The Foundry Art Centre,
located at the north end of Main Street near the historic St. Charles
riverfront and overlooking the Missouri River, is a new 36,800-square-foot
complex that is a dynamic, interactive interdisciplinary arts center
dedicated to the creation and presentation of contemporary visual and
performing arts. The Foundry Art Centre is modeled after the highly
successful Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Va and is located in a
1940-era building that was formerly part of the American Car and Foundry
complex. The City of St. Charles made the project possible with a
transaction for the property and a financial commitment for renovation and
interested in the visual arts will find 5,000 square feet of exhibition
space in four galleries that features an on-going rotation of special
touring exhibitions, curated exhibits and juried competitions. The Baue
Children’s Gallery is an art gallery and studio designed especially for
children and families. Studios for artists have been built on the mezzanine
level of the building, The 21 studios have with open glass fronts to allow
visitors to see and talk with the artists as they work (photo right.)
Pottery, sculpture, painting, and photography are just some of the
specialties that visitors can observe. A stage in the Grand Hall provides an
excellent space for performances and community concerts and will be the new
home of the St. Charles County Symphony.
Visiting the Foundry Art Centre
Closed on Mondays
- Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm
There is no charge to visit the Foundry Art
Centre. Some exhibitions charge admission.
Click here for a list of the
artists who maintain shops at the Foundry Art Centre.
Through December 28,
Out On A Limb:
The theme of this exhibition is trees, inviting artists to
portray one of the planet’s most important and beautiful
resources. We encouraged artists to seek out trees in any
season and depict whatever aspect of them they found most
engaging and inspiring; whether the entire tree, a leaf,
branch, fruit, flower, or seed.
This exhibition explores two branches of the same tree. The
first is the Botanical Art Branch. Artists are invited to
engage in the traditional art of creating botanically
accurate 2-D portrayals of trees in hand applied media. The
second branch of this call is the Open Media Branch:
botanically inspired 2D or 3D pieces depicting tree subjects
or created from materials derived from trees (wood, bark,
This exhibition will be hung in conjunction with
Out of the Woods - Celebrating
Trees in Public Gardens, The New York
Botanical Garden Third Triennial, an international juried
traveling exhibition of artwork by members of the American
Society of Botanical Artists. All works in this exhibition
depict specimen trees among the living collections of
botanical gardens and arboreta around the world. For more
information about botanical art, the companion exhibition
and examples of the genre visit
Directions: Take I-70 to the North Fifth Street. Take Fifth Street
north and turn right onto Boonslick, which will become Riverside Drive when
it crosses Main Street. Follow Riverside Drive for approximately 1/2 mile.
The Foundry Art Center will be on the right.
more about the St.
Visit the greatriverroad.com
art trail section for more
art related attractions and events in the Middle Mississippi River Valley.
Click here to
get information on the artists at the Foundry Art Centre.
- Official site of the Foundry Art Centre