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Artist of the Month 2016


November 2016 Artists of the Month

The artwork of the winners and finalists of the library's first-ever Library Card Design Contest is showcased in the Mezzanine Art Gallery during the month of November. Nearly 200 creative entries were submitted in August and September. A panel of judges selected three finalists in each age group; the community selected the winners by voting at the library. Three winning designs were selected after more than 500 votes were cast.


October 2016 Artist of the Month

Lori has been doing art off and on since grade school. She attended Carleton College where she took several art classes. Although she has worked in various different mediums, she is currently working mostly in colored pencil. In the past, she has worked in oils and dabbled in oil pastels. She taught art classes for children at Tony and Friends Art Studio and has been a member of the Wayne Art League for six years. If interested in any of her artwork, please contact her at


September 2016 Artist of the Month

After earning his BA in Design and Photography from the University of Illinois - Chicago, Pat worked as a professional photographer for almost thirty years before becoming a digital photo retouch and restoration artist, and opening McGleam Studios in Geneva, IL. 

"When I'm in a new place, I let it speak to me.
When I carry my camera, photographs call to me.
Pressing the shutter button is saying yes."

For more information visit his website or call 630-587-5808, or follow on Facebook / mcgleamstudios.


August 2016 Artist of the Month

Gregory teaches art at St. Charles East High School. He works in both 2D and 3D mediums. The series in this show are acrylic and draw from the imagery of dreams and imagination. He also works in watercolors and ceramics.

If you are interested in his work and would like to know more about it, feel free to contact him at or friend him on Facebook.


July 2016 Artists of the Month

The St. Charles Public Library is privileged to once again host Art of the Imagination, the CUSD #303 Student Art Show, from July 1–31. For more than 25 years, the library has been host to the show which will feature artwork created by elementary through high school students including drawings, paintings, weavings, photographs, sculptures and digital media. The student art will be displayed in the Huntley Meeting Room, the art gallery on the Mezzanine and both lobby display cases.


May and June 2016 Artist of the Month

In 1973, I picked up a paint brush to paint delicate flowers on an Easter egg. The resulting egg thrilled me and it still sits in my china cabinet today. Never did I consider myself a painter, I am just Dianne Matecki from the suburban town of Wheaton. Yet, over the last 40 years, my fingers have sought any artistic project from fabric to paint, teaching myself or being tutored by other artists.

My first inspiration for painting was the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, while painting my grandchildren playing in the sand. On the islands, my paintings of children on the beach have been sold in fine art galleries.

Then my attention turned to ballet dancers and fine portraiture. My daughters were figure skaters and all I have of their performances are a few snap snots tucked away in a box. So, I sought to create paintings that captures the essence and beauty of young women in their strongest moments. A piece of artwork that is timeless and passed down from generation to generation.

To start, I sought local ballet dancers to pose for formal portraits. I was shocked at the number of families interested and had more than enough dancers willing to pose for my project. On April 30, I was pleased to reveal the ballet dancer portraits at the Water Street Studios and Gallery in Batavia.

As for the future, I would like to continue painting dancers. For my next exhibit, I would like to paint a series of outstanding women in our local community. I want to paint strong women who believe in themselves and seek to make the world a better place through community action, family nurturing, or the arts.


April 2016 Artist of the Month

After a career in commercial design that began in advertising, publishing and multi media and ended with owning a architectural sign company for 18 years, Paul decided to devote his time to landscape painting.  His compositions are based upon his travels across the States. “The feeling one gets from painting a scene are so different from creating an ad.   A good painting can convey sublime emotions.   A work of art can awaken feelings that may be different in each person.”


March 2016 Artist of the Month

I cannot remember a time when I was not taking an art class. Similarly, I cannot remember a time when I was not amazed by a particular scientific phenomenon. My divergent interests in art and science have challenged me to approach life with creativity, skill, focus, and hard work, while striving to make a positive impact on those around me.

The culmination of four years of artistic and scientific study and a yearlong development of my senior thesis concluded with the piece, “From Loss to Growth and Prosperity.” This work investigates how destructive actions of humans change the climate and push numerous species closer to extinction. Through this multimedia informational art piece I hope to inspire activism by showing viewers what could be lost in a habitat altered by climate change. Three million deaths have been recorded due to climate-sensitive diseases like malaria and asthma, so it is hardly a stretch to say that climate change is a human health issue too. Unhealthy environments significantly impact communities, especially the most marginalized members.

I currently work in a research lab at Loyola University Medical Center analyzing the efficacy of nonporcine (pig) sources of heparins. (Standard porcine heparins conflict with some cultural or religious practices.) This work has increased my appreciation for cultural diversity and further reinforced my interest in public service, scientific research and accessible health care. This fall I will begin a program for a masters degree in public health. I also hope to attend medical school.


January and February 2016 Artist of the Month

After maintaining an architectural practice with a focus on historic preservation in St. Charles for thirty-two years, Mike was invited to join the United States Peace Corps to assist the people in the villages of Ukraine with a recovery of traditional folk architecture and customs. After three years and an abrupt end of service due to an overthrow of the government, he accepted a six-month assignment in Armenia where he worked in community economic development and tourism. Mike leaves for Kosovo on January 16 to continue his Peace Corps service.

Pro-bono services were always a part of the office agenda at Dixon Associates, including work on housing for Habitat for Humanity and assisting the National Trust for Historic Preservation in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. Mike has been an active member of the AIA National Committee on Historic Resources for over twenty-five years and, in September 2015, was the recipient of the Charles Nothnagel Award for Public Service from the Illinois Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Mike has received the Les Larson Lifetime Achievement Award from the AIA/Northeast Illinois Chapter along with several design awards for historic preservation projects. He was elected to membership in the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1995.

December 2016 Artist of the Month - Open