Express yourself at the Fine Arts Festival

By on April 9, 2010

by Susan O’Neill
KANELAND—Students will have a chance to create a piece of jewelry during the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival under the tutelage of local glass artist Larry Cimaglio.

Cimaglio, who has been creating art with glass for 25 years, said he loves to see children’s imagination come to life.

“Once they understand there aren’t any strict rules and it’s up to them to be creative, they start to express themselves,” he said. “It’s really fun to see it happen.”

Cimaglio is a regular at Kaneland’s Fine Art Festival. Kaneland John Stewart art teacher and originator of the festival Bonnie Whilden said she thinks he has participated in the festival for more than half of its 11 years.

“He believes in what we’re doing,” she said. “He supports the need for art education in the schools.”

Cimaglio started out as a vice president of sales and marketing for Ed Hoy’s International, a Warrenville, Ill.,-based distributor of fine art glass. Whilden was one of the teachers who attended one of his mini-programs for teachers to come in and play with glass art.

“It was really neat to see the teachers pick it up and offer the opportunities to their students,” he said.

Cimaglio left Ed Hoy’s to open his own studio and currently offers classes at schools, events and retailers, in addition to exhibiting his own work at shows throughout the year.

Ed Hoy’s has donated enough glass for students to create 300 pieces of jewelry during the day. Between showing the children how to make their pieces and baking them in the kiln, Cimaglio will create glass ornaments while people observe.

Other workshops targeted toward the students include a painting workshop with artist Tony Carnesecchi, a pre-kindergarten art experience featuring Kindermusik of St. Charles and the Northern Illinois University Steel Band.

Visual art of all kinds by professional artists as well as artwork by Kaneland students will be available for viewing throughout the day, and performing artists will be scheduled at various times. For a complete listing and schedule, visit

Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival
Sunday, April 18
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kaneland High School

Performing artists include
• Irish Music School of Chicago Musicians
• Da Capo Duo, Elburn-based flutist and classical guitarist
• West Suburban Early Music Society Recorder Ensemble
• Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl, Elgin Community College Institute
for the Performing Arts dance ensemble
• Prairie Echoes Chorus, local a capella four-part harmony singing group;
member of Sweet Adelines International
• State Street Dance, Geneva-based dance studio

Photo: Glass artist Larry Cimaglio will be on hand to help students create glass jewelry at the Kaneland Fine Arts Festival April 18 at Kaneland High School. Courtesy Photo