Celebrate – Art Submissions are open!

Next 4th Friday is October 25, 2019 – 6pm – 10 pm

Submissions are open now until October 6, midnight. We welcome all art submissions, but the optional theme this month is “Celebrate” for artists that wish to challenge themselves and find their best work that fits the theme! SUBMIT TODAY! Join the merriment as we celebrate the end of our 9th year of 4th Friday Events at the Starline Factory.

The Starline 4th Friday will have its Annual Celebration Finale on October 25th! The Starline Resident Artists, who run this show, are celebrating the success of almost one decade of monthly Art and Entertainment Events. The Starline Artists hope to see you all there to celebrate the end of our 9th year and look forward to starting our 10th year of Starline 4th Fridays in January!

October Entertainment

Main Stage: Georgia Rae Band – 6:00 – 9:00 pm
306 Loft: Kayla Seeber– 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Skylight Loft: Mackenzie O’Brien Band – Duo – 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Stanchion Pub: Art Karagianas
Patio: Nippersink Glass Blowing Demo – 6 – 9:00 pm

Also joining us will be Tamara McMillan – Henna Artist


Featured Artist

Mays Mayhew

I am Mays Mayhew, and I create artwork that helps people immerse themselves in stories of overcoming and introspection. The works are skillfully drawn images of women. The repeated figures tell stories in a simple beautiful way. Repetition causes dualities. -Dualities like the literal drawn image juxtapose with the untold story behind the work. I use graphite pencils for the hauntingly beautiful silver monochromic environment they create.

July 2019 Starline 4th Friday Best of Show winner, Mays Mayhew.

About me: My rural background is grounded in work-ethic-driven farm life. Although a city-dweller for most of my adult life, the farm work ethic enabled a dual career.

After art school, I balanced a corporate career while continually producing art. Now, I am a professional full-time artist balanced with creating a homestead and homeschooling young children.

If you’d like to have a piece of artwork that elicits conversation or shows your struggle or strength then click here to view my gallery.



The Overland Gallery is open Wednesday-Friday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (enter thru the Stanchion Pub) or by appointment. The office can be reached at 815-382-8495. Make an afternoon of it – have lunch at The Stanchion and enjoy the gallery afterward. Stanchion Pub hours are Wednesday-Friday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm.


Overland Gallery Guest Artists

Jeanine Hill-Soldner

Jeanine Hill-Soldner is an award winning nationally recognized Artist with a BA in Art Education from University of Florida and MA in Art from University of Illinois.Her work exhibits widely in museums and galleries nationally, in the Chicago area, and has been featured in numerous group solo exhibits and can be found in public and private collections in the US and Europe. The Artist’s seminal “Portraits of American Veterans Project” and “Memories of an Era” have exhibited extensively and featured in 2017 at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago in the solo show “Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service.”  Her Artist Profile was featured on PBS, and numerous publications. She produced several large bodies of work, among them a series on the Millennium Park fountains populated with numerous figures. One of those works was selected for the Evanston and Vicinity Show at the Evanston Art Center. Lewis University and Water Street Gallery in Batavia will show her work in 2020.

Sandra Bacon

  Sandra Bacon is a Chicago-based visual artist whose paintings and painted sculptures are inspired by nature, myth, literature, and explorations of media. Her artwork incorporates figurative studies juxtaposed with a sense of place, and abstraction. Her work ranges from drawings to paintings on canvas/unusual surfaces as well as murals and public art
Sandra studied at Johnston College in Redlands, California and got her MFA from Maryland Institute Graduate School of Painting. 
She shows in galleries throughout the midwest, and  her public art has been shown internationally.
Recently she has gotten two commissions with The Chicago Sculpture Society I (in collaboration with John Hatlestad), shown in Art Prize several times (Grand Rapids, Michigan)  as well as being in numerous corporate collections, among them the William Blair Foundation, Chicago Department of the Environment,  and Bill Clinton’s Harlem office.
For the past eleven years she has been a “Working Artist” for Golden Artist Colors and has been trained as a paint specialist, giving workshops throughout the midwest.

Anne Farley Gaines

Anne Farley Gaines lives and works in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. She graduated from Principia College in studio art in 1976 and is a 1980 MFA graduate in painting at Bowling Green State University. Due to her considerable reputation as a muralist, Gaines has designed murals and executed them singly and collaboratively in paint, ceramic and mosaic in such faraway cities as Alton, IL and Wichita Falls, Texas, beginning with a 3-D mural she completed with the community of Palos Heights, IL in 2011. 

Ghost Orchids Habitat 1A

Most recently she completed a series of 10 Role Model murals with teenage students at the Jane Addams Center on Loomis Street in Chicago. Gaines has paintings in numerous public collections such as Sara Lee in Chicago, Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art in Kalamazoo, MI, the Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL, and the Wichita Falls Art Museum, Wichita Falls, TX.  Among several grants she has received are a Neighborhood Arts Project Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and an Illinois Arts Council Project Completion Grant.  A literature aficionado, she organized a traveling exhibition from 2012 – 2017 titled “Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare As They Like It,” which had 10 venues, one at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Her varied media include watercolor, mixed-media, oil, and ceramics.  Her ceramic wall plaques of refugees escaping on a boat was shown recently at the Bridgeport Art Competition at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.

Sweet Michigan Wilderness

Among numerous other venues in the Chicago area, Gaines has shown at Woman made Gallery, August House Gallery, A.R.C. Gallery, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. A love of nature and humanity is at the core of most of her varied body of work. As an educator who has taught in colleges, art centers and in her studio, she loves to work hands-on with students in her various media and has given many public demonstrations of her art techniques.

ENTRANCE  – 300 West Front Street – Starline Factory Stanchion Pub – Harvard, IL 60033

STANCHION PUB  – Open 4th Fridays from 11:30 am – 10:00 pm – Offering live music, the 4th Friday buffet, and the not-to-be-missed Friday Night Fish Fry.

THE EXTRA HOUR – Extend your 4th Friday experience – 2nd floor beyond the blue door – 9:00 – 10:00 pm.  Featuring open artist studios, live music, and cash bar.

Starline Factory is located just steps away from the Harvard Metra Station (Union Pacific/Northwest Line).