A reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday heralds the opening of the neXt gallery at Charlie’s, part of the All Arts Pop-Up Event at Charlestowne Mall, 3800 E. Main St. The gallery runs through Oct. 27.
The St. Charles Arts Council, in a release, said that at the opening reception, patrons can browse the gallery, meet the artists, and enjoy a wine and cheese buffet — and pick up a coupon for a Classic Cinemas promotion. The gallery has a fascinating, eclectic exhibition of artwork for sale, featuring painting, photography, and sculpture — in an unusual, “repurposed” 7,000-square-foot retail space.
In addition to the neXt gallery at “Charlie’s,” Charlie’s Center for the Arts at the Charlestowne Mall — a Pop-Up Arts Event will present a wide array of arts programming — featuring professional, emerging, and student artists.
Please check out all of the other arts activity going on at “Charlie’s” — there are four other art galleries with their opening receptions on Saturday, as well as literature, music, theater, dance, and film. Saturday programming kicks off at 1:30 p.m. in “Victoria’s” (the St. Charles Library’s literature storefront) and runs through 9 p.m.
The neXt gallery at “Charlie’s” includes the work of 33 local and regional artists: Mandy Adamick, Peter Austin, Guy J. Bellaver, Clark Bending, Feng Biddle, Cesira Bonin, Tony Carnesecchi, Henny DuBois, Nick Freeman, Claudia Frost, Gerri Greeman, Marge Hall, Tom Hansen, Lynda Karr, Susanne E. Keller, Ray Kobald, Robert J. Krawczyk, Hollis Levine, Peter P. Locasio, Jeff McAvoy, Angela McElwain, Maureen McKee, Justin Miller, Leah Mitchell, Brian Ploegman, Janice Rangel, Gretchen Schreiber, Ezra Siegel, Richard Sperry, James Stephens, Michael Wallace, Zuxin Yu, Fred Zinke.
“Charlie’s”Center for the Arts is sponsored, in part, by:
The City of St. Charles, P-ARTS (People for the Arts), The St. Charles Group, St Charles Arts Council, and St. Charles Public Library, The LabelPrinters, St. Charles Rotary Club [Noon], St. Charles Bank and Trust, Elgin Community College, and Janice Reed Schneider CPA, LTD, with in-kind, media, and promotional donations/support from the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald, Kane County Chronicle, Gary Brown Design, Charlestowne Mall, Classic Cinemas, CUSD303, h.h. gregg, J. L. Wagner Plumbing, Kohl’s St. Charles and the St. Charles Park District.
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The neXt gallery is a “Pop Up” gallery, which, if you haven’t heard of the idea before, is typically an empty storefront/office building that is transformed into a temporary art gallery for a short period of time. The neXt gallery program is an initiative of the St. Charles Arts Council and is designed to create energy, excitement, and opportunities for artists — as pop-up galleries have done in Chicago’s Loop, Evanston, and elsewhere — and to provide 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 St. Charles, and encourages artists to contact the SCAC to learn about neXt gallery opportunities. Contact the council at 630.443.3794 or StCharlesArtsCouncil@gmail.com.