While some of the world’s greatest art masterpieces are located in downtown Chicago, Brookfield is hoping to show its residents that beautiful works of art can also come from artists in their own backyard.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Brookfield Fine Arts Festival at Kiwanis Park to celebrate locally crafted artwork and enjoy the beauty of the neighborhood.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors to the festival are welcome to view and purchase artwork on display from 30 area artists specializing in pottery, painting, photography, jewelry and more.
Abby Brennan, coordinator of this year’s Fine Arts Fest, says the event is a great way for local artists to self-promote their work all while bringing the community together to enjoy both art and the outdoors.
“Getting artists together to sell their works of art and bring an interest to the Brookfield community [creates] a sort of buzz,” Brennan said. “The arts do offer a lot for communities.”
The owner of Brennan Massage and Spa in downtown Brookfield for seven years, Brennan was originally was interested in helping organize the festival because of her own background as a fine arts teacher.
“I don’t do any art teaching anymore, but [I wanted] to stay connected to the art world [and] bring the arts into town through having an art festival,” she said.
The festival began with only a handful of artist but has now gained a bit of a following within the art community of the western suburbs.
“It’s kind of taken off and we have a huge network of artists that we’re in touch with,” Brennan said.
One artist who is coming back for a third year to display and sell her artwork is Berwyn resident Barbe Asta.
Asta, a potter who teaches ceramics at Terra Incognito Studios in Oak Park, originally heard about the event through a student who was a client at Brennan’s business. Asta says Brookfield’s event has provided her with a wonderful opportunity to gain a following and earn a little bit of money for what started as a hobby.
“I’ve been teaching pottery for about 13 years, but it’s only been about four years that I’ve been selling my stuff,” Asta said. “I used to just give it away.”
Asta says her favorite part of the Brookfield Fine Arts Festival is that the event draws a friendly crowd and is a great way for folks to view and purchase art that they can actually afford.
“The variety is wonderful,” she said. “There’s a lot of beautiful artists out there and the prices are really good, so you can get a really nice piece of artwork, whether its pottery or painting or photography and not lose your house payment over it.”
Throughout the day, the festival will also have live music, a duck race to benefit the Brookfield Beautification Commission’s nonprofit fundraising arm, Beautify Brookfield and a kid’s tent for arts and crafts.
Also, from noon to 2 p.m. there will be a sidewalk art contest where participants 18 and over can bring their own chalk and design a sidewalk square into a unique art display. The winner of the sidewalk art contest will receive a prize.
Admission is free. Local artists who are interested in displaying and selling artwork can contact Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 708-255-5335.