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Carillon Fest
Caroling at
the Carillon
Art Spectacular

Concerts on:



May 1 – Sept 30 

Wed @ 6:30 pm

Sat  @ 2 & 6:30 pm

Sun @ 2 & 6:30 pm




June - August 

Thu @ 6:30 pm

Fri @ 6:30 pm

Oct 1 – April 30 
Wed @ Noon
Sun  @ 2 & 4 pm

The themes of Thematic Summer Concerts on Wednesdays in July and August are:

July 3
Patriotic Music
July 10
Music from The Beatles
July 17 

Music from Lincoln's Time
July 24
Music from Movies and TV
July 31

Latin Music
August 7

Popular Classical Concert Music
August 14
Music from Musicals
August 21

Music from Elvis Presley
August 28

Music from the 1980's




Art Spectacular was ranked in "The Best 200 Art Fairs in the United States" in 2015, 2016 2017 & 2018 by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the only art fair in Central Illinois with this distinction.
In 2018 Art Spectacular is in the Top 20 at #18!

The Mission: It is our mission to foster the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts and cast bells. At Art Spectacular this will be done by combining beautiful original artwork by juried artists, in a beautiful park setting, with beautiful music by local musicians and one of the world’s finest carillons – for the sight and sound enjoyment of art lovers in the Central Illinois area.

Saturday, September 14   -  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 15   -   10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(Held annually on the 2nd weekend of September)

Art Fair – Free; Kids' Place - $2/each
Free Parking in the Park and surrounding side streets.
Only Service Animals Allowed.

What is Art Spectacular? It is a multi-experience festival of art, music and children’s programs. Founded by Rees Carillon Society Board Member, Barb Walker, Art Spectacular is a professionally juried fine art and craft show featuring collector- and museum-quality works of art and crafts. Over two days, Art Spectacular attracts approximately 5,500 to 6,500 attendees. Works of art and crafts range from $50 to $7,500. In addition to a silent auction and gift basket raffle, the event also features hourly carillon performances and other performances by local musicians.

High School art students throughout Sangamon and Menard Counties competed to be included in the ten juried finalists who would display their artwork at Art Spectacular and be judged for cash prizes. Congratulations to the 10 Finalists and 3 Winners:

Rose Andrews - Rochester High Shelby Beverly - Glenwood High
Monica Calder - Rochester High Paige Dowllar - Rochester High
Allorah Garner - Glenwood High Sydney Geyston - Rochester High
Jaimie Hefley - Rochester High Sam O'Connor - Glenwood High
Ana Sexton - Porta High Amanda Wayman - Rochester High

(There is no charge to visit the Youth Art Showcase.)

2019 CALL FOR ARTISTS: Page 1 | Page 2
September 14-15, 2019

Who should apply? If you're looking for an art fair that is loved by artists and patrons, with great amenities, awesome volunteers, reasonable fees, and an on-site, available producer, then consider applying to Art Spectacular at the Carillon! We cater to artists! Art Spectacular is professionally juried for quality and balance in Fine Art and Fine Craft. Art Spectacular at the Carillon is held on the lawn of Washington Park in Springfield, IL. Washington Park is next to a wealthy neighborhood of art-buying, appreciative and knowledgeable patrons who love Art Spectacular, and provides a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing venue. Art Spectacular is extensively advertised in newspapers, TV, radio, billboards, patron invitations, newsletters, websites, signs, posters, flyers, e-mail, social media, and sponsors. 6,000 patrons from Central Illinois love this art fair for its size, quality of artwork, and balance of media. Featuring up to 50 artists, Art Spectacular also features a preview sale, patron bucks, demos, Kids' Place, Kids' Art Sale, Music, Food Vendor, Silent Auction and Gift Basket Raffle. Springfield is home to 4 universities, a community college, a school of medicine, a large medical community, the IL State Capitol, and the President Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Art Spectacular is a fundraiser for the world-class 67-bell carillon in Washington Park, one of the largest and finest carillons in the world.



Capitol Radio Group




Bunn Hy-Vee



Carillonneur's Club:

Casey’s General Stores


Concordia Village



President's Club:

BJ Salon & Spa

Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home


Staab Funeral Home

United Community Bank


Youth Art Showcase:

A Gift from a Friend

CTC - Food Sanitation Seminars

Greg Sgro, Attorney




To be an awesome volunteer, please contact Barb Walker 217-787-3532 or dandbwalker58@gmail.com
Fifty volunteers are needed in half-day or full-day shifts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to set-up, assist artists, and deliver water; staff parking lot, gates, gift basket raffle, silent auction, Kids’ Art Sale, Kids’ Place, and the VIP tent; and close-down the art fair on Sunday. Enthusiastic Volunteers keep our artists and patrons happy and help make this a successful fundraiser for the Rees Carillon.


Would you like to showcase your talent and donate an hour or two of your time for the benefit of the Rees Carillon?
Please contact Barb Walker
dandbwalker58@gmail.com or 217-787-3532

2018 Artist Award Winners:

Best of Show: Lisa Becker – Glass
Best New Artist: Lois Gress Neal – Jewelry
Favorite Artist: Karrie Evenson – Acrylic
1st Place Fine Art – Karrie Evenson – Acrylic
1st Place Fine Craft – Kent Epler- Sculpture
2nd Place Fine Art – Ken Tiessen – Pastel
2nd Place Fine Craft – Nancy Krahn – Jewelry

Click here to see 2018 Participating Artists

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