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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fine Line Creative Arts Center?

Fine Line Creative Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational art school that offers classes for adults in fine arts/fine crafts for all levels of experience. The purpose, as stated in our mission statement: "Fine Line Creative Arts Center provides instruction, exploration, and appreciation of traditional and contemporary fine arts and crafts in an inspirational natural setting."

Dedicated professional teachers, many with national reputations, teach classes and workshops at the Fine Line. On the approximately 10 acres of land are two classroom/studio buildings. The barn houses the business offices, staff residence, a yarn and supplies shop, the textile classrooms and the newly remodeled Dempsey Gallery for Fine Line members to sell their work. The Kavanagh building holds a gallery and four studios ceramics, surface design, metals/glass and painting/drawing.

Who owns Fine Line?

Fine Line Creative Arts Center is an independent not-for-profit entity.

Who runs Fine Line?

Lynn Caldwell is the Executive Director of the Fine Line. There are four paid (part-time) staff members: Program Director Jodi Younglove, Executive Coordinator Eileen Collins, and Shop Manager/Registrar Annie Kordesh.

All other administrative and management responsibilities are filled by volunteers: a volunteer Board of Directors, curriculum committee, shop workers, information technology support, membership, fundraising, lawn and garden maintenance and gallery exhibits.

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How is Fine Line funded?

While Fine Line earns a sizable portion from the classes that are taught, we still rely on contributed income including memberships, grant receipts, the Annual Appeal, and income from "special events." The premier event is Uncommon Threads - wearable art runway show. On a smaller scale are Christmastime at the Fine Line Holiday Show and Sale and Fine Line Arts Festival.

What is the cost of membership at Fine Line?

Membership in the Fine Line is $40 per year, or $75 for two years. We also offer a one year Couple Membership at $75; A 2 year Couple Membership at $145. Membership renewal forms are sent out to each member one month prior to their expiration month. This gives each member not only the opportunity of renewing their membership but also the chance of submitting any changes or up dates in their membership profile.

Each year becomes more and more special as we try to offer more challenging classes and workshops as well as special events to our community at large.

Many of our members have given outstanding support to the center through their yearly membership and participation in our classes, workshops and special events. It is through this on-going support that we are able to continue to offer a variety of classes and events each semester as well as pay the bills and keep the welcome mat out.

Because our list of members who believe in the work of this center continues to grow, we have made a conscious effort to recognize this support through member discounts for classes/workshops, as well as a 10% discount on most items in the Fine Line Shop. (Exceptions: books, magazines and equipment of $100 or more.) The benefits are felt not only in your receiving special discounts but also in receiving all of our mailings (semester schedules and all announcements of our special events and exhibits).

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What are the Business Hours at Fine Line?

Fine Line Office, Shop and Gallery Hours are:

  • 10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday.
  • Fine Line is closed Sundays.

What are Class/Workshop Hours at Fine Line?

Classes and Workshops are held:

  • 9 AM – 9 PM Monday through Friday
  • 9 AM – 5 PM Saturday

Is there a place to stay close to Fine Line?

There are many area hotels. The closest is the Fairfield Inn & Suites at Randall and Bricher Roads in St. Charles. Students of Fine Line needing overnight accommodations can make reservations there with the hotel's direct line (630-845-5500) and will receive a discounted rate if they mention wishing to use the corporate rate for Fine Line Creative Arts Center. Students can also make reservations directly through the following link and receive the same discount: Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago St. Charles.

What Semester Breaks/Holidays does Fine Line Observe?

Fine Line schedules two semester breaks during the school year. These are always listed in our Schedule of Classes.

At the end of the Fall Session: Holiday Break from approximately December 21st to January 4th of the New Year.

Summer Break: Usually the two middle weeks in August.

The Fine Line closes for these legal holidays:

  • Memorial Day Weekend – 3-4 Days
  • Independence Day (4th of July) – 3-4 Days, if falling on a weekend
  • Labor Day Weekend – 3-4 Days
  • Thanksgiving Day Weekend – Thanksgiving Day  through Sunday

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How does Fine Line Accept Payment for Classes/Workshops?

Fine Line accepts payment in cash, personal/business checks, MasterCard, VISA and Discover. We encourage you to register for classes online (available 24/7) or by filling out the registration form and enclosing your check or charge card information and mailing it to Fine Line. Or, you may phone in the information to Fine between the hours of 10 AM - 5 PM Monday through Saturday.

What is Fine Line's Registration Policy for Regular Classes? To reserve space in classes and workshops of your choice, you are required to pay for all tuition and material fees in full. The only exception to this will be where material fees are TBD (to be determined). Those material fees will be paid during the class session. Only when we receive your payment in full, we enter you on the class roster.

Please register for classes at least 7 days prior to when that class meets. If you withdraw from a class 8 days prior to the beginning of the class, you will receive a refund minus a $10 cancellation fee. If you withdraw from a class 7 days or less prior to the class, you will not receive a refund. If a class is cancelled, you will receive a full refund.

What is Fine Line's Registration Policy for Guest Artist Workshops?

Since Fine Line must commit to these workshops and lectures well in advance, we must have special policies. You may pay in full when you register. If you cancel more than 45 days before the class, you will receive a refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. If it is less than 45 days before the workshop, you will not receive a refund. Perhaps you can find someone to take your place so your payment is not totally lost.

As a service to our students, and since we try to advertise our workshops well in advance, we offer a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $50 for each guest artist workshop. This assures you a place in the workshop roster. However, you must pay the full amount owed (less the $50 deposit) 45 days before the workshop begins. If you cancel before you have paid the full amount of the class, you forfeit the $50 deposit. If Fine Line must cancel a workshop, your money will be refunded.

How can I get the Fine Line Flash newsletter sent to me by email?

Sign up to receive periodic newsletters, events, class registration information and announcements. We will not distribute your email address.

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