ST. CHARLES – The Foundry Art Center is organizing a first “Block Party”. Offering a full day of family fun, this event is free and open to the public – interactive art projects for all ages, food trucks, beer kiosks, live music, heavy machinery and steamroller printing.
The foundry’s “Block Party” centers on a unique and extravagant etching method, using a STEAM! Large-scale images created by regional artists Julia Curran, Dr. Slime, Patrick Owen, Edo Rosenblith, Natalie Schloss and the artists of Grafik House are engraved on four by eight foot blocks of wood. The foundry’s inking team roll ink on these blocks, a large sheet is placed on top of it, and then the whole thing is steamed – crushing the ink from the wood block onto the sheet. These fantastic prints will be taken to the large hall of the foundry to dry and display.
In addition to the steamroller draws, the Foundry’s Block Party offers an interactive display of heavy machinery and vehicles in the foundry parking lot, where families can safely board the aircraft and see the St. Charles, St. Charles Fire Department, St. Charles Public Works, Fabick Cat, and more. The foundry will also host live music and food trucks in the parking lot throughout the day. Visitors are invited inside to visit the artist and sponsor stands, a beer bar from Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade and Urban Chestnut, and of course, to see all the prints created throughout the day. .
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