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The summer festival season kicks off in Evanston Saturday with the Custer Fair in the Main Street Station shopping district on Chicago Avenue.

But coming up right behind — and promoted in the photo above — is the Fountain Square Art Festival, sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29.

We spotted the new temporary art work on the parkway at Raymond Park Thursday promoting the Fountain Square event — with the giant artist’s palette and — as Chamber Executive Director Elaine Kemna-Irish pointed out — the highly realistic-looking giant artist’s brush.

(That’s the well-known Conversations: Here and Now sculpture by Indira Johnson behind the palette in the park itself.)

More than 150 juried artists are expected to exhibit at the Fountain Square event this year, and there’ll be jazz music, food — and a children’s arts tent to keep the kids occupied.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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