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West Suburban Living names Batavia's Water Street Studios “Best Art Gallery” in 2019 Best of the West List

Mar 21, 2019 02:59PM ● By Hannah Ott

2nd Friday Gallery Opening Reception featuring artwork by Richard DeVeau and Joe Milosevich in the Dempey Family Gallery at Water Street Studios.

Batavia, IL— West Suburban Living named Water Street Studios of Batavia “Best Art Gallery” in their 2019 Best of the West list, featuring the best that the western suburbs has to offer in nearly 80 different categories.

Water Street Studios was listed among many of their supporting partners including Gaetano’s Restaurant in Batavia (Best Italian Restaurant, Other Favorites), Solemn Oath Brewery (Best Microbrewery/Brewpub, Other Favorites) and K. Hollis Jewelers (Best Jewelry Store, 3rd Place).

Danielle Hollis, the Executive Director of Water Street Studios shares her opinion on what it takes to be the ‘best’ in the burbs, “Our organization believes in collaboration over competition in everything that we do. We utilize the resources we have, which tend to be arts-related, to rally a community around a cause. When you have people working together for a common goal that’s when the magic happens.”

Water Street Studios is a nonprofit art center located in Batavia, Illinois. The organization’s mission is to help make the arts more accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. The organization’s vision is to be a cultural hub in the Midwest. 

The nonprofit art center provides an ever-growing community with art classes, artist studios, community events, gallery exhibitions, free STEAM classes for 3rd through 5th graders, outreach for under-resourced families and private events in a historic venue.

Water Street Studios is open to the public Thursday through Sundays, from 12-5pm, every week. Enjoy their 2nd Friday events from 6-9pm every month. Events feature new gallery exhibitions, open artist studios, art activities for all ages, cash bar, appetizers and good company. 

For the full list of West Suburban Living’s “2019 Best of the West” list visit:

Source: Danielle Hollis 630-761-9977