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Kaneland arts festival celebrates creativity

Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival exposes visitors music, artwork and dance

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  • Visitors check out student artwork at the 13th annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival at Kaneland High School. This year's festival is set for Sunday, April 21.

       Visitors check out student artwork at the 13th annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival at Kaneland High School. This year's festival is set for Sunday, April 21.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer, 2012

  • The Maud Powell String Quartet will perform at the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival.

      The Maud Powell String Quartet will perform at the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival.
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Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival

When the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival opens its doors Sunday, April 21, at Kaneland High School in Maple Park, visitors will be invited to look, touch, hear, see, smell, taste, and participate fully in a plethora of arts experiences.

The KCFAF was created as a way to expose all people in the community to the fine arts in as many forms as possible. Admission is free and the event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For 14 years, the Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 in western Kane County has sponsored this free annual event, bringing professional visual arts, storytelling, music, and dance to the community.

Artwork created by Kaneland District students will be presented. Performances will take place in the state-of-the-art auditorium, and the cafeteria will be transformed into the less-formal Arts Pavilion setting for visual artists, additional performances, workshops, and refreshments for purchase.

Workshops in glass fusing, painting, and dance are only a few of the hands-on activities offered. Face painting, caricatures, silhouettes, and balloon artistry are other activities that welcome participation by attendees of all ages and experience levels.

"This year, we were granted funding from the Kaneland Foundation, which has allowed us to invite a professional artist to the art classrooms around the district," said Maria Dripps-Paulson, executive director of the KCFAF, in a news release.

"The first (we hope of many) KCFAF Artist in Residence is Eric Nye, a painter and photographer from Chicago. So many of our students were able learn more about art careers, and our art teachers collaborated with him to help the students work on an art project incorporating some of his unique styles."

A square dance band will be performing and calling square dances for a couple of hours in the late afternoon and the event will kick off with the Chicago Cubs Dixieland Band.

As in the past, the KCFAF continues to be an event for all ages. The pre-K Art Experience will be held in the Fox Valley Career Center child care rooms. The Kaneland district public libraries will be providing storytime every hour.

The auditorium lobby will feature Kaneland alum Megan Cline, as well as four Kaneland High School seniors' work. The Sugar Grove Public Library will also be in the lobby registering Sugar Grove residents for library cards and checking out books.

Kaneland High School is at 47W326 Keslinger Road in Maple Park. For a complete schedule, visit www.kanelandartsfestival.org.

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