GEL FUN: 40th Annual Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts

Paint for Fun

Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23, 2009
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Beneath the canopy of century-old oaks aside Lake Ellyn, the Glen Ellyn Lions will once again host the Annual Festival of the Arts, which for over a third of a century has been held in late August in the Village of Glen Ellyn. Founded by the Jaycees as a community service event, and one of the most respected and longest running juried fine arts shows in the Midwest, the Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts has become a favorite of fine artists, a magnet to the community for shoppers, and a key contributor to the attraction and quality of life in Glen Ellyn.

In 2004, the Glen Ellyn Lions club stepped in to organize and manage this event to keep it non-profit and independent. Last year, Community Bank - Wheaton/Glen Ellyn stepped in to become a partner in its success and growth as a charitable event. This year, the bar has been raised even further.

While the Festival of the Arts has remained one of the lowest cost shows to produce due to its independence, it has never been possible to mount without the generous help and cooperation of the businesses and art patrons of Glen Ellyn and the surrounding communities. In addition to hosting fine artists in all media, the Arts Fest has also presented each year a showcase of the lively arts ranging from local students to seasoned professionals in choral, big band, jazz, folk, classical, dance and theatre.

A variety of activities are also provided for children to challenge their abilities and enhance their love of art, while allowing their parents the opportunity to browse the artists’ booths. There is also opportunity for a variety of food vendors so no one has to go hungry while on the Festival grounds.

The Glen Ellyn Lions are grateful to welcome back this year our partner in securing the growth and continued longevity of the Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts. By securing the charitable mission of the Lions in this event and a devotion to the arts only dreamed of in some communities, Community Bank - Wheaton/Glen Ellyn has generously become our partner in realizing our plan to expand the scope and quality of this event. The Lions have embarked on creating a business plan to evolve this event into the preeminent Fine and Lively Arts Festival in DuPage County.

Event Start Date: 
08/21/2009 10:00am - 08/22/2009 5:00pm
Location: 
Lake Ellyn Park

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