Great Lakes Trail Marker Tree Society
Founder and President: Dennis Downes

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.

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

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

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 expierence 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

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).

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.

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

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.
Dennis Downes Trail Trees

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. Dennis Downes Trail Trees

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 benefitting the Visually Impaired Preschool Services.

Don't forget to go see the movie in Theatres! 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 Theatre 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

April 26th, 2014-Crow Island Woods Park Tribal Council Circle Event

Winnetka, Illinois

April 26th, 2014-Crow Island Woods Park Tribal Council Circle Event Winnetka, Illinois Dennis Downes with The Winnetka Park District, The American Indian Center of Chicago, The Winnetka Historical Society.

At this event Dennis, with the help of the supporting groups, was able to complete his vision years in the making. Dennis, Robert Smith (Executive Director of the Winnetka Park District), and Andrew Johnson (Executive Director of the American Indian Center of Chicago) addressed the crowd, explaining the significance of the Tribal Council Circle and the history of the area.

Dennis was the keynote speaker at the event. Then, Andrew and Dennis planted the entrance tree at the eastern point of the Council Circle together as part of a special ceremony; Andrew then blessed the tree by performing the Smudging Ceremony.

Forty-eight trees were planted in a perfect circle, one-hundred and sixty feet in diameter. Over half of the oak saplings that were planted were grown from acorns saved and preserved from an actual Trail Marker Tree.
April 26th, 2014-Crow Island Woods Park Tribal Council Circle Event Winnetka, Illinois Dennis Downes


April 22nd, 2014-Earth Day Celebration

Shaping the Trail Marker Tree Sunset Woods Park

Highland Park, Illinois

April 22nd, 2014-Earth Day Celebration in Highland Park Illinois, Shaping the Trail Marker Tree Sunset Woods Park, Sheahan Woods Dennis Downes with the Highland Park Park District, Indian Trail School, Highland Park Historical Society.

At this event Dennis shaped the white oak sapling that was planted at last year's ceremony to commemorate the original Trail Marker Tree that once stood at this site. The original Trail Marker Tree led to the nearby Potawatomi village, now the site of the Exmoor Country Club.

Rebecca Grill, with the Highland Park Park District, helped to organize this event. In attendance were the students from Indian Trail School, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rottering, and Highland Park Historical Society President Rob Rottering.

Dennis gave an educational talk to the students of Indian Trail School and Dennis was joined by his special guests Andrew Johnson (Executive Director of the American Indian Center of Chicago), Dan Melone (Cook County Archeologist), and Francis Sheahan (94 years old, descendant of the original property owners where the Trail Marker Tree is located, saw the original Trail Marker Tree before it's demise).
Earth Day in Highland Park


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


2013

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 Nature Center

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!

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!

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

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.

Tuesday, May 14th

Traverse City, Michigan

Lecture at the Trail Marker Tree Site and Book Signing at the Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center.
Mr. Downes, joined by Hilda Williams, and Bill Kennis and Bruce Wiegand of the History Center of Traverse City, gave a short educational lecture at the site of the Traverse City Trail Tree. Mr. Downes was then invited to the Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to have a small exhibit and book signing. The Museum Director, Cindy Winslow, and Museum Curator, Marjorie Jacko, were able to participate in this great event.

Saturday, May 4th

Sunset Woods Park Trail Marker Tree Replacement Planting

Sunset Woods Park, Highland Park, IL
The Park District of Highland Park (Natural Areas Manager, Rebecca Grill), along with JoBe Cerny (producer and director), and Rob Rotering (Highland Park Historical Society President) helped to organize an event commemorating and replacing a documented Trail Marker Tree in Sunset Woods Park, Highland Park, Illinois. A sapling oak tree was planted as the first step in this project; in the future this oak will be shaped into a Trail Marker Tree for future generations to see. Mr. Downes will be involved in the future shaping of this tree.

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


2012
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

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

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


April 28th, 10:00 AM

Glencoe Illinois
Kalk Park


Mr. Downes will be giving a talk on trail marker trees as well as shaping a Native American trail marker tree, as part of the Arbor Day celebration in Glencoe at Kalk Park April 28th 10 AM. There will be a book signing following the talk, several Glencoe Park officials will be in attendance, Don Van Arsdale-Executive Director, Rick Bold, director of parks, and Tom Mc Donald-arborist/horticulturist. James O'Rourke former Glencoe resident and historian now residing in Green Bay will also be speaking at the event Mr. Downes has worked in Green Bay Wisconsin with Mr. O'Rourke on a project called.. a twist in time… also related to the trail marker trees that once followed the famous Green Bay trail.

The Park is located at the corner of Greenbay road And Park Ave., Glencoe, IL

For more information contact Glencoe director of parks.

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.

