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CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY BAZAAR, applications being accepted at this time for the 33rd annual bazaar scheduled for Nov. 17, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Hall. For information, contact: cntryxmas@sbcglobal.net.

CLAYWORKERS' CERAMIC ART SHOW & SALE, 12th annual, Oct. 4 through Nov. 4, Old Court House Arts Center, 101 N. Johnson St., Woodstock. Presented by members of The Clayworkers' Guild of Illinois. Show will be judged by Emily Reason. There will also be a 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 invitation-only gala reception (invitations available at the Arts Center). Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 815-338-4525, www.oldcourthouseartscenter.com or www.clayworkersguild.com.

CRAFTERS NEEDED, for the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 Community Artists Craft Festival scheduled to take place at the Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock, 225 W. Calhoun St., Woodstock. Jail Brakers, the charitable organization that supports families coping with the incarceration of loved ones, is looking for crafters to participate in the festival. For more information, visit: www.jailbrakers.org. Artists and artisans who want to display their wares should call Judy, 815-363-0952.

CRAFTERS WANTED, for the Marengo Woman's Arts & Crafts Fair scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6, at Marengo High School. Cost: $35 for a 10 foot by 10 foot space. For application details, contact: waynor1995@aol.com. Information: 815-568-7040 or 815-568-8980.

CRAFTERS WANTED, for the eighth annal Holiday Happenings Craft Fair scheduled for Nov. 10. Sponsored by the First United Methodist Church, 3717 W. Main St., McHenry. Discount fee period through Oct. 5 is $25 plus a $15 minimum raffle item; and $30 after Oct. 5 through Oct. 29. Proceeds benefit the church's missions and charities. Information: 815-759-9671 or 815-385-0931.

CREATIVE ARTISTRY FINE ARTS SCHOOL, 400 Highland Ave., Crystal Lake, 815-404-6520 or www.creativeartistryschool.com. Oil painting, illustration, jewelry and full schedule of children's, teen and adult classes available. Adult open studio-instructor guided every Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon.

"DOORWAYS TO ADVENTURE," through Sept. 30, The Inspired Art Studio, 1316 Spring Beach Way, Cary. Featuring the exhibition of work by artist Sandra Ferguson. Viewing hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and by special request. Information: 847-624-3937 or www.inspiredart.us.

THE INSPIRED ART STUDIO, 1316 Spring Beach Way, Cary, 847-624-3937 or www.inspiredart.us. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and by special request. Schedule: through September, "Doorways to Adventure" exhibition of work by artist Sandra Ferguson.

LAKESIDE LEGACY ARTS PARK, Dole Mansion, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake, 815-455-8000 or www.lakesidelegacy.org. First Fridays 5 to 7:30 p.m. every month featuring art, music and refreshments (free admission). Dole Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

McHENRY COUNTY COLLEGE ART GALLERIES, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake, 815-455-8785 or www.mchenry.edu/artgallery. Hours: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artwork displays in the Epping Gallery, artspace144, Gallery One and Gallery Two. Schedule: through Oct. 2, "Time and Other Preoccupations" exhibition by Diana Gabriel (Gallery One and Gallery Two).

NORTHLAND AREA ART LEAGUE, Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. Meetings at 7 to 9 p.m. second Tuesdays, September through April, at the Opera House. New members welcome. Information: 815-337-2027 or northlandareaartleague@gmail.com.

OLD COURT HOUSE ARTS CENTER, 101 N. Johnson St., Woodstock, 815-338-4525 or www.oldcourthouseartscenter.com. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Schedule: Oct. 4-20, 15th Annual Fiber Arts Show sponsored by the Woodstock Weavers Guild featuring handwoven textiles created by local hand weavers from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. For information, visit: www.woodstockweaversguild.org.

RAUE CENTER GALLERIES, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, 815-356-9010 or www.rauecenter.org. Featuring three visual arts galleries. Juried selections of entries are displayed for a six- to eight-week period. Gallery hours: noon to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, closed Tuesday and Sunday.

SIMPLY LEARN WORKSHOPS, Artist Loft Studio in the historic Starline Gallery & Studios, 400 W. Front St., Harvard. Enhance your photography relationship by building your camera communication skills. Workshops offered by local photographer Nancy Merkling.

SOLDNER FINE ART STUDIO, Garden Level E at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. Artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner, owner of the studio, offers ongoing gallery exhibits and custom commissioned art works in addition to painting and drawing instruction for teens to adults. One-day Saturday children's classes. Contact to schedule a group art class for children. Prices vary. Open Monday through Saturday by appointment. Information: 224-522-4068 or www.soldnerfineart.com.

