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Fox River Arts Ramble Coming to the Valley
April 3, 2018 - Fox River Arts Ramble is a one 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 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 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 St. Charles.
116 Gallery features the work of World acclaimed sculptor and installation artist, Lucy Slivinski, who is just returning from on-site performances in Havanna, Cuba; Bordeaux, France; and New York City. The highlight will be an Installation Performance Art Event from11 to 4. Slivinski will create, on site, a monumental installation incorporating salvaged materials and sculptural lighting.
A Gallery of Nature features the work of photographer Claudia Frost, who will be exhibiting Nature themed work in her Vintage Organic Collection.
Amy Simpson will be showing her decorative and functional glass art serving pieces, art panels, and jewelry at the Fine Line (a headquarters location).
Art Box - artist and art teacher Len Bielefeldt will open his gallery and teaching studio during the Ramble.
Art in Public Places is a project of the St Charles Arts Council, which catalogs and celebrates over 170 pieces of public art in STC. This cultural experience is rich in stories, images, and detail, and includes a web site, a downloadable/printable brochure, and an Art Tour. For the Tour, get the Otocast app, find the AiPP project or the city on their worldwide list, and tap on the welcome message and any of the 25 images. You'll hear the artist tell the story of the piece and their artwork. You can also read about the work, and follow links to relevant resources.
Aubles Baubles - glass artist Julie Auble welcomes visitors to her studio to see and enjoy her glass treasures. You can watch her melting and shaping glass rods into intricate beads and patterns.
Balance Bodyworks Gallery is in their office and features local artists whose work is in contemporary and nature-themed styles. The gallery is in a walk-through format that includes four rooms and over fifty paintings. The most recent work celebrates spring and the outdoors.
Carol Kazwick will be showing her paintings at the Fine Line (a headquarters location) which are inspired by the ever changing beauty of the rural countryside of the Midwest.
Carole Sluski at AHC Advisors will be showing her paintings, both abstract and representational, that are notable for their rich, true color, energy, and accomplished presentation. The St Charles Arts Council is pleased to facilitate rotating quarterly exhibits of local artists' work in AHC's beautiful office. For the Ramble, Sluski will bring additional work to the office to create a small gallery for the event.
Feng Biddle Studio - oil/pastel artist Feng Biddle welcomes visitors to her studio to see her oil and pastel work. Biddle's work is largely abstract, relying on line and shape as content, while using color to create the emotional component in her paintings.
Fine Line Creative Arts Center (a headquarters locations) will have two galleries with local artisan pieces and a supply shop, demonstrations in their teaching studios and local artists showing their work. They invite Ramblers to take a stroll in their prairie and enjoy the day.
Fox.Build is a creative space for hardware, software and digital arts. They are a community of 40 entrepreneurs and hobbyists who teach, collaborate and learn from each other.
Hollis Levine at Fox.Build will be showing her paintings throughout the first floor of Fox.Build's new offices. Levine's work is all about color, line and design in a context of simplicity, but always with a contemporary spin. The St Charles Arts Council is pleased to facilitate rotating quarterly exhibits of local artists' work in Fox.Build's creative co-working space.
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 Rambles they're showing some of the resulting work from that exploration.
Laura Stoecker Photography LTD - photographer Laura Stoecker welcomes visitors to her studio to enjoy joyful and fun photojournalistic portraiture. Stoecker concentrates on portraits, travel, underwater and abstract photography.
Nancy Krahn will be exhibiting her original jewelry designs at the Fine Line (a headquarters location). She works in sterling silver, 14K yellow and rose golds with gemstone, pearl and lampwork glass bead accents. Many of her designs are inspired by nature.
Peggy Sue Seehafer's Artistic Impressions Studio is adjacent to her home and located next to the beautiful 300 acre Campton Forest Preserve, which provides the setting for the multi media she works in, including painting, photography, sculpture, and glass - all of which will be on display along with several of the carousel figures she restores.
Pheasant Run Resort (a headquarters location) will present an evening concert - a Salute to Garth Brooks. The concert is at 8 p.m.
St Charles Arts Council's 6th Annual Student Show in the Pop-Up Galleries at Pheasant Run Resort, the galleries are a collaboration between the Resort and the SCAC to support and promote the arts and bring art galleries back to the Resort. The show includes the juried artwork - visual and video - of students in Kindergarten through college. The SCAC thanks Pheasant Run for the use of this space.
St Charles Arts Council's Ramble Pop-Up Gallery at 311 North Second Street, is the 30th in this SCAC project, which temporarily transforms vacant properties into new art venues. These juried galleries promote the work of local and regional artists, creating energy and excitement in non-traditional spaces. This gallery includes the work of nearly 40 regional artists, in multiple media and styles, plus some additional work from the Student Show. Ramblers who end their day in the area are invited to attend the Opening/Artist Reception from 5 to 7.
Sally Smith, using artisan-made beads she's been collecting for more than 20 years, creates new designs, new techniques, and new pieces with that medium. She invites Ramblers to her studio to see her work.
Sculpture in the Park's tag line is "For the love of art in the park". This beautiful pocket park, nestled among maples, oaks, and pines, with the tranquil Fox River as its eastern border, presents a striking and engage sculpture exhibition against the backdrop of nature's seasonal beauty.
St. Charles Public Library's Artist of the Month Gallery is a rotating art gallery space serving local and regional artists in multiple media.
The Keep 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".
Collaborative Projects in St. Charles are:
AHC Advisors becoming a gallery space for a day for the work of Carole Sluski
Fox.Build hosting the work of Hollis Levine
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)
The Keep (Co-working space for creatives)
Wasco Nursery and Garden Center (A Gallery of Nature)
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 iver 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/