Art at the Glen featured more than 200 artists

GLENVIEW — A dozen is a magic number for Art at the Glen in north Glenview, adding a rainbow of color to the former Navy blue of Glenview Naval Air Station grounds.

And while some folks attending the event Aug. 9-10 still remember aircraft landing on runways off Willow Road, Art at the Glen for 12 years has given people new memories. The iconic tower in the newer multi-use development is a symbol of strength and personal expression.

“I think the Glenview Town Center is an amazing place,” said Amy Amdur of Highland Park, founder of Amdur Productions, also of Highland Park.

Amdur’s company produces art fairs like Art at the Glen, which welcomed 200 artists this past weekend.

“The basic bones of The Glen support this nice, easy layout for this festival,” said Amdur.

“It’s flat,” she said, of the topography which suggests a former airport.

“It’s wheel friendly,” of wheelchairs, motorized scooters and strollers.

Easy access to storefronts was a successful goal, she also said.

“We really fine-tuned it this year,” said Amdur, who smiled, adding that “people love to bring their dogs and their children.”

“We like it, everything is so walkable and now we have an art show right in the neighborhood,” said Matthias Rebellius who resides in The Glen with his wife, Ulrike.

The two sat on Parisian-style chairs with a table and cloth of neon green.

“The neighborhood is really great,” he said.

Artists sat on movie director-style chairs or walked in the environs, on standby to answer questions by patrons who became customers.

Jackie Phinney of Lake Zurich had a story of her own. Her jewelry art is influenced by her mother Lois Webber, 92, of Naperville and by the memory of her father Jack Webber.

“I’m a late bloomer,” Phinney said, who became a jewelry artist after soul searching.

Her father, a World War II prisoner of war, was held almost a year in Europe. He had scurvy and lost all of this teeth when he was 22.

“Eight years ago, my father had died at 85 and my artist friend made me a prayer strand,” said Phinney, whose husband Dave helped to work her booth.

“It commemorated my life and my father’s life.”

Phinney became tearful after describing the prayer strand.

“Each color, each charm meant something about my life intertwined with my father,” Phinney said.

“And it made me cry.”

Sher Berman of Deerfield also sold jewelry as a handmade glass bead artist.

“It’s very crowded, people, they like color,” said Berman.

This year people are requesting “a lot of black and a lot of red, red is very popular, red is always a good color.”

But customers also want orange too.

“Orange is the new black!” Berman said with a laugh.

Meanwhile, at the south end of the festival, Michelet Innocent, renowned on the North Shore for his romantic music, gently crooned, strumming his guitar.

His background music set the tone for a mixed use of art, residential, storefront and larger retail business. People talked and connected under a blue sky.

“I think it’s (Art at the Glen) amazing,” said Diane Joseph, of Northbrook, who said her first choice was shopping for jewelry.

“I think it’s wonderful.”

Visit http://amdurproductions.com/art-at-the-glen-town-center/ and http://www.theglentowncenter.com.

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