Benches on the Avenue
Tinley Park's Benches on the Avenue
public art program has become one of the Village's most popular attractions, drawing thousands of residents and visitors annually to Downtown Tinley. The colorful benches feature the work of both amateur and professional artists and provide spots to rest and enjoy the fantastic creations while strolling through town.
2016 Benches on the Avenue: 'Once Upon a Time ... Favorite Children's Storybooks'
The Village is hosting its 13th annual Benches on the Avenue public art program now
through October 1 along Oak Park Avenue from 172nd to 176th streets. This year's theme is "Once Upon a Time … Favorite Children’s Storybooks” and features 20 artistically decorated benches embellished with unique materials.
Also, don't miss Meet the Artist Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18 along Oak Park Avenue. Greet the bench creators and pick up a game card to play along and win prizes! Stick around to hear Sean and Charlie play Irish and party rock tunes at the first Music in the Plaza concert from 7 to 10 p.m. in Zabrocki Plaza!
Interested in becoming a 'Benches' sponsor this year? Click here
for more information.
2015 Benches: 'Heroes and Villains'
Winners of the 2015 Benches on the Avenue program, "Heroes and Villains," included:
- “Monsters, Inc.” by Jennifer Lilly (Most Creative)
- “Historic Heroines” by Jackie Perell (Best First-Time Participant)
- “DC’s Finest” by Garrett Gray and Phillip Gerk (Best Portrayal of Theme)
- “Heroes of Our Freedom” by Babeth Kopf (Most Inspirational)
- “Iron Man” by Dave, Kim, Ben, Ron and Sam Begeske with Becky Chasteen, Jessica Brookhouse and Shannon Hill (Best Three-Dimensional)
- "Dream a Little Dream” by Lois Bartolini and Sherrie Bartolini Ordaz (Best Use of Materials)
- “Girl Power Rules” by Rina Briz, Devin Walker, Narita Sharma, Alexis Jannotta, Sarah Keyes and Kathleen DeJong of South Suburban College (Best Group/Family Project)
- “Metal Giants” by John Tamulis and Kristen Price (Judges' Choice Award)
Thanks to the 2015 judging panel, which included Mona Serpe, president of the Tinley Park Garden Club; Regina Ziemann, adjunct art instructor at Moraine Valley Community College; Wendy Bumphis of the Tinley Park Rotary Club; Bob Haustein, who's on the Board of Directors for the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce; and Julie Dekker, director of the Vogt Visual Arts Center Gallery.
Click on the below links for more information on past Benches on the Avenue programs.