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Grand Detour Arts Festival will celebrate 70 years

Monica Hendricks of Dixon looks over Rock Falls artist Bill Doering's photos in September 2017  at the 69th annual Grand Detour Arts Festival.
Monica Hendricks of Dixon looks over Rock Falls artist Bill Doering's photos in September 2017 at the 69th annual Grand Detour Arts Festival.

GRAND DETOUR – The 70th annual festival returns from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the John Deere Historic Site, 8334 S. Clinton St.

The juried event is open to all artists and artisans who exhibit works of original concept, design and execution. No work will be exhibited that has been made from commercial kits or models. No commission will be charged for work sold.

Categories include painting, graphics, sculpture, jewelry, photography, drawing and artisan crafts (clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper and wood).

Cash awards will be given in most categories, along with the Best of Show award.

There will be a student art show under the pavilion and live music. Food will be sold.

Sally Cooper of Chara Pottery will demonstrate various pottery techniques throughout the day, and Ben Glenn will demonstrate oil painting techniques.

Longtime Grand Detour native Pete Schuler will have an original bird’s-eye map of Grand Detour on display. The map was painted by Frederick Garner (1883-1962), who moved to Grand Detour from Chicago in 1938. He painted watercolors of many of the homes in the village. Schuler purchased the map from Garner’s niece after she bought it at her uncle’s estate sale.

Schuler will be at the festival to share his knowledge of Garner and the history of the village.

Find Grand Detour Arts Festival on Facebook, call 815-285-4924, email gdartsfestival@gmail.com or go to thenextpictureshow.org for more information.

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