Festival showcases Deerfield’s commitment to the arts

Chip Cox has been designing abstract art on a computer for the last three years and with the encouragement of friends and family he will be bringing his work to the public.

Cox, a Libertyville resident, selected a collection of his pieces and submitted them for consideration for the Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts.

The show’s jurors liked Cox’s creations enough to choose him as one of three featured artists. More than 70 artists will show their work at the 14th annual festival that takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 3 and 4. The festival grounds will be located on Park Avenue immediately west of Jewett Park.

“I was quite pleased when I found out,” Cox said. “I was surprised.”

Cox said he finally decided to take a chance and enter a juried art show after friends and family gave him a push him to enter.

“I’ve been working on this stuff for a while,” Cox said. “My wife encouraged me. People I know say they like it. I don’t know of other people will like it unless I try.”

Once all applicants to the Deerfield festival submit their work, a jury of three artists selected by Debbie Netter, who has helped organize and promote the show through much of its history, review each one without knowing who created it.

Judges rate the artists from one to five with five being the highest grade, according to Netter. This year Cox tied with Ann Prey of Nekoosa, Wis., and Dan Bondroff of Miami.

“That’s pretty awesome,” Netter said when she learned it was Cox’s first try. “It’s based on the appearance of their booth, the originality of their work, the craftsmanship and quality of their work,” she added describing the juror’s thought process.

One piece Cox will offer at the show is called “Portrait of Vanity.” He said the image or face was designed with the intent not to show someone who is attractive because “vanity is not pretty.” Often Cox does not reveal his message because of the abstract nature of…

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