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Neighbors of Kane County

Annual Fine Line Arts Festival held June 3

May 01, 2017 11:44AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

The annual Fine Line Arts Festival takes place June 3rd.  This amazing one day event boasts a wealth of fun for the whole family, with no admission fee.

Artist demonstrations are given by faculty members of Fine Line, which this year will include Oil Pastel, Polymer Clay and Blacksmithing.  Some faculty members will be offering small and take projects, where the participant is able to finish a small project, to take home the same day, using various methods such as basket weaving, needle felting and indigo dyeing. 

As in previous years there will be the opportunity to glaze a piece of purchased pottery on site using the Raku method.  Once the glazed is added, the pottery is then melted and immersed in a combustible material to create the final glaze.  It’s exciting and fun, with the outcome often unpredictable.  You can take home your finished pottery item on the same day.

A new additional this year is the Artisan Market.  The work of over 40 artists will be housed in a large tented area on the Fine Line Campus.   This is a great addition to the Festival and includes artists whose work has not previously been shown on the Fine Line campus.  There will be an abundance of items including ceramics, jewelry, woven items and pictures, all created by talented local artists and available for purchase. 

Local musicians will perform throughout the day.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information and updates see our website

If you have never been out to Fine Line Creative Arts Center, it is well worth making the trip.  The Center is situated west of downtown St Charles.  Sitting on 12 acres, it is home to a vibrant artist community.  Year round classes are offered in various art forms, both traditional, such as painting, ceramics, fused glass and the more obscure or hard to find classes such as spinning, weaving, dyeing and blacksmithing.  The buildings also house two galleries, the Kavanagh Gallery, named after Fine Lines founder, Denise Kavanagh and the Dempsey Gallery named after Lawrence Dempsey.   The Kavanagh Gallery is an open, light-filled space that was created for the presentation of a wide range of art exhibits.  Exhibits are changed every 6-8 weeks and often include pieces by out of state artists

Fine Line artists, both new and seasoned to have the option to place work in the Dempsey gallery for up to six months.  It is an opportunity for artists to have work for sale without needing to be present.  The gallery showcases the work of local artists including Jewelry, ceramics and fiber artists.  Both galleries are open 10 am – 5 pm Monday - Saturday.

This year Fine Line will be the venue for 11 outdoor sculptures created by artists from Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.  These sculptures installed in late May will remain on the campus until late October, and are worth the trip to see.

Fine Line has a lot to offer to both artists and those who appreciate unique and interesting items.  Stop by and see for yourself!

Fine Line Creative Arts Center

37W570 Bolcum Rd

St Charles IL 60175

Telephone 630-584-9443

Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm