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Fine Line Arts Festival: first ever aluminum pour and more!

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  • Dan Caldwell does a practice aluminum pour in preparation for Fine Line Arts Festival, which is set for June 6-7.

    Dan Caldwell does a practice aluminum pour in preparation for Fine Line Arts Festival, which is set for June 6-7.
    Courtesy of Fine Line Creative Arts Center

By Fine Line Creative Arts Center

An aluminum pour, never before done at Fine Line Creative Arts Center, will be a captivating part of Fine Line Arts Festival Opening Night on Friday, June 6.

Whether or not you've been on the Fine Line campus, taken one or more of the many arts classes for adults, or attended one of many captivating gallery shows in the Kavanagh or the Dempsey galleries, you will find much more to explore on Saturday, June 7, as the Fine Line Arts Festival continues throughout the day.

Fine Line's first aluminum sand casting event starts things off on Friday evening.

Opening night includes a catered dinner from BBQ on Wheels and live music performed by Fight With Monsters.

Tickets are required for opening night only, and can be purchased online at, or in person at Fine Line.

Artist and Fine Line blacksmithing instructor Dan Caldwell will be leading the aluminum pour.

"We're going to take a molding sand mixture, put tile forms on a board, and pack the sand around them," he said. "After the pour, the mold is destroyed and (participants) will get to take the parts out, clean them off, apply a patina, and buff and polish their pieces."

Those who attend Friday night will get to watch while the melted aluminum is poured into the molds, and will take their own finished pieces home that evening.

Spend Saturday exploring all Fine Line has to offer. Visitors of all ages are welcome to explore Fine Line's campus, at no charge.

Saturday will include hands-on activities as well as demonstrations. For a small fee, you can purchase a piece of pottery that you will glaze and watch being fired in a raku kiln. You can also try out copper etching, basket making, and Thermofax screen printing.

Try your hand at free activities, too: creating wet felting vessels, papermaking, marbling, or participate in "yarn bombing" a few chosen trees on the Fine Line campus!

Several Fine Line class offerings will be demonstrated throughout the day on Saturday, including: rigid heddle weaving, flamework, oil pastel, blacksmithing, woodcarving, and more.

This fun-filled indoor and outdoor event for all ages includes Ream's hot dogs and brats, available to purchase for lunch, and live music performed by the following bands: Dana DeStefano & Dollparts, Roger Smit, Rives and Co., and Nick Rainey.

Formerly known as Raku Day, this year's Fine Line Arts Festival has grown and evolved to include all aspects of this comprehensive arts center, along with Fine Line's new entrance and expanded parking lot.

For more information, visit, or call (630) 584-9443.

Fine Line Creative Arts Center is located at 37W570 Bolcum Road in St. Charles. The entrance is on Bolcum Road, just west of Crane Road.

The Fine Line Arts Festival will begin with opening night from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6; tickets required. It will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7, with free admission, through some activities will have a fee.