The Glen is a small community within the community of Glenview, Illinois, with single family homes, townhomes, apartments, senior housing, grocery store, retail shops, entertainment, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, fast food places, and sit-down restaurants. The Glen was built at the site of the Glenview Naval Air Station and fills about 15% of the land in Glenview.
In addition to all that is sold at The Glen, Ed and Carole Schmidt of Toys ‘n’ Stuff came to sell their handmade wooden planes, trains, and automobiles at the Art at the Glen. Kids of all ages swarmed around their tent, begging their moms and dads to buy them a wooden toy to take home. Ed, once a food technologist, is now a full-time toy guy, who tells his doctor, “This is my therapy.” He loves to see the children’s eyes triple in size when they see a toy they like, made with a mixture of hardwoods and perfectly blended for an easy-to-love look. After thirty-six years of making toys, Ed and his wife can make a plane in roughly one hour. This is their full-time gig and he and his wife travel across the nation selling wooden toys they designed, which have been selling like mad at Chicago shows for three years now. While standing and talking with Ed, his wife must have sold at least five planes, trains, and automobiles. The kids come into their tent with such excitement in their eyes and usually leave with a toy; even an elderly woman bought one of the circus trains. If you missed Toys ‘n’ Stuff at the Art at the Glen festival, they also will be at the Gold Coast Art Festival and the Port Clinton Art Festival coming later in August (Look below for pictures pertaining to these artists).
Another interesting and artistic invention came from the tent of Wayne Trinklein, who has been making trees out of wire for forty-two years. Sounds strange, but they are absolutely beautiful, and if you were not looking closely enough, you would believe they were real bonsai trees. He started doing this when he wanted to give each of his four brothers a unique gift that described them individually and brought out their natural characteristics. Not many people think about trees when they think about creating originally-designed, meaningful presents for their brothers, but Wayne did. Every tree has a story, and each represents personal characteristics of friends or family members. For example, the relaxed, hanging willow tree represents a laid-back friend of his who is bothered by nothing and easy to be around. On Wayne’s website, you can see all of his trees and the stories behind them, but you have to see these trees up close and personal to believe (Look below for pictures pertaining to this artists).
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Be sure to visit upcoming art festivals in the Chicago area.
Oak Park Avenue – Lake Art and Crafts Show – August 20 and 21
Gold Coast Art Fair – August 20, 21, and 22
Bucktown Arts Fest – August 28 and 29
Port Clinton Art Festival – August 28 and 29