Naperville Woman’s Club hosts arts and crafts fair


Fine arts and crafts fair

After a year break due to COVID-19, the Naperville Women’s Club The Fine Art & Artisan Fair returned for the 61st time in Naper Settlement.

“Part of the Naperville Woman’s Club mission is to bring art to an environment where people in this beautiful park can come out for free and enjoy a day of fine art,” said Julie Cunningham, co-president of Naperville Woman’s Club.


This year’s event had around 90 providers who presented various art media to the community.

“[There’s] a variety of fine arts in quite a mix of media. We have painting, sculpture, printmaking, lots of jewelry, ceramics, ”said Cunningham. “Just a whole range of types of art.”

“I cut everything individually with a hand glass cutter and put it together and staple it together first when firing for the first time,” says glass artist Ed Martin, describing the process behind his work. “And then I come back and granulate clear glasses and then just put them over the black sections and center sections and staple them together to give them texture. Almost make them feel watery. And I build a custom mold for each of them that I overlay and melt while I do [get it] to the design that I would like to have in the end. “

“We have the Empty Bowls event and that is being hosted by the people from people TonRaum“Said Cunningham. “And they donated pottery and all the proceeds go to a pantry.”

The proceeds will be donated to Grocery bank in northern Illinois.

Community event

The art fair also had an interactive function.

“One of the interactive features we have is the community mural. And that’s a painting by one of our participating artists that we blew up to make an 8×12 foot mural, ”said Cunningham. “We cut it into pieces and people can come and build those pieces and then we’ll put it all together.”

Cunningham said the club is happy to be back this year.

“We were just very optimistic and confident that things would get better. We were of course very happy when everything reopened on June 11th and we could have the art fair, ”said Cunningham. “And I think people are happy to be outside and we’re so excited that we can have our beautiful art fair again.”

Aysha Ashley Househ reported on Naperville News 17.


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