Downes Studio Art Shows

November 7th, 2020

Native American Heritage Month
2nd Annual Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois Meeting

The Grove
Glenview, Illinois
Andrew Johnson (Executive Director of the Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois) met with Dennis at the site of his Trail Marker Tree Sculpture located at The Grove in Glenview, Illinois. This meeting was not only to commemorate Native American Heritage Month, but also to kick off the 2nd Annual Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois Meeting. During this event, Andrew explained the practice of smudging and performed a smudging of both the Sculpture and the Artist. Also during this event, Dennis explained the significance of the Trail Marker Trees and the location chosen for his sculpture. Dennis and Andrew have collaborated on many projects throughout the years; Dennis was honored that Andrew chose the site of the Trail Marker Tree Sculpture to help commemorate Native American Heritage Month.

You can view some of the video clips from this special collaboration and meeting with the following links:
2nd Annual Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois Meeting
Andrew Johnson explains smudging, performs smudging
Dennis Downes explains significance of Trail Marker Trees and this location

August 29th, 2020

The DuSable Commemoration and the 100th Anniversary of the Michigan Avenue Bridge (DuSable Bridge

Chicago Illinois
The DuSable Commemoration and the 100th Anniversary of the Michigan Avenue Bridge (DuSable Bridge) was a wonderful event! Cherokee Elder, Andrew Johnson (Ex. Director of the Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois) performed a blessing/smudging of the bust of DuSable to begin the event; joined and assisted by Dennis. Serge Pierre Louis, President of the DuSable Coalition, emceed the program and told the story of DuSable and his wife Kittihawa, including how DuSable founded the City of Chicago. Kimberly Bares, President and CEO of the Magnificent Mile Association spoke of DuSable, inclusion, and the importance of the Bridge's 100th Anniversary. Faheem Majeed, from the Floating Museum, spoke about his art project that was part of this event. Thank you to everyone involved including Friends of the Park. Dennis and Gail were honored to be part of this historic celebration (Dennis and Gail have been involved with the annual event for many years).

July 10th, 2020

Streeterville, Chicago Illinois

2nd Annual Cap Streeter Run A'Ground Party
Dennis and Gail hosted the 2nd Annual Cap Streeter Run A'Ground Party at Streeterville Social's gorgeous rooftop bar. Dozens of guests commemorated the day when George Wellington 'Cap' Streeter ran his ship into the Lake Michigan Shore and began developing the neighborhood that bears his name. Dennis also made sure to use this event to raise awareness and fundraise for a great cause, Building Boats, Building Kids through the Chicago Maritime Arts Center.

The following week, Toby Lindo (the executive director of the Chicago Maritime Arts Center) invited Dennis along with some of Dennis' friends, out for a boat ride aboard Toby's boat the "Robert Allen II" (1936, 40ft. Classic Wooden Boat). This was a thank you to Dennis and Gail for their help and support of the Building Boats, Building Kids initiative. This initiative helps to bring kids to the lake and river that made Chicago; to teach the maritime arts and marine ecology and to help kids find themselves and new pathways while learning to build boats.

Long-time friend, and Board member Ted Cartner, introduced Dennis to the Building Boats, Building Kids project. Ted already knew Dennis' love of boats, both being members of the Black Hawk Chapter of the Antique Boat Society for decades. It was a great Friday night in the city, departing from Ogden Slip right next to Navy Pier and seeing the City from the River. Andrew and Penny Johnson were able to discuss plans to involve Native American children in this project going forward. Dennis hopes to introduce new donors, supporters, and participants to this great program. Rob and Jeanne Martini, longtime friends, also donated to this cause and joined for the boat ride.

19th Solo Art Show at The Grove

Opening Night:
Thursday, March 26, 2020: 5p.m.-10p.m.

Friday, March 27, 2020 1p.m.-10p.m.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 1p.m.-10p.m.

Sunday, March 29, 2020 12p.m.-5p.m.

The Grove: 1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview IL 60025
This 19th Solo Art Show is Dennis Downes' premier show of the year, featuring all of his newest pieces and research. His works include Landscape pieces inspired by location studies, as well as Impressionistic work, some, influenced by his Native American studies. We are excited to announce that this year the Artist will showcase several Original Bronze Sculptures and High Reliefs; large and small bronzes will be available. As a favorite feature of the show, Downes, author of "Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through the Wilderness" will be showing his most current Trail Marker Tree Exhibit and video documentary. Downes' Trail Marker Tree Exhibit is the largest in the country. The Artist's Historic, 16' Trail Marker Tree Sculpture; permanently stands on the grounds of The Grove and can be viewed during this show.

Downes will also have a video documentary following his work building Studio North (aka The Barbarian Shelter) alone in the wilderness of Canada.

Each year the award winning Artist and Author donates part of the proceeds from this show back towards the preservation of The Grove Redfield Estate. Don't miss this exciting Show and Exhibit at the beautiful Grove Redfield Estate, surrounded by acres of picturesque forest!

Chicago Flower and Garden Show
Navy Pier

March 18th - March 22nd, 2020

600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday: 10a.m. - 7p.m.

Thurday: 10a.m. - 7p.m.

Friday: 10a.m. - 7p.m.

Saturday: 10a.m. - 7p.m.

Sunday 10a.m. - 6p.m.
Dennis will be premiering his newest 7' Bronze Trail Marker Tree Sculpture as a special part of this year's show. He will also be one of the featured guest speakers during the event. Dennis has been working with Bernard Jacobs and Catherine Longmire to create the design surrounding the sculpture.

A Special Discount code for Dennis' patrons: TREEMARKER20
$4 off when purchase online: chicagoflower.com

Illinois Park and Recreation Association
Glenview, IL.

February 27th, 2020

On February 27th, 2020 the Illinois Park and Recreation Association and Illinois Association of Park Districts with Glenview Park District presented the Community Service Award to Dennis Downes. "In recognition and appreciation of outstanding contributions and unselfish devotion for the advancement of parks, recreation, and leisure in the community and the state of Illinois." This is truly an honor for Dennis.

2019

1st Annual Native American Professionals Breakfast.

November 19, 2019
Native American Chamber of Commerce event; Andrew Johnson, Executive Director.

