Community Corner: The exciting 2013 Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival

By on April 11, 2013

by Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Fine Arts Festival

The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival (KCFAF) promises to be an amazing celebration of the arts, with more than 30 professional visual and performing artists showcased, as well as over 500 student art pieces displayed and an art auction of student and professional work.

On Sunday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Kaneland High School will open its doors to over 3,000 guests who will experience the arts in the Kaneland School District’s hands-on, intergenerational and award-winning Fine Arts Festival event. This year’s roster of artists will delight the eye and feed the soul with their visual beauty and auditory splendor.

The 2013 Visual Artist Roster for the festival is an outstanding list of talented individuals.

Lars-Birger Sponberg immigrated to the United States in 1930, and his oil paintings hang in two U.S. embassies, as well as several galleries in the Midwest. Carol and Mark Pflughoeft travel to the festival from Iowa to present their work in acrylic and digital art. Local artist Sue Norris, brings her uniquely made pottery from Sugar Grove.

This year, with a grant from the Kaneland Foundation, the KCFAF was pleased to bring an artist into the schools throughout the district to partner with Kaneland art teachers and art students. The innaugural KCFAF Artist in Residence program is pleased to have Eric Nye, photographer and painter from Chicago, bring his creative 3D work to the festival.

KCFAF Artist in Residence art projects will be on display. Glass fusing and caricature drawing will again return as workshops for the festival.

New to this year’s list of workshops is silhouette artist Rachel Schwartz and author/illustrator Sallie Wolf. Schwartz will cut silhouettes of festival guests throughout the day, and Wolf will hold a writing workshop from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre.

Performing artists attending the festival will provide opportunities for all ages to experience

a variety of mediums. The Common Taters is a square dance band who will call dances beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the KHS commons.

Fans of the Chicago Cubs will want to attend the festival at 11 a.m. to hear the Chicago Cubs Dixieland Band delight audiences as they do at Cubs games. M & M Dance Company from Elburn will perform in the auditorium, as well as the Waubonsee Community College Steel Band and Bel Canto, the select choir from McDole Elementary.

Children who are not yet in school can experience Kaneland District Library Storytime at the festival, held at the top of every hour in the Pre-K Art Experience rooms of the Fox Valley Career Center.

The Sugar Grove Public Library will register library cards and check out books in the auditorium lobby. Student groups, such as the Art and Science Club, will provide facepainting, balloon artistry, and homemade instruments made from recycled material.

So much more makes up the festival day, and information can be found on or

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