bond said he estimates a few hundred people typically attend the art show each day, but it varies depending on the weather.

"[Attendance] is hard to tell," he said. "It's a free show, so people come and go as they please throughout the day."

KVAL is a nonprofit organization with more than 60 members dedicated to promoting local artists and developing upcoming artists in the Kishwaukee Valley area. The annual art show is an opportunity for artists to reach a wide audience and for shoppers to find unique gifts, according to KVAL's website.

Alec Rossiter, public relations representative for KVAL, said he joined the group in December after recently moving to the area.

He said the group hosts monthly meetings at the Sycamore Hy-Vee in which outside artists are invited to demonstrate their work and group members bring in work to share their progress.

The group also invites local high school artists nominated by teachers to come share their work and receive a monetary award, Rossiter said.

KVAL members contribute to local art galleries and exhibits as well, including displays in the DeKalb and Sycamore libraries.

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