Tall Grass Arts Association
Juried Artist Opportunities
The Art Fair is an outdoor, juried, fine art fair held in the streets of Downtown Park Forest. Held and juried continuously for 63 years, it is known as an artist-friendly (especially emerging artist-friendly) because of its low registration fee. The fair features cash awards and purchase prizes, a complimentary breakfast on Saturday morning and a sumptuous dinner party for the artists on Saturday evening after the close of the fair. Overnight security is provided Saturday night, which includes conveniently located locked storage space, and booth sitters are available, as needed, over the weekend. Exhibitors are expected to be present both days and are responsible for their own display (easel, tents, chairs, etc.). Since cars are not allowed on the Downtown streets during the art fair, except early in the morning for those artists assigned to spaces on the Village Green, artists unload at various locations around the perimeter of the Downtown area. There is a registration fee to participate but no commission is collected on purchases made by patrons.
The fair is promoted in the regional press but the largest emphasis is on social networking sites such as Facebook and various web sites. It is advertised on WFMT and WBBM radio, particularly during morning “ride times”. Musical entertainment is provided all day, both days as well as a variety of food vendors.
This year it is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.
“I met the nicest people there, exhibitors and patrons. It was a joyful little show. You might want to try it sometime.” Nels Johnson, reviewer on ArtFairInsiders.com
“You, your staff, my fellow artists and all the people attending were all wonderful. I found the quality of art on display to be extremely high and have to admit I was humbled for even being included. And the commitment your organization has for this event really showed. I would have to say your event is one of the best organized fairs I’ve yet to participate in.” Bob Decker, artist, Wapello, IA
“I was well looked after. The arts committee was ever present. They fed us, booth sat and probably would have spoon fed me had I asked. Sales? Very good…way beyond expectations. I strongly recommend this show.” Stuart Rein, artist, Goodyear, AZ
“Following the (Saturday evening) meal, there is a short introduction to the sponsors and then on to the awards. I’ve been to plenty of shows and they all do a very nice job but the heartfelt presentations make you proud to be part of this thing we call…life, at least our life as artists.” Glenn Woods and Keith Herbrand, the Pottery Boys, Palm Harbor, FL
An annual exhibition featuring TGAA’s juried artists is held in the Gallery at least once during the year. It has been traditional for one of the gallery artists exhibits to coincide with the art fair. Artists are invited to exhibit one (1) piece of art, in any medium, that has not been previously exhibited in the gallery and, hopefully, represents new work. The exhibit usually lasts 6 - 8 weeks and includes an opening reception. There are also opportunities for participation in invitational and special theme exhibits.
The commission structure for work sold in the Gallery and gift shop is 70% of the list price determined by the artist, for the artist, and 30% for the gallery.
The Gift Shop is actually a second gallery. Smaller, more affordable works are featured in the gift shop. As with the gallery, the gift shop is only available to Tall Grass juried artists. Two-dimensional work is shown on the walls and jewelry and three-dimensional work is placed on pedestals and shelves. The Gift Shop is managed and maintained by an artist so has an artistic and professional appearance. During the winter holidays, the focus is on items appropriate for gift giving.