On behalf of the Native American Chamber of Commerce, Andrew Johnson received a proclamation from Gov. Pritzger. This even was attended by Native American Elders from across the country as well as local city officials. Alderman Brian Hopkins also spoke in support of organization. Mr Downes' work was acknowledged by Andrew Johnson during the event and all are looking forward to next years even larger attendance.

Public Art choice- Captain George Wellington Streeter
By Craig Kaiser
Streeterville River East

September, 2019
Streeterville Public Art Project presents our selection of the month, The Statue of "Captain" George Wellington Streeter, the namesake of our neighborhood. You can find the bronze statue of Cap Streeter on the northwest corner of McClurg Ct. and Grand Ave. He stands eight feet tall and captures the imposing personality of the man who "shipwrecked" his boat, the Reutan, in 1886 near the now intersection of Fairbanks and Superior. You see, today's Michigan Avenue was the shoreline of Lake Michigan before Cap Streeter arrived. In the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1871, much of the cleanup efforts consisted of dumping massive amounts of debris and building materials in the lake. Soon after Cap "landed" he conspired with certain contractors to dump these materials into the lake in order to connect his boat to the shore. He claimed the resulting land as an "independent District of Lake Michigan" and sold plots. Wealthy shoreline owners sued to evict him and clean out his shantytown. After a gun battle and several lawsuits, the controversial and eccentric Captain was evicted and jailed. As early as the year 1901, the area became referred to as "Streeterville" and has retained the name ever since. The Artist, Dennis Downes is a local Streeterville resident from Chicago. Downes is a recognized and award-winning artist and author, best known for his artistic accomplishments over the past four decades and the publication of his best-selling book "Native American Trail Marker Trees; Marking Paths Through the Wilderness". Downes spent a year researching the Captain and creating the sculpture. His vision was to make the statue appear to be in full stride toward the lake, and he succeeded as the statue projects strength and motion. Several times a year the artist stops by to clean and maintain the integrity of the bronze sculpture and particularly enjoys talking to passers-by about the statue and the history behind it. The statue was commissioned by Golub & Co. and installed in January 2010. Special thanks to Golub for investing in Streeterville's Public Art. In case you were wondering, Cap Streeter's dog is named Spot.

Independent Film Maker, Lesley Topping

November 14, 2019
Independent Film Maker, Lesley Topping joined up with Mr. Downes in Iowa for some final filming of a three year project of filming Mr. Downes at Native American sites with collaboration with Director and Producer Gary Donatelli. They returned to Illinois to the artists studio for an in-depth interview regarding the artists sculptures and to visit sites of Mr. Downes' permanently installed sculptures.

Serpent Mound Ribbon Cutting

Monday, October 14, 2019 12 pm - 4 pm

Schiller Woods-West
West Irving Park Rd
Schiller Park, IL 60634
Through funds provided by the Our Great Rivers program, this installation marks one spot of the Northwest Portage Walking Museum. A drum and dance performance, and outdoor activities included in celebration. Free shuttles throughout event to mound site at Irving Park Road Canoe Landing.

I Love The Arts
Annual Silent Art Auction & Fundraiser Antioch Fine Arts Foundation
Friday, October 11th, 2019

Anastasia’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge
950 Hillside Avenue, Antioch, IL
Mr. Downes is a founding member of the Antioch Fine Arts Foundation and participates in this fundraiser every year. 2019 was a complete success.

Daughters of The Revolution Award presentation to Mr. Downes.
September 29, 2019

Warrenton, Missouri
The Historic Preservation Recognition Award was given to Mr. Downes by the Nation Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington D.C. Thanks to the Thomas Kennedy Chapter for submitting the application for this wonderful honor and organizing this ceremony in Warrenton Missouri.

First Annual Cap Streeter RUN_A_GROUND
July 10, 2019

Streeterville
Chicago, Illinois
July 10, 2019 was the anniversary of George Wellington "Cap" Streeter running his boat aground in Streeterville. The first annual Run A 'Ground Pizza Party had a great turn-out despite a temperature of 102° Gail & Dennis spoke about Cap Streeter's significance to the neighborhood.

A special performance featured Alderman Brian Hopkins channeling the colorful spirit of Cap Streeter. The celebration was inspired by the artist's larger-than-life sculpture of Cap Streeter that stands on the corner of McClurg Court just a few blocks west of Navy Pier in Chicago, IL.

Inukshuk Stone Monument
British Columbia, Canada

May 16th, 2019
Dennis visited this educational sculpture by Alvin Kanak in British Columbia, Canada as part as his on-going research of Native American trail marker trees and related marker systems in North America and beyond.


18th Solo Art Show at The Grove Redfield Estate Permanent Installation and Blessing Ceremony of the Trail Marker Tree Sculpture

Thursday, March 28, 2019 5 PM to 10 PM
Friday, March 29, 2019 1 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, March 30, 2019 1 PM to 10 PM
Sunday, March 31, 2019 12 PM to 5 PM


VIEW VIDEO OF EVENT

18th Solo Art show at the Historic Redfield estate

This was Dennis Downes' premier show of the year, featuring all of his newest pieces. As a favorite feature of the show, Downes, author of "Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through the Wilderness" had his most current Trail Marker Tree Exhibit and video documentary. This year there was a special permanent installation and blessing ceremony of the 16' Trail Marker Tree Sculpture by Dennis Downes; during which he was joined by many Elders from the Native American Community, including Andrew Johnson, who completed the blessing ceremony. Special thanks to the Grove Heritage Association and the Glenview Park District for purchasing this sculpture.

Each year the Artist donates part of the proceeds from this show back towards the preservation of the Grove Redfield Estate.

The 18th Solo Grove Show was wonderfully successful and well attended. The Dedication and Blessing Ceremony for the Trail Marker Tree Sculpture permanently installed at The Grove, held on Saturday, March 30th 2019 was everything we had hoped it would be. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible and were able to attend. The permanent installation of the Trail Marker Tree Sculpture to The Grove holds special meaning to the Artist, as Downes was one of the last residents of The Grove before it was designated as a National Landmark. Special thanks to the Grove Heritage Association, the Glenview Park District, and the Native American Community.

