The grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital have been home to the annual "Art in the Barn" festival for more than 37 years. This year's event kicks off Sept. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Art in the Barn is a juried art fair including 180 artists whose work ranges from oil paintings, pastels, sculpture, wood, jewelry, photography, print making, and mixed media.
Local artist Kendall Wallor will be exhibiting large scale classical oil paintings.
"In all of my work I take a careful eye in anatomical structures and dream like feelings. My work also is along the darker side of feelings with a touch of romanticism...the inspiration for my work is the constant interaction and interest I've had with animals," Wallor said.
Art in the Barn coordinators expect more than 6,000 to attend the two day event, with all proceeds benefitting Good Shepherd Hospital Auxiliary.
"The Auxiliary has raised over $2.5 million dollars and has helped with the construction of the new Cardiac Suite and Emergency Center," Art in the Barn Co-Chair Sharon Vogel said.
It doesn't get much better than this for art show lovers, according to co-chair Sherry Tomasko.
"Most art shows usually take place in parking lots or streets. Once you've gone through those shows and viewed the art, attendees leave. On the other hand, Art in the Barn offers so much more. It is set in a beautiful country setting and the art is displayed in old beautiful historic barns," she said.
Tomasko said most people who attend the event make an entire day out of it instead of just stopping by for a few minutes or an hour.
"People who attend this show...love this show and come year after year," Tomasko said.
The family event includes art and entertainment including live music, food and pony rides. The cost of admission for the art show is $5, children 12 and under are free.