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Arts in Bartlett Gallery, 215 S. Main St. 

New Exhibit "America the Beautiful" 

2016 marks the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, Election Year and the 125th Anniversary of Bartlett. It is appropriate that we reflect on the many blessings we enjoy by living in this great nation and the Village of Bartlett. 

In cooperation with the VFW Post 11018 Auxiliary, Arts in Bartlett launched an art exhibit on August 2: "America the Beautiful," with local artists interpreting the theme in their works and a display of the Bartlett High School winners in the VFW Post 11018 Auxiliary’s Young American Patriotic Art Contest. 

The exhibit will be on display for three months ending October 31. The next exhibit "Those Who Can" for November 2016 - January 2017 will be an exhibit of works by School District U-49 visual arts teachers

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

August 9 - September 30  "From the Sea" Oil painting exhibit by Sigrid Wonsil 


·        Tuesday, Aug. 16: 6 to 7 pm. Opening Reception at Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main for Sigrid Wonsil’s exhibit of her 10 large oils named “From the Sea,” inspired by her three-week stay in a fishing village by the Aegean sea in Greece. She says, “I was intrigued by the colonies of mussels and clams in the shallow water and patterns of light and waves on the bottom. They reminded me of cells in the body, primordial processes and the beginnings of life.” Don’t miss this one; it will be up until September 9. 

experimenting with digital painting on her IPad. After graduating with a BFA in
illustration from Northern Illinois University, Marianne worked for several years
as a designer for a printing company and a freelance illustrator. One of her
colored pencil drawings, entitled “Pointe” was published in the book “"The Best
Of Colored Pencil 2”, which was sponsored by the Colored Pencil Society of
America. She has lived in Bartlett since 1991 and is currently on the board of
Arts in Bartlett.

·        Tuesday, Sept. 20: 7 to 9 .m. Artist Group at 215 S. Main. The Arts in Bartlett Artist’s Group is a casual group that gathers the 3rd Tuesday of the month to talk about art, events, and exhibits; have demos and presentations, and experiment with new techniques. To learn more, contact Free and open to all visual artists. 


Monday, August 29, 6:30 pm. Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of The Little Free Library in front of the Arts Center, the first one in Bartlett. It will sit just outside our door by the bench and all are welcome to "take a book, return a book."  It joins 40,000 Little Free Libraries are found in all 50 states and more than 70 countries worldwide  16 million books each year are being exchanged through Little Free Libraries worldwide since the movement to encourage reading and build community in 2010. The Friends of the Bartlett Public Library donated our first books available for exchange. Come ready to take a book and leave a book.  If you have additional books you'd like to donate, please bring them to the Arts Center when we are open Tues/Thurs/Sat. 10 to 5; Fri noon to 6. We especially welcome children's books and books about the arts (music, art, theater).  The design on the Little Free Library is of course arts-related and was created by 2016 Intern Madeline Derango with the help of a famous one-eared red headed man. Can you guess? Come see it on Monday evening. 

Monday, August 29 , 7:00 p.m. Board Meeting. All members are welcome to attend.  Contact Rita Lopienski, for more information.  

·        Tuesday Sept. 6:  5 pm New Teen Choir (grades 7-12)  starts; Thursday, Sept. 8:  5 pm Children’s Choir program resumes; Tuesday, Sept. 27: Color My World Arts Academy Autumn Class Series start. Go to Lessons at for details on all these children’s programs.

·        Friday, Sat. and Sunday, Sept. 16 & 18, Sept. 23, 24, 25: World Premiere of Russ Devereaux’s play “The Coffee Shop.” Go to the ticket page for more information and to buy advance tickets.  

·        Friday, Sept. 30: 6:30 pm Art After Dark, wine and painting a familiar Bartlett icon with Laura Fazio and Lisa Doeringsfeld. Go to Adult Art Page of for more information 

·        Wednesday, October 5: Dine-around with the Arts with the popular D’licious Crepes and Roti right here in Town Center. Arts in Bartlett will get a donation of 30% of your check if you take in a coupon that will be available in September.