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May, 2015 OPEN HOUSE introducing the SCAC's Campaign for a Downtown Center for the Arts and Education
to serve the Creative Community and their Audiences by providing a downtown space for Creating, Performing, Exhibiting, Teaching, Learning, Sharing, and Enjoying.

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September 11 - 20
3rd Annual Event

Featuring the programming of our Arts and Civic Partners

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a painting party to discover your inner artist

Challenge Info:
- $35 to participate, which includes canvas and paint
- You'll be contacted with your scheduled time the week of August 24
- Bring food and drink for your group - whatever inspires you
- You'll receive an electronic invitation to pass on to friends, family and associates to invite them to the Hidden Artist Auction on September 19
To sign up - go to the Donations Page and CLICK on the Donate button.  Pay with a Credit Card or PayPal. On the 2nd screen, go to "Add special instructions to the seller" and fill in:  "Artist Challenge, Your Name, Name of Your Group, Number of People in Your Group [3 or 4 - 5 upon request], Contact Phone Number and Contact e-mail address".
Easy Peasy!
Or, you may contact the SCAC at 630.443.3794 or send an email to for information.

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discover the creativity

Saturday, September 19 - attend your very own Artist Reception hosted by the neXt gallery
Artist Reception - 6 p.m.
neXt gallery Reception - 6:30 p.m.
Auction - 7:30 p.m.

Group paintings will be auctioned off, and proceeds from both the painting party and the auction will go to a St. Charles Downtown Center for Arts and Education.

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303 West Main Street
September 11 - 20
More soon -

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September 12 - Hidden Artist Event
September 13 - Open Studio - 12:00 to 4:00
September 13 - Cookies & Canvas - 2:00 to 3:30
September 15 - Open Pottery Event - 5:00 to 8:00
September 16 - Cookies & Canvas - 6:00 to 7:30
September 18 - WIne & Canvas - 7:00 to 9:00
September 20 - Open Studio - 12:00 to 4:00
For more Information:

fineline logo for web siteMidwest Collage Society Exhibit: Reflections Within and Beyond
If the word "collage" evokes images of grade school projects using magazine pictures, you're in for a surprise when you see the imagination, creativity and artistic talent conveyed in the diverse collages created by 35 artists from the Midwest Collage Society. Each collage artist’s works are unique, and inspiration may come in many different forms.  Even the process and the materials used may vary greatly.

Sally Tibbetts said, “Inspiration comes from everywhere for me. I do a lot of photography and take walks with my camera, finding the ‘undiscovered’ and merging (the images) into my collages.  Usually I start with an acrylic wash and build layers using hand made papers, magazines, stamps, crayons, acrylics, strings -- pretty much anything that falls into my path. I love crows and they appear in lots of my pieces.”

Reflections Within and Beyond - Kavanagh Gallery, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Rd., St. Charles.Reception - 9/12 - 2 to 4 pm. For more information, visit:, or call: 630-584-9443
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- Sally Tibbetts

"A Gallery of Nature" exhibits ranging from classic oil paintings to exuberant mosaics - all inspired by earth's artistry.  Located in Wasco Nursery and Garden Center, 41w781 Rt. 64, St. Charles, Il 60175.  Administered and curated by Cultural Connection.

Orange Burst - Carol ZackFriday, September 11 - Monday, September 14,  exhibit "It's in Our Nature" featuring The Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Faculty Exhibit. The Fine Line faculty presents creative, artistic pieces - collage, mixed media, oil pastels, watercolor, and printmaking, all representative of the courses offered at The Fine Line.

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Wednesday, September 16 through September 20 (exhibit continues through October 26, open reception, Saturday, October 3, 4 - 6 pm); featuring "The Nature Artists Guild of the Morton Arboretum". Detailed botanical watercolors, fabric wall hangings, oil pastels, and botanical mono prints.

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Sculpture in the Park
Among the maples, oaks and pines of a shady arboretum and with the tranquil Fox River as its eastern border, you will find an exhibit like no other at Mt. St. Mary Park downtown St. Charles. Sculpture in the Park is a magnificent collection of sculpture from artists nationwide. The free exhibit runs through mid-October. It is a joint project of the St. Charles Park District and the St. Charles Park Foundation to raise awareness of the sculptural arts and the beautiful parks in downtown St. Charles. The park is open dawn to dusk. For more information, visit
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center Art Gallery

The St. Charles area is fortunate to have many talented artists who specialize in nature-themed work. This fall, the gallery will feature The Art of Nature by Dave Soderstrom.  Hickory Knolls, located at 3795 Campton Hills Road in the James O. Breen Community Park, is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sundays from 12-4pm. For more information, visit

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Mezzanine Gallery Art Exhibition
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Vicinity Show
September 11 - 20
Reception - September 20
More information: Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center


No Permission Needed- A street performance featuring Spoken Word Artist Russ Devereaux

tailgate prophetOn the evening of September 19th, out front of the majestic Municipal Building in the heart of historic downtown St. Charles, Russ Devereaux, local Street Performer and Spoken Word Artist will be showcasing his unique, energetic, and compassionate version of story-telling along the bustling street for all to see. Beginning at 6:00pm on the corner of Main Street and Riverside Drive, Devereaux will be displaying his imagination through expertly crafted verse, rhythmically appealing rhyme, and a never-ending stream of energy that will invigorate all. The Fox Valley community is invited to bring your lawn chairs, make yourself comfortable along the Fox River, and experience a powerful night of free entertainment. Whether you are an old Spoken Word aficionado or just looking for something to do before enjoying dinner at one of St. Charles renowned restaurants, Devereaux will leave you with a renewed sense of hope and appreciation for humanity. You can find a sample of Devereaux’s work on YouTube by searching “Tailgate Prophet”. Stop by for a bit or stay for the whole show. All are welcome, but don’t forget to bring your chairs!

