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Experience the Unconventional During Eye of the Beholder Garment Exhibition at Water Street Studios

Batavia - Designers of all ages, from Batavia to Chicago, feature their garment-related artwork at this year’s upcoming Eye of the Beholder Garment Exhibition, May 10. Purchase tickets today to experience an installation of garments and related artwork that lure audiences into the many interpretations of this year’s exhibition theme, “Transparency”.

Eye of the Beholder is a juried 2D and 3D exhibit featuring various mediums with a concentration on wearable art. Fashion designer and this year’s curator, Andrea Reynders shares: 

“Artists were challenged to clarify and translate what Transparency meant to them and to create a work that is either worn or observed. From garments that capture emotions we cannot readily share, moments that capture chrysalis transformation, to paintings that capture light in transparent layers of color, the work included here bridges the divide between poetic reflection and political comment and from dynamic movement to quietude. The results are both serious and whimsical—an amazing cross section of personal interpretation. From sophisticated couture and hand-crafted assemblages to paintings—all as a response to the idea of Transparency. Come and be transformed.”

Andrea Reynders is a fashion designer and this year's curator for the garment exhibition. 

This year’s garment exhibition features the following artists: Victoria Belz, Andria Burchett, Claudia Canon, Patricia Davoust, Morgan Donahue, Maureen Gasek, Sue and Katie Holzkopf, Lisa Holzl, Madeline Jenkins, Katherine Kratzer, Emy Krauspe, Ellen Jo Ljung, Anke Loh, Michele Norman, Gretchen Schreiber, Madelyn Schuster, Amanda Williams, Lisa Youngdahl, Dawn Zalkus and Ana Zanic.

Beer by Solemn Oath Brewery, wine, cocktails featuring Whiskey Acres Distillery Co., coffee by FreshGround Roasting and soda will be available for purchase.

A small selection of appetizers and desserts by Gaetano's Restaurant in Batavia will be available.

Purchase tickets through Adult tickets $20, Students (ages 13-21) $10 and Kids (under age 13) are free. 

Use code "GARMENT" to receive 10% off your ticket price. If you are a student please use code "STUDENTGARMENT" to receive the student rate. Please note: all ticket sales go towards the $500 Best of Show Award


6:00pm: Doors and cash bar open

6:30-8:00pm: Models take stage in gallery

8:30pm: People’s Choice Award announced

9:00pm: Program ends

Additional Information: Postcard sets of exhibited artworks will be available for purchase for $18.  All proceeds go to support arts programming at Water Street Studios.

Exhibition will remain on display in the Dempsey Family Gallery located on the first floor of Water Street Studios until June 8 at 5pm.

A special thank you to Focus Salon for providing hair and make-up for the models on display during this exhibition. Thank you to our event sponsors, Solemn Oath Brewery, Gaetano's Restaurant in Batavia, K. Hollis Jewelers, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. and Batavia Enterprises Inc. 

About Water Street Studios: Water Street Studios is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit art center in Batavia, IL. Its mission is to make the arts accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. Its vision is to be a cultural hub in the Midwest. They offer high-quality programs that include art education classes, workshops, subsidized artist studios, monthly gallery exhibitions, events and community outreach. Public Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12-5pm. Statement of Inclusivity: "Our organization aims to include and recognize all regardless of race, age, culture, ability, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, socioeconomic status. We are wheelchair accessible. We offer a gender-neutral restroom."

Source: Danielle Hollis, Edits: Reynders' above quote was misattributed to Hollis in print magazines.