ST. CHARLES – Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles will host its Fine Line Arts Festival – formerly Raku Day – in June.
The festival will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Fine Line, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles.
Fine Line’s first aluminum sand-casting event will kick things off on Friday evening. Opening night also will include a catered dinner from BBQ on Wheels and live music performed by Fight With Monsters.
Those who attend Friday night will be able to watch an aluminum pour, which is when melted aluminum is poured into molds, by artist and Fine Line-blacksmithing instructor Dan Caldwell.
Participants can take finished, aluminum-poured pieces home.
Tickets are required only for Friday’s opening night, and can be purchased by visiting fineline.org/fine-line-arts-festival or in-person at the arts center.
Saturday’s events will include hands-on activities and demonstrations, such as rigid heddle weaving, flamework, oil pastel, blacksmithing and woodcarving. For a fee, attendees can purchase a piece of pottery to glaze and watch it being fired in a raku kiln. Attendees also can try copper etching, basket making and screen printing.
Free activities will include creating wet felting vessels, papermaking, marbling and more. The event also will feature Ream’s hot dogs and brats (available to purchase) for lunch, and live music will be performed by Dana DeStefano & Dollparts, Roger Smit, Rives and Co., and Nick Rainey.
For information, visit fineline.org or call 630-584-9443.