Arts in Bartlett Community Room, 215 S. Main


Arts in Bartlett Gallery 215 S. Main

 Arts Center exhibit for February – April 30

”Seeing Stripes” created by Christine Schwartz, Bartlett

The Art of the Quilt” exhibit at Arts in Bartlett until May 1 

Quilts by members of the Prairie Star Quilting Guild are now on display in the Arts in Bartlett Gallery, 215 S. Main. With an emphasis on “art” quilts, the 21 pieces were created by Sharron Evans, Ruth Kay, Christine Schwartz, and Diane Hubbard of Bartlett; Edith Hubbard and Melinda Van Dril-Beer of St. Charles; Linda Hays and Barbara Stewart of Batavia, Becky Hall and Kathy Steere of West Chicago; Susan Jensen of Geneva; Janis Sharpless of Wayne; and Susan Strasser of Elburn. The guild also has handmade boutique items for the home on sale in the gallery. Come meet the artists at the gallery walk and learn about their techniques, 7-9 p.m. on Friday, February 24. Refreshments served; $5 at the door.

May/June/July "Far Away Places" Exhibit 

"Faraway Places" is the three month exhibit to coincide with the International Arts Festival, which is in the planning phase right now for June 2017. Keep working on you artwork for "Faraway Places". This theme can be interpreted anyway you'd like! Think distant countries, vacation, outer space, inner space, imagined worlds... All media are eligible. Works should be brought in April 24-28. Click here to download the agreement form and hanging requirements if your art is to be hung. 

Looking ahead so you can be working now: 

August/September/October: 'All Creatures Great and Small" From the mammoth to the microbe: finned, feathered, furred, floating, flying, or fantasy. All creatures and media are welcome!To be paired with a pet event for Bartlett Heritage Days, Sept. 9. 

November/December/January 2018: "Timbre: The Color of Sound" Timbre is the character or quality of a musical sound or voice as distinct from its pitch and intensity. Interpret this however you'd like! Find your inspiration in music, musicians, and musical instruments.

February, March, April 2018: "On A Grand Scale" Think big! Here's your opportunity to work large or make a big impact!

Bartlett Village Hall Exhibits, 228 S. Main, 2nd Floor Gallery

"Flowers with Attitude . . .a Retrospective" Village Hall Exhibit, March 6-31

Snake!  Ballerina
Photography by Joanne Barsanti
Reception and Gallery Talk, Tuesday, March 21, 6-7 pm 

Joanne says: "Information Technology (IT) was my first career, and photography began as a hobby, and slowly morphed into my encore career.  It is both a journey and a life-long learning process. It is technology, communication, creativity, playfulness, and more.  Much of my work reflects the variety of natural and man-made phenomena that can be found in Chicago and the Midwest area. This project began innocently enough: after a session of photographing flowers in my studio, I was reviewing the images on the back of my camera, and I noticed that one of the images resembled a woman's head. I could see luscious lips, a hint of a nose, a single eye, and a great plumed headdress, not unlike those worn by entertainers i Las Vegas.  I was intrigued, and therein began my pursuit of uncovering the dark side of these delicate specimens."

Thanks to Tony Talwar for creating our new logo Marisha Telemaque created this ad to use in spring programs books for local plays and Bartlett Woman's Club Fashion Show.

Global Arts Festival Planning Underway

Join our committee -- Next meeting Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 pm Arts in Bartlett 215 S. Main

Arts in Bartlett, the local 501 (c)3 nonprofit arts council, in cooperation with the Village of Bartlett, Hanover Township, Bartlett Park District, Hanover Park Sister Cities Committee, and the Village of Streamwood Community Relations Committee presents a new event to celebrate the diversity within our community. Our vision for the Global Arts Festival is a colorful, exciting, inclusive weekend of multicultural music, art, crafts, dance, food, and audience participation event that bring together people of all  nationalities represented in our area. Through sharing our culture, we can increase understanding and appreciation of all those in our community. 

The Festival is in Bartlett Park, the beautiful shaded park at Oak and North Avenue just north of quaint downtown Bartlett. Booths for ethnic artists/crafters/free trade shops will be throughout the park, with a family activity center. The main stage will feature musical acts and dancers. Another area will host participatory activities such as tai-chi, dance lessons, and games, and yoga. The Log Cabin will have demonstrations of skills such as Japanese flower arrangements, yoga and cooking with Indian spices. The Gazebo will contain a Family Global Story Circle with Color My World Arts Academy.  

Go to the 2017 Festival page for forms to sponsor, have a booth, lead an activity, become a Friend of the Festival, or perform on the stage. We are looking for all categories of the ethnic arts. Contact Sue Stocks if you want to be a food vendor. 

 We invite you to be part of this exciting new community event. This will provide you with a unique opportunity to connect with the community in an exciting and entertaining environment, develop new relationships, and perform an important community service.

Arts in Bartlett Board meeting, 7 pm, Monday March 27. All members are welcome to attend the meeting at 215 S. Main St. in the Community Room.

