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Creative Types Wanted for River Art Project

As part of its Friday night art walks, Art Cube Studios wants residents to help fill in a giant canvas envisioning what village's riverfront redevelopment will look like.

Who’s in the mood for a spontaneous gathering of a few friends to get artistic?

Friday is the night for community creativity with an interactive art opportunity to promote the .

As part of its “Art in the Boonies” Friday night art walks, is sponsoring an interactive painting project this month and next in its "pop-up" Village Center Gallery at Lockport and DesPlaines streets. The studio has produced a 5-foot-by-30-foot outline – kind of like a giant coloring book page – of the riverfront project town leaders envision for the redevelopment along the DuPage River.

Each Friday through August, the studio welcomes downtown visitors to let their creative juices run together to paint a mural of the Plainfield’s riverfront of the future. The hope is that the painting might end up being a mural that's part of the riverbank restoration.

“It’s a fun way to get the community inspired to do something artistic together,” said Dana Madia, office manager at Art Cube Studios.

The studio will supply paints and other art materials as well as a room of information about the riverfront project. Donations will be accepted too. The Riverfront Foundation needs to raise $2 million just for the first phase of the massive makeover, which includes three bridges, a walking trail and enhancements for a two-mile stretch of the river through downtown Plainfield.

The free interactive art project kicks off at 6 Friday and will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night through August. For more information and a map of July’s Art-Walk Galleries, go to www.artcubestudios.com or call 815-254-9975.

ARGOUDELIS WATCH: 248 days since Election Day 2010 and still no statement from Plainfield Township Supervisor John Argoudelis on whether he intends to be both township supervisor and a Will County Board member.

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