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High School Art Exhibit Kicks Off April With a Bang

CHARLES CITY, Iowa - We kicked off the month of April with the High School Art Exhibit. The opening reception took place Friday April 7th from 5-7PM.

We counted 300 visitors!

So great to see that many people here to support the young people and their art.

Brian and Tia worked very hard getting things hung and ready. CCHS is lucky to have them on staff and helping the next generation of creative minds flex.

Emily and I helped hang the show as well. Hanging that amount of art in 2 days is quite a big project. We definitely killed the payroll budget this week.

Brian and Tia organizing:


Our receptions in 2023 are all sponsored by Tellurian Brewing and we are super thankful for their support. They sponsored the HS exhibit opening as well, but this time we obviously did not serve wine or their beer. We had plenty of great food, however, thanks to them.

The fruit tray got hit early, but I was still able to get a shot of that and some delicious cookies.

I believe that "Cookie" is the most important of all the food groups and a beautiful word.


As mentioned, 300 people were on hand. Incredible. It was our honor to host them all. Here are some reception action shots. Don't be afraid to high-five yourself if you see yourself.


The exhibit was juried by long time Arts Center friend Ann Schneckloth. Awards were given in both 2D and 3D work with a Best In Show awarded as well. It is a very difficult show to judge. I have done it in the past and the amount of work is a bit overwhelming. Not to mention that you don't want to hurt feelings or discourage creative pursuits.

Ann did a great job in crossing those hurdles, though.

Here are a few of the winning works:


GLOBAL CAFE approaches!

One of my favorite Arts Center fundraisers. This year the Spring event will be held at the Elks Lodge in Charles City. They have a bigger kitchen and more space to host more people.

Saturday April 22nd from 5-7PM.

9-12 chefs preparing dishes from places like Bulgaria, Poland, Lebanon, China, Japan, Laos, Germany, and Denmark.

The cost is $20 for the buffet style servings. I believe drinks from the bar are extra.

It is sure to be a perfect date night or night out with friends. We really hope to see you.

Spread the word!


Our April kids class is underway. Meredith Hamm teaches this one as well. I saw a bit of what was happening yesterday and it was pretty cool. Optical illusion art!

Keep your eyes peeled for the May class announcement. The kids sure do seem like they are having fun!


New and renewed memberships are still rolling in. Its a big part of our budget every year and we thank you all for doing that. If you still need to renew or you stumbled in here and this is the first you are hearing of membership, the details are here: Membership.

Thank you all for reading and supporting the Charles City Arts Center and our mission. Spring is taking its time turning "Springy" but its getting there. We hope you are able to get out and enjoy the nice days.

Be kind and love people!

Charles City Arts Center

301 N Jackson Street

Charles City, Iowa 50616



M-W-F 1-5pm

Sat 10-2pm

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