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Water Street Studios Hosts the 16th Annual Chicagoland 4x5 High School Exhibition During Winterfest Art Market

Nov 13, 2018 12:11PM ● By Tim

Batavia, IL—Water Street Studios will be exhibiting award-winning works of art from teens representing 44 Chicago land high schools.  The “the largest ‘small’ art show in the nation” will be on display during Winterfest Art Market Friday, December 14th thru Sunday, December 16th  in the Chicago Capital Gallery on the second floor of Water Street Studios.

 Even the biggest ideas can have small beginnings. In the community of Palatine Illinois, resides Fremd High School where during the 1999-2000 school year, a small concept began; a high school art exhibition that forced student artists to work within the parameters of a less than ordinary dimension. More work could be shown, more schools could participate, and more ideas could be born. Emeritus Department Chair Len Upin felt that the challenge was set and the 4x5 was born.

 From the spring of 2000 to the spring of 2012 the Chicago Area 4x5 Art Exhibition grew from 12 participating schools to over 40 spanning to schools from "Waukegan to Gurnee to Lombard to the South Side of Chicago." The late Lew Hubbard and the staff of Fremd High School continued to develop, from Len's vision, an exhibition that consistently showcased over 1000 pieces in one year surpassing most Chicago galleries in quantity and grandeur. 

 This year the 16th Annual show featured over 1,100 high school students’ work on display with 44 high schools represented. Award winners of this year's Chicagoland 4x5 High School Exhibition, in each of the nine categories, and in over a hundred works of art received Honorable Mentions, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place will be on display at Water Street Studios.

 In addition, Water Street Studios and Artisan Collective Batavia will be collaborating to produce the Winterfest Art Market, a unique holiday shopping event December 14th, 15th, and 16th at Water Street Studios located at 160 S. Water Street in Batavia, IL. The public is invited to experience this unique holiday market at Water Street Studios, a nonprofit art center and historic venue in downtown Batavia, IL.

 Explore the Dempsey Family Gallery to view and purchase a juried collection of fine art at affordable prices so you can share the perfect gift for that creative someone. Continue on throughout the venue to shop from over 20 artisan vendors and over 25 resident artists at Water Street Studios featuring handmade jewelry, candles, soaps and more. The event will kick off Friday evening with an opening reception from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and continue on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Enjoy food and drink vendors along with a cash bar featuring beer by Solemn Oath Brewery alongside wine and cocktail options. Other food and drink vendors include FreshGround Roasting in Geneva, and Modest Coffee Roasters in West Chicago, Sweet P's Homemade Cookies in Naperville, Alice’s Corner in Aurora, IL, and Gaetano’s Restaurant in Batavia. Water Street Studios will also be hosting holiday art workshops for all ages. Workshop registration available on Water Street Studios website.