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Good People

September 11 - 13, 18 - 20

A down on her luck woman in urban Boston tries to reunite with an old high school fling who is now a doctor and living the kind of life she wishes for. Comic, but richly human, this Pulitzer Prize-winning author creates real people making their way in the real world
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For Tickets and More information -

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Maybe Baby, It's You

September 11 -13 and 17 - 20
Pheasant Run/FVR Main Stage
More Information:

September 11, 12 & 13, 2015

Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm/Sun at 6:00 pm

Book, Music and Lyrics by Bob Walton and Jim Walton:  With a balanced look at the "joys" of growing older, through a cast of three men and three women, MID-LIFE! strikes a chord with anyone regardless of age.  A series of scenes and sketches poke fun at the frustrations of mammograms, love handles, weekend warriors and proctology exams.  The cleverly crafted songs celebrate forgetfulness, reading glasses and menopause, but also touch on the sentimental wisdom that the later years afford us.  MID-LIFE! is a hilarious romp with an honest humor about the trials and tribulations of the unavoidable aging process.  Welcome to MID-LIFE!
Tickets at | (630) 584-0139


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Sunday, September 20 - 12 to 5 p.m.
Potawatomie Park Pavillion
More information:

The Roaring Twenties Party in the Park brings together the music, atmosphere, and fun of a 1920s-era lawn party.  Step back in time with live vintage music, swing dancing, a vintage car exposition and more!  

Delight in the sounds of Chicago’s own Fat Babies Jazz Band, picnic and lounge on the lush landscape of Pottawatomie Park, and dance the afternoon away under the historic Pavillion, originally erected in 1892.  Feast your eyes on the “modern marvels” of the early automobile industry, and sample the delectable offerings of local artisanal food purveyors.  

The Roaring Twenties Party in the Park is an immersive 1920s cultural experience for all ages.  Dress in your best 1920s Sunday afternoon attire, enter the picnic contest, or submit your family’s secret recipe into the pie baking contest!

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The Stylistics - September 11
Led Zeppelin Experience starring Kashmir - September 12
Burton Cummings of The Guess Who - September 18
The Jayhawks - September 19
For more information and to purchase tickets:

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July 9 - August 2
303 West Main Street - 2nd Floor
Opening Reception - Thursday, July 9 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Thanks to Oleg Schulzheno, Orawin Technology [building owner] and Renee Raymond and Jim Tolbert of Wunderlich Securities, our event Partner for more information about the artists and the artwork in this gallery
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Music, Video, and Visual Art
Student and Professional Artists
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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November 7 - 14
Music, Visual Art, Literature, Spoken Word, Dance
Telling Veterans Stories of Service
More information coming soon...

May Open House - Downtown Center for Arts & Education - Capital Campaign Kickoff

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Visual Art Exhibition:
Skeeter Aschinger, Catie Barron, Guy J. Bellaver, Amy Klapperich Furio, John Granata, Gabriela Guganovic, Anne Ressman-Zabinski, Howard Russo, Kai Schulte, Laura Stoecker, Todd Willing, Linda Wininger, Carol Zack
, Ed Zack, Danuta Loane
Catie Barron painting "live"
Video Art:
Bart Woodstrup, Assistant Professor, College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Art and Design – Time Arts, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.

Spoken Word:
Russ Devereaux [STC East grad and a spellbinding performer]

Mike Aleckson - guitar.

The first work from the arts council’s Silken Thread - By and About Artists program
Zoe Hamilton - Dance in a Little Space

Thanks to the Heritage Center for some great photos and a playbill from the Idle Hour Theatre

An “immersive” arts experience and a fun party!

Anyone interested in the arts or interested in what the arts can do for the community, join the campaign!

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303 West Main Street [SW corner of Main & S. 3rd St.]
2nd Floor - stairs on Main and on 3rd. ELEVATOR - 3rd St. entrance
Featured Artists:
the music of John LaDeur, Phil LaDeur and Peter Mack - this instrumental folk trio plays guitar, bongo and bamboo and walnut flute - their art is gorgeous;  the inventive video of Bart Woodstrup;  the incredible spoken word of Russ Devereaux
+ a neXt gallery across the hall
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thanks to Renee Raymond and Jim Tolbert of Wunderlich, our event Partner and Oleg Schulzhenko, Orawin Technology [building owner]
Suggested Donation: $12 to benefit the SCAC's Downtown Center for Arts and Education Project

2nd Annual ARTSFest | St. Charles [Student Artist Event]
March 6 - 8, 2015

The St Charles Arts Council, in partnership with Northern Illinois University, presented the All-City, All-Arts Event 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 an2nd d video galleries, music, and dance, which will showcase the performing and visual art of kindergarten – college student artists.

Images from some of the 2015 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.
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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!

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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


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

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

The Inaugural "ART At WORK" Event!
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1900 Lincoln Highway [Route 38], St. Charles

Recent Event - 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.

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

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 web site -

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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" data-mce-href=""> or" data-mce-href=""> 



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.