2018

I Love The Arts
Annual Silent Art Auction & Fundraiser Antioch Fine Arts Foundation
Friday, October 12th, 2018 from 6pm to 9:30pm

Anastasia’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge
950 Hillside Avenue, Antioch, IL
Mr. Downes is a founding member of the Antioch fine arts foundation and participates in this fundraiser every year. This year Mr. Downes showed a video of the blessing and dedication ceremony that was held on main street in Antioch. During the ceremony for the installation of his 7 foot bronze sculpture many members of the community spoke including the Mayor of Antioch and several Native American Elders spoke and performed ceremonial blessings of the artist and the sculpture. Mr. Downes also donates signed prints to the live auction and silent auction as well as signed copies of his book. This is a great event put on by our Art league, and I am proud to be part of it every year.

The Bowen Park Council Circle is Mr. Downes second landscape architect project

May 5th, 2018
10:00am Rain or shine
39 Jack Benny Drive
Bowen Park
Waukegan, Illinois

The Bowen Park Council Circle is Mr. Downes second landscape architect project

16 White Oaks were planted in a 80 foot diameter circle on a bluff known to have been an area of Native American habitation overlooking Lake Michigan. MC of the event was Gail Spreen, other guest speakers included Lake County archaeologist Dan Melone who verified the significance of the site, Bernard Jacobs landscape architect who also spoke and acknowledged the significance of projects like this. Conservationist Jean Susie Schreiber was instrumental in introducing Mr. Downes to Executive Director of the Waukegan Park District Jay Lerner and Superintendent of Parks Scott MacLean. Menominee Elder Verlyn Spreeman and Mr. Downes planted the entrance tree at the most easterly part of the Council Circle completing the ceremony. This is the second Council Circle Mr. Downes has completed in our area working hand-in-hand with local Native American Elders. Mr. Downes has actually visited a Council circle made from living trees during his research for his book. The Native American community has expressed its gratitude towards the artist, as the goal of the artist is as the trees grow in the Council Circle so will the friendships and knowledge between Native Americans and local residents.

Installation of the Bronze Trail Marker Tree and Blessing Ceremony.
April 28th, 2018
11:00am
800 Block of Main Street,
Antioch, Illinois
It is so fitting that this event will be held on Arbor Day weekend; Arbor Day celebrates the role and importance of trees in our lives. Antioch and the Lake County area have a long history of documented Trail Marker Trees. Route 83 (Antioch's Main Street) was once formerly known to Native Americans as the Porcupine Trail. It is our hope that this sculpture will serve as a permanent reminder of this ingenious form of land navigation created by the area's first inhabitants, that was later used by fur traders and early pioneers.

Special Guest, Emmy Award wining producer/director & cameraman Gary Donatelli will be filming the event for his trail marker tree documentary. Cherokee elder Andrew Johnson, president of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce for Illinois will be performing a blessing ceremony and giving a short talk. Hilda "Little Fawn" Williams, Ottawa and direct descendant of Chief Pontiac will also be speaking on her father's Chief Thundercloud and his knowledge of the Lake County Trail Marker Trees.

"The Native American Trail Marker Trees are historical links to our past and were a part of the daily lives of many original inhabitants. Our Community is indebted to Dennis Downes for his important and inspiring efforts to discover, properly identify, and preserve these trees throughout the United States. We are honored by his commitment and support his tireless work." -Andrew Johnson

Lock 16 Visitor Center
754 First Street LaSalle, IL 61301
Thursday November 30th
Dinner and Trail Marker Tree Lecture

Cocktails will be served at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:00pm & the lecture will begin at 7:00pm

Timothy O'Tools
412 N. Milwaukee
Libertyville, IL.
Oct. 10th 2017
Green Drinks
Lecture and Book Signing

"Thank you Dennis for such an enlightening presentation! The crowd, larger than usual, was captivated by the facts and photos. Your talk was both in depth, and attention keeping. I think everyone should see this bit of culture direction and history. Who knew! The secret language of trail trees crossed many tribes!"

B Harper

Antioch Rotary Club Auction and Pork Chop Dinner
Antioch, IL.

St. Peter’s Church
October 7th, 2017
Dennis donated a Signed Print of “Return to Sedona,” a signed copy of his book “Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through the Wilderness,” and a DVD of the movie “23 Blast” for the live auction. Over 100 items were in the live auction that raised a record amount for the fundraiser. This was a wonderful, successful, and well organized event. The Rotary Club of Antioch is an organization of service minded men and women that plan to carry out a remarkable variety of humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs that touch people’s lives in their local communities and the world community. Dennis was proud to be a small part of this wonderful event. Special Thanks to Mayor Hanson.

At Sculpture of Captain George Wellington Streeter Corner of East Grand and McClurg Chicago, IL. Oct. 3rd 2017 Filming for upcoming documentary on the history of Streeterville.

Catherine Haremski of HMS Video interviewing Lee Golub and Sculptor Dennis Downes. In front of the bronze sculpture commissioned by Golub & Company and created by sculptor Dennis Downes.

Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Chicago

A Century of Hope
1917 - 2017
Gala of the Arts
Friday, September 8, 2017
Dennis is a featured artist.

This will be Dennis's 14th time over the years participating in this Catholic Charities fundraising event.

City Hall Mayor's Office Green Bay, Wisconsin August 21, 2017 Artist with Mayor James Schmitt discussing future plans for a Trail Marker Tree sculpture for the City of Green Bay. Dennis has had book signings and lectures as well as planted and shaped Trail Marker Trees for the city. He is looking forward to future projects that would help connect the city of Green Bay and the city of Chicago and there connection to the Green Bay Trail

Downes Studio North Ontario, Canada Aug. 20, 2017 Downes Studio North AKA "Barbarian Shelter" This 10 year project done by the artist alone in the Canadian Wilderness Coast Region on an Island is nearing completion. To see more visit barbarianshelter.com

Chicago Maritime Museum August 18, 2017 Lecture by curator Don Glasell on Captain George Wellington Streeter. Don Glasell, Curator of the Chicago Maritime Museum and speaker guest sculptor of Captain George Wellington Streeter bronze Dennis Downes and Author and historian Richard Bales.

