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First Annual Winterfest Art Market coming to Waterstreet

Nov 09, 2018 03:03PM ● By Tim
For the first time Water Street Studios and Artisan Collective Batavia are joining forces for Winterfest Art Market, a unique holiday shopping event Dec. 14, 15 & 16 at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St. 
Explore the Dempsey Family Gallery to view and purchase a juried collection of fine art at affordable prices. Shop from over 20 artisan vendors and over 25 resident artists featuring handmade jewelry, candles, soaps and more. The event kicks off Friday evening with an opening reception from 6–9pm and continues on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. 
 “This event brings our community together during the holiday season while supporting artists and artisans. It’s a privilege to open our historic venue for our community to explore the curated gallery walls, artist studios, art workshops, all while getting their holiday shopping wrapped up,” says Danielle (Dani) Hollis, Executive Director of Water Street Studios. “We are really trying to make this an experiential event more than anything else.” 
Winterfest Art Market co-chairs are Ariane (Annie) Scholl and Breanna Hayes.
“We are excited about partnering with Waterstreet Studios,” says Annie Scholl.  “It’s amazing how (the residents of) Batavia support local artists.”
This market is a perfect fit for the kind of shopper Annie is talking about.
“People are tired of big box stores. People want to know where things are coming from. So much of life is online. The market is a face-to-face opportunity to meet and greet local artists and artisans, hear their stories.”
 Annie and her husband, Andy Kenney, are one of those stories. They are high school sweethearts who combined their love of literature and candles to create “Hearth and Hammer,” a selection of fragrant candles with a classic literary theme. A trip to the Winterfest Market is the only way to “experience” the many unique, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts.
“Photography, oil and acrylic, painting drawing, jewelry, water colors, ceramics, glass art, as well as some mixed media, are some of the styles that people will see from the exhibiting artists,” adds Dani Hollis. 
Artist Denise Wheeler will be there exhibiting her magical art. “My whole life I have been exploring artistic endeavors. In spring of 2018 we were remodeling our basement and I tried pouring my own bar top in an effort to put my personal stamp on the remodel. I fell in love. The movement of the colors, the physical act of selecting, mixing and pouring the colors invoked such a feeling of joy in me that I had to share it with others. From there I started exploring acrylics, alcohol inks, pastes, mica pigments, old make up and many other crazy, fun colorants. The fun is endless and my mind is busy with all the possibilities. It’s so exciting, I love this medium, the freedom to pour and watch the interaction of the different paints. It’s so organic. You just have to let it go. Let the paint do its thing.”
Water Street Studios will also be hosting holiday art workshops for all ages during the Winterfest including a fun and rewarding winter scene paint and sip for adults (see website for other workshops). Workshop registration is available on Water Street Studios website.
A nonprofit art center, Water Street Studios helps make the arts more accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. The center provides art classes, artist studios, community events, gallery exhibitions, free after-school art programs, outreach and private events in a historic venue.
The Artisan Collective is a Batavia Mainstreet program with pop-up markets featuring local artisans. Batavia MainStreet is a not-for-profit, community-based organization devoted to enhancing downtown Batavia’s identity as the heart of the community through dedicated volunteer efforts. 
The Winterfest Art Market experience will include food and coffee vendors and a cash bar featuring beer by Solemn Oath Brewery alongside wine and cocktail options, coffee from FreshGround Roasting, Geneva, and Modest Coffee Roasters, West Chicago, cookies from Sweet P’s Homemade Cookies, Naperville, and more.
Opening reception is on Fri., Dec. 14, 6–9pm. Event Dates: Fri., Dec. 14, 6–9pm; Sat., Dec. 15, 11am–5pm; Sun., Dec. 16, 11am–5pm.