Rated one of the best Fine Art & Design Shows in the USA
The 36th Annual Port Clinton Art Festival, produced by Highland Park-based company Amdur Productions, returns to downtown Highland Park, Illinois, on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2019. The outdoor art festival is rated as one of the top art shows in the US by Sunshine Artist Magazine and a top show by Art Fair Calendar.
More than 240 of the country’s most celebrated artists will showcase painting, jewelry, sculpture, photographs, fashion wearables, furniture and more. Local artists Mark Hersch, Meg Musick, Dana Reed, Ryan Roessler, and Howard Tatar from Highland Park; Sher Berman and Jim Wibat from Deerfield; and Jackie Schomburg from Glencoe are slated to exhibit. Artist talks and demonstrations will be held on Saturday, August 24, at 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
“We’re proud to be part of Highland Park’s 150th anniversary celebration,” said festival producer Amy Amdur, president of Amdur Productions. “Our first, modest gathering of artists in 1983 has evolved into the largest suburban art festival in Illinois. This annual event is the perfect mix of talented artists, both young and old, in a lovely location convenient to savvy art enthusiasts and their families.”
The downtown streets are closed to traffic during the festival, so attendees can appreciate the city’s architecture and landscaping by foot in a relaxed fashion. Festival-goers with strollers and wheelchairs can enjoy an accessible festival with easy access to all booths.
Throughout the weekend, thousands of art enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to purchase unique works of art by master artists from across the country. There are also art activities for kids like face painting, interactive art demos, and even a Youth Art Division. Alongside established artists, the Youth Art Division celebrates the talents of artists ages 18 and under, offering them the opportunity to participate, exhibit, and experience behind-the-scenes of an art festival. The Youth Art Tent is sponsored by Blick.
In addition to the artwork, festival-goers can enjoy delicious food and beverages from neighborhood establishments, including from Real Urban Barbecue, Michael’s Chicago Style, and Ravinia Brewing Company. Continuous live musical performances are scheduled throughout the weekend, including classic rock tunes from the duo Cirrus Falcon and jazz rock fusion by Check with Lucy on two live music stages. A special performance of music from Mama Mia by the Highland Park Players is scheduled for Sunday, August 25, at noon.
As part of the celebration of Highland Park’s 150th anniversary, you are invited to create an original poster in your medium. The contest is open to all artists of all ages! Create a poster that you think best represents Highland Park and ties in with the theme of the 150th Anniversary. The contest is open to current and past residents of the City of Highland Park.
$5 suggested donation per person. FREE Parking!
The Port Clinton Art Festival, one of the country’s top festivals, offers fine art from more than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists. Young artists, ages eighteen and under, shine in the Youth Art Division of the show, which offers younger artists an opportunity to exhibit and participate in a real art festival. Throughout the weekend festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy art activities for kids, interactive art demos and, of course, original artwork offered by master artists from around the world.
Main Stage Saturday & Sunday
10am-11:45am | Brad Cole and Jeff Libman
12PM (Sunday Only) | Highland Park Players MAMA MIA
12:30pm-2pm | Bossa Blue
2:30pm-6pm | Check With Lucy
North 1st Street Stage Saturday & Sunday:
10am – 6pm | Cirrus Falcon
FOOD & DRINKS
Judy’s Pizzeria – sliced pizza, salads, and more
Backyard Grill – gyros, chicken souulaki skewers, spicy feta fries, chicken tenders, and more
Michael’s Hot Dogs – jumbo char dogs, char burger, corn on the cob, funnel cake fries, and more
Ravinia Brewing Company – taco plates, quesadillas, chips and guacamole, and more
Real Urban Barbecue – pulled pork sandwiches, brisket sandwiches, brisket nachos, mac n cheese, and more
Fry Daddy’s – Philly cheese-steak, Italian sausage, cheese curds, funnel cakes, corn dogs, french fries and more
Casa de Isaac (Sunday Only) – tacos, nachos, burritos, taquitos, margaritas, and more
El Campeon -Pina Colada’s and Mango Colada’s
Popcorn Jester & Jester Juice – flavored popcorn and freshly squeezed lemonade with strawberries, cranberries, limes and more!
Need more information? Call the office 847-926-4300 or email [email protected] with any additional questions or requests.