Chicago Womens Magazine July/August issue 2017 Sculpture of Captain George Wellington Streeter and sculptor Dennis Downes appeared in the July/August issue (page 18) in the article entitled "Guide To Streeterville.

Sault Ste. Marie
Meeting with Roxanne Toth -RISSANEN CEO/Dir. of public libraries Sault Ste. Marie.
Sault Ste. Marie

After Dennis's first trip back to Ontario this year spending two weeks in the Canadian Shield area he finished the trip up with a meeting in Sault Ste. Marie. The meeting was with Roxanne Toth -RISSANEN CEO/Dir. of public libraries Sault Ste. Marie. Dennis and Roxanne were finalizing next year's event in Sault Ste. Marie which will be a lecture, exhibit, and showing of the latest video documentary on Mr. Downes's travels and working with Native Americans at actual Trail Marker trees, followed by a book signing. This event will take place next June details will be updated at the appropriate time.

Jane Addams Park Sreeterville Neighborhood Chicago, IL. May 28, 2017 Jane Addams Park cleanup 32 volunteers showed up and spent the day cleaning up the park and beach on Lake Michigan.

Waukegan City Council May 25, 2017 95 Jack Benny Drive Waukegan, IL. Trail Marker Tree Lecture and Book Signing The presentation took place at the Jane Addams Center focusing on the importance of the Trail Marker Trees of Lake County and the re-introduction of Council Circles by artist and author Dennis Downes.

Wisconsin Single trunk directional Trail Marker Tree May 16, 2017 Dennis next to single trunk directional Trail Marker Tree he shaped in the late 1990's. The author has shaped Trail Marker Trees in several states and Canada going back nearly 30 years.

Nature & Literature Festival

Saturday, April 29, 10 am - 3pm.

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens.
Nature & Literature Festival

At Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens. Join us for this first of its kind festival in Palos Heights dedicated to nature and writing featuring guest speaker author Dennis Downes who will discuss his book Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through The Wilderness and give a demonstration of how to create a trail marker tree at Lake Katherine. Dennis' lecture will be from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. , followed by a tree planting. The festival will also include writing booths, create-a-poem wall, author and photography exhibits, art projects for children, a literary themed hayride adventure, and food vendors. This event is sponsored by Lake Katherine and the Palos Heights Public Library and is free to the public.

17th Anniversary Grove Show April 1st Special event took place on Saturday afternoon. Several members of the Ottawa tribe attended the event. Hilda "Little Fawn" Williams presented Dennis with the Eagle Feather Award for his contributions to the Native American Community.

17th Anniversary Grove Show Opening night; March 30, 2017 Janet Davies was a special guest for the opening night and she also wrote the forward for the award winning book "Native American Trail Marker Trees, Marking Path's through the Wilderness."

17th Anniversary Grove Show

March 30, March 31st, April 1st, April 2nd
The Grove Show: March 30, March 31st, April 1st, April 2nd 2017


This March and April, Dennis will be having his annual solo show at the Grove Redfield Estate. His award winning artwork, both paintings and sculpture, will be on display and available for purchase. His newest originals and both small and large prints will be available. There will also be the largest and newly updated Trail Marker Tree Exhibit, featuring photographic and written documentation of the Trail Trees both past and present. Special part of this year's show will include new never before seen large and small bronze sculptures. Admission is free.

For information contact:
Carol DeLorenzo, Redfield Coordinator, 847-298-0095.
1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview IL

Click here for directions / map
Grove Redfield Estate

Milwaukee Public Museum Natural History Museum 800 W Wells St Milwaukee, WI. January, 2017 Earl Otchingwanigan Canoe Exhibit and Video "Hidden in The Trees" Dennis and Gail were honored to meet Christie and Earl Otchingwanigan at the Milwaukee public museum for a private explanation of the making of the Birch Bark Canoe on exhibit. Later they discussed recent trips to Native American Trail Marker Tree sites in Michigan and Iowa.

October 25, 2016.

Traverse City Michigan
Trail marker tree dedication
Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation Department
Trail Marker Tree Dedication Ceremony


Author, artist and trail marker tree expert Dennis Downes' consultation, vast knowledge, and experience was invaluable to the Native American Trail Marker Tree placemaking project at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center in Traverse City. From crafting accurate language for the signage, to educating project managers about the tree's historical significance in our region and the greater context of our nation, Dennis' enthusiasm, passion, and generosity will always be appreciated by out community, especially the Grand Traverse Tribe of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, who were honored during a special ceremony at the tree on October 25, 2016. I am grateful to know Dennis and to have leaned so much about trail marker trees. I've received many compliments on the project and on the ceremony from those who attended. It's one of the greatest things that's happened for County Parks and Recreation this year. I will never look at a tree the same, now, and seek out such trees when traveling. What a gift!"
Kristine Erickson, Director, Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation Department

North Carolina Trail Tree Research Oct. 8 2016 Dennis was joined by a film crew with producer Gary Donatelli, Gail Spreen and Tracy Reed of Cherokee decent during hurricane to research and record this Trail Marker Tree.

Naming Ceremony Escanaba, Michigan August 25th 2016 "It has been a long Ojibwe tradition to bestow an Ojibwe Name in honorarium on one who has over a lifetime has given much respect to Ojibwe and other Native Cultures" Professor Emeritus - Earl Otchingwanigan; Cultural Bearer of the Ojibwe people. "Mayaagaabaw" Meaning "He Stands Foremost Amongst Others"

Trail Marker Tree Exhibit 432 East Grand Ave. Chicago, IL. June, 2016 Reporter from local Chicago magazine interviewing author for an upcoming article regarding Trail Marker Trees and their ties to the Chicagoland area as referred to by Professor Raymond Janssen in the 1920's and 1930's.

Ferris Fest Northbrook, IL. Hometown of John Hughes. Motion picture producer, director, and writer. May 20-22, 2016 Cheryl Fyne, Northbrook village official and coordinator of the events that took place honoring the movie, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". Written and produced by John Hughes. Dennis was asked to be one of the guest speakers for the event relating stories pertaining to their time spent at Glenbrook North High School in art class together and field trips they took to The Art Institute in Chicago. Dennis was proud to be part of this event.

