Bellaver will also be one of the artists giving an Artist Demonstration at the gallery on Friday, June 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, June 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. He will demonstrate how he combines 21st century tools like the iMac, with ancient tools and knives to sculpt in clay.
The neXt gallery at Shelby is located in the Shelby Building, 210 South Fifth Street, Suite 100, St. Charles, Illinois. Information about the gallery, the artists participating in the gallery, its hours of operation, and special events taking place during the month that the gallery is in the Shelby space, may be found at the gallery web site, www.nextgallerystcharles.org. Or you may call the gallery at 630.429.0973.
About the neXt gallery Program:
The neXt gallery program is a collaboration that promotes local/regional artists, the St. Charles Arts Council, and the St. Charles business community. The program is called neXt gallery, because you never know where it will pop up next! The Arts Council encourages building owners, volunteers, art supporters, and art collectors to get involved in this program to support the arts and St. Charles, and encourages artists to contact the SCAC to learn about neXt gallery opportunities.
About the St. Charles Arts Council:
The SCAC will serve all those individuals (professionals, amateurs, and students) who produce tangible, consumable works of the imagination and all organizations, businesses, and groups that include and represent those people. This would be arts and cultural activities in their broadest sense, including graphic, plastic, and decorative arts, architecture, crafts, literature and poetry, music, theater, and dance. The primary long-range goal is the transformation of St. Charles into an arts community/an arts magnet/a nationally-known arts market. Ultimately we foresee a municipal arts center, more working artists and opportunities in arts education, many privately-owned galleries, performance venues, and related arts businesses, and a downtown architecture and streetscape conducive to both the aesthetics and business of art.
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Bellaver’s sculpture media include stone, steel & bronze. His monumental work includes Kane County’s Veterans Memorial, and collectors such as H. J. Heinz Co. and the Forest County Potawatomi. His work is in private collections around the country.
After his discharge from the United States Army, Bellaver earned a B.A. in Economics from St. Vincent College. He has worked as a sculptor full time since 1975. Bellaver has taken masters credit classes in art at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Northern Illinois University, as well as The School of the Museum of Art in Chicago. He is presently a member of CSI (Chicago Sculpture International)