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an ART at HOME


an ART at WORK?

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These programs feature performing, visual, and/or culinary artists
showcased in the homes or businesses of local arts supporters.


Please Join Us For The Inaugural "At WORK" Event!
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Suburban Tire Auto Repair Centers
1900 Lincoln Highway [Route 38], St. Charles
(across the street from Binny's)

Open House - Saturday, October 4, 2014
6 to 8 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Reception

The St. Charles Suburban Tire Auto Repair Center
was transformed into an Arts Center for the night.
Tire displays became art displays.  TV monitors displayed film.
Auto hoists became table legs. Great jazz filled the air.

Music, art, video, food and drink - all in unexpected places. 
That's ART at WORK!

Visual Artists - Peggy Sue Seehafer, Patti Parish, and Todd Willing
Video Artist - Bart Woodstrup
Jazz Duo - Mike Aleckson (guitar) and Daniel Lopatka (bass)

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Peggy Sue Seehafer

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Patti Parish

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Mike Aleckson

Mike Aleckson is a guitarist from Saint Charles, IL. He received his Bachelors of Music degree from Northern Illinois University, where he studied with renowned guitarist Fareed Haque. He has performed in a variety of solo, duo, and group settings in the Chicagoland area. In addition to performing, Mike is an accomplished educator. He has taught at the Adler Institute of Music in Libertyville and Sounds Like Music in Geneva. He currently teaches lessons in guitar, bass, theory and improvisation from his private studio in St. Charles.

Daniel Lopatka is a bassist from Chicago , Illinois . He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in 2010 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and went on to receive his Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University in 2012. Daniel has performed with many well-known artists including four-time Grammy nominee Stefon Harris, Emmy Award-winning composer Orbert Davis, and Motown legend Martha Reeves. He has also made several appearances on nationally syndicated television shows like Green Screen Adventures and Jerry Springer and has performed the national anthem for professional league games on the NBA and MLB networks. 

Suggested Donation $10 to benefit the SCAC's
Charlie's Center for the Arts
- Student Artist Event
and the Friends of the St. Charles Public Library
$10 donor will be given a $10 Gift Card to Suburban Tire Auto Repair Centers

A HUGE THANK YOU to our Very Generous Sponsor
Suburban Tire Auto Repair Center and Steve Leffler

The ART at WORK [and ART at HOME] Programs are an initiative of the St Charles Arts Council intended to provide tangible support for artists, giving them opportunities to showcase and be compensated for their talent. These events have feature the work of performing artists, visual artists, and culinary artists. The Arts Council encourages people to open up their Homes or Businesses to support the arts, and encourages artists to contact the SCAC to learn about showcase opportunities. Contact the council at 630.443.3794 or">

The St Charles Arts Council and our Arts and Civic Partners
Thank You for Attending/Participating in our City-wide, All-Arts Event

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We hope you enjoyed it, and look forward to this Annual Event!
Next year's dates - September 11 - 13, 2015

Keep your eyes open for more information about the upcoming annual
Charlie's Center for the Arts - Student Artists Event - March 6 - 8, 2015

Both of the Charlie’s events encompass venues all over town that include art galleries, film, music, spoken word performances, dance, live theater - featuring the programming of our Arts + Civic Partners.

Charlie's Event for Professional Artists - 2014 lineup.

Scroll down for more details about this great event.

Thanks to our Sponsors
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Featured Opening Night Event: Charlie's Film App Festival

Cult Film Classic Night of the Living Dead is coming to the Arcada Theater         
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Thursday, September 11, 7:30 p.m.
Seats are $10.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Net proceeds to support the arts in St. Charles.
Thank-you to Ron Onesti and OShows.

Film App Festival - More Indie Films
Baker Community Center  •  101 S. 2nd Street

Saturday, September 13 - Doors open at 7 p.m.

Outdoor Multimedia Video Installation - the original film - Under Saraswati River - will be projected onto the interior roof of the Route 64 bridge pavilion on the southeast corner of the bridge -
LOCATION: next to BMO/Harris Bank and half a block from the neXt gallery
Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13
artist: Bart Woodstrup
sound: Curtis Bahn (sitar), Jayeeta Chowdhury (vocals), and Bart Woodstrup (electronics)

bart coalMine.for web siteUnder Saraswati River is a multimedia presentation that was originally created for a planetarium dome. The title is in reference to an ancient river in India, and "Saraswati" is also the name of a Hindu deity who represents learning in science and the arts. The video installation creates the virtual experience of looking up at the sky from the river bed as symbolic representations of water issues, art, technology, and Indian culture pass overhead. More information on the work can be seen here:

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Featured Friday Night Event: Artist Reception - Friday, September 12 - 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
11 East Main Street
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

3 Galleries in 1 Building:
Gallery #1
- "What's Black and White and Re[a]d All Over?"
Gallery #2 - More, But Different...
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"A Small Gem of a Gallery"
Gallery Hours - Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12 to 8 p.m., Sunday 12 to 5 p.m.                                   
Gallery Phone Number - 630.429.0973  More information:

Cedar Avenue Studios
1020 Cedar Avenue
CEDAR AVENUE postcard 2Featuring the work of: 
Anne Ressman-Zabinski - Art by ARZ   •  Catie Barron - Catarzina, artwork by Catie Barron
Laura Stoecker - Laura Stoecker Photography Ltd  •  John Granata  •  Al DaValle  •  Amy Furio

Located in an historic banjo factory, the Cedar Avenue artists present their September Skylight Gallery show.  A variety of mediums are represented; oil paint, oil pastel, fumage and photography on unique surfaces, so come out to the reception and meet the artists.
Artist Reception Saturday September 13th between 7-10pm.  
Gallery hours; September 11th-14th, Thursday-Sunday, from 10am to 5pm.

