Salon 2008 Coming to Dupage County in May
The 2008 International Salon of Decorative Painters is being held in Aurora, IL, on May 22-25. The Salon is open to the public and features demonstrations and lectures by famous and master decorative painters from all over the world. The Salon is an annual event that is held in a different country each year. There will be over 100 participants at this year’s event with an anticipated attendance of 5,000 spectators.
The Salon is open to the public and features demonstrations and lectures by famous and master decorative painters from the United States, England, France, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Japan and elsewhere.
The first Salon was organized 12 years ago by Yannick Guegan when he invited leaders of the decorative world to gather at his studio and school in France. Since then, the Salon has become an annual exhibition, held in a different country each year. There will be over 100 participants at this year’s event with an anticipated attendance of 5,000 spectators.
Michele Santilli, Salon 2008 organizer states, “This unique gathering, where world-renowned decorative painters come together to exchange ideas pertaining to our craft and to inspire the next generation of painters to new levels, has also begun to serve as an opportunity for the general public to get a rare glimpse into the world of decorative and faux painting at a level of expertise that they may not have known existed. It's an event where fine art and decorative art converge...a one of a kind experience for those who attend.”
The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau will be providing welcome bags with information and goodies to help create both an enjoyable and memorable stay for event guests. “We are thrilled Salon 2008 will be held right here in DuPage,” voiced Skip Strittmatter, Executive Director of the DuPage CVB. “We estimate an economic impact of over $687,000 from Salon 2008 for DuPage County and its local businesses.”
Painters DC 30 is sponsoring the event and donating the use of the venue. Other contributors include the IUPAT-International Council, the Finishing Contractors Association of Illinois, the City of Aurora, Golden Artist Colors, Faux Effects, Adicolor, Purdy Brushes and 3M Company.
The facility is located at 1905 Sequoia Drive in Aurora. Public hours are 10AM-5PM on May 22-24, and 10AM-4PM on May 25. The Holiday Inn Select-Naperville is the official hotel. Additional information is available at www.salonforever.com.
About DuPage County and the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau
DuPage County is the second most populous county in Illinois after Cook County, which borders it to the north and east. Together, the two counties account for half of the state’s population. One of the nation’s wealthiest counties, DuPage is rich in many types of commerce and is second only to Cook in tourism revenue. With its well-developed highway and mass transit system, DuPage is easily accessible from both O’Hare and Midway Airports as well as the City of Chicago, a small portion of which and primarily a part of O’Hare Airport, is located within DuPage County limits.
The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s mission is to actively market DuPage County to individual travelers and meeting/event planners as an enticing destination for both business and leisure travel in order to enhance the economic fiber of the county. Established through the efforts of a coalition of DuPage area hotel executives and business representatives in 1987, the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau was formally certified in 1989 by the State of Illinois as the official agency to promote the county’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry and market DuPage County as a destination for visitors, conventions and economic development.