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The 18th annual Port Clinton Art Festival will be held this weekend in Highland Park, which also marks the end of the Suburban Fine Arts Center's annual Recycled Art Sale. The Port Clinton event features 260 artists from all over the U.S., plus Canada, Israel, and France, along with food vendors, music, and kids' activities. The Recycled Art Sale can be--if you find a treasure among the junk and kitsch--the greatest art bargain around. At this point in the month-long event, everything's been marked down at least 50 percent from its ridiculously cheap original price and center staff will negotiate even greater discounts. As of last week there was still the better part of a collection of stone, wood, and clay masks from all over the world priced from $10 to $25 each; a half dozen framed oil paintings by Harry Mintz, a Chicagoan who showed at the Art Institute in the 1940s ($40 to $350); a layered paper collage by Chicago artist, critic, teacher, and broadcaster Harry Bouras, signed and dated 1973 ($50); and much more. The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25, from 10 to 6 in Port Clinton Square on Central Street in downtown Highland Park. Call 847-444-9600. The Suburban Fine Arts Center is two blocks east of the square and a half block north at 1913 Sheridan. It's open Saturday, August 24, from 9 to 5. Call 847-432-1888 for more.

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