Sculpture in the Park
Mt. St. Mary Park - downtown St. Charles - Open dawn to dusk every day during the Charlie's Event
In a shady arboretum by the river, is Sculpture in the Park at Mt. St. Mary Park - a joint project of the Park District and Park Foundation to raise awareness of the sculptural arts and the beautiful parks downtown. For more information, visit

Outdoor Photography
Primrose Farm
Award-winning photographer Mike Frankowski runs this hands-on workshop. The farm in the fall offers a variety of unique photo opportunities. Bring a camera - cell phone to high-tech equipment. For amateur and experienced photographers. Advance registration required. Ages 16+. Information at

Saturday • September 14 • 5-7pm •  Resident $24/Nonresident $36  • Code 26745

Hickory Knolls Discovery Center Art Gallery
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Hickory Knolls is featuring nature photography from James E. and Nanette B. Stephens. Hickory Knolls, 3795 Campton Hills Rd. is in the James O. Breen Community Park. For more information, visit

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Fine Line Creative Arts Center's 35th Anniversary Weekend
Kavanagh Gallery Art Show

"Layers" A Nationally Juried Collage Show

September 13th to October 5th  •  Reception Saturday, September 12th - 5:30 to 8 p.m.

"Anything But Dessert" - A Fine Line 35th Anniversary Social & Concert
Saturday, September 13   •   5 - 7 pm Celebration Pot Luck $5/$8. Bring a dish to pass!
8 - 10 pm Randy Sabien Concert in the Kavanagh Gallery $20/$25

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Randy Sabien is a bluesy, rocking' jazz violinist, who has captured audiences worldwide!
Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Seating is limited.

One Day - Two Great Events

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Come for dinner, stay for the concert! 

Concert Tickets:

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505 Main Street • 630.360.1410
Wine & Canvas Event, September 13, 7 - 9 p.m. (21 and over)
Cookies and Canvas, September 13, 1 - 3 p.m. (Parent and child canvas painting)
Open Studio Painting Event, September 13, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (All Ages)
Open Studio Painting Event, September 14, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (All Ages)

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117 West Main Street
Awesome Art Afternoon and Print Demonstrations

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1040 Dunham Road
Vicinity '14 [Visual Art Show]

A Gallery of Nature
Wasco Nursery and Garden Center  •  41W781 Route 64  •  Gallery Open during Garden Center hours
Featured Exhibit: "En Plein Air & More" • September 11, 12, 13, 14
Using on-site outdoor vistas, along with contemporary nature-themed artwork created with watercolors, oil pastels and mixed-media by acclaimed artists of The Wayne Art League.    The gallery is open during Wasco Nursery and Garden Center business hours. A Gallery of Nature is administered and curated by Cultural Connection,

SCPL logo 2.39KBSt. Charles Public Library - Mezzanine Art Gallery
1 South Sixth Avenue  •  Gallery Open during Library business hours

Janet Wickham - Oil Stick, Mixed Media Tree bark paintings, and Ink Drawings
Reception, Sunday, September 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the gallery

DANCE and MUSIC [scroll down for more Musical programming]

Featured Event: FREE
Tri-City Swing, the St Charles Arts Council & the St. Charles Park District Present:
Jazz Age Party in the ParkPottawatomie Park • Sunday, September 14 • 12:00 noon
[in the event of rain, the Jazz Age Party will be held in the Baker Community Center]

River ImageJazz Age Dancing and Music, featuring Tri-City Swing and the Fat Babies - a musical group that the Chicago Tribune calls "...inspired and admired septet specializing in music of the pre-bebop 1920s and '30s...Long may they play."
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Mission:create and support a community of dancers and musicians who celebrate and engage in the jazz and social dances of the early 20th century, whose rich history is the cultural heritage of all Americans.
More information at

City logo.for web siteThanks to the St. Charles Park District for their donation of Pottawatomie Park and Pavilion
and the City of St. Charles' Visitors and Cultural Commission for a grant to support this program.


FVR B.Beach.for web siteFox Valley Repertory
4051 East Main Street
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Neil Simon's Heart-Warming Comedy

Friday, September 12@8 pm • Saturday, September 13@8 pm • Sunday, September 14@2 pm

Box Office: 630.584.6342

FVR Logo hi-res.for web siteBased on Neil Simon's memoirs of growing up in Brooklyn, this coming-of-age comedy recounts life in 1937 through the eyes of a young teenage boy.  This bittersweet memoir is an affectionate, entertaining lesson in overcoming hard times with warmth and humor. Rating: PG13

steel-beamSteel Beam Theatre
111 W. Main Street
Saturday and Sunday
Steel Beam Theatre opens their 14th season of wonderful live theatre with a production of Almost Maine.


