Inaugural Kiwanis Route 66 Art Fair and Car Show brings artists, community together

submitted photo This piece by featured artist Eduaro Lopez will be on display at the inaugural Kiwanis Route 66 Art Fair and Car Show.

By Laura Katauskas | Staff Reporter
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The Kiwanis Club of Bolingbrook and Romeoville will introduce a new idea to the area with its inaugural Kiwanis Route 66 Art Fair and Car Show. Showcasing the works of several artists using a variety of media, the event is scheduled for Aug. 22 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center.

Built on the goal of building leaders through community service, the Kiwanis Club of Bolingbrook and Romeoville has long been a supporter of the two communities. The club has sponsored several scholarships at Bolingbrook and Romeoville high schools, as well as the Builder’s Club at the middle schools in the Valley View School District.

While looking for a fundraiser to support these goals, new member Heather Jelic and fellow group members began brainstorming a possible art fair.

“Our main objective was to share the love of art,” said Jelic, who also teaches art in Romeoville. “We wanted to expand on all the concepts of art and it is something that Romeoville currently doesn’t have.”

The inaugural Kiwanis Route 66 Art Fair and Car Show is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center, 55 Phelps Ave., Romeoville.

But it’s not just about art, it’s about inspiration.

The vision is to bring emerging artists, professional artists and the Kiwanis communities together to celebrate and support the efforts and talents of all who contribute their gifts of creativity, as well as kindness and service, to the world. The art fair preparation kicked off with a search of local schools and groups for children’s art to build a calendar, reaching out to the community for art that depicts what kindness meant to students.

A children’s choir also will perform during the fair, and through local music teacher David Rice’s connections, various local musicians are also set to perform. In a tribute to Nat King Cole, artist Pharlis James, who has played many an auditorium throughout Chicago, will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nino Patel with Empty Hands Music from will also make a stop at the event as part of their current tour. The soulful hip hop musician, and self-described humanitarian and ambassador of love and peace, along with other local heroes, will share songs and stories from his recently released album, “Empty Hands.”

Amy Logan – author of “A Girl with a Cape” an inspirational story about “the superhero in everyone” – is also scheduled to attend the event.

“My hope, my dream is that people will be inspired by this and that it becomes an annual event,” said Jelic. “As we plan this, it keeps evolving and the community is embracing the idea and adding to it. I love it.”

The Kiwanis Club said it is still seeking sponsors and artists to display and sell their works at the fair. To apply for a booth, visit www.KiwanisArtFair.com. For more information, call 242-216-2447 or email artfair@kiwanis4kids.com.

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