june, 2021

19jun11:00 am5:00 pmBlock Party


Event Details

This Father’s Day weekend, the Foundry Art Centre hosts the
inaugural ‘Block Party’. This event is free and open to the public, featuring a
full day of family fun – interactive art projects for all ages, food trucks,
beer booths, live music, heavy machinery, and steamroller printing. This
outdoor art festival is made possible through a partnership with Grafik House
and others.

 “The Foundry is excited to announce the first Block Party!”
explains Sean FitzGibbons, the Foundry Art Centre’s Executive Director. “The
Block Party encapsulates the Foundry’s mission to engage the community through
the arts. Not only that, but it does it in a BIG way. We are all thrilled to
create something that has so much positivity and provides a festive artistic
experience for the whole family, especially on Father’s Day weekend.”

 The Foundry’s Block Party centers on a unique and over-the-top
method of printmaking, using a STEAMROLLER! Large-scale images created by regional
artists Julia Curran, Dr. Slime, Patrick Owen, Edo Rosenblith, Natalie Schloss,
and Grafik House artists are carved on four by eight foot woodblocks. The
Foundry’s team of inkers roll ink onto these blocks, a large sheet is laid on
top, and then the whole thing is run over with a steam roller – squishing the
ink from the woodblock to the sheet. These fantastic prints will be taken into
the Foundry’s Grand Hall to dry on display.

“Our goal is to educate and share traditional printmaking both
locally and globally. We are excited to work with the team at the Foundry Art
Centre, and look forward to getting inky and making art with the community!”
says Grafik House’s Liz Hermanson.

 In addition to the steamroller prints, the Foundry’s Block Party
features an interactive heavy machinery and vehicle display in the Foundry’s
parking lot, where families can safely climb aboard and experience vehicles
from the St. Charles Police Department, the St. Charles Fire Department, Fabick
Cat, and more. The Foundry will also host live music and food trucks in the
parking lot throughout the day. Visitors are invited indoors to visit artist
and sponsor booths, a bar featuring beer from 2 Plumbers Brewing, and of course,
to view all of the prints created throughout the day.

 For more information, please visit us at foundryartcentre.org or
email Jessica Mannisi, Art & Exhibitions Coordinator, at
[email protected]


About the Foundry Art Centre
As a vibrant home to the arts, the Foundry Art Centre raises awareness and
appreciation of the arts throughout the region. Alive with activity, the
Centre’s programming reinforces the importance of the arts and helps ensure
that arts and culture remain vital. Artists, patrons, young people and the
community at large continually find new ways to interact at this unique


(Saturday) 11:00 am - 5:00 pm CST


Foundry Art Centre

520 North Main Center

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