Tailgate Prophet Street Poetry
Featuring Russ Devereaux
House Pub
16 S Riverside Ave
Saturday, September 13, 8:00 p.m.

The House Pub will be hosting a night of energetic and inspirational street poetry featuring St. Charles’ very own Russ Devereaux. The second floor lounge will be filled with the words, images, and stories inspired by living in such a vibrant community—St. Charles, IL. Come share a stellar martini or one of the hundreds of beers The House Pub boasts on their floor to ceiling drink menu, while being taken away on a true storyteller’s journey. This show will be open to the public (21+) with free admission. Come out and experience a night like never before! Drink local, listen local, support local!

This event features St. Charles’ very own poet, Russ Devereaux. Check him out:

St. Charles Public Library
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Children's Story Time Series - Story Room
Thursday, September 11
Registration Required


Downtown St. Charles Partnership's Jazz Weekend
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St. Charles Jazz Weekend drives live jazz in different downtown establishments. Music spans from lunch through evening, encouraging people to enjoy jazz at multiple venues.

frank with platinumGrammy Award Winning Saxophonist, Frank Catalano, will be back to perform during the weekend. The Filling Station Pub & Grill will have Frank Catalano performing on Thursday, September 11 from 7-10pm

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Check out the DSCP web site for all of the jazz artists and all of the venues.

Arcada Theatre
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Friday, September 12
Lita Ford - Known as the lead guitarist of The Runaways with Joan Jett.  Relive the rockin' '80s at the Arcada with one of rock's finest guitarists!
Saturday, September 13
Lou Gramm - The VOICE of Foreigner comes to the Arcada and what a show he puts on! Rock royalty comes to the Arcada for one night only!

St. Charles Public Library
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Sunday, September 14 @ 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Dois no Choro - Concert sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Enjoy the delightful sounds of Brazilian music with talented flutist Julie Koidin and Chicago's best Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Paulinho Garcia. Together they create a perfectly balanced blend reminiscent of a warm Rio night. No Registration Necessary - DROP IN.

St Charles Arts Council and St. Charles Park District
Lincoln Park
Thursday, September 11 @6:30
Free Concert featuring Fight With Monsters

Vero Voce
951 State Avenue, Suite F
Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13 - 7:30 p.m.

Dawn Harkins image.web siteDAWN OF A NEW DAY:Dawn Harkins, singer/actress/wife/mother, with accompanist Richard Trost takes you on a musical tour through the milestones of her adult life. Her very personal story is told through the music of Broadway greats Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Scanlan & Tesori, Rodgers & Hart and Kander & Ebb. Join her for a sometimes funny, sometimes emotional, always human evening of Broadway standards and novelty songs. Reservations are highly recommended.
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For more information about the Charlie's Center for the Arts Event:

Call 630.443.3794 or email

Charlie's Center for the Arts - Student Artists
Coming in 2015: 2nd Annual Event - March 6 - 8, 2015

Charlie s Center Arts logo tiny logo ProThe St Charles Arts Council, in partnership with the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation and Community Unit School District 303 hosts an annual All-City, All-Arts Event for student artists – Charlie’s Center for the Arts – STUDENT ARTISTS. The event encompasses venues all over the city featuring visual art and film galleries/studios, music, spoken word performances, dance, and live theater – all of which feature K – 12 and college student artists.

THANKS so much to the COMMUNITY for their support of these young artists.

If you're a student artist, teacher, parent, volunteer, or arts-based business - in any artistic discipline - and are interested in being involved in this event next year, please contact the SCAC at 630.443.3794 or

The mission of this event is to engage the Community with the Performing and Visual Art of Students in programming throughout St. Charles.

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 The inaugural Charlie's featuring Student Artists took place February 14 - 16, 2014.

The event featured a Student Showcase with K - college performers in dance and music and the neXt gallery on East Main

Thanks to participating Arts and Civic Partners and to the City of St. Charles for their support of this Event.


asART at Home and ART at Work

The Art At Home/Art At Work programs feature performing and visual artists showcased in the homes or businesses of local arts supporters. 

Art At Work - Open House - Saturday, October 4, 2014
Jazz, Visual Art, and a Wine/Cheese Reception
Suburban Tire and Auto
1900 Lincoln Highway
Check back for more details!

Recent Event - June, 2014 Art At Home featuring Scott Stevenson on piano, Guy J. Bellaver's sculptures and
Carly Faye Smith + Christopher Potter - Lighting Design and Sculpture. 
This event was a fundraiser for the reflections Public Art Project.  More information may be found on the project blog -

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For more information about the "Art At Home" or "Art At Work" programs, please contact the Arts Council at 630.443.3794 or email


Check back regularly for announcements and more information about upcoming arts events.


To create an organization that serves and promotes the arts and cultural activities in St. Charles, to the mutual benefit of the arts and the community.