• Coming Up Next: March 6 - 8: Student Artists Event - Tickets for the Fareed Haque Concert are on sale NOW - Scroll down for more information about the Event and how to get Concert Tickets
  • October 2014 ART at WORK [Want to Host one? Call 630.443.3794] - scroll down for more information
  • Sep 2014: Charlie's Center for the Arts - Professional Artists - scroll down for more information
  • June 2014: ART at HOME [Want to Host one? Call 630.443.3794] - scroll down for more information

Coming up Next:
Charlies logo.for web site

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

The St Charles Arts Council, in partnership with Northern Illinois University, presents the All-Arts Event – Charlie’s Center for the Arts – for STUDENT ARTISTS.

The Charlie’s Student Artist Event is an annual event that takes place the first weekend in March to align with Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Month - nationally recognized annual observances to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Charlie’s will encompass venues that feature art and video galleries, music, and dance, which will showcase the performing and visual art of kindergarten – college student artists.

The 2015 Event Highlight - Concert with jazz great Fareed Haque + the Alex Murphy Quartet and Master Class students "sitting in"!!  Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Baker Community Center.

Full Event Lineup:
Friday, March 6:
ART TEACHER.web site
6:30 to 9:00 p.m. - Opening Reception for the neXt gallery on East Main Street [visual art and video]. The gallery will be in the building at 11 E. Main Street, next to Smitty's on the Corner.  Participating students are from the Tri-Cities, Naperville, Palatine, DeKalb, and even as far away as Missouri.  The gallery also features a video project from Bart Woodstrup's NIU class.  The gallery will be open from March 6 through March 22 - Wednesdays through Sundays.  More information is at

parts logo
 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. - Variety Show at East High School presented by P-ARTS [People for the Arts] an Arts Booster and Advocacy organization at East - check it out on Facebook!

Saturday, March 7:
niu12 noon to 1:30 p.m. - FREE MASTER CLASS [underwritten by NIU] - with Assistant Professor of Dance at Northern Illinois University, Richard Grund. To register for the Master Class, simply call or email the SCAC - 630.443.3794 or

fareed15:00 to 6:00 p.m. - FREE MASTER CLASS [underwritten by the St Charles Arts Council] - Fareed Haque will lead a Master Class for student musicians.  And he will choose some of these students to "sit in" on that night's Concert. To register for the Master Class, simply call or email the SCAC - 630.443.3794 or
get-fareed-haque-website7:30 to 9:00 p.m. - CONCERT at the Baker Community Center [101 S. 2nd Street, St. Charles] featuring modern guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque and his Trio, with Student Jazz Musicians "sitting in".  The Alex Murphy Quartet will open the concert.      

Tickets are on sale now for $20 [seating is limited] to hear this jazz legend. Haque has performed all over the world, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, and has played with a variety of musicians, including Sting, David Sanborn, and the Chicago Sinfonietta. As a professor at NIU, Haque is uniquely suited to this student event, mentoring these young artists and incorporating their amazing talent into the concert.

Purchase tickets online by making a donation to the SCAC through our web site. [On the DONATIONS page, immediately under MAKE A DONATION, is a yellow button which says "Donate" - click on the button. On the 2nd screen in PayPal, go to “Add special instructions to the seller:” and fill in “Tickets”. We’ll send you confirmation within 24 hours.] Or, you may contact the St Charles Arts Council at 630.443.3794 or send an email to for ticket information or to reserve a ticket.

WDCB Jazz URL-png.1

Thanks to WDCB for their promotional sponsorship.

Sunday, March 8
Sea Songs.resize.web1:30 to 3:00 p.m. - Student Showcase at the Baker Center with student musicians and dancers from all over the region.
Students from NIU's School of Dance
Jessica Blakely, Sam Schatz, and
The Alex Murphy Quartet - St. Charles
Nathan Sands - Aurora University
Sam Schatz - St. Charles
TFBN Jazz Band - St. Charles - Jack Macklin, Jimmy Farace, Anna Moritz, Andy Heuser, Arman Sangalang, Daniel Haugen, Michael Carbonell
The Weber Irish Dancers
St. Charles Park District Dance Troupes

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

Images from some of the 2014 Charlie’s Student Event can be seen below and on our Facebook page, as well as the neXt gallery web site and Facebook page.

More information about the 2015 event’s complete line-up of programs and artists will be available on the Events page and our Facebook page as the date draws closer.

Charlie s Center Arts logo tiny logo ProTHANKS so much to the COMMUNITY for their support of these young artists. 
THANKS also to our SPONSORS/SUPPORTERS/PARTNERS - P-ARTS, Kiwanis Club of St. Charles, Northern Illinois University [Judy Chitwood, Paula Frasz, Bart Woodstrup], St. Charles Visitors and Cultural Commission, St. Charles Park District
THANKS - as always - to our fantastic volunteers, including [but not limited to!] Mike Aleckson, Catie Barron, Becky Blaine, Diana Brown, Sue McDowell, Jay Rodgers, Juli Schatz, and Donna Stockman.

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

Images from the 2014 Event

ART TEACHER.web site   CROWD.web site    T Hofmeyer.web site    Sea Songs    Reedus.web site    Ashley Wenzel Aurora Universtity.web site      GRANDPARENTS 02      Group.web site      REDVELVETINEGIRL.web site    Hyelin Bae and Hannah Buckle performing a suit of music by Benjamin Godard.web site   St. Charles Dance Company.web sote
Images from the 2014 Student Event - courtesy of Amy Furio and Claudia Frost

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. 

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

The Inaugural "ART At WORK" Event!
STC Logo.for web site

1900 Lincoln Highway [Route 38], St. Charles

Open House, Saturday, October 4, 2014. Suburban Tire 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. Plus great wine and a wonderful buffet.

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

Suburban Tire's AAW Featured:
Visual Art - Peggy Sue Seehafer, Patti Parish, and Todd Willing. Film - Bart Woodstrup.  Jazz Duo - Mike Aleckson (guitar) and Daniel Lopatka (bass)

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


The ART at WORK [and ART at HOME] Programs are an intiative of the SCAC, intended to provide tangible support for artists, giving them opportunities to showcase and be compensated for their talent.  These events have featured 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 or 

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 -

Scott Stevenson.resize         Guy and Sharon.resize         back yard deck.resize


The St Charles Arts Council and our Arts and Civic Partners
Thank You for Attending/Participating in our City-wide, All-Arts Event
featuring Professional Artists
Charlies logo.for web site  FESTIVAL schmear and dates.crop

We hope you enjoyed it, and look forward to this Annual Event!
Next year's dates - September 11 through 20, 2015


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.