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The Bellavers Leave St. Charles, Legacy continues through Volunteer Work and Sculpture

Jul 08, 2019 01:37PM

Guy Bellaver's Ekwabet statue was dedicated on May 22, 1988 and got its name, meaning “watching over”, from four bands of Potawatomi who attended the ceremony. (Photo: Rick Brems, Info: scpld.org)

St. Charles - The St. Charles Arts Council said goodbye to Guy and Elizabeth Bellaver on Sunday, June 30 at the Bellaver Reception.

The Bellavers will be moving to Pittsburgh this month, so the council, members of the community and friends gathered to give them a kind farewell. 

The council shares, "They will be leaving behind their long-time home in St. Charles. They'll also be leaving behind a legacy of community involvement and arts advocacy."

Elizabeth Bellaver leaves a legacy of volunteerism and a passion for her community. She was one of the founders of the St Charles Arts Council, as well as a Board Member and the Past President of the organization. She's one of the few who has stuck with the SCAC from the beginning and has continued to lend TONS of volunteer time, passion, and energy to fulfilling the SCAC's mission. Over the years, she has rallied the community around the arts and developed important partnerships between the SCAC and civic leaders and entities, other arts organizations and businesses, and non-arts-related businesses to garner support of the arts in our community. These partnerships are integral to how SCAC functions as a community-serving not-for-profit and has laid the groundwork for the organization's successful future.

Elizabeth Bellaver (middle) leaves a "legacy of volunteerism and a passion for her community." (Image by SCAC)

Elizabeth was also at one time a coach, referee, and the President of Tri-Cities Soccer and the President and community outreach officer for P-ARTS (an arts advocacy/booster club at St. Charles East and North High Schools). While in St. Charles, she also built her own private consulting firm, The St. Charles Group, which worked with small to mid-sized privately held companies to help them achieve their companies’ growth and value goals. It is her involvement in both the private and public sector, as an entrepreneur and as a volunteer, that has made her a ubiquitous presence in St. Charles who is well-known and widely respected. 

Guy Bellaver is a professional sculptor whose work spans many media, including metal, stone, and wood, as well as mixed media which include metals, glass, and/or fiberglass. Although Guy's works have a national presence, St. Charles has been lucky enough to claim several permanent works of public sculpture from his body of work, including the iconic Ēkwabet (a sculpture along the east side of the Fox river representing a Potawatomi Indian), the City's beloved Reflections (also on the east side of the River, a glossy stainless steel monument honoring volunteerism as exemplified by Max and Doris Hunt), and one of the City's newest additions The Key (on the west side of the River, a mixed-media, vibrant, geometric piece honoring Sharon and Vern Oie).

The Key is one of Guy's most recent creations. (Image by SCAC)

Guy's Ekwabet statue stands tall on the Fox River in St. Charles. It's become an iconic part of the downtown area. (Image by Rick Brems)

In addition to his legacy of public art, Guy was one of the founders of the St Charles Arts Council, a member of the St. Charles Park District’s Sculpture in the Park Committee, and a member of the St. Charles Rotary Club’s Board. He has served as a Commission Member (by appointment) to the City of St. Charles’ Visitors and Cultural Commission, past President of the St. Charles Rotary Club and Foundation, past Chairman of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership’s Public Art Committee and a past member of the Community Unit School District 303 School Board.

 

About the St. Charles Arts Council: The St Charles Arts Council is a 501(c)(3), registered not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to serve and promote the arts and creativity, to the mutual benefit of the arts and the community. Contact the SCAC for information at 630-443-3794 or at info@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org.













Source: St. Charles Arts Council info@stcharlesartscouncil.org and images by St. Charles Arts Council, the Bellavers and Photographer Rick Brems