March 22nd, 2019
6pm – 10 pm
Join us as we feature the “Landscape Revival” theme this month!
Starline’s 4th Friday features a juried mixed art exhibit, photography contest, open resident artist studios, live music and so much more. We hope to see you there!
Musical artists: Ragged Rascals will perform on the main stage from 6 to 9pm. Loriann Bowdish will be in the 306 loft from 6 to 9pm. Celtic Frolic will play in the Skylight Loft from 7 to 10pm. Art Karagianis will be rocking in the railside bar through 9pm.
2019 “4th Fridays” Dates, Themes, & Submission Openings
Art of the Portrait
Farm Life/Milk Days/Cows
Starline Resident Artists Invitational
Get to know our March 4th Friday featured artist, Mary O’Rourke Mariutto!
Secrets of the Stones and Modern Monoliths
Mary O’Rourke Mariutto is a painter working from her home-studio in Crystal Lake, Illinois. After graduating from Georgia State University in 1994 with a BFA in photography, she relocated to San Francisco, Boulder and Portland, before arriving in Crystal Lake in 2002.
A visit to Ireland in 2005 influenced Mary’s desire to begin painting Celtic landscapes, which developed into a series called Secrets of the Stones. The series began as an archeological excavation, unearthing 5000 years of mystery, by tapping into her cultural memory. These early works acknowledge the thin meniscus between the material world and the spiritual world, revealing “secret knowledge” held by early craftsmen, druids and monks.
As the series progressed, a more modern interpretation of the monoliths developed. Her newest works, Modern Monoliths, translate an impression of the human form through the construction of abstracted standing stones. Each painting is a stand-in for the human form. Presented as a single split-stone or two stones, all are connected by an interior of flesh, referencing the human form enhanced by color and shape. Red is critical as an energizing and awakening color, associated with blood and primal life forces. The split or middle implies the human form primarily through phallus or vaginal shapes. In contrast to the active depth of the interior, the exteriors are simply flat shapes depicted in cream and gray respectively, which straightforwardly contain the energy held within each monolith.
Mary wishes to impress upon the viewer that these stones are monuments to a multilayered past, an archeological legacy that reveals and symbolizes the history and humanity of the people who created them.
STARLINE FACTORY’S 4TH FRIDAYS MISSION:
- To promote the exploration of the arts through education and exhibition for the surrounding communities of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.
- To provide an avenue to showcase and support community artists in a wide variety of art media including visual and performing arts
- Is home to a large community of working artists and entrepreneurs who open their individual studios to share their passion and love of the arts.
Starline Factory is home to “4th Fridays,” a regional art event that has become one of the most dynamic art attractions in the region. The event is grounded in the idea of joining artists, buyers and art enthusiasts for a unique experience in an artistically crafted, historic location. Held on the fourth Friday of the month from January through August, with a year-end finale in October, the event features a juried mixed art exhibit, photo contest, vendor artists, open Starline Factory artist studios as well as a featured solo artist exhibit. In addition, the event offers live music and cash bars for beer, wine, coffee and mixed drinks on two levels. Spend your 4th Friday strolling through an art event, nibble on delicious hors d’oeuvres, and listen to live music in a venue that is truly one-of-a-kind. What could be better?
Pictures from October Grand Finale 4th Fridays Art Event!
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).