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Jul 31

The 8th Annual ArtsFest is Coming to St. Charles

July 30, 2018 - The St Charles Arts Council, in partnership with the St. Charles Park District announces the city-wide, all-arts Event - ArtsFest, ALL of the ARTS, ALL over TOWN - running from Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 16.  The Event is designed to showcase for residents and visitors the depth and breadth of those who create and support The Arts in our community. We invite everyone to enjoy programming that is brand new for the Event, as well as events and places they have enjoyed for years.

The 8th Annual ArtsFest | St. Charles features multiple artistic disciplines in venues all over the city including art galleries, film, music, poetry, and live theater. New ArtsFest programs include the Gallery Crawl and the Poetry Crawl. The Poetry Crawl features poems chosen to be displayed in the Fox Poetry Box, as well as The Finery and Blacksmith Bar, The Grandstander, Stanbridge Masters Saddlers, Smitty's on the Corner, and other locations.   The Fox Poetry Box is part of the Poetry in Public Spaces movement, located at the front of 20 South 12th Street, St. Charles and curated by Poet Tricia Cimera Whitworth.  Ms. Whitworth worked with the SCAC to develop the Poetry Crawl, expanding the public spaces showcasing the work.  Poets interested in participating in the event should Email their poem to tmcwhitworth@gmail.com with a brief bio. Visit stcharlesartscouncil.org/2018/07/the-fox-poetry-box-call-for-poems for more info about the Call for Poets.  More info about the Fox Poetry Box on their Facebook page, facebook.com/FoxPoetryBox/.

The new Gallery Crawl includes ELEVEN Art Galleries/Exhibitions operating during the event, including the SCAC's latest ArtsFest Pop-Up Gallery and the Norris Cultural Arts Center's signature Vicinity Show, as well as the Park District's Sculpture Exhibition. New shows will be up at 116 Gallery, Gallery of Nature, and Steel Beam Theatre Gallery.  The Fine Line will host the Studio Art Quilters Association show.  Also featured during ArtsFest  are Laura Stoecker Photography's Open Studio/Gallery, the Art Box's Student Show, and artwork in the new Fox.Build space on Main Street.  In addition, the SCAC's Art in Public Places Art Tour (a website and an app that allows visitors to see and hear about all of the art in public places in St. Charles) includes new pieces recently sited in the city, as well as a show at the Library's Mezzanine Gallery which features the work of local artists in AiPP. 

Also new to the event is Marquee Youth Stage, in their new building at 619 W. Main Street, who has lots of things going on, including a Music, Film & Playwrights Creatives Festival, Drop-In Improv and music by Seize the Night.  The home to area creatives - The Keep - features a Live Art Open House. Programming is also planned at Lux Dance Studio.  Even the Chamber of Commerce is participating with an Open House to select the winner of their Cover Design Contest.

The Downtown St. Charles Partnership's Annual and awesome Jazz Weekend features Jazz in venues all over town September 6 through 9.  Visit their web site downtownstcharles.org/dscp_events/stc-jazz-weekend/ for musician and venue details.  Steel Beam Theatre opens their new Main Stage season with the awesome GIRLS NIGHT! a revue of Broadway musicals, and concerts at Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run for a number of nights during the event (https://www.pheasantrun.com/artsfest.aspx).  And, in addition to the show in their Mezzanine Gallery, the Library features a fascinating Painting Workshop involving the work of Gustav Klimt.

East Side, West Side, and Downtown - ALL over TOWN - residents and visitors will be treated to an incredible array of arts programming.

For more information about this fantastic Ten Days Of Art, visit the SCAC's web site -stcharlesartscouncil.org/artsfest-2018/, call the SCAC at 630.443.3794, or email us at info@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org.  We will also be keeping everyone up to date on our Facebook page - facebook.com/stcharlesartscouncil.

Thanks also to the City of St. Charles - Economic and Community Development, and the Visitors and Cultural Commission for their support.

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, 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.

About the St. Charles Park District:

The St. Charles Park District is a special purpose government unit. It is the mission to enrich the quality of life of Park District residents through excellence in programs, parks, facilities, and services.  This is the mission of the Park District as expressed by the Park Board. The mission represents the fundamental statement of purpose and is the point of reference for all decision making.

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