OREGON, Ill. — The Fields Project’s 14th Annual Art Festival will be Sunday, June 24, in Oregon, Ill. Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Since its beginning, the theme has been “bringing art and agriculture together” in Ogle County.
A day in the park
This year, by invitation from the Oregon Park District, the event will be held at Oregon Park-West. The much-expanded venue provides additional display areas for exhibiting artists and family-oriented activities. Prior to the festival, visiting artists from all over the country come to Ogle County to live with host farm families for nine days. During this time, they concentrate on their art, which is inspired by the rural countryside surrounding the Rock River Valley.
The Fields Project Art Festival will bring these artists in residence together with other regional artists, including some from the Oregon Eagles Nest Art Group to display and sell their creations. These will include mixed media, oil and watercolors, sculptured art, photography, jewelry, pottery and more.
Admission to the festival is free and will include musical entertainment and theatrical presentations throughout the day. Carriage rides will be available for a leisurely tour of Oregon Park-West to enjoy the scenic wild grasses and flowers in all of their summer glory. When you get hungry, you will find an expanded food court for your convenience.
The winner of the Community Art Legacy sculpture competition will be announced at the festival, where all of the “maquette” entries will be on display. This will be the ninth sculpture chosen for the “10 sculptures in 10 years” goal of the Art Legacy. Three previous winners will be on display during the festival.
“Solar Reef” is permanently installed on the highest hill in the park to reflect the sun’s glorious rays at sunrise and sunset. The other two completed sculptures on display will be installed in appropriate settings after the festival. All will become part of the Oregon Sculpture Trail, which started more than 100 years ago with Lorado Taft’s contribution of the “Eternal Indian,” a 48-foot monolith in Lowden State park overlooking the Rock River. A 2-hour Sculpture Trail Bus, led by a docent, will depart from the festival at 1 p.m. to showcase 10 of the public sculptures within the Oregon community.
The cost is $15 per person. For advance reservations, call (815) 734-6075.
Art Gallery open during festival
The Oregon Public Library “Art Gallery” at 300 Jefferson St., will be open during the festival from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, for a special showing of paintings and sculptures from the original Eagles Nest Art Colony founded by Lorado Taft.
Watch for directional signage to Oregon Park-West on Route 2 and Route 64. Ample free parking is available. For more festival information, visit www.fieldsproject.com.
You can spend the weekend at one of Oregon’s unique lodging facilities, enjoy the fine local restaurants and plan a little shopping in the quaint antique and specialty shops. Saturday, enjoy a ride in the surrounding countryside, a self-guided tour of the Oregon Sculpture Trail, visit the Oregon Public Library “Art Gallery” between 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and stop by Mix Park between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for the “Mix-It-Up” sidewalk painting. For more information about the area, visit www.discoveroregonillinois.com and www.oregonil.com.
From the June 20-26, 2012, issue