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A Fox River Testimony: Select Works by Joel Sheesley

The Geneva History Museum is pleased to present A Fox River Testimony: Select Works by Joel Sheesley from February 2 to May 24, 2019.  This feature exhibition is comprised of select oil paintings depicting the Fox River watershed by plein air and studio artist Joel Sheesley from West Dundee to Ottawa where the Fox River joins the Illinois River. Sheesley positions landscape art as a means to deepen our experience and appreciation of nature.  The paintings were done in partnership with The Conservation Foundation’s Fox River Initiative.

Joel Sheesley, emeritus professor of art at Wheaton College, is a painter whose current work focuses on the landscape. He has been a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship, has exhibited work in Chicago galleries and had a solo exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center. His work has also been exhibited widely in university galleries.

The Conservation Foundation’s Fox River Initiative is an environmental education and outreach program about the Fox River and the Fox Valley. Through “Art of the Fox” the foundation hopes to broaden interest in the health of the Fox River by appealing to the river’s aesthetic value. Original paintings, giclée prints of selected works and an exhibit catalogue of Joel’s work and writings are available for purchase.

Art work from the Geneva History Museum’s collections will be highlighted in the gallery lobby including scenes in and around the Fox River area in Geneva.  Featured artists include Daisy Adamson, Dillu Loyd Ashby, Inez Hoyt Brooks, Kate Burton, Adrienne Frazier, Evans & Becky Krehbiel, Einar Larson, Richard C. Lewis, and Paul Randall

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Geneva Cultural Arts Commission and Geneva Foundation for the Arts and in cooperation with Mill Race Cyclery.  The Geneva History Museum is an independent non-profit organization located at 113 South Third Street, Geneva, Illinois.  Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  Admission is $3/person or free for museum members and includes the 3,000 square-foot Main Gallery Geneva’s Story.  For more information visit GenevaHistoryMuseum.org or call 630-232-4951.

St. Mark’s Mural Mystery

The Geneva History Museum will present “St. Mark’s Mural Mystery,” 12 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 320 Franklin Street, Geneva.

Parishioners Ron and Margy Walkington will share their discovery of the artist who painted the chapel’s mural 100 years ago.  Recently restored, this is Louis Grell’s earliest known American church mural still in existence.

This is a Geneva History Museum Brown Bag Lunch Program held at noon on the second Tuesday of each month from September thru May.  Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch and the Museum offers cookies, water, tea and coffee.

Admission is $5 each or $3 for Museum Members and includes Museum admission following the program.  Registration is encouraged to ensure seating and can be made at GenevaHistoryMuseum.org or by calling 630-232-4951.

Geneva History Museum | 113 S. Third Street,  |  Geneva, IL 60134

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