Peoria Art Guild’s 59th Annual Fine Arts Fair features all shapes and mediums

Peoria, Ill. (WMBD) – Artists near and far have settled along the Peoria River for the 59th Annual Peoria Art Guild Fine Arts Fair, which took place from Saturday September 25 through Sunday September 26.

An artist brought her paintings for the first time this year.

“It’s different and I don’t consider myself a pro because I’m not a pro, so everyone got to take one home,” said painter Sharon Danielson. “And my booth is getting really empty and I’m really excited.”

Each year, the community can also participate in art. The “mural community” is a long-standing tradition that allows festival-goers to paint a piece of the project for free. Then the finished tiles are added one by one, and the picture slowly assembles.

“We have several people who come back each year to do another tile,” said JoAnne Wayland, committee member.

Peoria Art Guild executive director Shannon Cox said the finished work would be photographed and printed on a mural to go to Washington Street.

Cox said the fair brings foot traffic and income to central Illinois.

“The arts community in central Illinois is very vibrant,” she said. “And it’s just one event that brings together all types of arts, all different mediums. There is something for everyone. So I think it’s just a big event to inspire people.

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