Elgin Cultural Arts Commission to host Art Harvest event and unveil new public art


Elgin, IL – The City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission will host its second annual Art Harvest event on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

in DuPage Court, referred to as “Art Central,” and nearby downtown locations.

Art Harvest celebrates the Halloween season, bringing community members to downtown for family-friendly events such as the Inside-Out Haunted House, Paint Your Own Pumpkin, arts and crafts stations and more. The event is free and open to the public, with most activities taking place in DuPage Court, “Art Central.”

The Art Treasure Hunt activity takes participants around downtown to visit public art shown on a treasure map. A local artist will be at each art location to answer questions regarding the art. The artists will also check off locations on participants’ maps, so participants that return to “Art Central,” can receive prizes for finding the art.

Families are also encouraged to dress in costume and visit various downtown businesses that will be open for trick-or-treating. In addition, a children’s costume contest will be held at 3:00 p.m.in “Art Central.” A full schedule, map, and list of participating trick-or-treating businesses with addresses will be posted to the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission Facebook page.

In conjunction with the event, three new pieces of public art will be unveiled at 1:00 p.m. beginning at the sculpture located on south end of the Riverside Drive Promenade and continuing north to the other two pieces.

The three new pieces of art are located in downtown Elgin:

  • “Continuum” is a stainless steel sculpture created by artist Nathan Pierce. The sculpture is located on the south end of the Riverside Drive Promenade. This piece will be on display through 2019.
  • “1835 Expedition” is a dichroic plexiglass, electroplated brass and aluminum sculpture created by artist Davis McCarty. The sculpture will be located on a pedestal near the middle of the Riverside Drive Promenade. This piece will also be on display through 2019.
  • “Which Way” is a mural created by artist Joanna White with nova acrylics. The mural is located on the south-facing wall of the Hemmens Cultural Center.
For more information, call 311 (or 847-931-6001 if outside of Elgin), or contact Amanda Harris at harris_a@cityofelgin.org.

Media Contact:
Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
77 Riverside Drive, Elgin, IL 60120
(800) 217-5362 or (847) 695-7540