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DeKalb, Illinois
May 31, 2018

Area artists to display, sell their work
in 47th annual Northern Illinois Art Show

Raffle will help fund scholarships
for student art supplies

Between 60 and 70 artists will showcase and sell their work during this year’s Northern Illinois Art Show on Saturday and Sunday.

The art show will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the DeKalb County Courthouse lawn, 133 W. State St., in downtown Sycamore.

Alec Rossiter, publicity chairman for the Kishwaukee Valley Art League, said this is the 47th year the league has hosted the show. He said the featured works include watercolor, oil painting, pencil sketching, fabric art, woodworking, photography, pastels, ceramics, jewelry and other three-dimensional art.

Rossiter said KVAL has rotating exhibits at the DeKalb and Sycamore libraries, but the art show draws more people.

“It gives us more of an audience for selling artwork,” he said.

KVAL Board President Larry Bond said the Art of Giving raffle has been part of the art show for the past five years. Ticket sales from the raffle help fund $100 scholarships to buy art supplies for students at Sycamore High School, DeKalb High School and Kishwaukee College.

Rossiter said KVAL invites local high school artists nominated by teachers to share their work with the group during their monthly meetings and to then receive monetary awards.

Art supplies are expensive. For example, Bond, whose art medium is watercolor, said you could spend about $23 for one sheet of watercolor paper and even more money with paint and brushes on top of that.

“It’s not cheap anymore,” he said.

The Kishwaukee Valley Art League formed in 1972 and is meant to support the arts in the area, according to its website. The group’s purpose is to encourage people to practice and appreciate arts in all media and give art education opportunities in the community.

The group hosts monthly meetings at the Sycamore Hy-Vee, where group members are able to bring in their work in progress and outside artists are invited to share their work as well.

Bond said the Illinois National Guard Jazz Band has performed at the art show in the past, but they will not perform this year because of a scheduling conflict. He said there will be no other musical acts for this year’s show because other potential acts ended up being too cost-prohibitive, but there will be refreshments sold by several vendors, including Boy Scout Troop 33.

The two-day event is free and open to the public.

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