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Apr 16

Fox River Art Ramble Coming To the Valley


April 16, 2018 - Fox River Arts Ramble is a one day self-guided tour of art in the valley. The Inaugural 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 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some musical performances and gallery opening receptions in the evening.

The Event Sponsor is Colonial Café. In-kind sponsors are Fast Color, Cooper-Hong and Neighbors Magazine. We thank them for their support of this event and the arts. The event includes over 50 participants in over 40 locations, in a broad array of media and philosophy, including a number of collaborative programs. Venues are in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin.

The Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St Charles Arts Council and Water Street Studios are delighted to have created this Event, and thrilled at the response from participants. We encourage those interested in the broad array of art programming and venues to stop by and check them out. Fine Line, WSS, and the Arts Council's Pop-Up Gallery at Pheasant Run are "headquarters" for the event. Maps, refreshments and bathrooms are available in those locations.

Maps can be found at Ramble locations, Colonial locations, and in community gathering places like Smitty's and Arcedium. More information is at the Ramble website, and on the SCAC, Fine Line, and WSS web sites. Also check out Fox River Art's Facebook page and Instagram.

On April 21, look for the Ramble Pennants at Ramble locations all over the Fox Valley.

The Fine Line Creative Arts Center features two galleries with local artisan pieces and a supply shop. They will also have demonstrations in their teaching studios and local artists Carol Kazwick, Nancy Krahn, and Amy Simpson showing their work. They invite Ramblers to come take a stroll in their prairie and enjoy the day. Amy Simpson's work is comprised of decorative and functional glass art serving pieces, art panels, and jewelry, inspired by the landscape, the natural world, texture and color. Carol Kazwick's paintings are inspired by the ever changing beauty of the rural countryside of the Midwest and

the seasons, which bring their own palette of color and light, interpreted in oil pastel paint and mixed media collage.

Nancy Krahn will be exhibiting her original jewelry designs. Her work is created in Sterling Silver, 14K Yellow and Rose Golds with Gemstone, Pearl and Lampwork Glass bead accents, and many of her designs are inspired by nature.

The St Charles Arts Council will feature two galleries - their 6th Annual Student Show in the Loft and Street Galleries at Pheasant Run Resort (a headquarters location), and their Ramble Pop-Up Gallery at N. 2nd Street, the 22nd in their series of pop-up galleries. The 2nd St. gallery includes the work of nearly 40 regional artists, in multiple media and styles, plus some additional work from the Student Show. Ramblers are invited to end the day or return to this gallery to attend the Opening/Artist Reception from 5 to 7. Refreshments and food will be served. The Student Show includes the juried artwork - visual and video - of over 50 students, from throughout the entire Chicagoland area, in Kindergarten through college. The SCAC thanks Pheasant Run for the use of this space. They also thank the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau for the use of the N. 2nd Street space.

The Pop-Up Gallery at N. 2nd Street Gallery is within a couple of blocks of 116 Gallery , which features the work of World acclaimed sculptor and installation artist, Lucy Slivinski and an Installation Performance Art Event from 11 to 4. Slivinski will create, on site, a monumental installation incorporating salvaged materials and sculptural lighting. Fuseneo is a small studio designing structural packaging and creating prototypes for international brands. Their work requires them to think as artists, engineers, manufacturers and marketers, and for the Ramble they're showing some of the resulting work from that exploration. And The Keep, which is a co-working studio created to bring together digital creatives - designers, illustrators, animators, photographers, and writers. The guiding philosophy of the space is "Community breeds creativity".

The SCAC is also featuring their Art in Public Places project during the Ramble, which catalogs and celebrates over 170 pieces of public art in St. Charles. This cultural experience is rich in stories, images, and detail, including the web site, a brochure, and an Art Tour. For the Tour, get the Otocast app, find St. Charles on their worldwide list, and tap on any of the 25 images. You'll hear the artist tell the story of the piece and their artwork, or if the artist is unknown or deceased, people who know the artwork's "story". You can also read about the work, and follow links to relevant resources. Check some of them out while you're "rambling"!

Pheasant Run Resort (a headquarters location) will present an evening concert - a Salute to Garth Brooks. The concert is at 8 p.m.

Water Street Studios invites Ramblers to join them for an artist talk with exhibiting artists Jim Jenkins, Lindsay Olson, and Georgia Schwender at 10 a.m., print demos by Fast Color Print, Open Sketch from 1-3 p.m., art class demos, gallery tours, and an opportunity to meet their 30 resident artists in their studios.

Resident WSS artist Steve Sherrell is featuring the work in his studio for the Ramble. Sherrell is Professor Emertus of Art at Joliet Junior College and is a career painter from the Chicago school of art with both BFA AND MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

And, if you'd like to extend your Ramble into Sunday, the Waterline Writers at WSS invite you to return on Sunday as they bring literature to life! Each event is a unique opportunity to hear diverse, talented writers reading original work. Fine Line, the SCAC and WSS 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. Some of those projects include:

Collaborative Projects

AHC Advisors (Wealth management practice collaborating with the St Charles Arts Council and Carole Sluski to become a gallery space for a day)

American Legion Post 75 (Greater Geneva Art Guild) Aurora Fastprint (Cheryl Holz)

Aurora Regional Fire Museum (Randy Benzie and Chris Hodge)

Balance Bodyworks (gallery)

Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau (St Charles Arts Council Pop-Up Galleries)

Mixology Salon and Spa (116 Gallery)

Pheasant Run Resort (St Charles Arts Council Pop-Up Galleries)

SciTech Hands On Museum (Timothy Schlapp, Laura Lynn Art, Wheatley Design)

The Keep (Co-working space for creatives)

Wasco Nursery and Garden Center (A Gallery of Nature) American Legion Post 75 hosting the Greater Geneva Art Guild show Buddha, Ghandi, and Me hosting the Batavia Arts Council's Meet and Greet

Aurora Regional Fire Museum (Randy Benzie and Chris Hodge)

SciTech Hands On Museum (Timothy Schlapp, Laura Lynn Art, Wheatley Design)

Join us for the Fox River Arts Ramble. From Aurora to Elgin - Up and Down the Fox - residents and visitors will be treated to an incredible array of arts programming. For more information about this fantastic Day Of Art, including details about each participants' program, visit the FRAR's web site - foxriverarts.com/artists

About the Fox RiverArts Ramble:

The Fox River Arts Ramble is a one 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 new event includes over 40 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. https://www.foxriverarts.com/ & https://www.facebook.com/foxriverarts/

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 cultural activities, to the mutual benefit of the arts and the community Contact the SCAC for information at 630.443.3794 or at info@StCharlesArtsCouncil.org & facebook.com/stcharlesartscouncil/

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. Fineline.org

About Water Street Studios:

WSS is a community art center in downtown Batavia, led by a passionate board and dedicated staff. With the continuing efforts of the community, WSS provides art classes, exhibitions, artist studios, events, outreach and more for the greater Fox Valley region. waterstreetstudios.org/