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Edgewater Fall Art Fair Grows Into Second Year!

EFAFThe lighthouse is the icon of the Edgewater Neighborhood, and fittingly so. It was Rae Ann Cecrle who imagined the symbol of the beacon of light for the steadfast commitment that Edgewater Artists in Motion offers the residents and artists of Edgewater. This fall, Edgewater once again celebrates the cultural diversity that the neighborhood embraces with the second Edgewater Fall Art Fair. The two-day affair features Edgewater as well as Chicago-wide artists.

Since its 2009 inception, Edgewater Artists in Motion has organized Art Walks, Holiday Art Markets, the Edgewater Fall Art Fair, and other art-focused street festivals. The organization began as an effort to fill empty storefronts with artworks from local artists to revamp the neighborhood during the recession and entice new business to the area. Now, the greatest goal of the organization has become to “establish Edgewater as one of the premier artistic destinations in Chicago.”

The Fair has taken nine months to plan and is “organized by a group of professionals who live in, know and care about the neighborhood and its growth. We believe that is reflected in the outcome of the event. In fact, a lot of last year’s attendees and participating artists commented on the very unique community vibe of the Fair,” says Valeria Basso.

Valeria Basso alongside Rae Ann Cecrle form part of the group of professionals committed to making the organization’s goals a reality. “Edgewater is home to a lot of talented artists. Yet, Chicagoans at large still don’t see Edgewater for the artistic gem that it is. We want to change that. Our neighborhood was missing that big art event that can put it on the map of cultural destinations in the city and we are trying to fill that void and make Edgewater more known by leveraging one of its biggest assets,” says Basso

With more than 100-featured artists, the Edgewater Fall Art Fair is a beacon highlighting Chicago’s artists. The Fair’s program has been designed for the whole family, including activities for the younger generations too with the Children’s Music Talent Show and Young Artists’ Gallery. Two live music stages will include Miss Illinois 2014, Marisa Buchheit (formerly Miss Chicago) who is a great opera singer as well as performances spanning Jazz, Country, Flamenco, Reggae, Caribbean, Cabaret, Choral music and many gifted visual artists of various art mediums.

All sponsors are businesses from Edgewater “and we really couldn’t do this without them. By partnering with us, they are showing a real commitment to the growth of the neighborhood. Our biggest sponsors include: SSA #26, Loyola University, Gino’s North, The Pumping Company, Wyman Real Estate and Blue Buddha Boutique,” adds Basso.

The Edgewater Fall Art Fair runs September 27 & September 28, 2014, both days from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Granville Avenue (Granville Red Line EL stop) stretching from Broadway Street to Kenmore Avenue; $5 suggested donation. For more information visit the website: http://edgewaterartists.com/edgewater-fall-art-fair/


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