STARLINE GALLERY & STUDIOS, 306 Front St., Harvard, 815-347-8535; 815-355-1608 or starlinegallery@gmail.com. Featuring 4th Fridays monthly gala art exhibit event to showcase resident, established and emerging artists.

THE STUDIO ART SCHOOL, 3316 W. Pearl St., McHenry, 815-385-3990 or www.thestudioartschool.com. Offering a variety of art classes.

VALLEY ART CLUB, Lakeside Legacy Arts Park (Dole Mansion), 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. Featuring life drawing workshops 7 to 10 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month. Workshop fees (life models): $8 members, $12 non-members, $10 students; (non-professional models): $6 members, $10 non-members, $8 students. Annual membership fee: $40 individual, $35 students. Membership not required to attend workshops. Information: 847-426-8532.

WOODSTOCK OPERA HOUSE, 121 Van Buren St., 815-338-4212 or 815-338-5300. Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and during theater performances. Come and view a new exhibit each month presented by local artists displayed in the Community Room. Schedule: Oct. 2 through Nov. 11, "A View through the Lens" exhibition of the photographic work of Bill Weber of Crystal lake and Les Allen of Dixon, with a 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 special artists' reception.


AURORA UNIVERSITY, Schingoethe Art Gallery in Dunham Hall, 1400 Marseillaise Place, Aurora, 630-844-7843 or www.aurora.edu/museum. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday during the academic year.

ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE ARTS CENTER, in the Safety-Kleen Gallery One, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Schedule: through Sept. 22, ECC fine arts faculty artwork exhibition; Oct. 2 through Nov. 3, showcase of the work of ECC alumnus Sandro Miller, with a 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 opening reception. Information: 847-214-7405 or ekrantz@elgin.edu.

THE GALLERY AT THE GARLANDS, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, 847-304-1996 or www.thegarlands.com. Gallery hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

GENEVA LAKE ART ASSOCIATION, 647 W. Main St., Lake Geneva, Wis., 262-249-7988 or www.genevlakeart.org. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Friday (summer only), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit the website for a list of art classes offered by the Association.

HARPER COLLEGE, Art Exhibition Space, Building C, Room C200, Roselle and Algonquin roads, Palatine, 847-925-6568 or www.harpercollege.edu. Exhibit hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open to the public. Free admission.

ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF ART - SCHAUMBURG, Ruth Ray Memorial Gallery, 1000 Plaza Drive, Schaumburg, 847-619-3450; 800-314-3450 or www.artinstitutes.edu/schaumburg. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

KORTMAN GALLERY, J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., Rockford, 815-968-0123 or www.jrkortman.com. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

NORRIS GALLERY, Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles, 630-584-7200. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM, Altgeld Galleries, College & Castle Drives, DeKalb, 815-753-1936 or www.niu.edu/artmuseum. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Schedule: through Nov. 17, "Music for the Divine;" "Transnational Identity: Performing Arts of Southeast Asia;" "Current Views and Actions: Photography and Performance Documentation from Phnom Penh;" and "Karen, A people on the Border" fall exhibitions.


ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-443-3600 or visit www.artic.edu. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission: $18 adults; $12 for students and seniors, free for children younger than 14. Family Free Wednesdays first and second Wednesdays of each month. Special exhibitions may require extra admission fee.

"BIGART," through October, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Annual, free outdoor art exhibition at the Pier. Navy Pier has partnered with the Gagosian Gallery to display the artistic talent of world-renowned artist Roy Lichtenstein. A signature Lichtenstein sculpture, Brushstroke Group, will be one of the sculptures on display. In the weeks to come, sculptures and artistic works of various sizes, designs and materials from international artists will make their way to Navy Pier and welcome visitors to Gateway Park. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Information: 312-595-7437 or www.navypier.com.

CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, 312-742-1148, www.egov.cityofchicago.org. Viewing hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Free admission. Schedule: through October, "Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge" (Millennium Park Boeing Galleries).

COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO, A&D Gallery, 619 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, 312-369-8687 or www.colum.edu/adgallery. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

FLAT IRON ARTISTS ASSOCIATION, Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, 312-335-3000; www.flatironartists.org or www.theflatironproject.com.

I AM LOGAN SQUARE GALLERY, 2648 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Information: 773-278-4257 or www.iamlogansquare.com.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660 or www.mcachicago.org. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s day. Tuesdays free. Admission: $12 adults, $7 students and seniors, free for children 12 and younger, members of the military and museum members.

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