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Last Call - neXt Gallery at Charlie's -- Closing Reception

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St Charles Arts Council

St. Charles, IL, October 22, 2012 -- The neXt gallery at Charlie's is hosting a Closing Reception on Saturday, October 27 from 5 until 8 p.m. Wine, punch, and seasonal beverages/snacks such as hot mulled cider and pumpkin scones will be served. Patrons can browse the gallery for gifts for family, friends, to donate -- or just to treat themselves! If you dropped by the gallery before and had your eye on one of the fantastic pieces there -- now's the time to come back for it. And if you haven't been there yet, you really have to make the trip. The neXt gallery at Charlie's has gotten rave reviews from the hundreds of people who have come through it since the opening on September 22 -- everyone has been blown away by how the gallery has transformed this vacant retail space!

And, if you're feeling festive, wear a mask to the Reception. We'll reward the first 50 people wearing a mask across the threshold with a coupon for free popcorn from Classic Cinemas.

The neXt gallery at Charlie's will be closing after the reception. This week, the gallery will be open on Thursday from 12 to 5 P.M. on Friday from 12 to 7 P.M. and on Saturday from 12 to 8 P.M. These 3 days will be the last chance to enjoy the gallery and take home a piece of art from this wonderful, eclectic collection. Buy from these local and regional artists and help this great pop-up gallery program continue to grow.

The gallery address is 3800 E. Main Street, in the Charlestowne Mall. Come and see how the neXt gallery volunteer curators have "repurposed" this former retail space that has been vacant for over 5 years into a fantastic gallery and art show/sale. The gallery web site is www.nextgallerystcharles.org, and the phone number is 630.429.0973. The St Charles Arts Council and the neXt gallery committee would like to extend their thanks to the Charlestowne Mall who are partnering in this location with the arts council, Classic Cinemas, J. L. Wagner Plumbing, and N. Henry and Sons who have donated items for the gallery.

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The neXt gallery is a "Pop Up" gallery, which, if you haven't heard of the idea before, is typically an empty storefront/office building that is transformed into a temporary art gallery for a short period of time. The neXt gallery program is an initiative of the St Charles Arts Council designed to create energy, excitement, and opportunities for artists -- as pop up galleries have done in Chicago's Loop and cities around the world -- and to provide opportunities for artists to showcase and be compensated for their talent.

The Arts Council encourages building owners, volunteers, art supporters, and art collectors to get involved in this program to support the arts and St. Charles, and encourages artists to contact the SCAC to learn about neXt gallery opportunities. Contact the council at 630.443.3794 or info@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org.

The St. Charles Arts Council is a 501(c)(3), registered not-for-profit Illinois corporation whose mission is to create an organization that serves and promotes the arts and cultural activities in St. Charles, to the mutual benefit of the arts and the community. The SCAC is staffed entirely by volunteers.

About the neXt gallery program:

The neXt gallery program is a collaboration that promotes local/regional artists, the SCAC, and the St. Charles business community. The program is called neXt gallery, because you never know where it will pop up next!

About the St. Charles Arts Council:

The SCAC will serve all those individuals (professionals, amateurs, and students) who produce tangible, consumable works of the imagination and all organizations, businesses, and groups that include and represent those people. This would be arts and cultural activities in their broadest sense, including graphic, plastic, and decorative arts, architecture, crafts, literature and poetry, music, theater, and dance. Ultimately we foresee a municipal arts center, more working artists and opportunities in arts education, many privately-owned galleries, performance venues, and related arts businesses, and a downtown architecture and streetscape conducive to both the aesthetics and business of art. Contact the SCAC for information at 630.443.3794 or at StCharlesArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

About the City of St. Charles:

St. Charles, Illinois, located in both DuPage and Kane County, is 35 miles west of downtown Chicago. Over 2,100 businesses employ over 34,200 people, consisting of a balanced mix of retailers, restaurants, and manufacturing facilities. The City of St. Charles was recently named one of the "150 Great Places in Illinois" for the combined architectural work of the City Municipal Center, the Main Street Bridge, and the historic Hotel Baker.

The City's recently completed 2014 Strategic Plan includes the following Action Plan: Market and promote St. Charles as a friendly, appealing destination, characterized by activities, events, arts, and culture. Capitalize on artistic and cultural resources by supporting local talent and lively venues and activities. Encourage collective civic endeavors to broaden the variety of attractions and events.

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