More than 225 artists are displaying their wares at the 32nd annual Fountain Square Arts Festival this weekend in Evanston.
Six blocks around the square at Davis Street and Sherman Avenue in the heart of downtown Evanston are filled with the artists’ booths.
Six-foot-tall sculptures sat beside hand-crafted paper weights in one booth, while in the next handmade jewelry was being sold along with glass pendants.
Turza and Andy Shows.
One couple, Turza and Andy Shows of Shows Studios came to the festival for the first time this year to sell their jewelry.
“This is our first year here, and the fair has just started, but we expect a crowd.” said Turza Shows.
Pen maker Gene Benes.
Another vendor Gene Benes, of Pens by Gene, had been to the festival for 3 years in a row now to sell his vintage and handcrafted pens. “Evanston is a good venue to be selling high quality art, and the Fountain Square Festival is a high quality show,” Benes said.
The fair is free to browse, and it’s open today and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.