News & Events

Calling for Artists for the Annual Member Show

The Annual Members Show will again be held in Feb27-April 1 in the Hanover Park Park District Gallery. Artists in this exhibit then have the opportunity to move their art to Bartlett Village Hall on April 4.   The Hanover Park gallery has glass locked cases so 3-D works (jewelry, sculpture, pottery, glass, etc.)  can be in that show. The Bartlett Village Hall gallery does not have a secure location for 3-D work. 

Your 2016 dues must be paid to be in this exhibit. You can renew or join online on the Join Us page or get a form from Arts in Bartlett, 215 S. Main. If you are unsure of your membership status, please email to check. 

Deadline for the attached form to be returned to Arts in Bartlett is Feb. 19, and delivery to Hanover Park is Feb. 22. Full details are on the form. A separate form will be developed for the Bartlett Village Hall show as soon as the installation/deinstallation dates are confirmed.

New Violin Teacher at the Arts Center

Gretchen Sherrell, performer with several area symphonies and coach with Elgin Youth Symphony Chamber Music Institute, will begin private violin lessons in her new studio at Arts in Bartlett soon. Contact her at if you want more information. 

The Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece

Help us crack the case in this "fun-raising” whodunit game to find the person who took the painting "La flambée des cours de la Tour Eiffel" (Soaring Over the Eiffel Tower) by Wes Lee K from our gallery over the holiday break.  After an investigation, 10 persons of interest have been identified who had access and motive:

1) Kathryn Benton, Teaching Artist, Color My World Children's Art Studio

2) Dorothy Deen, Cello Teacher and Performer

3) Roseanne Derango DDS, Derango Family Dental

4) Michael Fuelling, Pastor, Village Church

5) Liz Georgakis, Administrator, BAM (Bartlett Area Moms) Facebook

6) Pam Jaramillo, BookLady's Book Attic

7) Wes Lee K, artist, musician and therapist

8) Mary Smith, VP, Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce

9) Bruce Suffern, owner, Banbury Fair

10) Kevin Wallace, President, Village of Bartlett

 All upstanding citizens – or are they? You decide. Vote for your favorite suspect by going to the “Fun-raising” page at This takes you to the secure Paypal website where you can vote with a credit card or your Paypal account: $5 for one vote, $10 for 3 votes, and $20 for 7 votes.You can also vote at Arts in Bartlett, 215 S. Main, where you see the special display.

 Clues will be posted weekly on this website and on Arts in Bartlett's Facebook page. Here is your first one: Investigation Interview #1: "I was in Pam's Book Attic and saw a gold gilt frame hidden behind a pile of books." Clue #2: Investigation revealed that Wes Lee K increased his insurance coverage of his painting to $10,000 on November 20. Voting ends March 18 and the big “reveal” party is April 1 at the Arts Center. The one with the most votes wins a print of the original oil painting and  another print will be awarded in a drawing of those who voted for the real offender. Vote early and vote often!

2 new art exhibits open in February

Primarily Red

Bartlett Center for the Arts features an all-new exhibit “Primarily Red” in the gallery at 215 S. Main St. from Feb. through April. A wide range of media are included including glass, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, oil, acrylic, pastel, and more.  The artists include Marianne Andersen, Joanne Barsanti, Fran Belzone, Cesira Bonin, Susan Brauer, Charlene Breitlow, Lisa Callaghan, Kathie Chicoine, Beck Hopkins, Wes Lee K, Linda Kay, Leona Ketterl, Bobbie Kinsey, Lucy and John Litvinenko, Lambert Lucietto, Lindsey Lurie, Marianne Albers McKoveck, Aaira Navsariwala, Greta Pfeifer, Penny Raidy, Sharon Swing, Jenny Vogt, Jessalyn Wittmayer, and Marilyn Winters.

Meet them at a reception and special event “HeARTs in Bartlett: a Chocolate Celebration” Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 pm. A chocolate extravaganza, wine/cheese, raffle, giveaways and live romantic music with Dorothy Deen, cello; Wes Lee K, guitar; Phyllis Muhling, piano, and Rita Lopienski, Tickets are $10 each or $15 for two. Students are welcome at just $5 a ticket. They are available online at the Ticket page of and at the door. For more information, contact us at or 630 372 4152. 

Sunday, February 12th, 1-6 pm: FREE Crafts of the Heart & Chinese New Year Dragons

“Streets” by Lisa Callaghan

Lisa Callaghan returns to Village Hall in Bartlett with her exhibition “Streets,” running in the 2nd Floor Gallery at 228 S. Main, February 1-29. It is a celebration of the color and architecture of the beautiful city of Chicago, as seen from her and her children's first visit to the city shortly after they immigrated here from Ireland in 2014. Callaghan was compelled to capture the beauty of the city but explores the emotion and challenges leaving one native city behind and starting afresh in a new one in a foreign land.

Come meet Lisa at an Artist Reception on Tues Feb. 16, 6-7pm. Free and open to the public. 

Artist applications for the June 25-26, 2016 Bartlett Festival of the Arts are now available online on the 2016 Arts Fest page.  Jury and space fees discounted for “early birds” who apply by March 15.  Now in its 14th year, the Arts Festival accept all forms of fine arts and fine crafts for this popular community event in Bartlett Park.  The festival includes nonstop entertainment on the main stage, children’s art activities, and food.

In addition, the culinary arts and literary arts will be added to this year’s event. If you are an author who would like to sell your book in the Author's Tent, you can download the author form on the Arts Fest page. Please contact Cecilia Green, if you have prepared food products you’d like to sell and demonstrate. Sponsor forms are also on the Arts Fest page.

Those interested in being a  food vendor should contact Sue Stocks, Entertainers should contact Rita Lopienski, All other questions contact or call 630 372 4152. 

Arts in Bartlett partners with businesses

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 dowload here. The location is 1019 W Stearns Rd. B-10. You can also pick up referral forms at Arts in Bartlett, 215 S. Main St.

Chili’s in Streamwood, Hoffman Estates and Stratford Square gives 15% back from your meal purchase to Arts in Bartlett during the months of February/March/April when you bring in the attached voucher. You can also pick one up at Arts in Bartlett. 

 Support these local businesses and help Arts in Bartlett at the same time! 


Monday, February 29, 6:30 p.m. Bartlett Center for the Arts, 215 S. Main St. All members are welcome to attend. Contact Rita Lopienski, for more information.  


Every Wednesday, 7 p.m.  Bartlett International Chorus, Rehearsal takes place at the Bartlett Center for the Arts, 215 S. Main St. New members welcome. Call Rita 630-956-8814 or for more information.