Saturday, March 17th 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Hours: 1:00PM -- 5:00PM



Book Signing and Educational Lecture



The author will be giving an educational lecture starting at 1 p.m. in the auditorium regarding the Trail Marker Trees and his thirty year study. After the lecture the author will be signing books. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Northbrook Public Library, Auditorium
1201 Cedar Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062

847-272-6224

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

Sunday, January 29th 2012

12:00pm - 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. Steve Young (Knonozo), local Potawatomi Historical Expert referenced in the book, will be joining the author at this event. There will also be a large informational and photographic Trail Marker Tree exhibit on display during the event. Hard Cover Books and the Special Limited Edition books will be available for sale.

Friday, December 23rd 1-3p.m.

Minocqua, Wisconsin

Book Signing Event
Book Signing Event hosted by Ann Miller of the Worldly Bookers Book Club, the author will be present for the entirety of the event to sign your books!

December 15th
5:30-9 p.m.

Holiday Open House, Art Show, and Trail Marker Tree Exhibit

432 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL

312-755-9999
Please join us in celebrating the season for the annual Holiday Open House! There will be Originals, Prints, and Proofs including some of the newest Original Trail Marker Tree pieces that were featured in the book, “Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through the Wilderness.” There will also be an informational Trail Marker Tree exhibit on display. As a special treat, author Dennis Downes will be signing copies of his book! Come for the art, books, exhibit, or even just the festive appetizers and cocktails! Hope to see you there!

The Art Show and Trail Marker Tree exhibit will be on display and open to the public through January 15th 9a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, books are also available for sale!

December 8, 2011
6-8p.m.
Barnes and Noble
720 Hawthorne Center
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Book Signing at Barnes and Noble

Dennis will be signing books at the Vernon Hills Barnes and Noble as part of the Book Fair.
Part of the proceeds from this event will go to the Lake County Discovery Museum.

The Antioch Fine Arts Foundation (AFAF)

Saturday, December 3rd
12:00pm - 4:00 pm

817 Main Street, Antioch, IL 60002


The Antioch Fine Arts Foundation (AFAF) in partnership with the Lakes Region Historical Society are pleased to announce that local artist and author Dennis Downes will be signing books from 12:00-4:00 pm on December 3, 2011 at the Lakes Region Historical Society on 817 Main Street (Route 83) in Antioch.

To highlight the breadth and depth of Dennis' work, his artwork will also be on display at the Antioch Fine Arts Gallery. Several original sketches from his new book will be on display at this event. Stop into the AFAF gallery after you see Dennis at the Old School House on December 3rd, there will be hot cider and light snacks at the Gallery. This event is open to the public. The exhibit will be up for the month of December.

During the event Mayor L. Hansen made an official Proclamation declaring December 3rd Dennis Downes Day.
Click here to see the Proclamation
Antioch Book Signing

Thursday, November 17th

12:00pm

WGN Television
Dennis will be appearing on WGN Midday News Thursday, November 17th at noon (Central Time).
If you live in the Chicagoland area WGN is channel 9, otherwise please check your provider's channel listings.
You can also go to this website, type in your zip code, and find out what channel WGN is on where you are located:
www.wgnamerica.com/about/channelfinder/

Dennis will be discussing his new book, Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through the Wilderness, his study, and related historical sculptures.

If you miss Dennis on TV, you can catch him on WGN online: www.wgntv.com/news/middaynews/ after the show is aired on TV.

November 1th 7:00-8:00 p.m Dennis will appear on WTTW's Chicago Tonight, with Geoffrey Baer being interviewed about his newly releases book, Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths through the Wilderness To watch the interview click here

Thursday, October 20th
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Book Signing of the Newly Released:

Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through the Wilderness


The author, Dennis Downes, and Janet Davies, well-known Chicago television host, executive producer of ABC7 News's 190 North, and historian who wrote the foreword will both be in attendance. Both Hard Cover and Special Limited Edition Books will be available for purchase, Dennis and Janet will both be signing books. A large photographic and informational Trail Marker Tree exhibit will on display for the event.

The event will take place at 432 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

For more information call: 847-395-8875

April 29-30, 2011

6:30 - 11:00
The Art Garage
1409 Main Street Green Bay, WI 54302-1701
“A New Twist in Time” As part of the Arbor Day and Earth Week Celebration in Green Bay, Dennis was asked to present his Trail Marker Tree exhibit along with some artistic pieces, give educational lectures, and participate in the planting of several trees to commemorate the historical Trail Marker Trees. “A New Twist in Time” included a Trail Marker Tree float in Green Bay’s Green Parade and won a special award for the float. This event partnered with the Mayor’s Beautification Committee, Brown County Historical Society, Historic Allouez Society, Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, East High School, and the Greater Green Bay EarthWeek Coalition.

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

contact us by email: research@greatlakestrailtreesociety.org
contact us by phone: 847.395.8875