April Fool's Day Party, Saturday April 1, 7 pm 

We welcome back the hilarious improv group "How to Get Away with Anything" who helped us solve our "Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece" last April Fool's Day. They are currently performing at Laugh Out Loud Theater in Schaumburg. Come join the fun and have free drinks and snacks, plus some special music. $15 for two, $10 for one in advance. $5 more at the door.Go to Ticket Page to pay for advance tickets online. 

Chicago Saxophone Quartet concert rescheduled for Friday, April 7

We are happy to announce that the concert that had to be cancelled due to the hospitalization of one of the members of the Chicago Saxophone Quartet on Feb. 17 is now set for Friday, April 7 at 7 the arts center, 215 S. Main.  Jim Kasprzyk is recovering nicely and the group has resumed rehearsals for the April 7 event. 

The  Chicago Saxophone Quartet has performed in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia and at six World Saxophone Congresses. Members include Wayne Richards, Arts in Bartlett’s resident woodwind teacher; Jim Spigner, national finalist at solo and chamber music competitions and teacher at Prairie Crossing Charter School; Eric Gluszka, performer and educator in the Chicago area, and James Kasprzyk, founder of the Chicago Saxophone Quartet 49 years ago and pioneering baritone saxophone artist. $5 at the door or in advance at the Arts Center, 215 S. Main or online here.  Go to Ticket Page to pay for advance tickets

Savers Fundraiser, Saturday, April 8, 10 to 3 pm 

Start cleaning out your closets, basements and garage. Bring your unused items to Arts in Bartlett’s “funraiser” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday April 8 in the back parking lot of Town Center at the tent behind 215 S. Main. Donate clothing, bedding, towels, shoes, accessories, linens, small household items, purses, belts, jewelry, electrical items, knick-knacks, toys, games, kitchen items, sports equipment, books, CDS, and DVDs. The Saver’s truck will pick up promptly at 3 pm.  For more information contact, 630 372 4152.

April 24 Dinearound at TL's

Dine Around for the Arts at TL’s Four Seasons Restaurant all day April 24.  30% of your bill, including gift cards, comes back to Arts in Bartlett as a donation. Take this coupon with you to get your meal counted. 

New  Watercolor Classes by Jenny Vogt

You asked for it and now we have it! Adult painting classes by noted watercolor and pastel artist Jenny Vogt. You have probably seen her amazing bird and nature pastels in Arts in Bartlett and other fine art galleries. She and others in the Artist Gathering networking group are managers of Arts in bartlett's gallery and decide on the themes and hang the works every three months. She studied at Columbus Collage of Art and Design and is a teacher at Hanover Township.  

Here are the dates for Jenny Vogt's  “Fun & Fantastic Watercolor” classes teaching techniquest to create your own paining with liquid watercolors.  Click here to download a full description and registration form

Monday, May 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monet's "Waterlilies” with  liquid watercolors. 

 Monday, May 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. "Painting the Desert”  with  liquid watercolosr

$20 for Arts in Bartlett members; $35 for nonmembers. If you are member, you can bring up to 3 friends at the member price. You can pay with debit, credit card or paypal online on the Adult art page or follow check instructions on the registration form

New jewelry in Arts Center: 

Vivianna Bermudez, Vibelo Designs

We just got in new jewelry from Vivianna Bermudez, who specializes in creating jewelry from the tagua nut from South America and various seeds and fruit peels. Now she has a line of pearls and new designs. 

Alex Bassi's pendants and earrings are all carved ceramic creations and unusual designs. 

2017 Memberships

Don’t miss out on the member discount for the Winter/Spring series of art lessons at Color My World Art Academy that starts next week. If you are new to the academy, or were a 2016 member and have not renewed your 2017 dues, you can bring your dues in when you bring your child for the first lesson…and slip a little extra in for the 15th Anniversary Bright Future Fund. You can also renew at the Join Us page of by credit or debit card.  Some of the other benefits include discounts to events, 10% off in the gallery. and invitations to members only events  In fact, for families with children, Miss Kathryn gives four free Saturday Art Studio sessions as a thank you for each new or renewing member.  If you are unsure about your membership status, just email artsinbartlett

Get your taxes done and help out Arts in Bartlett

H&R Block is offering $20 back to Arts in Bartlett when a new customer comes in to have their taxes prepared and brings the referral form you can pick up at Arts in Bartlett, 215 S. Main  The H&R location is 1019 W Stearns Rd. B-10.  

If you're ordering from Amazon you can help the Bartlett Center for the Arts

Many of us use Amazon as a main portal for gifts. And, Amazon gives Arts in Bartlett a portion of the amount of your order if you go through their charity donation site: instead of This link goes directly to our page.

#StartWithaSmile at for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to Arts in Bartlett.

Or just go there when you’re ready to order and if you’re not already registered, a screen will come up and you type in Arts in Bartlett as your charity. It will come up in a list for you to confirm  (be sure NOT to confirm Bartlett Arts Council – that is in Tennessee) and then start shopping. Next time you order on this site it should say at the top of the page that you are contributing to Arts in Bartlett. Same prices/same products: it doesn’t cost you an extra cent.

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