Early Christmas for art lovers: Colorful wrap to transform St. Charles Municipal Building

Lineup of events unveiled

In a few weeks, the historic St. Charles Municipal Building in downtown St. Charles will get a splash of color as part of a temporary art installation.

The project is getting underway after being delayed a year because of the pandemic. Artist Amanda Browder will talk about the project during a presentation at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Huntley Community Room at the St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave.

Seating is limited for the presentation. Go to scpld.libnet.info/event/5078752 to register.

The project will involve draping a large-scale fabric art piece over the south wall of the St. Charles Municipal Building.

Community sewing volunteers

The piece, made up of smaller fabric pieces, is being sewn by community members. The sewing is being done through Aug. 18 at the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles. To register for a time to sew at the church, go to the St. Charles Art Council’s website at stcharlesartscouncil.org.

Cotton fabric donations are being accepted. The St. Charles Arts Council received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that is allowing Browder to come to St. Charles and coordinate the community fabric art project.

Browder originally was set to coordinate the project last summer. Now, the project is set to be installed Aug. 20.

Special event

There will be another chance to meet Browder during an art wrap party at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Arcada Theatre complex. The party will feature food, entertainment and a live auction. Tickets cost $110 per person and can be purchased at the St. Charles Art Council’s website at stcharlesartscouncil.org.


Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf covers St. Charles and writes entertainment stories for the Kane County Chronicle.