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Fox River Arts Ramble coming to the Valley

More than 40 arts related businesses, organizations and venues will be participating in the Fox River arts Ramble. Here is a sampling of who you can visit and what you will find:

Fox River Arts, an arts collaboration, announces the Inaugural 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 in the evening.

The Event Sponsor is Colonial Café.  In-kind sponsors are Fast Color and Cooper Hong.  We thank them for their support of this event and the arts.

The Inaugural Ramble features multiple artistic disciplines in over 40 locations in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin, including Open Studios, Galleries, Art Schools, Museums, Public Art Venues/Tours, and Creative Spaces.  There will be nearly 20 Art Galleries and 15 Open Studios to visit.   In addition to these locations, “Ramblers” can explore the Art in Public Places project, which includes a web site and an Art Tour app that will allow cultural tourists to see and learn about over 170 pieces of art in public places in St. Charles.

The event features over 50 participants, in a broad array of media and location, including a number of collaborative programs.  They include:

The Aurora Art League
 will have over 75 pieces of art on display at the Batavia Library, including drawings, oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, mixed media, and photography.
Cheryl Holz and Anne Von Ehr | Aurora Artists Studios overlooks the Fox River in downtown Aurora. Holz’s nature inspired work will be on display, and if weather allows her new mural /installation on back of the building. Von Her will be offering some “starving artist” pieces only available at this event.
Gallery 1904 is located in the newly renovated, former Aurora Carnegie Library. The Gallery hosts artists from the Aurora area and beyond whose exhibitions explore a variety of themes in many mediums extending beyond  paint and photography.

Nancy Neill Designs
 is inside the Challenge Windmill factory buildings near the Batavia Dam on N. River Street.  The loft style studio features a handmade jewelry studio and showroom and a stunning river view. 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.   Plus Waterline Writers in the evening.

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.
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.

St. Charles
Fine Line Creative Arts Center
 (a headquarters location) has two galleries with local artisan pieces and a supply shop.  They’re also featuring demonstrations in their teaching studios and local artists showing their work.  They invite “Ramblers” to come out, take a stroll in their prairie, and enjoy the day.  Artists Amy Simpson, Nancy Krahn, and Carol Kazwick will also be showcasing their art at Fine Line.
 featuring Hollis Levine showcases both the brand new home of this creative co-working space as well as space that they have set aside for quarterly rotating art displays, which, during the Ramble will feature the work of Hollis Levine.
Fuseneo, The Keep, and the St Charles Arts Council’s Ramble Pop-Up Gallery are all clustered in the North 2nd Street area of St. Charles.  Fuseneo and The Keep are two more creative co-working spaces in STC, and the Pop-Up Gallery is one of two juried galleries that the SCAC is operating for the Ramble.
St Charles Arts Council and Pheasant Run Resort, (a headquarters location) will include the SCAC’s 6th Annual Student Art Gallery and one of the resort’s musical shows in their beautiful auditorium, a Garth Brooks tribute concert in the evening.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s
 offices will be open for visitors with a gift, candy, and an exclusive half-price offer for their season finale concerts May 5 & 6.
Side Street Arts in Elgin will feature seven artists who have taken over the Gallery. Each has been assigned an area to create and exhibit within, from the basement to the AV closet, turning that space into their own.

Open Studios – artists Peggy Sue Seehafer, Feng Biddle, Julie Auble (Aubles Baubles), and Sally Smith are opening up their home studios in St. Charles.  Felicia Faschke is opening her home studio in Batavia.

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.  Some of those projects include:

Collaborative Projects
AHC Advisors (Wealth management practice collaborating with the St Charles Arts Council and Carole Sluski)
American Legion Post 75 (Greater Geneva Art Guild)
Aurora Fastprint (Cheryl Holz)
Aurora Regional Fire Museum (Randy Benzie and Chris Hodge)
Balance Bodyworks (gallery)
Fox.Build (Co-working space for creatives collaborating with the St Charles Arts Council and Hollis Levine)