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Fox River Arts Ramble Coming to the Valley on April 13 & 14

Mar 25, 2019 02:18PM ● By Hannah Ott

Photo taken during 2018 Fox River Arts Ramble

Fox ValleyFox River Arts Ramble is a two-day self-guided tour of art in the valley. The Ramble (a collaborative effort of the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, the St Charles Arts Council and Water Street Studios) is coming to the Fox Valley on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 from 10am-5pm each day, with some musical performances and receptions in the evening.

Jim Jenkins (pictured) at Water Street Studios 

In-kind sponsors of the event are Fast Color and Cooper-Hong. Water Street Studios thanks them for their support of this event and the arts. The event includes nearly 50 participants, in a broad array of media and location, including a number of collaborative programs. Venues are in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles and Elgin.

Featured this week are locations in Batavia and Geneva.


Aurora Art League at the Batavia Public Library: The Aurora Art League is celebrating its 100th year. They will have over 75 original works of art using a variety of mediums and photography in their exhibit at the Library.

Water Street Studios will host several artists during the Ramble. They include:

  • Collinson Fine Art: Take in Collinson’s paintings, photography and encaustic painting.
  • Dawn Jones Studio: Dawn Jones is an abstract expressionist artist who creates with acrylic, watercolor, and enamel paints; inks; colored pencils; and pastels. Influenced by many of the masters including Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Delaunay and Mark Rothko, Jones has been creating for as long as she can remember and decided to become a full time artist in 2016.
    Felicia Raschke: View a selection of Raschke’s small works, ranging from 2x3 inches to 18x24 inches, including monoprint, collage, and collage over watercolor.
  • Jessica Fincher: Enjoy these colorful, contemporary works of art inspired by nature.
  • Justin Lirot: Justin Lirot is a silkscreen artist that explores landscapes, saturated colors, and psychedelic elements using his personal photography. Each print starts from a digitally manipulated photo that he’s taken. He then reproduces the image through silkscreen, printing each individual color layer by layer to create a limited edition of unique and affordable art prints.
  • Todd Johnson: Todd Johnson’s work explores the relatively unusual medium of vaporized patterns formed by very high voltage sparks inside blocks of transparent acrylic plastic. These are technically referred to as “Lichtenberg Figures,” but he’s coined the term “Shockfossils” specifically to refer to his work. Creation of these pieces requires the use of a five-million-volt particle accelerator which he has access to on two days a year at most. For over ten years he’s been exploring how to control this phenomenon with the use of shielding and various discharge means to shape these intricate fractal patterns.

In addition to the artists listed above Water Street Studios (a headquarters locations) welcomes the work of three artists exploring the human experience without limits in “Earthly Delights” by Les Allen and Bruce Thorn in the Dempsey Family Gallery and “Eclecticism as I See It” by Perry Slade in the Chicago Capital Gallery. Water Street Studios will also feature an artist talk, art demos, gallery tours and opportunities to meet and purchase artwork from resident artists in their studios and artist members on site.

The work of Perry Slade, Bruce Thorn and Les Allen (left to right) will be shown at Water Street Studios this season. 


Crystal Life Technology: Crystal Life is an art gallery displaying the nature spirit and sacred geometry art photography of Atala Toy. Atala Toy is an interdimensional communicator who specializes in portrait studies of nature spirits as they manifest in trees and rocks. Crystal Life also displays stone specimens and handcrafted jewelry and household items with natural living motifs. Most of these items are designed and handcrafted by Atala and other local artisans.

The Dutchman’s Woodshack: See how raw wood is turned into artful bowls, goblets, candleholders, etc. Along with woodturning, there will also be handmade frames and wildlife, landscape, and nature photography on display. Note cards, matted and framed artwork, and turned wood pieces will be available for sale.

Gallery 28: Walk this Victorian-era home-turned-gallery, featuring fine and functional art, including a mix of breathtaking paintings, exquisite jewelry, sculpture, pottery, photography and more.

