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posted: 9/6/2012 9:44 AM

On the cutting edge: Elgin's Next Wave Art Salon

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  • Elgin's Next Wave Art Salon will feature the work of close to 150 artists.

    Elgin's Next Wave Art Salon will feature the work of close to 150 artists.
    Courtesy of Sean Hargadon

Submitted by Elgin Cultural Arts Commission

Catch the "Next Wave" as it returns in a two-day event that celebrates art and artists at the historic Haight Warehouse in downtown Elgin.

The Next Wave Art Salon will be held at 166 Symphony Way in downtown Elgin, just one block east of The Centre of Elgin, behind the Douglas Street Bar.

The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 and 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The salon is free and open to the public. There will be $3,000 in prize money awarded to the artists with the top work.

The salon is sponsored in part by the City of Elgin, Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, and the Next Wave Committee.

This is the third year of the art salon and will feature close to 150 artists throughout the Elgin-Chicago area. Fine artists, musicians, actors, dancers and everyone in-between will be exhibiting their work without the filter of censorship in an event that celebrates creative self-expression.

"This event continues to recreate the idea of an art show," said Carl Brahms, Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and Next Wave Committee member. "By creating a radically inclusive event, we have essentially opened our arms to any artist that wants to participate."

"This is a departure from most art events which usually require fees, curators, and themes that carefully craft the experience based on someone's visions or whims," says Brahms.

The salon celebrates spontaneity and organic expression through art. Nothing is preplanned.

"We expect highly established artists to have their work alongside the work of college students, business people or someone just starting in sculpture, painting or quilting," Brahms said. "Everyone is invited to enjoy, discuss, buy and sell their art, meander, muse, make contacts or just get inspired. It's an incredible experience."

The "salon" concept was inspired by the salons of the 17th century that brought together visual artists, writers, performers, philosophers, political thinkers and creators from all walks of life for the purpose of sharing ideas and creating new relationships in an environment free from censorship.

Free parking is available in the public parking garage across from The Centre, 100 Symphony Way. For information, visit the Next Wave website at

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