Salem Wisconsin Double trunk Trail Marker Tree May, 2016 Dennis next to double trunk Trail Marker Tree he shaped with arborist Brian Buchholz. Dennis has tried several techniques over the years taught to him by Native Americans and historians.

Des Arc, Missouri Trail Marker Tree May, 2016 Author Dennis Downes next to famous Des Arc, Missouri Trail Marker Tree. This Oak tree is over 40" in diameter on private property. The land owners going back generations protected the Trail Marker Tree that pointed to a still active and crystal clear spring. Foresters, teachers and school children were brought to this tree to learn of the use of the Trail Marker Trees in this part of Missouri.

Trail Marker Tree Exhibit 432 East Grand Ave. Chicago, IL. May, 2016 Pictured is Timothy A. Schuler, Contributing Editor for Landscape Architecture Magazine meeting with author Dennis Downes for the 3rd time regarding the article entitled "Searching For A Sign" that appeared in the November issue, 2016 Landscape Architecture Magazine. The 6 page article discussed the history of the Trail Marker Tree and the relationship to the Great Lakes Region and beyond.

Joseph Sears School Kenilworth, IL. May 3rd, 2016 Dennis revisited the school for the 3rd year, where he gave a lecture to the students about the trail marker trees and their area's special connection to the history of the trail marker trees.

GEMS World Academy April 29th 2016 432 East Grand Avenue Chicago Trail Marker Tree Exhibit Dennis gave a lecture to the students of the GEMS World Academy of Chicago of uses and history of the Trail Marker Trees. "The students came back so full on new knowledge and enthusiasm for this added information about the trail marker trees, how they were made and used. "Stephanie Nelson, Educator, GEMS World Academy.

16th Anniversary Grove Show

March 10th - 13th 2016
The Grove Show: March 10, 11, 12, 13, 2016


This March, Dennis will be having his annual solo show at the Grove Redfield Estate. His award winning artwork, both paintings and sculpture, will be on display and available for purchase. His newest originals and both small and large prints will be available. There will also be the largest and newly updated Trail Marker Tree Exhibit, featuring photographic and written documentation of the Trail Trees both past and present. Admission is free.

For information contact:
Carol DeLorenzo, Redfield Coordinator, 847-298-0095.
1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview IL

Click here for directions / map

Friday, October 16th from 6-10 p.m.

For more information and tickets please visit www.hungerresourcenetwork.org
Hunger Resource Network's Second Annual Fundraising Event, Rock 'N Roll Revisited.

This event will be hosted by Pinstripes: Bowling, Bocce, Bistro in Northbrook. Hunger Resource Network is an all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger. Dennis will be donating a print of one of his award-winning pieces, a signed DVD of "23 Blast" and a signed book, "Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through the Wilderness" to this event.

Tickets for this event are $75 per person and the event includes: entertainment, appetizers, dinner, silent and live auction, wine and a cash bar.

Hunger Resource Network's: "Rock 'N Roll Revisited"
Pinstripes: Bowling, Bocce, Bistro
1150 Willow Road, Northbrook, IL
Dennis Downes Trail Trees

Friday, October 9th, from 5:00-8:30 p.m.

For more information please visit www.antiochfinearts.org
Antioch Fine Arts Foundation Annual Art Auction and Fundraiser

Anastasia's Restaurant and Sports Lounge

This event will include original artwork, raffle prizes, door prizes, a wine tasting and much more! Dennis is a founding member of the Antioch Fine Arts Foundation; he will be donating several items to help raise funds to support this wonderful foundation. Please join them for this fun filled event (admission is free).

Thumbs up to director Dylan Baker and producer Gary Donatelli for having their movie rated 14th out of the top 100 Christian films for 2015. Dennis donated a copy of the movie as part of the fundraiser.

Antioch Fine Arts Foundation: Annual Silent Art Auction and Fundraiser
Anastasia's Restaurant and Sports Lounge
950 Hillside Ave, Antioch, Illinois
Friday, October 9th, from 5:00-8:30 p.m.

61st Annual Pow Wow American Indian Center September 26, 2015 Chicago Illinois Author Dennis Downes was asked to have a small exhibit on the Trail Marker Trees as part of the 61st annual Pow Wow Busse Woods in Schamburg, IL. at the request of Andrew Johnson, Executive Director of the American Indian Center. Pictured is Alaka Wali, curator of North American Anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago with her assistant discussing the Trail Marker Trees and their relationship to the Great Lakes Region. Dennis has been asked to be a consultant regarding the Trail Marker Trees and their relationship to our area.

July 13, 2015 Eagle Staff Restoration Muskegon, Michigan Hilda "Little Fawn" Williams, daughter of Chief Thundercloud, with artist Dennis Downes. Dennis had a small part to play at the request of Hilda to make the physical shaft for the eagle staff. This eagle staff is brought out on to the ice during the Chicago Blackhawks games to honor Native American Veterans.

April 30th, 2015 Joseph Sears Grade School in Kenilworth Illinois

A special outdoor presentation Trail Marker Trees and Native American History.
Dennis Downes Trail Trees

April 28th, 2015 University Club of Chicago
Learn at Lunch Series
Trail Marker Tree Presentation
Dennis Downes Trail Trees

Trixter Art Gallery Schamburg, IL. April 18th 2015 Trail Marker Tree researcher Dennis Downes with Joe Yazzie in front of photograph of Joe Yazzie that appears in the vanishing culture project entitled " Butterflies and Buffalo" by famous photographer Dennis Manarchy. Photograph of Dennis also appears in this project. Joe and Dennis spent time discussing different little known customs of the native americans, including the use of the Trail Marker Trees, standing stones, pictographs and petroglyphs.

April 11th, 2015 King Bruwaert Residence, Burr Ridge, Illinois Trail Marker Tree Lecture and Presentation, hosted by the Capt. Hubbard Burrows Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Dennis Downes Trail Trees

15th Anniversary Grove Show

March 19th - 22nd 2015
The Grove Show: March 19-22, 2015


This March, Dennis will be having his annual solo show at the Grove Redfield Estate. His award winning artwork, both paintings and sculpture, will be on display and available for purchase. His newest originals and both small and large prints will be available. There will also be the largest and newly updated Trail Marker Tree Exhibit, featuring photographic and written documentation of the Trail Trees both past and present. Admission is free.

