Letter: Fine Arts Creative Center taking next steps

By on May 10, 2012

Fine Line Creative Arts Center has a long history in the Fox Valley community. Located on five acres in rural St. Charles, our campus is comprised of two buildings set in the midst of a beautiful prairie.

Our century-old barn houses the business offices, a supply shop, textile studios and the Dempsey Gallery. Our newer facility, the Kavanagh Building, includes four spacious teaching studios and a large, open, light-filled gallery space.

Primarily an education facility, we offer classes and workshops in textiles, painting, ceramics, metals, and glass, taught by our talented faculty and nationally recognized visiting artists. Fine Line has operated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts center at its current location since 1986. We are located in a residentially zoned area, and operate via a special use permit restricted by Kane County. This permit dictates our days and hours of operation, as well as the number of students we can accommodate. We have grown, but because our access is through a subdivision, we have not been able to expand the special use permit.

The purchase of a piece of property to the south of us has recently been completed, with the land intended for use as a new entrance to Fine Line off Bolcum Road. With this plan in place, we petitioned Kane County for a revision to our permit allowing for extended hours, a larger student population and new signage at our entrance (on front cover). This request received unanimous approval.

Now, the only thing holding up use of the new permit is completion of the driveway.

The property is purchased, zoning is secured, now we need the capital to complete the project. This driveway is more than just new paving; it is a key that unlocks a world of new opportunities to fulfill our mission.

The driveway is just phase one of our ultimate goal. Phase two includes restoring more prairie space, connecting to the Fine Line Prairie and Conservation Area, plus creating an outdoor sculpture gallery.

For more information, please visit www.fineline.org.

Robin Kittleson
St. Charles