Trinket box sale to raise funds for public art in downtown St. Charles

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The Downtown St. Charles Partnership Public Art Committee is selling trinket boxes to fund public arts projects in downtown St. Charles.

The trinket boxes are the newest fundraiser for the Public Art Committee, which in previous years has sold snow globes to help fund public art projects, said Jamie Blair with the Downtown St. Charles Partnership.

“We’ve had previous projects, such as snow globes, and we sell them through the Public Art Committee,” Blair said. “All funds that come back from that go toward Main Street and downtown.”

The trinket boxes feature a rendering of the stained glass window above the entryway to Hotel Baker in the image of a peacock, which dates back to the 1920s, according to a news release. The artist of the stained glass is unknown. St. Charles resident and Public Art Committee Chair Sally Stancati helped transfer the image to the tiled lid of the box by taking a photo, states the release.

The images on the trinket boxes may change through the years to feature other public St. Charles artwork.

“We hope to use different art at some point to put on there,” Blair said of the image on the box. “It depends on the response.”

The Public Art Committee – one of five Downtown St. Charles Partnership committees – commissions, purchases and maintains public art in downtown St. Charles, and encourages business and property owners to do the same, states the release.

In the past, the Public Art Committee purchased the sculpture of Colonel Baker, which can be found in front of Hotel Baker, as well as the “Framework for a Donut” and “Foxcycle” sculptures.

The committee also has funded the murals on the outside of Smitty’s on the Corner, Francesca’s by the River and Prime Bistro, as well as mural repair work at Francesca’s.

Blair said she didn’t know of any specific project the trinket box fundraiser would go toward.

Each trinket box costs $27, which includes tax. The trinket boxes are available at Blue Goose Market, 300 S. Second St., St. Charles, and the Municipal Center Building, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles.

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