Foundry Art Centre: Connecting the Community with the Arts in St. Charles
Over the past 15 years, the Foundry Art Centre has become a regional hub for art appreciation and education. Its Grand Hall hosts large concerts, performances and group events, while the glass-front artist studios are where the day-to-day creative magic happens. Alongside those key spaces are exhibit galleries, classrooms and open creative areas for classes and workshops.
From the outside, the huge building still looks like a place where train cars might have been built in the 1920s. Its renovation was an enormous undertaking for the community, but the investment in the interactive space has paid off. Exhibitions feature artists of all ages and experience levels, from elementary school students to professionals. A current juried exhibition, “Figurative Works II,” explores modern portraiture. It runs until April 5, followed by “Ceramic Centric,” another juried exhibition, from April 12 to May 24. Also running until April 5 in the Emerging Artist Series is the richly colorful “Island Beauty” photography exhibit featuring Puerto Rican artist Zuania Muñiz-Meléndez.
Community members engage with art at the Foundry in many ways. Some learn to make art. Some rent the space for weddings and special events—art in itself. Some visit the Thursday lunch series, when a Greek buffet is laid out in the Grand Hall. Some shop in its gift store. Whatever your comfort level, the Foundry has something you’ll enjoy.
Foundry Arts Center
520 N. Main Center
While you’re in the neighborhood …
Missouri Artists on Main
Creations by 40 local artists in ceramics, wood pieces, jewelry, photographs and more find a home at this gallery in a former stagecoach stop.
321 S. Main St.
Frenchtown Secret Garden
More than 80 artists showcase their handmade crafts here—and you’re invited to join them through classes and DIY crafting stations.
1100 N. Second St.
Photography courtesy of Carmen Troesser.