Visitors Guide to
The Foundry Art Centre
520 North Main Street
St. Charles, Missouri

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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 ongoing support.

Visitors 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
     Visiting Hours
          Closed on Mondays
          Tuesday - 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, 2018
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, etc.).

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.

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Click here to get information on the artists at the Foundry Art Centre. - Official site of the Foundry Art Centre

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