September 11 - 20
3rd Annual Event
Featuring the programming of our Arts and Civic Partners
VISUAL ART AND VIDEO
Hidden Artist Challenge...
a painting party to discover your inner artist
- $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".
Or, you may contact the SCAC at 630.443.3794 or send an email to info@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org for information.
Hidden Artist Reception and Auction...
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.
pop-up Art Gallery Initiative of the St Charles Arts Council
303 West Main Street
September 11 - 20
More soon - neXtgalleryStCharles.org
All Things Art Studio
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: AllThingsArtStudio.com
Midwest 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.”
"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.
Friday, 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.
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.
St. Charles Park District
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 stcparks.org
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 stcnature.org.
No Permission Needed- A street performance featuring Spoken Word Artist Russ Devereaux
On 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!
Steel Beam Theater
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
For Tickets and More information - SteelBeamTheatre.com
Fox Valley Repertory
Maybe Baby, It's You
September 11 -13 and 17 - 20
Pheasant Run/FVR Main Stage
More Information: FoxValleyRep.org
MID-LIFE! THE CRISIS MUSICAL
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 www.verovoce.com | (630) 584-0139
MUSIC AND DANCE
Roaring Twenties Party in the Park
Sunday, September 20 - 12 to 5 p.m.
Potawatomie Park Pavillion
More information: RoaringTwentiesPartyinthePark.com
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!
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: OShows.com
The 4th Annual St. Charles Jazz Weekend highlights talented jazz musicians from across the Midwest. Playing in various venues, the live jazz provide a stimulating atmosphere for all who attend to eat great food, drink tasty bverages and hear the soothing sounds. Frank Catalano will be the headliner, kicking off the weekend at The Filling Station. See http://www.downtownstcharles.org/events/stcjazzweekend/ for more information.
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"
Bart Woodstrup, Assistant Professor, College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Art and Design – Time Arts, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.
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!
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.
Thanks to WDCB for their promotional sponsorship.
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 ArtistLiaison@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org.
Images from the 2014 Event
Images from the 2014 Student Event - courtesy of Amy Furio and Claudia Frost