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Arts in Bartlett Gallery 215 S. Main

 Arts Center exhibit for August/September/October

"All Creatures Great & Small" Exhibit 

It's a Jungle Out There, Oil by Barbara Lipkin

"All Creatures Great & Small" is the three month exhibit now in our gallery. The reception for this exhibit is August 18 at 7 pm.  Artists now displaying and selling their paintings, photography and sculptures are including Marianne Andersen, Agnes Arnaiz, Joanne Barsanti, Susan Brauer, Kate Burlette, Carolyn Catalano, Madeline Derango, Barbara Lipkin, Lambert Lucietto, Michelle Lusader, Cynthia Meier, Jade Morem, Greta Pfiefer, Luis Santiago, Jenny Vogt, and Marilyn Winters.  Susan Brauer and Beck Hopkins currently have glass and jewelry; Penny Raidy, purses; and more jewelry by Marianne McKoveck, Bobbi Kinsey, Cindy Meier, Alex Bassi, Leona Ketterl and Viviana Bermudez. The gallery is open Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday 10 to 5 and Friday noon to 6 pm. This exhibit closes October 31. The artist reception, music by "Moonshine" and ice cream sundae/float bar is Friday, August 18 at 7 p.m. Go to Ticket page to get your ticket. 

Looking ahead -- artists can be working on these future exhibits 

November/December/January 2018: "Timbre: The Color of Sound" Timbre is the character or quality of a musical sound or voice as distinct from its pitch and intensity. Interpret this however you'd like! Find your inspiration in music, musicians, and musical instruments Click here to get application form and hanging requirements.

February, March, April 2018: "On A Grand Scale" Think big! Here's your opportunity to work large or make a big impact!

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

 "Lotus Grooves"  Paintings by Tony Talwar, August 7-September 1    

Please join us for a free reception with artist Tony Talwar, Tuesday, Aug. 15. He is a Sikh American artist best known for his Art, Music and Multimedia works. Since he was a child, he has been passionate about his art work. His art pieces involve spiritual, natural and ethnical elements from eastern and western parts of the world.

Arts in Bartlett Community Room, 215 S. Main

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 7 pm Artist Gathering

If you are a visual artist, you are welcome at our free networking event at the Arts Center, the 3rd Tuesday of every month. At this month's meeting (Tuesday August 15 at 7 pm) our very own Kate Burlette is going to demonstrate playing with Alcohol Inks. We will paint on ceramic tiles and Yupo (synthetic paper) to experience different surfaces. Besides dripping the ink onto the paint surface, we will use straws to blow on the ink to move it; blending solution and alcohol to create interesting shapes and values.

What to bring:
Most important: bring yourself with a fun attitude. Kate will provide most of the supplies. However, please bring your own brush, and protective clothing in case of paint/ink  splatters.

RSVP to Marianne at 

Friday, August 18, 7 pm, Dog Days of Summer Concert and Artist Reception  

Join us for a fun evening out with special guests: Moonshine, an acoustic folk/pop group. Gallery Walk with artist in the new "All Creatures Great and Small," and make your own sundae or float at our free ice cream bar. 

Get your tickets now at the Tickets page.  $10 for one, $15 for two tickets in advance online or at the Arts Center, 215 S. Main. $5 more at the door.  

Tuesday, Sept. 5, new guitar teacher  begins lessons

David Hain will begin teaching group guitar and if enough interest, group ukulele lessons on Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 4 to 7 pm. He is a local music teacher in the NW suburbs. If you did not get to sign up at his open house, you still have time to enroll.  Just email or text him at 7630-890-9880. Go to the Art & Music Lessons page for more details

Would you like to be a busker (street musician) in downtown Bartlett Sept. 9 and 10 and make a little money? Just go out, open your instrument case or put out a hat for tips in any area of town. Visitors to Heritage Days vote for their favorite, with the winner of $250 announced Saturday night at the Bank Bash. For more information, contact


Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m

Art exhibit View“All Creatures Great and Small” featuring local artists’ works in the gallery

 Saturday, Sept. 9 only

10 a.m. to 2:30 pm Flower Pot Art Contest. Bring your decorated flower pot – any size, any materials – to be judged at 2:30 pm for ribbons and a free Arts in Bartlett membership awarded at 3 p.m.

The criteria for selecting the winners includes: artistic impression, originality, quality and aesthetic appeal. There are 3 categories: Best Theme, Bartlett Heritage, Most Creative. 

Pots will be donated to the 15th Anniversary Celebration raffle in December for the benefit of scholarships and Budding Talent grants.  For more information contact Rita Lopienski, President of Arts in Bartlett, at 630-956-8814.

2 pm to 4 pm Ukulele Jam. Bring your ukulele if you have one or one will be provided. Join with other fans of this fun instrument to learn new chords and play favorite tunes together.   Free and open to all ages. Outside if weather permits. Rain location inside Arts in Bartlett. You can also sign up for group or private ukulele lessons with teachers David Hain and Andrew Viveros.

Sunday, Sept. 10 only

11 am to 5 pm Free Family Art Activities Color My World Arts Academy  offers Native American heritage art projects and storytelling. Clay pot making, a scavenger hunt, and a gallery exhibit are also included, plus an opportunity to win free art supplies and free art classes.

Thanks to our volunteers, sponsors, Friends of the Festival, performers, food vendors, booth vendors and all the public who attended our first Global Arts Festival in Bartlett Park on  June 24-25. Put this date on your calendar for next year. June 23-24, 2018.