Let’s get back into the swing of things after time away with friends and family through the holidays. We have big plans for 2017 and we want you to be part of them. 

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. 

Next Arts Center exhibit for February – April

Thursday, February 2: New Feb/March/April"Art of the Quilt" Exhibit from the Prairie Star Quilter’s Guild

Opens 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 will focus on “art” quilts. The guild and Arts in Bartlett members 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.

Friday, Jan 13: 7 pm; welcome home Linda 

Arts in Bartlett is pleased to host a free gathering for Linda Kay from 7-9 pm, January 13 so as many of her friends, including Arts in Bartlett members, can have a chance to visit and share food and drink with her while she's back in the area for the funeral of her husband, Rafael Diores.  She had a studio at Arts in Bartlett for 2 years after we moved to 215 S. Main in Town Center and she and Rafael were very involved in Arts in Bartlett.  For more details, contact

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

Color My World Arts Academy  

Tuesday, Jan 17, 6-8 pm

Free Student Art Exhibit Reception with refreshments
 Bartlett Village Hall 2nd Floor Gallery

This annual free show created by art students of Color My World Arts Academy showcases works by children and teens in drawing, design, painting, collage, clay, and mosaic. This exhibit will be on display when Village Hall is open through February 3 at Bartlett Village Hall 2nd Floor Gallery: 228 South Main Street.

Other programs and events

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 January 17, at 7:00 in the Arts in Bartlett Gallery where we will explore the art of zentangle with Cindy Meier, one of the artist's featured in our current gallery exhibit.  We will decorate notecards and if time allows, add color. 

What is Zentangle? You can learn more here:

What to bring? Easy-peasy: just yourself and a desire to have fun. All supplies will be provided.  Zentangle is very fun and relaxing, just what we all need after such a busy holiday season!

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, Jan 15th. 

Tuesday, Jan 17, and Thursday, Jan 19, Teen/Children's Choirs begin

 The choir at Arts in Bartlett exclusively for teens 7thto 12th grade begins Tuesday, Jan 17 at 5 pm. This 13-week class has its last rehearsal on Tuesday, April 18 with a performance with the Children’s Choir on Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. This program will help them develop their talent in a fun group activity under the direction of Mindy Dupee, local voice and piano teacher.  They will learn, prepare and present Music of Broadway in advanced music and multiple part harmony. $120 for Arts in Bartlett family members; $130 for nonmembers.

The Children's Choir for those entering Kindergarten- 8th grade will meet on Thursdays  at 5 p.m. from January 19 through April 20. They will learn, prepare and present a selection of music in single and two-part harmony.  The Concert will combine the Children's and Teen Choir on Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. $120 for Arts in Bartlett family members; $130 for nonmembers.

 Go to Lessons page of for more information and the registration forms

Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.

Free Field Trip to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir; reserve by Jan. 25 

The BAPS Mandir  on Rt. 59 south of  Bartlett is an amazing masterpiece of ancient design and workmanship built  in 16 months by 1,700 volunteers. Mandir isa word from Sanskrit that means “dwelling place of the deities.”  If you have never visited it or want to go again, join the free Arts in Bartlett field trip on Saturday, January 28. The BAPS volunteers are very welcoming and it’s a fascinating educational experience about the Indian culture and Hinduism. 

We will meet at Arts in Bartlett, at 215 S. Main Street at 10 a.m.. Park in the back  and we will car pool to leave no later than 10:15 a.m. We will park outside the wooden Haveli building and go in for an orientation before going through the underground passage  to the Mandir. We have reservations for 30 and children are allowed if they are old enough to understand that this is a place of worship and can remain silent and still during the brief service in the Mandir.   Please review the guidelines on the website including what to wear,  Basically no shorts or sleeveless clothes, photos outside only. Photographs outside only.

 10:30 a.m. Our guided tour begins at the Havel.  We will have time to go in the gift shop if you wish before we enter the Mandir, where the deities will be on view during a 10 minute ceremony at 11:15. Both buildings are spectacular and handicapped accessible.

 12 noon If anyone is interested when we return,  we can have lunch at D’licious  Crepes around the corner from the arts center, which has Indian roti  and other  food. Hugely popular with high ratings. Go to its Facebook for more information.

 Please reserve your spot by Jan 25 or until our 30 spaces are full.  Arts in Bartlett 2017 members will have priority; others will go on a waiting list and be notified no later than Jan. 26 If any spots remain. If you are unsure about the status of your membership, contact or call 630 372 4152. At the same time, let us know if you want a luncheon reservation Jan. 28 and for how many so Rakesh can set up for us.


International Festival Planning for June Festival Resumes: Monday, Jan. 30, 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.

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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