1st Friday Art Show

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1st Friday Art Show At The Dole was voted 2014 – 2016 Best Gallery in McHenry County by the Northwest Herald Readers’ Choice Awards!


1st Friday Art Show At The Dole – People living in and near McHenry County, and all of the Chicagoland area, will have the opportunity to enjoy an artistic evening with wonderful featured art, the chance to meet and mingle with artists, and the possibility purchase an original piece of work. Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole is proud to welcome the community to the next 1st Friday Art Show Friday, March 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

$5 Suggested Donation- Your financial contribution supports the historic preservation of the Dole Mansion and Lakeside Programs.

 DOLE GALLERY: Belgin Yucelen “Clothes from the Past”

“Clothes from the Past” exhibit is the outcome of a desire to rekindle the history by recreating clothes worn by women and children in Anatolia and Europe between the 17th and 19th centuries. I used traditional techniques and materials from Turkey and other parts of Asia to create these metal dresses that will be hung up on walls and from the ceiling like silhouettes of time.

This unique exhibition which will include about 12-15 sculptural dresses will have educational and historical elements. The dress styles of the period reflect the traditions and diverse nature of the people of the vast lands of the Ottoman Empire.

The designs of the dresses are based on garments worn during the 17th and 19thcenturies documented in miniature paintings and literary sources. I used additional imaginary elements which are derived from an extensive study of the textiles of the time.

The dresses are mainly made of copper, brass and stainless steel mesh clothes together with materials I have gathered from around the world. I used steel to retain the antiquity of the dresses. The embellishment materials include fabric, glass, pearls, metal thread, reflective thread, wire and mizuhiki strings. The techniques I have used to decorate the dresses are traditional embroidery techniques from Turkey and India, fabric manipulation techniques from Japan, textile printing for Arabic calligraphy, and gilding.

Thus this is an attempt rewrite the story of costumes that portray the status of the people and the sophistication of a culture.


  • Hall Gallery: Messiah Lutheran
  • Sage Gallery: Creative Arts Student Art Show – March 24th from 5:00pm – 8pm – Opening night – fun for the family! See Creative Arts student art in a beautiful display, and enjoy making art on the spot with our interactive art stations.