FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Summer Art Courses Now Offered at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
CHICAGO, May 2, 2011 – Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens kicks off its sixth annual Art Fest on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 28, through Sunday, May 29 (10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days). The two-day festival includes a jam-packed weekend of art, music, food, and fun with over 70 artists on the grounds of the historic Cuneo estate.
Local and national artists working in a variety of media, such as painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, sculpture, mixed media, and ceramics, will be featured. Highlighted artists include local artist Michel Ditlove, an oil painter from McHenry, Illinois; Roxanna Santoro, a jeweler from Indiana; Jennifer Cavan, a pastel artist from New Mexico; and Barbara Barkley, a fiber artist who crafts her own paper from fibrous plants using an ancient process.
In addition, attendees can enjoy live entertainment as four bands play throughout the weekend. Saturday features Bruce and Julie Hecksal of the band Patchouli, a classically trained duo that blends elements of folk, pop, flamenco, and jazz with world beat rhythms. Sunday features musical talents such as Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello, a mix of acoustic blues, country, folk, pop, and standards, and more! For a full list of musical performances and their times, see below.
-Patchouli: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
-Donna Herula & Tony Nardiello: 10 a.m.-Noon
-Mick Ducker Duo: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
-Ted Wulfers Band: 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
“I always look forward to putting together the Cuneo Art Fest as it brings such a wide array of art and culture to the Cuneo estate and to the local community,” said Debbie Netter, event planner and lead coordinator of the festival of D&W Events Inc. “This Art Fest is for everyone young adults, teenagers, children, families, art enthusiasts, music enthusiasts, and more! What better way to start the summer than walking around on a beautiful 100-acre estate, enjoying food, music, and art?”
At the event, Bauer Catering will serve fresh food including wraps, hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, wine, and beer. Festival admission is free. There will be a parking fee, $5 per car. Tours of the historic mansion are $10 for adults and $9 for seniors and students. Please, no dogs allowed.
This event was organized by D&W Events Inc. For more information on the event and D&W Events Inc., visit www.dwevents.org or call 847-726-8669.
About the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Construction on the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens began in 1908 and stopped during World War I. It was completed in 1918 as the home of Samuel Insull, the creator of Commonwealth Edison and a leading businessman of the 1920s, and designed by Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall in the Italianate style. Its gardens and landscaping were designed by world-renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. In 1937, John Cuneo Sr. bought the home. He and his wife, Julia, had two children, John Jr. and Consuela, whom they raised on the estate. John Sr. owned and operated Hawthorn Mellody Farms Dairy, the National Tea Company, and the Cuneo Press. The mansion, which opened to the public as the Cuneo Museum and Gardens in 1991, houses the Cuneo family collection of fine antiques, paintings by world-famous artists, tapestries, sculptures, silver, and porcelain.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.