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Artists needed for ‘Arts & Nature on the River’

12/20/2017, 11:24 a.m.
Jan. 15 is the deadline to apply to be an artist featured in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s ...
An artist puts finishing touches on her canvas during the Forest Preserve District of Will County's inaugural "Arts & Nature on the River" event in June 2016 at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. The District is seeking artists who would like to participate in this year's event on June 17. The deadline to apply is April 1.

Jan. 15 is the deadline to apply to be an artist featured in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s summer “Arts & Nature on the River” event at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon.

The event is set for noon-4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, but the artist lineup is being assembled now. The District is looking for 12-20 individuals or small groups from a variety of disciplines. This year’s theme is “Sharing Landscapes.” Artists may use the natural setting of Four Rivers and the surrounding McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove, or any element of nature, to link their art form to the theme. Categories include: exhibits, demonstrations, performances and participatory, or hands-on, activities.

Interested artists are invited to forward a brief artist bio, description of their work and a representative photo, video or audio file along with their take on the theme to FourRivers@fpdwc.org. Questions can be sent to the same email address. Artists will be notified by Feb. 1 if they have been selected to participate in the event.

Forest Preserve programs feature wedding venue info and kids crafts

CHANNAHON – “Four Rivers’ Wedding Open House,” 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Four Rivers Environmental Education Center. View the facility, collect information, ask question of staff and get ideas for planning an eco-friendly wedding or celebration at the venue in 2019. View photos of previous weddings and events at the site, and meet with caterers who may be on hand to answer questions. The free program is for ages 18 and older. Register online at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 815-722-9470.

ROMEOVILLE – “Busy Beavers Craft Club” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 20, Feb. 17 and March 17, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum. Each session will feature a different craft to make and take home. In January, create pipe cleaner animals; in February, build a paper bag owl puppet; in March, create a circle rainbow mobile. The free program is for ages 12 and younger (accompanied by an adult). Registration is not required.