Saturday promised to be another scorcher, so I wrangled a few friends and headed out early to the 2022 Crystal Lake Park Art Fair. Much had changed (for the better) since my last visit. There were more parking options. Co-hosts 40 North and the Urbana Park District arranged for free golf cart rides to the entrance. Our driver couldn’t have been nice,r and the breeze was fantastic. The number of booths and the range of formats had grown. UrVana had crafts and lawn games to keep younger visitors engaged. There was a steady stream of subjects at caricaturist Dan Wild’s tent. It did my heart good to see so many art fans engaging with artists. And to see so many of them leave with bags of unique treasures. What follows is a visual diary of my Saturday at the fair.
Dan Wild beginning a caricature of a young visitor.
Jill Miller of Hooey Batiks showcased her new typewriter design.
Ceramic artist Howie Schein’s booth integrated the outdoor vibe into his display.
This face drawing me back to the Cindy Sampson’s booth.
Freya Replinger’s photos shone in the sunlight and were set off beautifully by the grass.
New work in 3D by Gregory Stallmeyer and Carol Alison were masterpieces of color, texture, and shape.
Fabrikate’s display was filled with fun new fabric choices.
Pipapo displayed a garden of handpainted flowers along with new earring designs.
Fire Doll Studio’s delicious candles were a big hit with visitors.
Liza Wynette’s ceramics featured a range of lovely floral patterns.
Red Ember Forge showcased several new designs among their reclaimed metal jewelry line.
Gathered Illusions displayed an array of multicolored glass pumpkins
Kim Caisse’s tent was filled with her fantastic handpainted creatures.
Kara Lovell’s ceramics featured rich hued glazes and bold design patterns.
One of the true stars of the show was this adorable Samoyed, whose sweet fluffy face made everyone smile.
Kudos to 40 North and the Urbana Park District for continuing to grow this event and for taking such good care of its artists. Volunteers consistently checked in to make sure they were getting shade and staying hydrated during this dog day of August. To find out more about this year’s participating artists, click here.
Crystal Lake Park Art Fair
August 6th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Crystal Lake Park
1505 N Broadway,