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Mackey: Cultural Arts Commission seeks participants for new Artéculture initiative

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Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 3:42 p.m. CST
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Rosemary Mackey is the city of West Chicago staff liaison for the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission.

The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission is proud to announce a new concept for community art-sharing. The event is called Artéculture, which is a play on the word horticulture in an attempt to connect the garden and art theme being planned for Blooming Fest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17. A sneak peek at Artéculture previews from 6 to 9 p.m. May 16 during Local Music Night, prior to its all-day installation at Blooming Fest. The event takes place on both days at Gallery 200/STUDIO, located at 203 Turner Court.

Artéculture is a grass-roots initiative that provides a showcase for the talents of all residents or those with a connection to West Chicago. The commission's hope is to develop the art niche at the downtown garden festival by appealing to the art and craft enthusiasts, as well as gardeners, who attend Blooming Fest. However, the subject of the featured artwork is not limited to a garden theme.

Exhibitors must be connected to the community through school, work, home or Gallery 200. Artwork sought is two-dimensional and ready to hang (preferably framed with wire and eye hooks). Sculpture and crafts also are welcome. The registration fee is $5 per piece of art with a limit of two works per artist with a combined size dimension of 24-by-24 inches. Art must be delivered to Gallery 200/STUDIO between 6 and 9 p.m. May 8 or noon and 2 p.m. May 10 and picked up following the event from 3 to 4 p.m. May 17. If necessary, additional pickup arrangements may be arranged through the City Museum.

The efforts of volunteers who serve on the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission support programs and projects like Artéculture, nurture the strong creative spirit within the community, and enrich the lives of all West Chicago residents. Plan on becoming involved with Artéculture!

Rosemary Mackey is the city of West Chicago staff liaison for the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission.

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