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Artist of the Month 2019

St. Charles Celebrates 185 Years

September 2019 Artist of the Month

In conjunction with ArtsFest, the St. Charles History Museum presents a special historic photo exhibit to celebrate the 185th anniversary of St. Charles. Step back in time and explore the most historic people, places and things from our community. 


Susan Schubert

August 2019 Artist of the Month

The Isle of Skye, My Place of Dreams Photography Show

Susan Schubert is a writer, poet, and photographer. After writing a story about a trip to Europe in 1971, her friend offered her a trip back to Scotland after 47 years. The place of dreams for Susan was the Isle of Skye. They spent a day on a jeep tour, and these photographs show the best of Skye.

Susan has written two books, “The Way I Remember It, Memoir of a Trip to Europe 1971” and “My Place of Dreams, A Love Story,” both available on Amazon Kindle. She lives with her dog Moe, a Maltese, in western St. Charles. She facilitates a writer’s group at Elburn’s Town and Country Library, is an award-winning writer and poet with a poem “Aurora” on an outside mural in downtown Aurora, IL. The books are both available at Town House Books in St. Charles.


District 303 Imagination Art Exhibit

July 2019 Artists of the Month

Celebrate the arts during the month of July as St. Charles School District 303 art students will participate in the annual Art of the Imagination hosted by the St. Charles Public Library. For over 30 years, the library has been host to the month-long exhibit which will feature the visual artwork created more than 100 elementary through high school students including drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures and digital media.


Yawen Wu

June 2019 Artist of the Month

Yawen Wu is a Chicago-based freelance photographer who specializes in event and fine art photography with over 30 years of experience. He is the founder and owner of Pakasa Images. Yawen has been residing in St. Charles with his family since 2013.

This exhibit, Postcards from Spain, showcases a collection of photos from a 10-day winter trip to Spain in January 2019. All of the images were taken either in Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona, or Seville in attempt to capture some of the interesting and beautiful moments that were worth writing home about, hence the title “Postcards from Spain”. 


Illinois Art Education Association

May 2019 Artists of the Month

The St. Charles Public Library is honored to host the 2018-2019 Illinois Art Education Association’s traveling Student Art Show in its art gallery, located on the mezzanine. The kindergarten through 12th grade student art show contains 45 selected pieces of artwork created in a classroom. The show demonstrates to the public the breadth of experience, content and connections students are receiving through their art programs. The award-winning show will travel to schools, libraries and galleries throughout the state of Illinois. 


One Book, One Community: Station Eleven Exhibit 

April 2019 Art Exhibit 

Our exhibit this month ties in with our One Book, One Community read Station Eleven, by Emily St. Mandel.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world in the decades following a global pandemic that causes the world to be changed forever, the novel follows the journey of a traveling troupe of actors and musicians known as The Traveling Symphony, who have dedicated themselves to the mission of keeping cherished art, music, and plays alive for the future. Through flashbacks and events that unfold in the years following “year zero”, several of the book’s characters discover that their stories actually connect and intertwine through some interesting circumstances.

What would you miss if society were to collapse? No electricity, no shelter, no water, no transportation – how would you survive? In Station Eleven, characters preserve material possessions to remember the past. Share what you would miss by posting on Social Media with the hashtag #OneBookSTC, and you’ll be entered to win a Station Eleven t-shirt and tin mug! Your posts will also be added to the gallery on our mezzanine level. 


Gene McCormick

February and March 2019 Artist of the Month

Painting a motif with a barely restrained looseness that nonetheless retains a representational image, Gene McCormick is willing to sacrifice technical erudition for spontaneity and passion.

His paintings are in commercial and private collections nationwide and can frequently be seen in Chicago-area one-person exhibitions and juried competitions. He has done numerous covers and interior work for small press books and is the illustrator for the online To view additional images, Google Gene McCormick Paintings. 

Contact Gene McCormick at or at 630-377-7874.


Laura Stoecker

January 2019 Artist of the Month

Laura Stoecker is a photojournalist and portrait photographer with 25 years experience in the field. For further artistic expression, she also does fine art photography and travel photography. 

This collection abstract photography pieces on display were taken adhering to my strict photojournalism ethics. All the images were created within the camera (not in Photoshop) and the brilliant colors are true to life. They are honest documentations of nature and objects, seen with a photojournalistic eye and photographed in a fine art style. To me, life is already beautiful as it is, there is no need to digitally modify it. One only needs to slow down and investigate their surroundings to see art is always around us, in one form or another. You just need to find the right angle.

The photographs are printed on Japanese rice paper, mounted on museum grade acrylic, and sealed with a protective varnish. Everything from start to finish is done by hand, in-house in my St. Charles studio. This type of display allows light to penetrate from the top and sides; when the light shines just right-especially in natural sunlight-they glow.

Laura Stoecker