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January, 2016


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February, 2016


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March, 2016


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March 4 - 6, 2016 for STUDENT ARTISTS

The St Charles Arts Council presents ArtsFest | St Charles, 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.  ArtsFest 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 Call to Artists - in ALL Artistic Disciplines [performing and visual arts] is out NOW.


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Presented and Sponsored by the St Charles Arts Council, American Legion Post 342, AMVETS Post 503, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5036, and P-ARTS/East High School in partnership with School District 303

Inaugural Event, Saturday, November 7 – Saturday, November 14, 2015

All veterans served our country, whether or not they fought in a war, were drafted, or volunteered. That service deserves our respect and admiration. It also demands that those of us who benefitted from that service learn about it – and art plays a crucial role in that education. Art is a vehicle to tell veterans’ stories of service and sacrifice. Artists are a voice for veterans and provide us all with vehicles for remembrance.

Event Purpose: to give veterans an opportunity to tell their stories of service through the arts – the written and spoken word, visual art and video, and the performing arts – and to give the community a chance to learn more about veterans and their experiences through art.

Featured Program of the CVTA:   VETERAN HONOR SHOW at the Arcada Theatre
The Veteran Honor Show was part Concert and part Theater, combining music, videos, and the spoken word to tell veterans' stories.  Attendees at this wonderful show were given the opportunity to learn more about veterans' service and to give our veterans the visible gift of their support.
Performers were:  The St. Charles Singers Ensemble |  Mark Ponzo  |  Jim Green  |  Charl McAllister  |  Richard Williams  |  Patrikc Mola  |  Scott Surowiecki  |  Gordon Bellaver [audio]

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Mark Ponzo, trumpet | Jim Green, vocals&acoustic guitar | CHAR McAllister, vocals | Gordon Bellaver, Star Spangled Banner [audio]

More information about this unique and powerful show, and the performers.

Very Special Thanks to Onesti Entertainment for the use of the Arcada for this evening.

 Other CVTA Programs:
“Yes, I Served and I’m Your Neighbor”
A gallery of photographs of veterans then and now. Guy J. Bellaver, Army Veteran and project curator explains – “We used to know everyone in our community – we knew who served, whose kid served, and if a family had lost someone in a war. In today’s mobile society, we’ve lost a lot of that community knowledge – and vets typically don’t tell people they served. So we want to give vets and the community a chance to change that.”


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Writers: Wayne Johnson [veteran], Jay Payleitner, and Tricia Marcella Cimera.
Videographers: STC East High School Class of 2017 and Eric Walter.
Visual Artists are listed at:
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This juried art gallery included the work of veterans using the mediums of visual and video art to tell their stories, and the work of artists who are not veterans exploring the theme of “Stories”. The gallery displayed the written and video interviews of veterans done by local writers and East H.S. '17’s Library of Congress Veterans Interview Project.
The gallery also included exterior windows painted by STC East High School students. Designer: Nina Grover  and Production Team: Caela Obrecht | Leah Kelly | Will McCarthy | Sydney Aganon | Nina Grover
East High School Advisers:  Mike Karson | Neil Currie

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Installation Art Project by Artist Rita Grendze – “Surfacing”
A sculptural project installed on the front lawn of the Baker Community Center, this installation communicated the theme of veterans telling their stories of service and sacrifice.
  More about this project: neXtgalleryStCharles.org
A short video interview with Rita Grendze about the project during its installation.

St. Charles North High School Concert Bands' Veterans Day Concert
This concert is a tribute to Veterans' service to this great nation. For the students and community, it emphasizes the importance of Veterans Day, enabling us to honor our veterans and thank them for giving us the gift of freedom.

Celebrating Veterans Reception
Music - Phil and John Ladeur 



RECENT EVENTS:

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

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Featured:
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]

Music:
Mike Aleckson - guitar.

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

Culture/History:
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]


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 neXtgalleryStCharles.org.

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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 info@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org.
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 ArtistLiaison@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org.

Images from the 2014 Event

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Images from the 2014 Student Event - courtesy of Amy Furio and Claudia Frost


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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. 
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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 info@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org

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

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.


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


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 - reflectionsatvolunteerplaza.wordpress.com

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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 info@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org.

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Mission
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.