Northbrook Arts Commission News


The Northbrook Arts Commission is excited to announce a number of exciting events!

PAINT THE TOWN – Plein Air Painting Festival – September 26 – 30, 2018

Come to downtown Northbrook to see dozens of acclaimed Midwest artists painting outdoors. You’ll especially enjoy the Plein Air Painting Festivities over the weekend starting Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30. For further information about the event, please contact Bruce Bondy of the Northbrook Arts Commission at 847.421.6999 or email: bruce@bondystudio.com

Sample of festivities listed below.  Specific schedule will be announced this summer!

9:30 – Noon     Quick Paint Competition – Village Green Park/Corner of Shermer & Meadow/ Downtown Northbrook

1-4pm                 Live Music at Village Green Park

2-3pm                 Painting Demo by Award Winning Artist Steve Puttrich

2-7pm                 Exhibition and sale of finished artwork – Village Green Center, 1810 Walters Ave.

4:30-5pm           Awards Ceremony – Village Green Center

The Northbrook Arts Commission will be hosting 25-30 Midwest artists specializing in Plein Air Painting on Wednesday – Sunday, September 26 – 30. The artists will create works on Wednesday – Saturday at locations throughout Northbrook based on what inspires them. Each artist will submit their  best oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastel paintings for exhibition, awards and sale to the public on over the weekend at the Village Green Center, 1810 W Walters Avenue.

Summary of last year’s event:

On Sunday, from 9:30 to noon there will be a Quick Paint Competition in Village Green Park and downtown area. Artists will work in this concentrated area and have 2.5 hours to start and finish a painting. The work will be judged and cash prizes awarded by acclaimed plein air painter and Northbrook resident Brian Sindler.

Also on Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, local musical artists will be performing including a Jazz Combo, a Flamenco/Gypsy Kings style duo, and Classical Guitarist Christopher Laughlin. Food vendors and a live outdoor painting demonstration with award winning artist and teacher Steve Puttrich are also scheduled. Awards will be presented at 4:00 pm and works of the fine artists will be available for purchase.

While artists have been painting plein-air, painting outdoors directly from nature, for centuries, plein-air festivals have seen a rise in popularity over the last 10 years with large events sometimes attracting hundreds of artists in places like Cedarburg and Door County, Wisconsin.

Some of the artists joining us in the first annual Northbrook Plein Air Festival are Steve Puttrich, Errol Jacobson,  and James Hajicek of Chicago,  D.K. Palecek of Northeast Wisconsin, and Wendie Thompson of Oconomowoc, WI. These are all award winning artists with passion and experience painting outdoors (See attached photos of work).

Come out and enjoy watching the artists throughout the event. Feel free to stop and observe them at work and welcome them to town. This is a Northbrook Arts Commission event with partial sponsorship from the Northbrook Park District.



On April 6, 2017, the annual art exhibit of Northbrook artists will open at the Northbrook Public Library. This annual Art Exhibit presented by the Northbrook Arts Commission in partnership with the Northbrook Public Library. Please stop by the Northbrook Public Library, 1210 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, Il  beginning April 1, 2017 thru May 31, 2017 to see the wonderful artwork of 40 Northbrook artists.


Northbrook Artist Ken Call will lead a watercolor workshop on May 20 – 21. If you would like to be on the waiting list please complete an application, see link below.  Do not include payment with the application.  If there are any questions please contact Julia Miller, 847-212-1460 or jamarts@comcast.net.

Click here for the application and more information 2017 Spring Workshop 


Art in the Park is will not take place in 2018.