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Fox River Arts Ramble

...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 and 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 Batavia and Geneva.

BATAVIA

Batavia Arts Council will host a meet and greet at Buddha, Gandhi and Me.

Felicia Raschke is opening her home studio.  Raschke creates large scale abstracts, often using watercolors as background for collage-style compositions.

Nancy Neill Designs loft style studio, featuring her handmade jewelry, is inside the Challenge Windmill factory buildings near the Batavia Dam on N. River Street.  Nature inspired pieces are a specialty.

Water Street Studios (a headquarters locations) will feature an artist talk with exhibiting artists Jim Jenkins, Lindsay Olson, and Georgia Schwender, print demos by Fast Color Print, Open Sketch, art class demos, gallery tours, and an opportunity to meet their 30 resident artists in their studios. 
Steve Sherrell, Studio 23 at Water Street Studios (and also in the WSS Artists Collective) is also participating in the Ramble.  He is a career painter from the Chicago school of art.  
Waterline Writers event is in the evening.

GENEVA

Beech Tree Studio offers education in the fine art of colored pencil as well as an intensive curriculum in drawing.  The new studio location on Third Street in Geneva will introduce visitors to their instructors and other Beech Tree Studio artists as they demo various colored pencil techniques throughout the day.
Gallery 28 is located in downtown Geneva and features a mix of paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, pottery and unique works in wood and metal, as well as music.

Good Templar Park Cultural and Artists’ Guild welcomes visitors to the park to see artists’ diverse mediums including local landscape oil paintings, floral watercolor paintings, Norwegian rosemaling, Swedish dalamalning, fiber arts, marionettes, blown glass, functional and sculptural ceramics, and natural wood works created from wood grown in the park.

Greater Geneva Art Guild will be showing members’ work at the American Legion Post 75’s building.

Proud Fox Gallery invites visitors to a Meet & Greet with some of their artists and announces a sale on framing.

Republic of Letters is a new literary center, bookstore, and publisher. They invite “Ramblers” to come by their store to peruse their curated selection of books, as well some art and poem pairings. They will also be offering seminars during the day.
School of ART believes that everyone has something to gain from learning and practicing art. The school is designed to teach all ages a variety of mediums – everything from basic drawing and painting through full interactive animation and robotics. 

The Chilled Palette, “paint and sip entertainment”, is located in the heart of historic downtown Geneva. They supply canvas, painting materials and artistic guidance.

We 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
Buddha, Ghandi, and Me hosting the Batavia Arts Council’s Meet and Greet

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

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