Special guests Gary Donatelli producer and director, Andrew Johnson Executive Director American Indian Ctr. and Hilda little fawn Williams, Elder from the American Indian Ctr. art students from Glenbrook North were given a private lecture and tour of the show by the artist.

For information contact:
Carol DeLorenzo, Redfield Coordinator, 847-298-0095.
1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview IL

Click here for directions / map

February 19th, 5:30 p.m. Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library
Indigenous Navigations: Native American Trail Marker Trees

Dennis will be giving a presentation for the Chicago Map Society regarding the Native American Trail Trees. This event is free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies and the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, both at the Newberry Library.

For more information please visit the Chicago Map Society Event Page

December 11th, 2014 - January 31st, 2015 Christmas Art Exhibit
Dennis' artwork is on display at the downtown Studio. Opening night is the Holiday Open House and his Artwork will remain on display until the end of January. To schedule an appointment for a private showing please contact Downes Studio at 847-395-8875.

January 9th, 3:30 p.m. Northbrook Voices, An Oral History Project Sponsored by the Northbrook Historical Society and the Northbrook Public Library Recorded Interview that will be preserved in the permanent collections of the Northbrook Historical Society and the Northbrook Public Library.

November 5th, 2014

Trail Marker Tree Program
Marquette Regional History Center
145 W. Spring Street, Marquette, MI
Planned during Native American awareness month - the Marquette Regional History Center will be hosting Dennis Downes for an educational lecture and exhibit about Trail Marker Trees and a book signing.

Special guest, Earl Otchingwanigan (Professor Emeritus of Ojibwe Language, Consultant for the Smithsonian Institution Folk Life Programs) will be joining Dennis for this event.

October 23, 2014

Movie Premier of 23 Blast

Lexington, Kentucky

Dennis and Gail are looking forward to their trip to Lexington, Kentucky for the Red Carpet Premier of the movie this coming week on October 23rd.

They will be joining all the stars for this spectacular event, including Stephen Lang, who plays the football coach (starred in Avatar).

The Kentucky Homecoming Lexington Premier of "23 Blast" with the actors, writers, and producers in attendance will be benefiting the Visually Impaired Preschool Services.

Don't forget to go see the movie in Theaters! It comes out October 24th Nationwide!

Saturday, October 11th at noon

Glenbrook North High School

2300 Shermer Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062

Saturday, October 11th at noon, Glenbrook North High School's Theater will be airing the special sneak preview of the movie "23 Blast" Producer, Gary Donatelli, GBN class '69 will be attending this special event.

This event is open to the public and admission will be free! Come and join us for the sneak preview of this inspirational movie!

Glenbrook North High School is located at 2300 Shermer Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062.
Glenbrook North High School

October 10th 2014

Antioch Fine Arts Foundation Annual Fundraiser
Anastasia's Restaurant
950 Hillside Avenue, Antioch, Illinois

Mr. Downes donates his artwork to this event every year to help support the AFAF who's mission is to serve our community by providing education, resources and a forum for the creation and expression of visual arts for members and residents.

September 13-14

The American Indian Center of Chicago's
61st Annual Powwow at Busse Woods

Elk Grove Village

Dennis will be exhibiting additional information regarding the Trail Marker Trees and selected pieces of art. AIC is proud to have a friend such as Dennis participating. Please come to enjoy the pageantry, song and dance as we celebrate Native American culture. - Andrew Johnson, Executive Director, AIC.

The American Indian Center of Chicago's
61st Annual Powwow at Busse Woods
Elk Grove Village
American Indian Center of Chicago

Northbrook Fine Arts Festival

10 a.m. - 5p.m. on Saturday July 12th
10a.m. - 4p.m. Sunday, July 13th
The show will be open from 10 a.m. - 5p.m. on Saturday, July 12th and from 10a.m. - 4p.m. Sunday, July 13th. Don't miss this great event! This beautiful artful experience is set in the picturesque Village Green Park, with its tree lined paths and hometown feel. Art in the Park - A Northbrook Fine Arts Festival presents the highest quality in fine art and will have over 60 Artists displaying their work. In addition to the beautiful artwork, this highly anticipated event will have food vendors, live music, children's activities, and more! The parking and admission are free for this event put on by the Northbrook Arts Commission in Collaboration with the Northbrook Park District and E&M Events.

Village Green Park
Corner of Shermer and Meadow Roads
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
Northbrook Village Green Park

JUNE 16 - 20, 2014

BOOK SIGNING: FRIDAY, JUNE 20th

12:00 to 2:00 PM

THE ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM CHICAGO GALLERY PRESENTS A SPECIAL EXHIBIT IN THE ATRIUM OF THE JAMES R. THOMPSON CENTER - by Dennis Downes DENNIS DOWNES: NATIVE AMERICAN TRAIL MARKER TREES EXHIBIT AND PHOTOGRAPHS

ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM CHICAGO GALLERY
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, Suite 2-100
Chicago, IL 60601

** Atrium hours are Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM, closed state holidays. The Atrium is free and wheelchair-accessible. Tours are welcome. Please call for appointments, 312-814-5318
Thompson Center

JUNE 13, 2014

Butterflies and Buffalo: Part II An American Portrait

June 13th, the Exhibition "Butterflies and Buffalo: Part II An American Portrait" will be opening in Chicago. This exhibit, by Dennis Manarchy, will capture some of the seldom seen faces and vanishing cultures from all across the country. Manarchy will be using his giant 35-foot long camera to capture tremendous detail. Manarchy selected our very own, Dennis Downes, to be one of the faces captured as part of this exhibit. Dennis Downes attended this special opening.

The Hilton Asthmus
716 Wells, Chicago, IL
butterfliesandbuffalo.com
Dennis Manarchy

May 2014

Antioch Country Club

May 2014

Antioch Country Club

Emmons School District #33 Fundraiser

Mr. Downes is donating a signed copy of the book "Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths through the Wilderness" and a signed print.
Antioch Country Club

Trickster Art Gallery
April 11th through April 17th
Opening night: April 11th from 7p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Lecture and Book Signing with Trail Marker Tree Exhibit at the Trickster Art Gallery

The Trickster Art Gallery increases the visibility and impact of contemporary cultural arts and education through all arts media, music, veterans, fatherhood, and social justice issues to advance these programs.

