9/8/15 05:12PM

The Fall Art Stroll and "The Walls" Celebrate The Kankakee Arts and Entertainment District

September 13, 2015 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Kankakee comes alive with art, music, food and fun. Art takes center stage. Witness "The Walls" unveiling. Art, music, food and history. Sponsored by Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Community Arts Council of Kankakee is pleased to present its annual Fall Art Stroll. Dozens of talented fine arts and crafts artisans will showcase their talents to transform Kankakee into an art Mecca from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sept. 13th.

This event will celebrate the new Kankakee Arts and Entertainment District. The Arts and Entertainment District, located in downtown Kankakee, serves our community by developing and promoting community involvement, tourism and revitalization by hosting events that attract artists, art organizations and other creative enterprises.

The Fall Art Stroll promises to be just such an event. For example, The Walls- four giant 8x4 wooden murals painted by four local artists will be unveiled at The Fall Art Stroll. Four prominent local artists: Frank Gonski, April LaReau, Alicia Post and Denny Simmons have each painted an 8x4 wood mural titled The Walls. No one will see the paintings until the unveiling. The finished murals will be unveiled to the public in a formal ceremony at 11:15 am. The unveiling ceremony will announce the kick-off of The 2015 Fall Art Stroll.

Also added to the festivities this year will be the Kankakee Railroad Museum's Rail Fest with tours of a Pullman car, caboose and the Kankakee Trolley. The authentic 1880s push handcart, vintage railroad safety signs and three model train exhibits also will be on display at historic Depot Park, 199 S. East Ave. The park, with its beautiful fountain and quaintly restored depot building, will offer many other attractions.

Artwork will be displayed on the depot platform, on Merchant Street and on South Schuyler Avenue. These streets will be closed to traffic as art and art lovers take center stage. Handmade arts and crafts will range from a variety of paintings, photography, pottery, and wood, painted glass creations, to custom jewelry, needlework, a display of quilts, and hand-painted porcelain. Also, there will be many interesting demonstrations. For example, a blacksmith and chain saw woodcarver will be demonstrating these crafts. Participants of American Manga Group will be creating caricatures for interested guests. In addition, there will be a huge used book sale held by the Friends of the Kankakee Public Library.

Children will have their own area for activities. Included will be several games, face painting and a chance for youngsters to create their own chalk art masterpieces on the parks sidewalks. Christophers Clubhouse, a nonprofit safety organization for children, will host an informational booth. Another featured event is the dime toss to benefit the James J. Carlson Scholarship, proceeds help to send children to arts camp.

Entertainment will feature vocalists, choral and gospel groups, instrumentalists, dancers, skits and novelty acts performing in front of the gazebo in the Farmers Market area.

Food vendors will offer brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, barbecued chicken, tacos, salads, caramel apples, ice cream and other fall treats. Slices of pie will be on sale to raise funds for The Community Arts Council.

For more information call 815-933-ARTS or visit www.communityartscouncil.org. Admittance is free and there will be plenty of parking including handicapped and elderly parking. Art, music, food and history. The Fall Art Stroll promises to bring the Kankakee Arts and Entertainment District alive with fun for all.

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