Art at the Fest
Calaveras (meaning "skull") of Chicago shares stories from people in the Chicagoland area. The artist paints a person's face in the theme of a Mexican sugar skull, sets up a small scene with cloth or a scarf, and photographs that person. Each person shares a bit of their life in writing and with what a portrait is created.
Artist Christopher Lucero currently has 3 of his portraits facing the Fox River on a building in his hometown of Aurora, IL.
Art for a Cause
Oaxaca is one of the poorest states in Mexico. The co-founder of Puech Ikots, Carlos Orozco, is a Oaxacan Huave who created this project in order to provide opportunities to artisans and artists in pueblos found in various areas of the state of Oaxaca. For many of these people, their art is the only source of income, and what they earn is barely enough to provide basic necessities. The goal of Puech Ikots is to help these individuals find a market for their crafts and enable them to earn a fair living through their art. The project also hopes to foster economic autonomy for Oaxacan indigenous communities in general, as well as share the beauty of the Oaxacan culture with people around the world.
Chalk Art at the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair
Giovanni Arellano is a talented multi-media artist who experiments in screen printing, graphic arts, and painted goods. He was the commissioned artist in the Dream Action program at NIU in 2022 and has been featured artist at the Mexican Cultural Center. Furthermore, he has done work with the Dupage Children's Museum, Gallery 200, and Cantigny. On September 17th, he will use chalk to design an Alebrije masterpiece at the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair.