Geneva Arts Fair Morphs Into Shop-Window Tour Amid Pandemic

Jason Addy

GENEVA, IL — There may be no Geneva Arts Fair this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the city will still be a destination for local art aficionados in July thanks to a new interpretation of the event. More than two dozen artists will display their work in shop windows throughout the city, creating a socially distanced tour for art lovers to embark on.

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce announced its "A Window Into Art" alternative six weeks after canceling the Geneva Arts Fair due to fears for visitors' and artists' safety. The arts fair was scheduled to run July 25-26.

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"While the actual event has been canceled due to COVID-19, we still wanted to recognize the talented artists who were juried into the Geneva Arts Fair this year," said Laura Rush, communications manager for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce.

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Twenty-six artists will display a wide variety of works at 21 Geneva businesses, giving people a chance to see some of the work that was set to be on show at the arts fair. All artwork on display will be for sale, according to the chamber.

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Chamber officials have also published a gallery of work from artists scheduled to participate in the Geneva Arts Fair, encouraging visitors to buy from the artists and support them amid the pandemic.

The next Geneva Arts Fair is scheduled for June 24-25, 2021.

This article originally appeared on the Geneva Patch