2004 Lincoln Art Fair announces
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[AUG. 19, 2004]  Thirteen may be a bad omen for some, but it's a lucky number for the 2004 Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival. In its 31st year, the juried Lincoln Art Fair features 83 artists from around the United States with the debut of 13 new talents. The art fair takes place Saturday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Latham Park in downtown Lincoln.

 Debbie Ackerman and Kathie Elliott are serving for the third year as art fair co-chairs. "This art fair is respected throughout the Midwest," said Ackerman. "We draw quality artists with the positive reputation this festival holds, as well as the strong support of the Lincoln community."

New artists at the 2004 Lincoln Art Fair:

Roger Dewitt of Gillespie works in the oil-graphite medium and has won numerous awards in local and regional art shows. He says that he renders what he knows best and feels most passionately about -- the disappearing culture of the rural Midwest and small family farm life.

Tremont is the home of Anissa Sauder, a fabric artist whose work combines color and texture to create unique pieces of fabric artwork. She also has experience in graphic design and jewelry.

Lincoln's own Don Shull uses wood as his medium to craft a variety of figures and boxes. His "character banks" are nationally recognized, and his wood choices include cherry, sassafras, cedar, walnut and maple.

Photographer Rob Clifton of Pekin spotlights natural images as well as scenes from the prairie and Chicago skylines. He owns Eagle Creek Gallery, which offers fine art and oriental rugs to the Peoria area.

George Wyatt of Norridge is a seasoned photographer who has been honing his talent since 1966. He graduated from the Ray Vogue School of Photography and also has exhibited at Swedish Days in Geneva, Ill.

Decatur's Dave Gendry joins the lineup as a ceramics artist. He enjoys using a variety of materials and techniques to sculpt pieces that are both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. The majority of his works are high-fired stoneware or raku-fired, but he also offers something in porcelain or low-fired earthware.

Watercolor artist Jennifer Roseman of Lexington uses rural scenes as well as natural images to create beautiful, haunting paintings. Roseman won Best of Show at the 2001 Ottawa (Ill.) Summer Arts Festival and is a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

Pekin's Les Linton and Jason Snyder present "Sticks & Mud Productions" with works made of wood and ceramics. The artists feature bowls, jugs and boxes and pride themselves on the individuality of every piece.

Penny Wyzlic of East Peoria creates art from copper, glass mosaic and gourds. An artist all her life, she believes that nature is beautiful and simple in form. She strives to capture that simplicity, with a sense of warmth, humor and lightheartedness.


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Fiber arts is the specialty of Monmouth artist Cindy Romano. She weaves chenille scarves, felted hats and rugs with her individual technique that has been featured in fairs and galleries throughout Illinois.

Debbi Lane, a glass artist who will be sparkling in full sun at the art fair, comes from Delavan. She uses copper foil in the old Tiffany technique to ensure quality and durability. Her pieces are displayed in Africa, Holland and England.

Des Moines, Iowa, mixed-media artist Kristine Clemons combines collage, painting and calligraphy to create her works. While the subject matter varies, she usually uses song lyrics or quotes from short stories and fairy tales.

The leaves in the woods surrounding the studio of Lexington artist Liz Dellinger inspire her stoneware pottery creations. She began working with pottery in 1999 and enjoys both wheel and hand building techniques. The leaves of sycamore, maple, oak, pawpaw, hickory and ash trees serve as imprints to add a touch of nature to her pottery.

The Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce offers "Art Bucks" for any interested community member. Patrons can make an advance commitment in increments of $100 or purchase gift certificates in increments of $25. Anyone whose pledge of $100 or more has been received by Aug. 17 will receive mention as an art patron in the art fair brochure. Art Bucks can be purchased at the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce, 303 S. Kickapoo St. in Lincoln.

The chamber is currently looking for volunteers to work the grounds, crew balloons, and assist visitors at the festival. For more information regarding the Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival, or to volunteer, contact the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce at (217) 735-2385 or e-mail events@lincolnillinois.com.

The Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival is organized by the Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce with the support of local businesses and community volunteers. Lincoln is conveniently situated near several major highways and located approximately 30 miles north of Springfield and 170 miles south of Chicago. The city of Lincoln was named for Abraham Lincoln, and is home to several historical sites commemorating the 16th president.

[Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce
news release]

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