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Aug 28

ALL of the ARTS, ALL over TOWN

August 28, 2018, St. Charles, IL - The 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 terrific arts programming going on all over town.

This Week - Showcasing - Performing Arts And MORE…

ArtsFest features established performing arts events and participants, such as the Downtown St. Charles Partnership's Jazz Weekend, a show at Steel Beam Theatre (GIRLS NIGHT!), as well as a brand new Live Art Open House at The Keep and the Creatives Fest at Marquee Youth Stage's new building.  And MORE…  We invite the community to grab a brochure (or print one from the web site - stcharlesartscouncil.org/artsfest-2018/) and take a few hours - or even a day! - to wander around the area and enjoy:

Downtown St. Charles Partnership's  Jazz Weekend - a weekend of Free, Live jazz in 14 venues all over downtown St. Charles.  33 performances are scheduled in locations ranging from businesses such as The Wine Exchange to restaurants such as The Finery & Blacksmith Bar (also a Poetry Crawl location!), and ROX City Grill, to outdoor areas such as Mt. St. Mary Park (check out the sculpture exhibit while you're there!) and First Street Plaza.
Address:  ALL over TOWN. 
Visit their web site for details: STCJazzWeekend.com

NEW!  The Keep  - Live Art Open House.  The Keep is a coworking space that exists to build community among local creatives and inspire creativity in corporate teams, recognizing that art takes many forms. As part of ArtsFest, they are throwing an after party, Saturday, September 8, to celebrate art of all kinds, and the creative process itself. Enjoy food and drinks with interesting people as you watch works of art come to life before your eyes, and even join in with live collaborative pieces.  They invite visitors to come meet the community at this Live Art Open House. Enjoy art being made, meet new people, enjoy food and games together, and be a part of the action with interactive creative projects.  Doors open at 7pm, and all are welcome.

Address:  220 N. 4th Street

St. Charles Public Library "Tree of Life" Workshop - The library invites visitors to come learn about the fascinating artist Gustav Klimt on the 100th anniversary year of his death, and make their own painting inspired by his work. Art teacher Christine Thornton demonstrates the use of metallic paint and colored pencils on black paper for this fun, easy process.  Beginners welcome! Registration is required.
Address:  1 S.  6th Ave

Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run - The Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort invites you to relive the music you love during ArtsFest. The Theater presents big shows in an intimate setting with dinner and cool drinks just steps away. Start planning your ArtsFest Mainstage Theater experience today. Bright lights. Small city.  Performances include:

September 8th | 8pm

The Chain, Tribute To Fleetwood Mac

September 14th | 8pm

Who's Next, A Tribute to the Who, with Person to Person

September 15th | 8pm

The Chicago Experience, A Chicago Tribute
Address:  4051 E. Main Street

Steel Beam Theatre - SBT presents GIRLS NIGHT!, a Revue of Broadway musicals written by women. Conceived and Directed by Douglas Orlyk, this wonderful evening of musical theatre is a compilation of Broadway show hits written exclusively by female composers featuring music by Carole King, Cindy Lauper, Betty Comden, Jeanine Tesori and music from Beautiful, Kinky Boots, On the Town, Fun Home and many more.

Address:  111 W. Main Street

Marquee Youth Stage - there's LOTS going on at Marquee Youth Stage during ArtsFest.  MYS will be presenting all kinds of performing arts in their NEW and awesome location on Main Street, including a Music, Theater & Film Creatives Fest.  Events during the 10 days of the fest include:
Concert - Seize the Night/14th, 7 p

Drop-In Improv/11th, 7:30 - 8:30 p

Music, Theater & Film Creatives Fest/15th, 4 - 8p
Address:  619 W. Main Street

LUX Dance Studio will feature an Open House with Live Music & Dancing during ArtsFest.  The Open House is scheduled for the 7th from 7:30 - 9:30 pm.
Address:  1 Illinois Street, Suite 120

St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Design Contest - The Chamber of Commerce is conducting a cover design contest for their 2018-2019 Community Guide & Membership Directory. The top three winners of the contest will be announced after a round of public voting on September 14 during an Open House at the Chamber, an ArtsFest Event.  The Chamber will be open from the 10th through the 14th during open hours for visitors to view submissions.
The Open House/Cover Art Selection Party and the Announcement of finalists, is scheduled for the 14th, from 3:30 - 6:30 pm.
Address: 216 Riverside Avenue

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.  The Poetry Crawl is inspired by "poetry in public spaces" initiatives worldwide. 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 have be selected by jury to have their works put on display. Enjoy poems posted in kiosks and venues across the city between September 7th and the 16th. 

ArtsFest organizers wish to thank the following businesses who have agreed to participate in the Poetry Crawl.  Look for the Poetry Crawl "Poem Posters" in the windows and kiosks of:

The Fox Poetry Box, 20 S. 12th Street

The Finery & Blacksmith Bar, 305 W. Main Street

The Grandstander, 11 N. 3rd Street
Stanbridge Master Saddlers, 122 West Main Street

St. Charles Municipal Building, 2 East Main Street

Smitty's on the Corner, 15 East Main Street

Fox.Build, 11 East Main Street
The SCAC's ArtsFest  Pop-Up Gallery: 311 N. 2nd Street, Suite 100. Poems will be displayed inside the gallery with the visual art to create a multi-media experience.

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 to all of the participating artists, groups and organizations.  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.