Spring is right around the corner, and Oak Lawn’s “The Green” has a colorful new addition! The Main Street Bench was commissioned last year, and was installed just west of the playground on “The Green.”
Sat, Apr 4 | 11AM-1PM | FREE Located at the Oak Lawn Village Green at 94th Street and Cook Avenue, north of the Oak Lawn Public Library.
Don’t miss the annual “Easter on the Green!” The Easter Bunny will be stopping by the Oak Lawn Village Green for the annual Easter egg hunt. The hunt is geared for kids in preschool through fourth grade. The Easter Bunny will also greet children in gazebo and pose for pictures.
Kids need to bring their own basket to gather eggs. The egg hunt is FREE and no preregistration is required.
In September 2019, the Arts and Special Events Commissions merged with the goal of enhancing the outstanding events that the Special Events Commission already produces such as Fall on the Green, Santa on the Green, Fourth of July Parade, and many others. The Commission also hopes this merge will allow the village to provide more support for the arts and locals artists.
When: Fri, Sept 6 @ 6PM Cost: Free Where: Under the tent on Raymond Ave, Oak Lawn, IL
Kick off your weekend with Battle of the Bands at Fall on the Green. You’ll hear music from Deleterious (Rock), Evolution of Fools (Alternative/Rock), Myko Baer (R&B), Neptune’s Core (Indie), and Sage (Alternative).
Arts Commission t-shirts will also be available for sale. Proceeds benefit the commission’s annual arts scholarship.
The winning band will play on Fall on the Green’s main stage from 11AM-Noon on Sunday.
The Commission will be at most Farmers Markets offering arts and crafts projects. This past week, people had the opportunity to make their own watercolor painting out of bubbles.
Thanks to the Oak Lawn Social Services Corporation, Oak Lawn will also be able to enjoy live music by some of Southwest Chicago’s own musicians from 10:30AM-12:30PM – for the first time ever. Here are the dates:
This summer, we’re thrilled to bring back Art in the Yard before the Village’s 2019 Summer Concert Series. This outdoor art show gives local artists the opportunity to sell their pieces before the concert. The permit fee is covered by the Arts Commission, which means that anything the artist makes is theirs to keep, and we will also promote your art through our website, eblasts, and social media leading up to the events.
Art in the Yard will take place on:
Sunday, July 21: Five Guys Named Moe | Art in the Yard @ 6PM | Concert @ 7PM
Sunday, August 4: The Dancing Noodles | Art in the Yard @ 6PM | Concert @ 7PM
Both events will be located at 9446 S Raymond Ave (just north of the library).
Requirements to participate:
Must be available from 5:45-8:45PM
Must bring one table with chairs; no tents allowed
Presented work must be family-friendly and original. Work must not be copyrighted or licensed by another artist
Electricity will not be available
To be considered, please email Marylu Dukic firstname.lastname@example.org your contact information (including your website and social media handles!), available dates, and images of your work by Tuesday, July 16. Although all types of art will be considered, space is allocated so a variety of genres and styles can be offered at the event.
Mark your calendars, and calling all amateur bands ages 8-21! The Commission is thrilled to host the third annual Battle of the Bands on September 6, 2019 at 6PM at Fall on the Green. Winners will receive their own studio time, and play on the mainstage at Fall on Green later that weekend. Other prizes are TBD.
To participate, at least half of the members must be 18 or under when they perform. Band members under 18 must complete a parent release signature and contact information with the entry form. All bands must be of amateur status (i.e. no bands should be performances bands (all-star groups), signed by a label, receive regular airplay, or have sales exceeding 5,000 copies of released materials).
For the second year, we’re thrilled to award two $500 scholarships to students who plans to study the arts beyond high school. The awardee(s) must be an Oak Lawn resident and accepted to a post-secondary college, university, or other institution with the intention of pursuing an arts degree.
Winners of the scholarships will be asked to attend an Oak Lawn Arts Commission meeting for the award presentation.
Art Type: Mural Location: Inside VFW Post 5220 | 9514 S 52nd Ave, Oak Lawn, IL Author: Linda Vorderer
Visitors to VFW Post 5220 are greeted by a mural that extends over an entire wall giving a voice to all the foreign military engagements* our country has been involved with since the United States’ inception. It is also an ongoing work of art for as long as the U.S. Armed Forces are engaged on foreign soil.
The original image was created by Nicholas (Bill) Hewitt, a 70-year Oak Lawn resident who served in the US Navy during World War II, the South Pacific War, and the Guadalcanal Campaign. Bill started this work by gluing travel posters to the wall. Then, using paint, he added forms and buildings from a skewed perspective. My artist’s eye sees an expression of the chaos of war with an appearance of careful disorganization in these images. The neon-painted words add to the chaotic yet expressive mural while still giving recognition to the foreign conflicts that engaged the US Armed Services. The black-light paint recalls the Vietnam War era style from the 1960s when black-light posters were popular, and the war was reported daily in our news.
As a part of the “Art in Oak Lawn” collection, the style of this mural could be an example of ‘Outsider Art.’ Formerly known as ‘Naïve Art,’ this type of art is made by people who are not schooled in the arts, identify themselves as artists, and do not wish to sell their work. It is often more expressive than art intended as ‘high art,’ and fills an important need to deeply visually express and communicate significant ideas. In this case, the work ensures that US foreign conflicts and the soldiers who fought in them are always remembered. The entire collection tells the story of the long-standing dedication of the brothers and sisters who served in these wars across the globe and over many years.
Other contributors were: Rick Luemenn (US Army, Vietnam War, 1966-67) added some lettering and names of conflicts, and inserted the famous ‘Kilroy’ cartoon from WWII; and, Roy Johnson (US Navy, Vietnam War) who helped with this history.
*The American Revolutionary and Civil Wars are not included since those were not fought on foreign soil.
Don’t just shovel snow… Make it a work of art! The Oak Lawn Arts Commission invites Oak Lawn residents of all ages to make their best snowman (or snowperson) to enter the 2019 Snowman Contest. One winning entry will receive a prize package worth $50.
This contest is open to all Oak Lawn residents.
The snowman must be comprised mostly of snow. However, you may use accessories and other artistic media on your creation. This contest is limited to snowpersons. No snow sculptures.
Each entrant/family must build their snowman within Oak Lawn.
By submitting an entry, contestants give the Oak Lawn Arts Commission permission to use their snowman photos for advertising and promotional purposes.
Judging by the Oak Lawn Arts Commission will be based upon originality and creativity.
One prize package worth $50 will be awarded. The winner will be notified by phone or email.
The deadline to submit an entry is Sunday, March 31, 2019.
How to Enter:
Email your Snowman Contest entry to: email@example.com
All entries must include the following:
– Name(s) of the builder(s)
– Address of the entrant/family
– Location of the snowman, if not at home address
– Phone number or email address
– Up to two photos, and one must include snowman and builder(s)