You couldn’t have asked for nicer weather for Art on the Fox…assuming you ignore the rains than unfortunately came on Sunday. Saturday, however, was about as nice as you could want in September. The Art on the Fox is put on by Amdur Productions, which you may recall also puts on the Barrington Art Festival. Art on the Fox isn’t nearly as large, but it does retain a similar level of diversity in the types of art and artisan works that you can find.
We have attended art fairs in the past held along the Riverfront Park before, which may have also been Art on the Fox…I don’t recall for sure. That was a wonderful location, given the greenery and the river views.
Main Street doesn’t offer quite the same ambiance, but it makes up for it in the overall ease of layout and the involvement of the other businesses along the street. In fact, not only could you stop in for a drink or a bite to eat, some of the restaurants set up serving areas and tables along the road, which served as the art fair promenade for the weekend.
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In addition to the art vendors, there were stages set up at either end for musicians to entertain. Best of all though is that admission for patrons is free.
While many of the artists and artisans are local, from within McHenry County as well as neighboring communities, it also drew some from Chicago and surrounding burbs, but also some from out of state, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.
Like the one in Barrington, I continue to be impressed by the variety of works the Amdur Productions festivals pull in. Paintings, photography, pottery, woodworking, textiles, pens, jewelry, and more. They also set up a kid’s activity tent to help foster the creative energies of future artists.
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I’ve tried to list the artists with their photos here in case you see something that interests you. Many of them have their own websites or stores on Etsy or similar. Likewise, a number of them also have works available online through Amdur’s separate online marketplace, ArtZipper.com.
Of course, all that art browsing, walking, and photo-taking required some refueling, which started in reverse with dessert at Riverbottom Ice Cream Co. followed by lunch at Port Edward. Already looking forward to next year!