• You Just Missed: March 6 - 8: Student Artists Event
  • Sep 11 - 20, 2015: Charlie's Center for the Arts - Professional Artists - scroll down for more information
  • July 24, 2015: ART at HOME [Want to Host one? Call 630.443.3794] - scroll down for more information
  • ART at WORK [Want to Host one? Call 630.443.3794] - scroll down for more information

You Just Missed:
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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, presented the All-Arts Event – Charlie’s Center for the Arts – for STUDENT ARTISTS - 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.

Images from some of the 2015 Charlie’s Student Event can be seen below and on our Facebook page, as well as the neXt gallery web site and Facebook page.  Scroll down for the Event Lineup.
Arts 6       enjoing the show       Sunday 10a       the shoes
Sunday 4     Arts 12 
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Sunday 6  Sunday 12  Arts 7
Master 11  Master 8  Master 3

Images from the 2015 Student Event - courtesy of Juli Schatz and Amy Furio

The 2015 Event Highlight - Concert with jazz great Fareed Haque + the Alex Murphy Quartet and Master Class students "sitting in"!! 
Event Lineup:
newNEXTlogo.resized for web siteOpening Reception for the neXt gallery on East Main Street [visual art and video].  Participating students are from the Tri-Cities, Naperville, Palatine, DeKalb, and even Missouri.  The gallery also features a video project from Bart Woodstrup's NIU class. Open from March 6 through 22.  More information at

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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!

niuFREE 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
FREE MASTER CLASS [underwritten by the St Charles Arts Council] - Fareed Haque lead a Master Class for student musicians, choosing some of the students to "sit in" on the Saturday night Concert.
Master 11CONCERT at the Baker Community Center featuring modern guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque and his Quartet, with Student Jazz Musicians "sitting in".  The Alex Murphy Quartet opened the concert. 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.

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Thanks to WDCB for their promotional sponsorship.

Sunday 4The Student Showcase at the Baker Center featured 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
Sunday 6Nathan 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.

THANKS 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 [special thanks to 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

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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!
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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 -

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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
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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.