About 90 artists set up shop in Burlington Park this weekend for the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival.

“There was a strong, steady stream of shoppers,” especially Saturday which had the better weather of the two days, said Eva Field, president of the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the festival.

“The artists said they had great early sales,” Field said.

Sculptor Sean Corner said his figurative clay pieces usually sell well.

“I use a lot of sun/moon imagery and couple imagery,” Corner said, but his primary subject matter is the face, glazed in metallic tones.

“I just love the face,” Corner said. “Drawing them, sculpting them, anything to do with interpretations of the face.”

The faces, some of which look like masks, come from his imagination, and are not depictions of people he knows, he said.

Corner, who lives in Wichita, Kansas, said he appreciates Hinsdale after 13 years of exhibiting in the Wells Street art fair in downtown Chicago.

“I’m so done with the big city,” Corner said.

Painter Christina Plichta also said she prefers Hinsdale to a congested neighborhood of Chicago, mainly because the driving is easier.

“We like shows in parks,” Plichta said.

The Minneapolis-based artist paints lots of vivid flowers and brightly colored trees, mostly in oils, but some watercolors.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is the source of much of her inspiration. She paints what she sees outdoors, with the exception of the fairies, she said, referring to her garden scenes with fairies flitting about.

“They don’t hold still long enough,” Plichta said.

She also scans her paintings and creates a digital design, which is then printed on sheer fabric to make floral scarves or on larger canvas that can serve as wall hangings.

Many artists were new to the show, such as Stan Piepenburg of Milwaukee. His ink drawings, which feature bare-branched trees in stark snowy landscapes, are all done by hand, he said.

“I used to do technical drawings with ink and it evolved into my own personal drawings,” said Piepenburg, who grew up on a Wisconsin farm.

Patrick DeJuilio of Berwyn received the president’s award for best new artist. DeJuilio creates layered and textured scenes of windows, doors and interiors using discarded millwork, furniture scraps, plaster and paint.

Robert Glebe of Chestertown, Maryland won best of show for his nature-inspired metalwork, which ranges from small lamp finials to wall art to large outdoor sculptures.

First prize winners were Matthew Mayes of Birmingham, Alabama in the two-dimensional category for his abstract paintings, and Bonnie Shanas of Cherry Hill, New Jersey in the three-dimensional category. Shanas uses steel wire mesh to sculpt the human form, which she then mounts and frames for hanging.

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