This year, several people in Brookfield have made it a priority to find new, unique ways to bring public art projects to the Brookfield community.
Earlier this year, the Brookfield Beautification Commission planned the temporary installation of three patriotically decorated crosswalks which were unveiled in July, promising to continue the concept with other temporary and permanent designs to coincide with other holidays and village events.
Then, in June, Brookfield’s Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio — owned by the Rev. Karl Sokol, who is also a Beautification Commission member — hosted its first of a series of meetings of local artists to develop further ideas for incorporation of public art in town.
According to Jessica Tamburello, director of the Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, one suggestion from the meetings included the hosting of an interactive art walk in town.
“We had a few meetings to just discuss what could be done to get more art in Brookfield, and then ultimately decided that an art walk would be the most doable before the end of the year,” she said.
After weeks of planning, the group — calling itself “B. Creative Brookfield” — is set to host its inaugural Brookfield Art Walk on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m., all the way from the Prairie Avenue Metra station down Grand Boulevard to the Eight Corners Business District.
The evening will include art displays, artist demonstrations, interactive art and live music located throughout shops and restaurants throughout Brookfield’s business corridors, including at the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd. Artwork in a variety of media will be on display, from oil and acrylic paintings to block printing and drawings to jewelry, henna skin art and ceramics.
“The main goal is just to have a fun night in Brookfield, walk through town, [and] have customers maybe walk into a space that they’ve never been in before and see art,” Tamburello said.
Live music for the event will be provided by The Chicago Swing Project, playing big band, swing and jump blues music (performing at the Compassion Factory, 9210 Broadway Ave.), and Falling Stars, playing a mix of Americana and BritPop (performing at Locha Mocha Café inside the Prairie Avenue Metra station, 8858 Burlington Ave.)
With the eclectic mix of art and interactive displays, Tamburello says the Brookfield Art Walk is an event for the whole family and she hopes residents will turn out in support of encouraging inclusion of the arts in public.
“Why not check it out?” she said. “It’s something different that hasn’t been done in Brookfield, as far as I know.”
Other locations participating in the Brookfield Art Walk include Gosia’s Coffee Shop, 8836 Brookfield Ave.; Painted Studio, 3744 Grand Blvd.; Pink Caviar Boutique, 3751 Grand Blvd.; Christopher Mark Fine Flowers and Gifts, 3742 Grand Blvd.; The Little Owl Social Pub, 3747 Grand Blvd.; Burger Antics, 3740 Grand Blvd.; Pub 78, 3733 Grand Blvd.; Brennan Massage and Spa, 3700 Grand Blvd.; Odd Fellows Palacky Lodge, 9234 Broadway Ave.
For more information about the Brookfield Art Walk, including a map with the business locations hosting artists, visit bcreativebrookfield.com or Facebook.com/bcreativebrookfield.