Established in 1954, the Deer Path Art League is a not-for-profit organization located in the heart of Lake Forest, Illinois. The mission of the Deer Path Art League is to spark, nurture and enhance creativity and promote community interest in the visual arts.
The Art Fair on the Square is the Deer Path Art League’s signature event and our gift to the community. The Art Fair is a highly rated juried show that has become a cherished community event, drawing visitors from Chicago, Milwaukee, and over 22 suburban communities and attracting applications from hundreds of artists from around the country. The selected exhibitors work in a variety of disciplines, including ceramics, glass, graphics, printmaking, painting, and photography. Although we were forced to cancel the 2020 show due to COVID-19, we are happy to announce that we will celebrate our 66th Art Fair on the Square on Labor Day weekend, September 5-6, 2021.
The Emerging Artist Exhibit is our annual event showcasing student artwork from the local schools and celebrating young artistic talent in our community. A selection of artwork from each school is chosen for the Mayoral Award, given to the recipients by the mayor of Lake Forest.
In 2020, the Deer Path Art League worked with the local Chamber of Commerce to develop new venues for art in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Art Stroll. Local artists exhibited work in the windows of Market Square stores for several weeks in September. One wonderful afternoon, the artists all appeared in person to talk to passersby and sell their work, while other community arts organizations offered free outdoor theater and music performances at the Gorton Center. The Art Stroll became a destination for housebound residents, and there were smiles everywhere.
Holiday Stroll. The day after Thanksgiving launched a new holiday event in Market Square. Highlights include: local artists’ work featured in holiday-themed windows, a brass chamber group playing Christmas carols in the square, and a new ART POP store showcasing the works of three collaborating groups of local artists, with the artists themselves staffing the store. The Chamber also created the Lake Forest Station, a shop selling holiday gift items contributed by local non-profits, with sales distributed to these struggling organizations.
The art in the windows lifts our spirits, and the collaboration of organizations brings the community closer together. We are proud to have had a part in this creation.
-The Deer Path Art League
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