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Arts in Bartlett Gallery 215 S. Main

 Arts Center exhibit for August/September/October

"All Creatures Great & Small" Exhibit 

It's a Jungle Out There, Oil by Barbara Lipkin

"All Creatures Great & Small" is the three month exhibit now in our gallery. The reception for this exhibit is August 18 at 7 pm.  Artists now displaying and selling their paintings, photography and sculptures are including Marianne Andersen, Agnes Arnaiz, Joanne Barsanti, Susan Brauer, Kate Burlette, Carolyn Catalano, Madeline Derango, Barbara Lipkin, Lambert Lucietto, Michelle Lusader, Cynthia Meier, Jade Morem, Greta Pfiefer, Luis Santiago, Jenny Vogt, and Marilyn Winters.  Susan Brauer and Beck Hopkins currently have glass and jewelry; Penny Raidy, purses; and more jewelry by Marianne McKoveck, Bobbi Kinsey, Cindy Meier, Alex Bassi, Leona Ketterl and Viviana Bermudez. The gallery is open Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday 10 to 5 and Friday noon to 6 pm. This exhibit closes October 31. 

Looking ahead -- artists can be working on these future exhibits 

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 Click here to get application form and hanging requirements.

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

Arts in Bartlett sponsors a new exhibit "Red Mountain" by Naperville artist Barbara Lipkin, from September 5-30, at the Bartlett Village Hall 2nd Floor Gallery, 228 Main St, Bartlett, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm and Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm. There is an artist reception on Tuesday, September 5 from 6-7pm in the Village Hall Gallery, to meet Barbara while enjoying refreshments. Free and open to the public. For more information go to, visit Facebook, email, or call 630-372-4152.

 Barbara states: "My Red Mountain series was originally inspired by travels in the Australian outback and the American Southwest.  The amazing red deserts and rough-hewn mountains silhouetted against crystal blue skies offer irresistible subject matter. My paintings have evolved to an exploration of their purity of shapes and colors.  I abstract the essence of the landscapes, their beauty and power; thus the work becomes universal. My colors now veer away from reds to some of the wonderful golds, yellows, and oranges to be found there as well, but I’ve decided to keep the series’ title, since it’s evocative of my original inspiration." More can be found at 


Arts in Bartlett 

Tuesday, Sept. 5, new guitar teacher  begins lessons

David Hain will begin teaching group guitar and if enough interest, group ukulele lessons on Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 4 to 7 pm. He is a local music teacher in the NW suburbs. If you did not get to sign up at his open house, you still have time to enroll.  Just email or text him at 7630-890-9880. Go to the Art & Music Lessons page for more details

September 9-10 

Would you like to be a busker (street musician) in downtown Bartlett Sept. 9 and 10 and make a little money? Just go out, open your instrument case or put out a hat for tips in any area of town. Visitors to Heritage Days vote for their favorite, with the winner of $250 announced Saturday night at the Band Bash. For more information, contact

Plan to spend all weekend downtown at Bartlett Heritage Days.

Here is the link to view a map and the list of all activities.

We encourage musicians to become buskers (street musicians), earn a little money and maybe even the “favorite musician” prize of $250. See link for  rules for musician contest  Be sure to buy some wooden nickels at the Information Booth at Oak & Bartlett Ave. and vote for your favorite by dropping in their tip container.

 Arts in Bartlett has 4 activities. Come by Arts in Bartlett for these special events:

 Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m

1.  Tours of the Arts Center and our new animal-focused exhibit: “All Creatures Great and Small” featuring local artists’ works in the gallery. On Saturday led by artist volunteers and on Sunday, by Color My World teaching artist Kathie

 Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 pm 

2. Flower Pot Art Contest

You still have time to finish decorating a flower pot – any size, any materials – to be judged at 2:30 pm for ribbons and a free Arts in Bartlett membership awarded at 3 p.m. The criteria for selecting the winners includes: artistic impression, originality, quality and aesthetic appeal. There are 3 categories: Best Theme, Bartlett Heritage, Most Creative. Please do not put live plants in the pots. The pots will be donated to the 15th Anniversary Celebration raffle in December for the benefit of scholarships and Budding Talent grants.  Free and open to all ages. For more information contact Rita Lopienski, President of Arts in Bartlett, at provided. 

Saturday, 2-4 pm

3. Ukulele Jam. Led by Andrew Viveros, John Cunningham and David Hain. If you want to try playing this simple instrument and do not have a ukulele, we have a limited supply of ukuleles available for you to use. Outdoors at Town Center near Arts in Bartlett. Free and open to all ages.

Sunday, Sept. 10 only

4. 11 am to 5 pm Free Family Art Activities Color My World Arts Academy  offers Native American heritage art projects and storytelling. Clay pot making, a scavenger hunt, and a gallery exhibit are also included, plus an opportunity to win free art supplies and free art classes.

Wednesday, Sept. 13 New Drama Kids classes

Arts in Bartlett is pleased to welcome Sherry Shannon and her teacher Jamie Moore to Arts in Bartlett. They will teach Drama Kids classes in the community room at 215 S. Main, on Wed., Sept. 13 through Wed., Nov. 8. The class for 5-7 year olds is from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. The class for 8-12 year olds is from 6:45 to 7:45 pm.Go to the Drama KIds page for more details. 

Thursday, Sept. 14 Children's Choir Program begins

Mindy Dupee, vocal and piano teacher at Arts in Bartlett resumes the Children's Choir, which runs from 5:15 to 6 pm, every Thursday from Sept. 14 through Dec. 7, 2017. Go to Music & Choir page for more information 

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 pm Artist Gathering

 At this month's Artist’s Gathering (Tuesday, September 19 at 7 pm) we’ll have a relaxing evening of “Pen-Doodle”. Jenny has some examples of fun doodles we can try out. She also has some blank note cards. (Think Christmas gifts, valentines, maybe even Christmas cards!) Jenny will bring some pens and paper to share. If you have pens, favorite paper, or examples of interesting doodles, bring them too!

Show and Tell
Got a new project that you are working on and want to show it off? Want some feedback? Bring it on (we are gentle and helpful / promise)

Please R.S.V.P. to Jenny Vogt ( by Sunday, September 17th.


Thanks to our volunteers, sponsors, Friends of the Festival, performers, food vendors, booth vendors and all the public who attended our first Global Arts Festival in Bartlett Park on  June 24-25. Put this date on your calendar for next year. June 23-24, 2018.