Geneva History Museum: The Geneva History Museum presents, “A Fox River Testimony: Select Works by Joel Sheesley” with his oil paintings of the Fox River from West Dundee to Ottawa in partnership with The Conservation Foundation’s Fox River Initiative. Art from the Museum’s collections is also highlighted including scenes around the Fox River in Geneva. This exhibition is sponsored by Geneva Cultural Arts Commission and Geneva Foundation for the Arts. Geneva History Museum is a non-profit organization open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission $3/person, free for members and includes the Main Gallery “Geneva’s Story.”

Greater Geneva Art Guild at the American Legion Post 75: The Greater Geneva Art Guild was founded in 2012 to promote the fine arts in the Geneva area as well as fostering fellowship and education among artists. The Guild is dedicated to promoting the visual arts through area exposure, networking, education, inspiration and interaction with other artists. Its focus is to develop and promote the creative excellence of area talent intensifying the significance of local original art by community exposure and involvement, giving an opportunity to expand the excellence of area visual arts.

Haven Interiors Studio Gallery: Haven Interiors Studio Gallery will feature “Works in Progress – Onsite Studio Artists” with demonstrations, presentations, and explanations, all day, both days. Meet artists: Anne Gallagher, oils, Sat. 10-12; Kaitlyn Hwang, oils, Sat. 12-2; Shefali Khanna, watercolor, Sat. 2-4; Jen Stanley, oils; Sunday, 10-12; Maggie Capettini, oils with palette knife, Sunday, 12-2; Donna Faye Evenson, oil pastels, Sunday, 2-4. All art is for sale, with percentage donated to the Geneva Community Chest. Works by George Shipperley, Kathie Shaw, Ted Stanuga and Corey Postiglione, are also featured in gallery exhibit “ARTiculation, a visual dialogue by four artists.”

Proud Fox Gallery: Visit Proud Fox Gallery & Frame Shop to see a selection of new, local and international, original and print art.

School of ART: School of Art is an after school art school for all ages. They teach students classical art techniques in a classroom setting through focusing on the individual. The lead instructor strengthens students' knowledge through creative classroom projects which are designed to resemble real life graphic design situations and can be applied at the professional level. Their goal is to mediate students to develop design and planning strategies that result in successful individual creative expression.

Water Street would also like to acknowledge and thank the Business and Civic entities working with artists and art organizations to provide non-traditional space for the visual arts and creatives.

Collaborative Projects in Batavia and Geneva are:
American Legion Post 75 hosting the Greater Geneva Art Guild show
The Batavia Public Library hosting the Aurora Art League

About the Fox River Arts Ramble: The Fox River Arts Ramble is a two-day self-guided tour of the arts in the valley. It is an Event of the Fox River Arts collaboration, organized by the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, the St Charles Arts Council, and Water Street Studios. This exciting event includes nearly 50 locations located in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin featuring open studios, galleries, art schools, museums, public art venues/tours, and creative spaces.

About Fox River Arts: Fox River Arts collaborates and promotes the arts and culture to cultivate a visible arts destination in the Fox River Valley from Aurora to Elgin. &

About the St Charles Arts Council: The St Charles Arts Council is a 501(c)(3), registered not-for-profit Illinois corporation whose mission is to serve and promote the arts and creativity, to the mutual benefit of the arts and the community. Contact the SCAC for information at 630.443.3794 or at &

About the Fine Line Creative Arts Center: Fine Line is one of only a few regional art centers in this country. Internationally known artists teach a variety of workshops. The membership draws from the Chicago area and surrounding states. There are as many as 1,300 students a year, a teaching staff of 45-plus and well over 200 class offerings a year. So passionate are founder Denise Kavanagh’s friends, students and supporters that the center is run almost entirely by volunteers.

About Water Street Studios: Water Street Studios is a nonprofit art center located in Batavia, Illinois. Our mission is to help make the arts more accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. Our vision is to be a cultural hub in the Midwest. We provide our ever-growing community with art classes, artist studios, community events, gallery exhibitions, free after-school art programs, outreach, private events in a historic venue, and more. Visit or visit us during Public Hours: Thursday-Sunday 12-5pm.


Source: Danielle Hollis 630-761-9977