Trickster Art Gallery
190 South Roselle, Schaumburg, IL 60193
847-301-2090
NUIFC
Trickster Art Gallery

March 23rd, 2014

Plant Your Dreams at Shore, Fundraiser

On March 23rd, Shore held its Spring Benefit called Plant Your Dreams At Shore at the brand new Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Ram dealership, 2800 Patriot Blvd. in Glenview.

Shore community services have been providing exceptional services to individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in our community for 61 years.

Mr. Downes has participated in this fundraiser for the past 13 years helping to raise funds by participating and donating artwork for the live auction and items for the silent auction. For more information on tickets call 847-982-2030
Plant Your Dreams at Shore, Fundraiser

The 14th Annual Grove Solo Show
March 13th- 16th, 2014

Opening Night: Thursday, March 13th -5 pm to 10 pm
Friday March 14-1 pm to 10 pm
Saturday March 15-1 pm to 10 pm
Sunday March 16-12 pm to 5 pm
The Grove Show: March 13-16, 2014


This March, Dennis will be having his annual solo show at the newly renovated Grove Redfield Estate. His award winning artwork, both paintings and sculpture, will be on display and available for purchase. His newest originals and both small and large prints will be available. There will also be a large educational Trail Marker Tree exhibit on display and a book signing for his newly published book, "Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through the Wilderness." Dennis' newest bronze pieces will be on display. Wine and hor'dourves will be served and admission is free.

For information contact:
Carol DeLorenzo, Redfield Coordinator, 847-298-0095.
1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview IL

Click here for directions / map
Grove Redfield Estate

Book Signing at the Kenosha Gander Mountain

November 9th, 2013
9:00am to 5:00pm

6802 118th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140

Dennis will be at the Kenosha location Gander Mountain signing and selling books from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., be sure to stop out and get a book!
Gander Mountain Kenosha

October 24th, 6:30-8pm

Lecture and Book Signing at The Lookout Mountain Nature Center
910 Colorow Road
Golden, CO 80401
Mr. Downes will be giving an educational lecture and presentation about the Trail Marker Trees, following which he will be personally signing books for all visitors. lookout mountain

Antioch Fine Art Foundation Auction and Wine Tasting

Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Anastasia's Restaurant & Sports Lounge
950 Hillside Ave Antioch, IL 60002
A spectacular event you won't want to miss! The annual fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, October 18 from 5:00pm - 8:30pm at a new location: Anastasia's Restaurant & Sports Lounge (950 Hillside Ave Antioch, IL 60002).

Dennis will be donating framed prints to this event and will be present for the entire event.

All artist's work donated is 100% donation - another way to share the diverse world of art for others to enjoy.

All funds raised enables the continuation of the Foundation to reach out to our community!

Saturday, October 12

Trail Marker Tree Lecture and Book Signing.

Park Ridge Country Club
Park Ridge, IL
The Twenty-first Star Chapter, NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) is looking forward to hearing Dennis give a presentation on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Park Ridge Country Club in Park Ridge. Neighboring chapters are welcome to attend. National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

September 22nd and September 28th

The Theater Hikes Group

Streeterville: The Play
The Theater Hikes group will be performing Streeterville: The Play.

This play will showcase the life of Cap, his mishaps, and contributions to the community named in his honor.

The performance will take place at Navy Pier's Gateway Park South from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, followed by a reception on the north wall of Ogden slip aboard the Celebration yacht, courtesy of Shoreline Charters.

September 20th and 21st (Friday and Saturday)

Art of the Land

At the Starline Gallery:
400 W. Front Street, Harvard, IL
This show will help raise funds for The Land Conservancy of McHenry County.
Dennis will be displaying some of his Original works and will have books for sale. Please join us!


Sunday, July, 28th

Art on the Lawn and Grand Opening

Downtown Antioch, 10a.m. - 4p.m.
The Antioch Fine Arts Foundation will be having their annual Art on the Lawn while celebrating the opening of their new Gallery!
Dennis will be present for the event.

Where the Land Meets the Sky
(Opening Reception)
July 12th 7-9 p.m.
Wright Gallery, College of Lake County
19351 W. Washington
Grayslake, Il 60030
Dennis will be displaying some of his beautiful landscape paintings as well as his newest, never before seen, bronze Trail Marker Tree Sculptures. Dennis will also have a small educational Trail Marker Tree exhibit. The college has created and will be presenting some impressive broadside story boards explaining the Trail Marker Trees to accompany Dennis work. The show runs from July 8th through August 16th.

**Please visit the following link for more detailed directions to the Gallery:
The C-Wing entrance is the easiest access. Look for signage for the gallery when inside the building.

May 21-22 NAIHC 39th Annual Convention and Trade Show

Held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers (301 East North Water Street, Chicago, IL)
NAIHC's most longstanding annual event, the Annual Convention and Trade Show is an opportunity to learn about tribal housing, attend training courses, and network with successful housing professionals as well as vendors from across the country. Housing Data Systems hosted Mr. Downes' small Trail Marker Tree Exhibit and Book Signing as part of their company presentation for this convention.

April 28-29, 2013
Green Bay, WI

“A New Twist in Time”
As part of the Arbor Day and Earth Week Celebration in Green Bay, Mr. Downes will be returning to shape three sapling trees into Trail Marker Trees along the beginning of the Green Bay Trail. Mr. Downes will also be presenting an educational lecture about the Trail Marker Trees.

A special thanks to Jim O’Rourke for his efforts to organize this event.

April 20th, 2013

SHORE Inc. Fundraiser, “Music to our Ears”

Ravinia in Highland Park.
SHORE Community Services have been providing exceptional services to individuals’ with developmental disabilities for over 60 years. Mr. Downes has participated in this annual fundraiser for the past 13 years, helping to raise funds by participating and donating artwork for the live auction, as well as items for the silent auction.

For more information and/or tickets please contact Mary Matz at (847)-982-2030 ex. 21.

