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Arts in Bartlett Gallery 215 S. Main 

Exhibit, “Those Who Can,”   U-46 Art Faculty Exhibit 

Opens Nov. 8 and runs until end of January. Fifteen U-46 art teachers are represented in the current exhibit, “Those Who Can,” at Arts in Bartlett Center for the Arts, 215 S. Main St. Coordinated by Alicia Kopec, Fine Arts Coordinator for Elgin School District U-46, they include:

  • Jamie Addams, Ellis Middle School 
  • Christa Bellock,  Ontarioville & McKinley Elementary
  • Eric Borchardt, Hawk Hollow Elementary
  • Carrie Brannon, Larkin High School
  • Mandy Byrne, Garfield & Huff Elementary
  • Julie Chadwick, Horizon & Hilltop Elementary
  • Patty Kuropas, Oakhill, Glenbrook and Wayne Elementary
  • Misty Leman, Century Oaks Elementary
  • Alicia Kopec, Fine Arts Coordinator
  • Nicholas Leras, O’Neal Elementary
  • Cindy Meier, Streamwood and Bartlett High Schools
  • Sean Murray, Larkin High School
  • Rachelle Patterson, Eastview Middle School
  • Jennifer Riegling, Creekside Elementary
  • Michelle Woods, Highland Elementary

 Thanks to Jenny Vogt, Marianne Iannarelli, Kate Burlette and Joanne Barsanti, for their hard work in arranging 40 works in the gallery. 

Umbrella raffle has started

Arts in Bartlett had an "Umbrella Art" contest at Bartlett Heritage Days in September. The eight entries are now hanging in the community room and tickets are being sold for the raffle at the Holiday Party Dec. 2. Cost is $2 each or 6 for $10. You can purchase them now at the Arts Center and you do not have to be present to win. 


Holiday Boutique is open 


Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26

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Be sure to stop into the Arts Center for Small Business Saturday. Plenty of unique gift items: jewelry, décor, doll clothes, glass, pottery, Cubs earrings/bracelets/keychains/bags, notecards, ornaments… lots to choose from. For purchases totaling  $15 or more, you can choose from a Shop Small tote bag or a Bartlett 125th Anniversary t-shirt for free. Gift certificates also available. Cookies, coffee, hot chocolate and tea served.

Arts in Bartlett is continuing to accept Holiday Boutique handmade gift items for holiday consignment sales in the gallery. Holiday Boutique items are not juried, but high standards are maintained. The gallery reserves the right to refuse items that are not well made. Artists in the Holiday Boutique, as in the rest of the gallery, must be 18 years or older. No resale items or kits please. Click here to download Holiday Areement.  

Call 630.-372-4152 or email with questions.

Arts in Bartlett Gallery to be included in cable TV ad for Small Business Saturday

Small business Saturday on Nov. 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Bartlett’s Economic Development Commission is promoting this day for the small businesses in downtown Bartlett. Arts in Bartlett’s gallery is included in an ad to be run on cable TV and on the Discover Bartlett Facebook, plus other Village media. Click on this link to view.

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

“Capturing The Beauty of Taiwan” photography exhibit


Arts in Bartlett sponsors a new exhibit: "Capturing he Beauty of Taiwan: Photography from 2016 Visit", during the month of November. The photography in this new exhibit was taken by Chicago-area residents from recent visits to Taiwan. Some include the October Sister City trip that at least 7 Bartlett residents traveled together in a musical and cultural  experience that included a World Hakka Choral Competition and Bartlett's Sister City International Exchange with Miaoli. Arts in Bartlett’s International Chorus and the Chicago Hakka Chorus were instrumental in establishing Bartlett’s Sister City during a 2010 trip to Taiwan.

 At the 7pm Nov. 15 Village board  meeting, Village President Kevin Wallace made a presentation on his experience traveling with the group, meeting the Vice President of Taiwan and having a Sister City International Exchange with the mayor of Miaoli. Hel presented gifts to Bartlett from the Sister City.  

Thursday Dec. 1 Children/Teen Choir Concert

Come enjoy holiday music in a free concert presented by the Arts in Bartlett combined Children/Teen choirs directed by Mindy Dupee from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1 in the Community Room at the Arts Center, 215 S. Main. 

RSVP for Annual Holiday Party Dec. 2

Circle Friday December 2 on your calendar now and reserve that date to celebrate at our Annual Holiday Party. We’ll again “stay at home” in the Arts Center, 215 S. Main, with everyone bringing a dish to share. Join in the fun. Wear your holiday socks and hat and win a prize in the “accessory” contest. Raffles and music and special recognitions are also slated. It is free to Arts in Bartlett members, $10 for nonmembers.

Color My World Arts Academy offers free family holiday ornament and card making Dec. 4 & 18

Come to the Arts Center, 215 S. Main, on December 4 or 18 from 1 to 3 pm to create cards and holiday ornaments with Miss Kathryn. Reservations are required as space is limited. Just email 

Sunday Dec. 11 Piano Recital

Mindy Dupee's piano students recital is December 11 with 2 different concerts between 10 and 3 p.m. Contact Mindy at for exact starting times. At  in the Community Room at the Arts Center, 215 S. Main. 

Next exhibit for February – April

The Artist Gathering Group who manages the Arts Center Gallery is working on a February-April exhibit from a local quilting guild More information coming on the “Art of the Stitch” with an accompanying April Fool’s Day party that will keep you “In Stitches.” 

New exhibit for May- July

The previous announced  exhibit titled: "Faraway Places" will be rescheduled for May-July to coincide with the International 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.

For more information on any of these items, contact or 630 372 4152.

Arts in Bartlett is the official outlet for the Village's 125th Anniversary T-shirts. They come in the original white or tie dyed in pink, blue or purple. Just marked down 50% from $10 each to $5.  

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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