Turning garages into art galleries

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By Bob Uphues

Riverside-Brookfield Landmark Editor

The Garage Galleries art walk in Forest Park celebrates its fifth, and biggest, year, from 2 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 25 with 16 garages and more than 40 artists featured. 

"It's been amazing to find out how many artists there are in Forest Park that no one even knew. I want to say there's probably been at least 60 to 80 people in Forest Park who've come out of the woodwork," said Lin Beribak, a member of the planning committee who will be showcasing her watercolor paintings in one of the garages. 

From painting to pottery to wearable art, the show will highlight the work of fine artists and artisans, including some 25 artists from Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park, such as local Kimberly Adami-Hasegawa, who runs the Galaxie Safari greeting card business. The planning committee said they expect about 500 people to attend the walk, with garages clustered from 122 Elgin to 1508 Marengo in Forest Park. 

Artists will be at the site of their garage gallery during the walk to discuss their work with attendees.    

"It really is a way parents can introduce kids to art in a very casual, not an 'It's a gallery, you can't touch this' or 'Oh, you have to be quiet,' none of that kind of thing," said Susan Cross, a member of the planning committee. "I think it's very family friendly and I think it is a good way to get people, who would never walk into an art gallery, exposed to art."

The Kiwanis Club of Forest Park donated funds, used to print fliers. Other than that, all costs of funding the event have come out of pocket from organizers or were donated by businesses and residents. Attendees can pick up printed maps of the garage route the day of the event at Creativita, 7512 Madison St., or visit the website at tinyurl.com/GarageGalleries for online versions of the maps. 

"This is completely volunteer-driven; that is really just something we're doing because we think it's a good idea," said Andrea DiFebo, a member of the planning committee.

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