Community Corner: Fine Arts Festival will delight all ages

By on April 4, 2014

by Maria Dripps-Paulson,
KAI executive director

Sunday, April 13, will mark the 15-year anniversary of the Kaneland Arts Initiative’s signature event, the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival.

The festival was born out of a need to offer an event to showcase the arts at a professional level to Kaneland families and community members. Attended by over 3,000 patrons, the festival has always been free to attend and is a wonderful tradition for all ages.

This year’s festival is no exception, promising to delight all ages. Besides the hands-on art and storytime provided by Kaneland public libraries, preschool-aged students will be treated to the interactive African folktale “Handa’s Surprise,” where they will be able to make masks and take part in the tale told by Lande Sanusi from The CAKE Village (

The Kaneland High School art club will provide temporary tattoos, face-painting and balloon art. Workshops will include origami, glass fusing, Korean calligraphy, and the ever-popular caricature drawings of Michael Shiroda.

Professional visual artists will create art in traditional art forms such as oil, acrylic, watercolor and pottery. Several artists will be creating art in mixed media, combining multiple materials and mediums. Kaneland student artwork will be available for auction next to professional artwork donated by this year’s artists. Over 500 students’ art pieces will be displayed from all of the schools within the Kaneland School District.

This year’s Kaneland Alumni Spotlight will be the Dylan Good Trio at 11 a.m. in the Kaneland auditorium. Dylan is a graduate of Kaneland High School and will bring his jazz trio to the Festival.

Also on the Kaneland Auditorium stage will be the Fox Valley Children’s Chorus, American Eagle Shows’ production of “James and the Giant Peach,” and the “Barefoot Hawaiian.” In the Arts pavilion, the Kaneland Youth Orchestra will return to play, as well as the Hix Bros. Ukulele Ensemble.

For 15 years, the award-winning Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival has been supported by the Kaneland School District, as well as many other financial sponsors. The Kaneland Arts Initiative would like to thank its sponsors: Elburn Herald, Midwest Window and Supply, Open Range Southwest Grill restaurant, Elburn Chiropractic & Acupuncture, Ross Electric, Inc., Vons Electric, Inc., and Waubonsee Community College.

More information can be found on the KAI website,, or the KAI Facebook page,

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