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Artists show off their craft in St. Charles show

Fine Line Creative Arts Center volunteer Sue Peterson, of Batavia, works on a loom Saturday at the 15th annual St. Charles Fine Art Show in downtown St. Charles.
Fine Line Creative Arts Center volunteer Sue Peterson, of Batavia, works on a loom Saturday at the 15th annual St. Charles Fine Art Show in downtown St. Charles.

ST. CHARLES – Sue Peterson of Batavia was attracting her share of onlookers Saturday as she sat behind the jack loom, getting ready to make a tea towel.

"I love weaving," said Peterson, board president for the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, as she pushed the colored yard through the loom. "It's exciting starting with thread and making cloth."

Peterson and other Fine Line volunteers were giving demonstrations at the 15th annual St. Charles Fine Art Show. The show will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on Riverside Avenue (formerly 1st Avenue) between Route 64/Main Street and Illinois Avenue in downtown St. Charles.

Shawn Barbagallo, of Rockford-based Raku Gold Pottery, also attracted attention as he went about making a vase. He started working with clay at a young age.

"It's relaxing," he said. "When you are working on a wheel, you block everything else out."

For Geneva colored pencil artist Andria Burchett, the show presented an opportunity for Burchett to show her work and be with other artists.

"If you're an artist, you have to show your work," she said. "It's also important to be in an environment where you are surrounded by a lot of other artists. You get inspired."

Music also is an integral part of this year's show. Wisconsin-based The Stellanovas - comprised of huband and wife duo Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines - brought their cafe jazz to the River Rockhouse patio.

"We play a lot of art festivals," Wagoner said. "It's a good fit."

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