Arts in Bartlett Gallery 215 S. Main

 Arts Center exhibit for February – April


New Feb/March/April"Art of the Quilt" Exhibit from the Prairie Star Quilter’s Guild

Now in the Arts in Bartlett Gallery, 215 S. Main on Feb. 2. We are excited to present this show in cooperation with the Prairie Star Quilter's Guild, which focuses on “art” quilts. The guildembers will also have boutique items for a unique shopping experience. The gallery is open Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday 10 to 5 and Friday noon to 6 pm. The reception is set for February 24 at 7 pm  with a gallery walk and refreshments.  

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.

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


”Quoth the Raven” acrylic by Patricia Panopoulos

“Close Your Eyes and See” New Village Hall Exhibit, Feb. 6-March 3

Patricia Panopoulos, a Bartlett artist, specializes in paintings that depict “women, strength & beauty,” the focus of her new exhibit at Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main, 2nd Floor Gallery. She says “The purest way to see something is to close your eyes and to feel it in your soul. Life is nature, calm one minute and turbulent the next. I believe women have a great gift to endure, to share, to succeed, to forgive and to love. ALL women are beautiful and all women are strong even if they have yet to realize it. In my paintings I have tried to grasp that fleeting moment of reflection when we let our guard down to take a breath to regain our focus. Come meet Trish at the artist reception from 6-8 pm, Tuesday February 21 in the Village Hall Gallery. Trish also has written and illustrated a children’s book “Mighty Maximos” a “lightning bender” who is on a quest to find the goose who has vanished with his golden horn that make beautiful music. The books are for sale at the arts center for $8

Feb. 17 Chicago Saxophone Quartet concert cancelled! 

We are sorry to say that James Kasprzyk, the baritone saxophone player in the Chicago Saxophone Quartet, was hospitalized this morning so the concert tonight is cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. If you bought tickets online, you will be issued a refund. Contacts or 630 372 4152 with questions

Tuesday, February 21, 6-7 pm  “Close Your Eyes and See” artist reception at Bartlett Village Hall for Patricia Panopoulos. Free and open to the public.

Friday, February 24, 7-9 p.m.: “Art of the Quilt” artist reception with gallery talk and refreshments. $5 at the door; quilters in exhibit attend free.

New jewelry from Vivianna Bermudez, Vibelo Designs, and Alex Bassi

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 Batti'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.  

A free monthly Artist Gathering, Bartlett Arts Center, 215 S. Main 

Need a night out? Are you ready to get artsy? Or maybe just want to connect with other artists?

Then join us for this month's gathering on February 21, at 7:00 in the Arts in Bartlett Gallery. 

As always, if you would like to bring a piece of recent artwork to share or get feedback on, please do so!   We will review artwork at the beginning of the gathering.

Please R.S.V.P to Marianne Andersen Iannrelli at by Sunday, Feb. 19




International Festival Planning for June Festival Resumes: Monday, Feb. 20, 6:30 pm – 8 pm

On October 28, a group met to create a vision of an International Arts Festival for June 24-25 that celebrates the diverse cultures within our community. Consultant Sharon Swing facilitated the discussion on multicultural music, art, crafts, dance, food, and audience participation events. With the holidays intervening, we are now picking up the discussion to lay out more specific plans. Please join us in this exciting new project. If you can come, please RSVP to or 630 372 4152. 

 Contact Arts in Bartlett, 630 372 4152 or  with questions.  

 Mark your calendar: events still under development

  • Friday, Feb. 10, 7 to 9 for adults, 9 to 11 for teens.  And, now for something completely different …. A twist on the usual Valentine’s Day party, looking on the dark side of the holiday and love. More details to come.
  • Friday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., First $5 Friday of the year, with a performance by the Saxophone Quartet withArts in Bartlett’s resident woodwind teacher Wayne Richards.
  • Saturday, April 1, 7 p.m., an April Fool’s Day Party that will keep you in stitches. Surrounded by the quilt exhibit, performers such as the improv group How to Get Away with Anything will bring us a laugh out loud experience. More details later. 

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

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.

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