The Grove Show: March 21 - 24, 2013

Hours

The show will run Thursday through Sunday:
Thursday, March 21st from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday, March 22nd from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, March 23th from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday, March 24th from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.


The Grove Show: March 21-24, 2013



This March, Dennis will be having his annual solo show at the newly renovated Grove Redfield Estate. His award winning artwork, both paintings and sculpture, will be on display and available for purchase. His newest Originals and both small and large prints will be available. There will also be a large educational Trail Marker Tree exhibit on display and a book signing for his newly published book, "Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through the Wilderness." Over the past year the Grove Redfield Estate has been newly renovated, making this show's setting truly exquisite and surrounded by the beauty of nature. Wine and hor'dourves will be served and admission is free.

For information contact:
Carol DeLorenzo, Redfield Coordinator, 847-298-0095.
1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview IL

Click here for directions / map

January 26th, 2013

Dallas, Texas
The Dallas Historic Tree Coalition hosted a lecture and book signing for Mr. Downes in Dallas, Texas.
Before the event Mr. Downes was interview on the local ABC News station.


Below is a quote from the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition, Mary Graves, Regarding the event:

"We were honored to host Dennis Downes for a lecture and book signing in Dallas Texas. The event was a great success, drawing over 120 people - professors, students, Master Naturalists, Mater Gardeners, American Indians, families with young children, and people who simply love to hear about these wonderful Trail Marker Trees. Many traveled to hear Dennis speak, some as far as 350 miles. The appeal of this subject is wide, and we were delighted to showcase Downes' depth of knowledge and good information to so many enthusiastic listeners. The lecture was interesting, and the photographs and supporting material were excellent. After the lecture, the momentum continued as many attendees stayed to talk with the author and have him sign their books.

It was a rare opportunity to hear one who has invested a lifetime in this research, and for a moment, we got a glimpse of what it must be like to walk those trails with Dennis, and to live in a world that requires an entirely different set of skills to survive. As a group that works to bring the stories of these great historic trees to the public, we were delighted for the awareness that Dennis raised in our community. Best of all, as a result of Dennis' lecture, there are new enthusiasts in our landscapes watching for these trees, and there is a greater urgency to learn about them, protect them and recognize them for the treasures that they are."

--Mary Graves, President, Dallas Historic Tree Coalition

December 3rd, 2012 Annual Art Show and Holiday Party Held in Downtown Chicago.

October 12, 2012

Antioch Fine Arts Foundation Annual Fundraiser and Award Presentation
Mr. Downes donates his artwork to this event every year.
During this year's event Mr. Downes was awarded the Honorary Lifetime Membership from the Foundation.

October, 2012 Filming of the Interview with Director and Producer Gary Donatelli with Mr. Downes

Fall, 2012

Filming of Upcoming Documentary by JoBe Cerny
Mr. Downes was interviewed for his expertise on the Native American Trail Marker Trees.
Filming was on location in Highland Park, Lakes Region Historical Society, and Mr. Downes' Trail Marker Tree Exhibit in Chicago.

August, 2012

Book Signing aboard Chicago's Leading Lady
Educational Lecture and Book Signing

March 20th, 2012 Filming of the Podcast on JDI with Janet Davies, ABC An in-depth interview regarding the release of Mr. Downes' new book and the history of the Trail Marker Trees.


2012
August 25 & 26

10am to 6pm

Port Clinton Fine Art Festival

Highland Park, Illinois


This event, one of the area's top fine art festivals, takes place in Downtown Highland Park, Illinois

For more information call 847-926-4300 or visit www.amdurproductions.com


Downes Studio Art Shows

Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15th

Village Green Park
320 Shermer Road
Northbrook, IL.

"Art in the Park"
Under the Oaks
A Northbrook Fine Arts Festival


For more info contact Erin at 630.536.8416

May 25th 2012
Glenbrook North High School
Shermer Road Performing Arts Auditorium
Northbrook, Illinois
This event is held every year to honor and award scholarships to the graduating seniors for outstanding scholarship, athleticism and participation in extracurricular activities. Mr. Downes is to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2012, for his artistic accomplishments and the completion of his book. Native American Trail Marker Trees Marking Paths Through The Wilderness. He has also been asked to give a short speech at the event.

May 04, 2012

7:00
Antioch Country Club
Emmons School District #33 Fundraiser

Mr. Downes is donating a signed copy of the book "Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths through the Wilderness" and a signed print of the art piece entitled "Wilderness Coast".
Downes Studio Art Shows


Shore Fundraiser

April 28th, 2012

6:30pm to 10:30pm

Orrington Hotel
Evanston Illinois


Shore community services have been providing exceptional services to individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in our community for 61 years.

Mr. Downes has participated in this fundraiser for the past 12 years helping to raise funds by participating and donating artwork for the live auction and items for the silent auction. For more information on tickets call 847-982-2030

The Grove Show: March 8-11, 2012

Hours

The show will run Thursday through Sunday:
Thursday, March 8th from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday, March 9th from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, March 10th from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday, March 11th from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.


The Grove Show: March 8-11, 2012



This March, Dennis will be having his annual solo show at the newly renovated Grove Redfield Estate. His award winning artwork, both paintings and sculpture, will be on display and available for purchase. His newest Originals and both small and large prints will be available. There will also be a large educational Trail Marker Tree exhibit on display and a book signing for his newly published book, "Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through the Wilderness." Over the past year the Grove Redfield Estate has been newly renovated, making this show's setting truly exquisite and surrounded by the beauty of nature. Wine and hor'dourves will be served and admission is free.

For information contact:
Carol DeLorenzo, Redfield Coordinator, 847-298-0095.
1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview IL

Click here for directions / map

Receiving proclamation from the Glenview Park District for dedication, notable accomplishments, and continued efforts towards the preservation of The Grove.

Sunday, January 29th 2012

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Antioch Public Library

757 North Main Street (Route 83), Antioch, IL 60002
The Antioch Public Library will be hosting a public book signing with local author, Dennis Downes, for his new book Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through the Wilderness. Hard Cover Books and the Special Limited Edition books will be available for sale.

For further information, please contact Downes Studio at
downesstudio@earthlink.net or telephone (847) 395-8875.