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Many local artists at Fields Project and Art Fair

OREGON – A number of artists won’t have to go far to participate in the 15th Annual Fields Project and Art Fair in Oregon in the coming days.

Artists from Dixon, Rock Falls, Sterling, Polo, Oregon, Grand Detour and Mount Morris will participate in the Art Fair, along with others.

The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Taft Poley House on NIU’s Taft Campus with a free slide show including descriptions by visiting artists about their work. There will be time for questions after the presentation by visiting artists Ann Kauff, Anne Leuck Feldhaus, Barbara Diener, Bobbie and Steve Puttrich, Carol Luc, Catherine Schwalbe, Don Yang, Jan Sorenson, Mary Ann Trzyna, Roberta Statt, and Sharron Boxenbam.

The plein air artists will be visiting through June 23 looking for perfect views to inspire their art.

Oregon’s Eagle’s Nest Landscape Painters – Ellen Ebert and Jan Harvey of Polo, Alice Conrad of Oregon, and Cindy Winterfield of Dixon – will exhibit at this year’s Art Fair, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23, at Mix Park, 701 S. Fourth Street in Oregon.

So, too, will the following regional artists:

n Douglas Prell of Chicago combines lampworking and glass blowing to make glass pendants, beads, marbles, rings, sculpture, and sometimes small vessels.

n Linda Von Holten of Rock Falls features acrylics, oils, and photography, as well as her Brace Yourself Collection – cuffs made from up-cycled belts and vintage jewelry.

n Rebecca and Rick Cortez of La Grange Park will exhibit mosaic clocks and custom jewelry created from natural stone and found objects.

n Laurene Logsdon of Rockford creates designs with different kinds of wire, glass and ceramic beads, gemstones and sterling silver precious metal clay.

n David Zahn of Moline creates figurative sculptures in ceramic and bronze.

n Heather Houzenga of Savanna is an artist, educator and writer who started a business, Zenga’s, in Mount Carroll. She co-manages an eclectic wood-fired pizzeria recently opened the Imaginarium – Now & Zen gallery.

n Brian W. Lutz of Mount Morris tells story through photography of captured moments.

n Karen Hilliard of Davis Junction brings watercolors, mixed media and jewelry.

n Pat Peterson of DeWitt, Iowa, creates jewelry inspired by nature.

n Linnea Koch of Sterling is an award-winning photographer specializing in historical sites, local architectural details, farmland, barns and livestock. She also enjoys photographing wildlife, flowers and far-flung locations in the U.S. and Europe.

n Kimberly Clark of Byron uses precious metal clay to create designs in fine silver and 22-karat gold, along with gemstones and freshwater pearls.

n Leland Seideg of Sterling makes work primarily from fabricated steel and stainless steel. With a passion for dragonflies, his work evolved into yard and garden items that hang, are on a stand, or can be staked into the ground.

n Bob Logsdon of Grand Detour photographed Midwestern farms, Western landscapes, and seascapes from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

The fair will include art for sale and a food court. Rides along the Oregon Sculpture Trail also are encouraged. Brochures are available at and at local establishments.

A “Mix-It-Up” sidewalk painting will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 at Mix Park.

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