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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.
HELP MAKE THIS DOWNTOWN CENTER A REALITY! Click on the Donations Page to add your support.

July 9 - Wunderlich, 303 West Main Street [corner of Main and S. 3rd St.]
2nd Floor - stairs on Main and on 3rd/elevator on 3rd
Music, Spoken Word, Video, Dance
+ a neXt gallery across the hall
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thanks to Oleg Schulzhenko, Orawin Technology [building owner] and Renee Raymond and Jim Tolbert of Wunderlich Securities, our event Partner
Suggested Donation: $12 to benefit the SCAC's Downtown Center for Arts and Education Project

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July 9 - August 2
303 West Main Street - 2nd Floor
Thanks to Oleg Schulzheno, Orawin Technology [building owner] and Renee Raymond and Jim Tolbert of Wunderlich Securities, our event Partner for more information
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September 11 - 20
3rd Annual ALL of the ARTS, ALL over TOWN Event
Featuring the programming of our Arts and Civic Partners
More information coming soon!

FINALartatWORKOctober 8 - WBK Engineering, 116 West Main Street #201
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!


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!

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


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 blog -

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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.