Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Come Play at Fine Line’s Exploration Day!

Needing a change of pace after the holidays? Give yourself the gift of a fun day trying out a variety of art classes, at the annual Fine Line Exploration Day on Saturday, January 10.

Move from room to room and sample classes from the following: Needle Felting, Blacksmithing, Creative Play, Chain Maille Earrings, Ceramics, Weaving on the Big Looms, Collage, and Flamework Glass Beadmaking. Pick your chosen sessions from 9 to 10 am, then enjoy 6 mini-classes plus lunch, from 10 am – 4 pm. Pre-registration is required.

No previous art experience needed. You may well find something you would like to further explore in a full class session at Fine Line!

Fine Line Creative Arts Center
Fine Line Exploration Day
Sat., Jan 10, 2015, 9 am – 4 pm
Registration is Required
Cost: $60/members; $80/non-members

37W570 Bolcum Rd., St. Charles

Calling All Artists!

Fine Line Creative Arts Center presents two upcoming national juried mixed media exhibitions and encourages all interested artists to apply and submit original artwork.

“Indulgence” exhibit and sale will run March 20 – April 18, 2015. Artists’ applications are due by January 30, 2015.

Artists near and far are invited to submit original artwork on the theme of “indulgence.” In what do you indulge? Almost any theme is possible, from extravagance and luxury to tolerance and mercy.

“UnpredicTABLE” exhibit and sale will run July 10 – August 7, 2015. Artists’ applications are due by March 2, 2015.

For this show, artists from across the nation are invited to submit original artwork for the theme of "UnpredicTABLE.” Pieces should represent those found at the table, such as tableware, table linens, provisions and decorations; or they should be evocative of the mood set when participants gather at the table for meals, such as seen in paintings and tapestries, for example.

All 2-D and 3-D media will be included in these two exhibitions, and artists are encouraged to apply in any medium. Jurors will select artists based on originality and quality of their submitted work.

Interested artists can download information and applications for each of these exhibits by visiting http://fineline.org/call-for-artists.

“Indulgence” and “UnpredicTABLE” exhibits will be held in the Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line Creative Arts Center, a not-for-profit art center located in the western suburbs of Chicago in St. Charles, IL. Kavanagh Gallery is open 10 am – 5 pm, Mondays through Saturdays.

Fine Line Creative Arts Center, located at 37W570 Bolcum Road St., Charles, offers fine art classes and guest artist workshops to adults in textiles, ceramics, 2-D and 3-D.

Two art galleries are part of the Fine Line campus: Kavanagh Gallery, which hosts local, national and international juried shows, and Dempsey Gallery, which features works of art by Fine Line instructors and members.

More information is available at www.fineline.org, or call 630-584-9443.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

STUDENT Call for Artwork

STUDENT Call for Artwork

Call To Student Artists in All Artistic Disciplines
Kindergarten - College

The St Charles Arts Council introduces the 2nd Annual All-City, All-Arts Event – Charlie’s Center for the Arts – Student Artist Event. Kindergarten through College Students are invited to participate. 

St. Charles, Illinois, November 25, 2014 – The 2nd Annual Charlie’s Center for the Arts – Student Artist Event will run from Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8, 2015.  It will encompass multiple venues throughout St. Charles that will feature the visual and performing art of Student Artists – Kindergarten through College.  Students are invited to participate in the Event Audition and/or to submit visual artwork for jurying.  Performing Artists will receive a stipend for their performance, and Visual Artists’ work will be available for sale.

Auditions for Performing Artists – K through College – will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2014 at Baker Community Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Auditions are for the following events:
  1. Concert and Master Classes – Concert – Saturday evening, March 7, Master Classes – TBA  
  2. Performing Artist Showcase – music, dance, and more – Sunday afternoon, March 8
Any student interested in performing should call – 630.443.3794 or email the SCAC – ArtistLiaison@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org to set up an audition time.

Visual Artists and Film Artists will show their work in a student-only neXt gallery (the St Charles Arts Council’s pop-up art gallery program).  Student Artists (K through College) may submit their work for jurying electronically to ArtistLiaison@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org, or by mail or hand delivery to the St Charles Arts Council, 2 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL, 60174 or the Municipal Building Reception Desk.  There is NO FORM to fill out. Simply reply to this email with the following:

An image of each piece of work submitted and the title of the piece.
All submitted work MUST include the artist’s name, physical address, phone number, and school attended. 


Any questions about this Event, the Art/Film Gallery, or the Auditions may be directed to the St Charles Arts Council at 630.443.3794 or at ArtistLiaison@StChartsArtsCouncil.org.

More information, as the Event and its lineup of artists unfolds, will be found on the SCAC web site - StCharlesArtsCouncil.org.  Click on the Events page.

About the St. Charles Arts Council:

The St Charles Arts Council is a 501(c)(3), registered not-for-profit Illinois corporation whose mission is 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.  The SCAC is staffed entirely by volunteers. Contact the SCAC for information at 630.443.3794 or at info@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Diverse Statements III" - Fine Line's 2014 Faculty Show

Last chance to see this exceptional exhibit!
"Diverse Statements III" 2014 Faculty Show 
October 17 - November 23, 2014
Kavanagh Gallery

Those who can do, teach. See works of art by those who inspire us every day.
Weaving, ceramics, painting, basketry, felting, lampworking, precious metals clay, blacksmithing and more.
Fine Line Creative Arts Center
37W570 Bolcum Rd., St. Charles
Gallery Hours: Mon. - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm
Free and open to the public.

Christmastime at Fine Line Show & Sale!

Best Holiday Gifts By Top Artists!

Mark your calendar for Christmastime at the Fine Line Show and Sale, Dec. 5 - 13! This annual juried event showcases the best of our members' artistic talents, and offers a wide range of unique holiday gifts.

From the pickiest person to the one who has everything, you're sure to find the perfect items for others, as well as something special for yourself. Representing more than 75 of our talented member-artists work, this annual event features a wide range of one-of-a-kind handmade items including pottery, paintings, textiles, glass, clothing and jewelry plus other home and personal accessories.

On opening night, luminarias will light your way to the Fine Line barn and the Kavanagh Fine Arts Building, where you can enjoy refreshments and hot cider, and get first dibs on all the gifts you'll need for the season.

Come in from the cold and check out the array of wonderful items, made to fit any budget. This the perfect opportunity to find unique holiday gifts or a special treasure for your very own. "Christmastime at Fine Line" is one of Fine Line’s fundraisers. Proceeds from the show go toward funding its diverse artistic programs.

What: Christmastime at the Fine Line Show & Sale
Where: Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Rd, St. Charles, IL
When: Opening Fri. 12/5. 6: 6 - 9 pm; Sat. 12/6: 10 am - 5 pm
Mon. - Thurs. 12/8 - 12/11: 10 am - 8 pm; Fri. & Sat. 12/12 - 12/13: 10 am - 5 pm (closed Sundays)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Waterline Writers: Tonight, November 16th - 7 PM at Water Street Studios!

Just now, as we approach the second Waterline Writers reading event for the 2014-2015 season (and since it is almost Thanksgiving!), I am feeling very thankful that Kevin Moriarity and I decided to keep Waterline going! Last month's lineup of featured writers was a great treat and this one promises memorable readings from Joan Colby, John Manos, David W. Berner, Thomas Chockley and Ramesh Shah with Richard Graves. Open mic to follow!

Water Street Studios - Opening on November 14th

I attended the opening of Water Street's latest show tonight. I had a great time. Here are a few that caught my eye. There is more to the show, so stop by and check it out!