Stockton hosts Northwest Illinois Art Festival this weekend

Staff Report

The inaugural Northwest Illinois Art Festival will be held at Stockton Memorial Park, U.S. Highway 20 West and Pearl Street in Stockton, this Saturday and Sunday.

Hosts of the event, Stockton Strong, have gathered more than 35 locally and regionally renowned artists to demonstrate and showcase the best of their work.

This juried fine arts festival will feature mediums including ceramics, clay/porcelain, jewelry, photography, drawing, glass, metal, painting, wood, printmaking, fiber/textiles, leather, mixed media, lawn art, paper, graphics and wood.

In addition to displaying the artists will also be selling their works.

In addition to the selection of art on display, Saturday will feature a barbecue competition cook-off with three categories for entry.

During the entirety of the festival area craft breweries, wineries and distilleries will be offering tastings and full-size drinks for purchase.

Also in downtown Stockton there will be a large mural in the process of being painted on a building.

Chris Shannon from Clinton will be begin painting on Friday and plans to be finished by Sunday afternoon.

This mural which will be focused on celebrating the arts, as well as the village of Stockton.

Artists and barbecue competitors interested in participating in the event can still register at

For more information on the event visit

For information about room availability, shopping, dining, attractions, events and more visit the website of the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau at or call 877-464-2536.

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