St Charles Arts Council & Fine Line Arts Center Present neXt gallery at Fine Line Pop Up Gallery
01/01/2012

The St. Charles Arts Council in collaboration with the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, and the St. Charles Public Library, is presenting their latest in a series of Pop Up Galleries – the neXt gallery at Fine Line – opening on Friday, January 6th and closing on Saturday, January 28th. The Opening Reception is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 7th.

Online PR News – 01-January-2012 – – St. Charles, Illinois, December 28, 2011 – The neXt gallery is popping up again – this time at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center’s Kavanagh Gallery. The theme of this gallery is “…In Motion”, and the gallery will be showcasing the work of local and regional visual artists and poets:
Visual Artists – Soo K. Chang, Christie Chew-Wallace, Evan Lewis, Kevin Lahvic, Jeff McAvoy, Lara Moore, Peggy Sue Seehafer, Ezra Siegel, and Titus Tomescu.
Poets – Shannon Callarman, Kitty Jarman, Matilda Kirby-Smith, and Todd Possehl

While a Pop Up Gallery is typically found in an empty storefront that is transformed into a temporary art gallery for a short period of time, the St Charles Arts Council was pleased to accept the Fine Line’s invitation to develop a neXt gallery exhibition/sale for their Kavanagh Gallery for the month of January. And because the neXt gallery program was developed as a collaboration that promotes the work of local/regional artists and supports the arts, the SCAC, and the St. Charles business community at the same time – the SCAC volunteers who run the program were happy to have the opportunity to bring a neXt gallery to the Fine Line’s beautiful facility.

The Fine Line Creative Arts Center’s address is 6N158 Crane Road, St. Charles – ½ mile west of Randall Road and ¼ mile north of Bolcum Road. The Opening Reception is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 7th.

The SCAC and the neXt gallery committee would like to extend their thanks to the Fine Line, and to the St. Charles Public Library who are partnering in this location with the arts council. More information about the neXt gallery at Fine Line may be found on the neXt gallery’s web site – nextgallerystcharles.org, or by calling the St Charles Arts Council at 630.443.3794 or the Fine Line at 630.584.9443. More information about the St. Charles Public Library may be found at http://www.stcharleslibrary.org/index.htm.

The neXt gallery Program is an initiative of the St Charles Arts Council designed to create energy, excitement, and opportunities for artists to showcase and be compensated for their talent. The Arts Council encourages building owners, volunteers, art supporters, and art collectors to get involved in this program to support the arts, and encourages artists to contact the SCAC to learn about neXt gallery opportunities. Contact the council at 630.443.3794 or StCharlesArtsCouncil@gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The St. Charles Arts Council is a 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.

About the St. Charles Arts Council:
The SCAC will serve all those individuals (professionals, amateurs, and students) who produce tangible, consumable works of the imagination and all organizations, businesses, and groups that include and represent those people. This would be arts and cultural activities in their broadest sense, including graphic, plastic, and decorative arts, architecture, crafts, literature and poetry, music, theater, and dance. The primary long-range goal is the transformation of St. Charles into an arts community/an arts magnet/a nationally-known arts market. Ultimately we foresee a municipal arts center, more working artists and opportunities in arts education, many privately-owned galleries, performance venues, and related arts businesses, and a downtown architecture and streetscape conducive to both the aesthetics and business of art.

About the Fine Line Creative Arts Center:
The Fine Line is one of only a few regional art centers in this country providing quality art education to promote exposure, expression and the celebration of art. Our goal is to nurture the creative spirit in an inspirational natural setting which engenders a sense of community. At the Fine Line, internationally known artists teach a variety of workshops, the membership draws from the Chicago area and surrounding states. There are as many as 1,100 students a year, a teaching staff of 37-plus and well over 200 class offerings a year and the center is run almost entirely by volunteers. Visit the Fine Line at their web site – www.fineline.org.

About the St. Charles Public Library:
The St. Charles Public Library is an integral part of the community that has met the information and resource needs of St. Charles residents for almost 100 years. The Library's role has grown from a simple book lending service in 1906, to a multi-service library and information center using 21st century technology.
The Library is recognized for its outstanding collections and programs. Its Youth, Reference, and Special Services programs and staffs have won state-wide awards for excellence. The community's high use and support of the Library are indicative of the value residents place on it.
Philanthropy has played an important role in the Library's past, from funds for the first Library, the 1908 Carnegie building, to grants from the Norris Foundation to remodel the original 1908 facility. The St. Charles Public Library Foundation continues this tradition of philanthropy and service to the community.

About the City of St. Charles:
St. Charles, Illinois, located in both DuPage and Kane County, is 35 miles west of downtown Chicago. Over 2,100 businesses employ over 34,200 people, consisting of a balanced mix of retailers, restaurants, and manufacturing facilities. The City of St. Charles was recently named one of the “150 Great Places in Illinois” for the combined architectural work of the City Municipal Center, the Main Street Bridge, and the historic Hotel Baker.

The City’s recently completed 2014 Strategic Plan includes the following Action Plan: Market and promote St. Charles as a friendly, appealing destination, characterized by activities, events, arts, and culture. Capitalize on artistic and cultural resources by supporting local talent and lively venues and activities. Encourage collective civic endeavors to broaden the variety of attractions and events.