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51st Annual Fine Art Fair Brings Thousands to Peoria

The annual Fine Art Fair event offers visitors more than 100 artists and an array of work.
PEORIA – More than 30,000 people are visiting the River City for the 51st annual Fine Art Fair. The event featured more than 100 artists.

From oil paintings and photographs, to ceramics and sculptures, there was nearly every form of artwork on display.

The Executive Director of the Peoria Art Guild, the group behind the fair, said, “We have something for everybody to enjoy.” She said the show draws in artists from 26 states and three countries.

Award-winning local artist James Pearce said he’s honored to be a part of the nationally-recognized show. “You get a great crowd, great diversity of people coming through to look at the art. You've got world class artists right next to you and having your local clients come through and see you in that venue is fantastic.”

So what makes Pearce’s art so unique? He explained, “If you turn the crank it will actually raise and lower the table.”

He builds beautiful wood creations that you can actually use. “I've combined a mechanical aspect into my work and actually made a functional piece, function.”

Across the way from Pearce, a Peoria artist, is an artist that traveled quite a ways for the show. Yoram Gal said, “I live in Israel and this is my last tour for 2013.”

Gal makes visits each year to the U.S. to showcase his Israelian artwork. He said Peoria is one of America’s top 50 shows. He said, “I've been doing this for 10 years and you have an amazing open minded country and I think most Americans are not aware.”

If you missed the show, you can still catch a glimpse. Reush said many pieces of art are on exhibit at the Peoria Art Guild throughout the year.

The cost for entry was $5. All of the proceeds benefit the Peoria Art Guild’s Art Education program.
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