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ArtsFest St. Charles, ALL of the ARTS, ALL over TOWN

Aug 21, 2018 01:04PM ● By Tim

August 21, 2018, St. Charles, IL – St. Charles Arts Council  in partnership with the St. Charles Park District , presents ArtsFest | St. Charles – ALL of the ARTS, ALL over TOWN – from Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 17.  The event features arts programming going on all over town. 

ArtsFest Juried Pop-Up Gallery - Participating Artists To Be Announced August 24th. The SCAC's Pop-Up Art Gallery program temporarily transforms vacant properties into new art venues.  These juried galleries promote the work of local and regional artists, creating energy and excitement in non-traditional spaces.  Past galleries have included media such as photography, painting, sculpture, and graphic art and have included Spoken Word, Dance, and Musical performances. Opening/Artist Reception, Friday September 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. and then open Fridays and Saturdays from September 8 – September 29 and hours by appointment. 311 N. 2nd Street, Suite 100 (between Jalisco Tacos and E & S Fish Company) 

Sculpture in the Park – the 13th Annual Event which showcases large sculptures in one of the Park District’s beautiful downtown pocket parks. Open during Park Hours. Mt. St. Mary Park, between Route 31 and the Fox River, south of Prairie Street,

 St. Charles Public Library - Mezzanine Gallery – Art in Public Places Show  This show celebrates the first anniversary of the SCAC’s signature public art project, ( See work by artists Peggy Sue Seehafer, Kaz Ayukawa, Gregory Chapman and Todd Willing, whose public art appears in the AiPP project – a collection of nearly 180 pieces of public art.  Visit the web site – see the artwork and/or download the PDF for a self-guided tour.  Or download Otocast, go to St. Charles, and listen to artists tell the stories of 25 of the pieces in the collection.  Open during Library Hours. 1 S. 6th Avenue. 

Fine Line Creative Arts - Studio Art Quilters Association Show – “Stitched Together” – is a new exhibit of contemporary fiber art work by Illinois and Wisconsin regional members of the Midwest Studio Art Quilt Associates. The exhibit consists of 30 art quilts by 30 artists, juried by fiber artist Sharon L. Wright. The show features contemporary art quilts varying in artistic interpretation, style, and technique. Work by juror Sharon Wright and Co-curators Pat Kroth and Cynthia Wenslow will also be included. Reception on September 14 from 6 – 8 pm, open during Fine Line Create Arts Center Hours. 37W570 Bolcum Road, 

1116 GALLERY,  The 116 GALLERY exhibit “Emotion and Matter” features artists Thomas Masters and Michael William Foster. Masters's work includes two distinct mediums: mono type prints, his “time lapse” series and acrylics on canvas, all visionary abstracts. Using acrylics and India ink on canvas, Foster’s work represents information and data in its raw form. On-Site presentation of inks and oils on canvas by Michael William Foster during ArtsFest, Saturday, September 8 from 11 am to 1 pm. Open during Gallery hours – for specific days/times, 116 W. Main Street, 

A Gallery of Nature -  The Gallery of Nature, “Verdant Impressions” feature members of the Wayne Art League. Blossoms, blooms and luxurious landscapes are presented in oil pastels, watercolors, prismacolor, oils and collages. Highlighted is the Saturday, September 8, 3-5pm reception – On-Site presentation of oil pastels and watercolor techniques. Wayne Art League Reception, September 8, 3 to 5 pmOpen during Wasco Nursery hours, 41W781 Illinois Route 64. 

Norris Cultural Arts Center - Vicinity Show The Norris Cultural Arts Center presents its annual exhibit, Vicinity, featuring works in all media created by artists living within 50 miles of the gallery. Vicinity 2018 opens on Saturday, September 15, and runs through Sunday, November 4. Admission is free. A public reception honoring the artists will be held on Sunday, September 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. Opening in 1978, the Norris Gallery has hosted hundreds of art exhibits, featuring all major genres of visual art. Each year, the galleries present the work of hundreds of artists. Open during ArtsFest on September 15 and 16.  After that during Gallery Hours. 1040 Dunham Road, 

Steel Beam Theatre - Steel Beam Theatre Art Gallery exhibit of “Collages” by artist Nancy Staszak is featured from September 7 through October 7, during the performance run of Steel Beam Theatre’s “Girls Night”. The gallery is open before and throughout all performances. Staszak’s collages reflect on thoughts, messages, and images that have inspired the artist. Open during Steel Beam Theatre performances, 111 W. Main Street. 

Laura Stoecker Photography LTD -  When you arrive at Laura's studio, you'll be greeted by a gallery of tender-hearted, joyful and fun portraiture that will surely make you smile. A photojournalist by trade (formerly of the Daily Herald), Laura now concentrates full time on portraits, travel, underwater and abstract photography. Limited edition fine art prints of travel imagery featuring the U.S. and abroad will be available for purchase, along with one-of-a-kind fine art abstract photography pieces.  Open Studio/Gallery, Sept 7-16. Times may vary. (630) 744-9728, 1020 Cedar Avenue, 2B, 

Fox.Build -  The Art on the Walls program is a partnership of Fox.Build and the SCAC.  Fox.Build is hosting an SCAC organized two-person show in their new location. Featuring the work of Hollis Levine and Felicia Raschke. Open during Fox.Build business hours. 11 E. Main Street. 

Art Box -  Student Show ArtBox has been a supporter of the arts in the Tri-City area since 2011. ArtBox is a retail space, school, frame shop and gallery. Open during Business Hours. 720 N 17th Street, Suite 5, 

While wandering around town, check out the city’s public art using the Art in Public Places website and the Otocast App, and also keep your eyes peeled for the Poetry Crawl - NEW this year to ArtsFest.  And if you’re in town for the first weekend of the event, check out Jazz Weekend – jazz music in downtown St. Charles, featuring the Grammy winning Frank Catalano. 

The ArtsFest Poetry Crawl is inspired by "poetry in public spaces" initiatives worldwide, including recent displays in neighboring Aurora. These displays aim to bring creative writing into the public sphere, where it can be enjoyed by anyone passing by. For ArtsFest, poets from all over the world will be selected by jury to have their works put on display. Enjoy poems posted in venues across the city between September 7th and the 16th. 

Participants in the Poetry Crawl:

The Fox Poetry Box, 20 S. 12th Street

The Finery & Blacksmith Bar, 305 W. Main Street

The Grandstander, 11 N. 3rd Street

The SCAC’s ArtsFest  Pop-Up Gallery: 311 N. 2nd Street, Suite 100. Poems will be displayed with the visual art to create a multi-media experience.
Stanbridge Master Saddlers, 122 West Main Street

St. Charles Municipal Building, 2 East Main Street

Smittys on the Corner - St. Charles, IL 15 East Main Street

Fox.Build, 11 East Main Street


Information:, 630.443.3794,,