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St. Charles, IL Arts Council Issues Events List for Visual Arts Participation -- Artists & Patrons


  • Plein Air-St. Charles

  • FreshPaint Party

  • Members Only Art Exhbit

  • Art Heist Mystery Event

  • Art of the Dessert Event


The St. Charles Arts Council will host multiple events to close out their 2024 programming year. Details below...


Plein Air-St. Charles:  Kane County will be alive with outdoor painters (plein air artists) from August 19 thru August 25. 40 artists from throughout the United States will be eligible for $5,000 in awards.


Plein Air – St. Charles will include events celebrating creativity throughout the week.  Artist demonstrations, Quick Paint competitions open to community members as well as registered artists, nocturnal paint events, a creative writing event and mindful creativity events emphasizing the role that creativity plays in mental health well-being will be available to the public.


FreshPaint Party: Artwork created during this weeklong event will be for sale and on display at a FreshPaint Party hosted at the Baker Community Center on Saturday, August 24. “This is a chance for community members to be the FIRST to view and purchase paintings from the Plein Air event”, said SCAC Executive Director, Kathryn Hill.  “Our FreshPaint Party will be the culmination of a LOT of energy and talent! There will be approximately 160 pieces of art available to view while you enjoy culinary delights from The Graceful Ordinary and witness the awards ceremony.”


Members Only Art Exhibit:  This annual exhibit will take place at 116 Gallery in downtown St. Charles.  It is open to all artist members of the Arts Council and will be on display in September and October.


Art Heist Mystery Event:  Coming back for a second year, this mystery event will engage the community in another “who dunnit”.  Six local venues will host actors who will give clues as we endeavor to find the person who absconded with a commissioned art piece by local artist Howard Russo.  This event will be held on October 5 in downtown St. Charles.


Art of the Dessert Fundraiser:  This creative and beautiful fundraiser is sure to have something sweet for everyone who attends!  Local restaurants, bakeries and community members will donate desserts that are up for auction.  “Last year’s event was AMAZING!” stated Hill.  “The desserts were out of this world and the audience was fully engaged!  Our top seller last year was a dozen caramel apples donated by Karen Porter that sold for more than $2,000!’  This event takes place annually on the Monday before Thanksgiving and is hosted by The Graceful Ordinary.


For more information, contact Kathryn Hill at




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