Aurora University Schingoethe Center
The mission of Aurora University’s Schingoethe Center is to foster inquiry, celebrate artistic excellence, preserve and perpetuate Native American cultures and inspire a lifelong engagement with the visual arts. 1315 Prairie St., Aurora.
Upcoming exhibit: “Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain”
Exhibit dates: Tues., Jan. 23–Fri., April 13
More than 120 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints will be on view in “Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain,” a major retrospective exhibition organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) at the University of Oregon.
Rick Bartow (1946–2016), one of the nation’s most prominent contemporary Native American artists, was a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California and had close ties with the Siletz community. Personal experiences, literature and art from around the globe informed Bartow’s art. Throughout his career, he consistently explored self-portraiture and animal imagery, often blurring the lines between the two; many describe his work as transformational and visual storytelling.
Water Street Studios
Water Street Studios is a nonprofit art center located in Batavia. Water Street’s mission is to make the arts accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. Water Street offers programs that include art education classes, workshops, subsidized artist studios, monthly gallery exhibitions and community outreach. 160 S. Water St., Batavia.
Second Annual “Winterfest Art Market”
Dates: Fri., Dec. 8, 1–9pm; Sat., Dec. 9, 10am–4pm; Sun., Dec. 10, 10am–4pm
Water Street Studios holds its second annual juried Winterfest Art Market for all holiday shoppers looking to support local artists. The Winterfest Art Market features many local and regional artists and artisans displaying unique gift choices to fit every style, taste and budget—including handcrafted jewelry, stoneware, glassworks, functional and decorative wood objects, photographs, cards, imaginative craft items, and plenty of paintings, drawings, prints and other original artworks.
St. Charles Arts Council
The St. Charles Arts Council (SCAC) is a not for profit, volunteer run organization that promotes the Arts and Cultural Activities to the mutual benefit of the Arts and the Community. The SCAC is a communication center for arts-related information that supports arts organizations, businesses and artists through programming and events. 2 East Main St., St. Charles.
Fine Line Creative Arts Center
Fine Line Creative Arts Center of St. Charles supports artists and the larger community through instruction, exploration and exhibition of traditional and innovative arts and crafts; its mission is enriched by Fine Line’s natural and inspirational setting. 37W570 Bolcum Rd., St. Charles.
Christmastime at Fine Line Holiday Show
Dates: This event opens at 6pm on Fri., Dec. 1 and continues for one week.
Christmastime at the Fine Line Show and Sale is here. This juried show represents the best of Fine Line members’ artistic talents.. You will find everything from unique ornaments for your tree, handmade Teddy Bears, pottery, paintings, watercolors, handmade paper/books, cards, jewelry, clothing, wood, rag rugs and weavings along with knitted and crocheted sweaters, scarves, mittens and hats, and much more. This event takes place in the Kavanagh Gallery and Fine Arts Building.
Aurora University, Schingoethe Center: 630-844-7843, aurora.edu/museum
Water Street Studios: 630-761-9977, waterstreetstudios.org
St. Charles Arts Council: 630-443-3794, stcharlesartscouncil.org
Fine Line Creative Arts Center: 630-584-9443, fineline.org