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Grayslake’s MayFest set May 20

GRAYSLAKE – The Grayslake Arts Alliance moves outdoors for its final show of the season on May 20 with a music and arts festival in the courtyard of the Grayslake Heritage Center in downtown Grayslake.

MayFest will run from noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The event will showcase art from GAA members that includes photography, oil painting, pencil drawing, and stained glass. There will be a music tent with multiple acts, along with refreshments and kids’ art projects.

The GAA is a new community group dedicated to bringing and promoting the arts in Grayslake through education, participation and development. The group has had a series of member shows that began in November with Fine Arts Show in the Grayslake Village Hall council chambers.

While this is the final formal showing of the season, the group will continue to have a presence this spring and summer with a weekly booth at the Grayslake Farmers Market.

“The idea for MayFest was planted by GAA member Lily Gaines as an outdoor event inspired by the Woodstock Music and Art Fair of 1969,” said Ernest J. Schweit, a GAA member.

“The group really liked the idea as a way to celebrate spring, get the community involved in the arts, show off our work, and promote our mission.” 

So far, nine artists have signed up to show their work. They are Lauren Kegan, Sherri Fowler, Ernie Schweit, Roni Malic, Leslie Armstrong, Phil Schorn, Edie Wendricks, Marie Hines and Chris Burg Kocher.

Free refreshments will be served courtesy of Something’s Brewing and Uniquely Sweet.

The Grayslake Arts Alliance is a group of artists living or working in Grayslake who are dedicated to promoting the arts in the community through education, participation, and development. For information on the Grayslake Arts Alliance, visit the public facebook page at

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