Fox River Arts Ramble Coming to the Valley April 13, 14

April 01, 2019
Fox River Arts Ramble Coming to the Valley
April 13 & 14
April 1, 2019 – Fox River Arts Ramble is a two-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 13 and Sunday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with some musical performances and receptions in the evening.
In-kind sponsors of the event are Fast Color and Cooper-Hong. We thank them for their support of this event and the arts.  The event includes nearly 50 participants, in a broad array of media and location, including a number of collaborative programs.  Venues are in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin.
Featured this week are locations in Batavia and Geneva.
Featured this week are locations in St. Charles and Campton Hills.
Art and Alpacas- See pottery, tapestries, art clothing and more from a coop of artists, some working with fibers from the farm’s seven alpacas The coop includes Susan Neri Waldron- Art clothing, accessories, Judy Walsberg- mixed media; and Anne Gardener- sewing and pottery.
Murano Midwest Gallery- Murano Midwest finds the best glass artists that meld centuries-old authentic techniques with fresh inspiration. Artists work with mastery of traditional forms and techniques that still feel modern.   
116 Gallery- You’ll find 116 Gallery nestled in downtown St. Charles along the Fox River. The gallery shares space with an upscale Aveda salon, Mixology, and neighbors the historic Baker Hotel. This year’s visitors will experience the bold colors and expressionistic style of painters Bojana “BOJITT” Ilic and Jola Soares. Murano Midwest will also showcase select glass pieces. Expect to enjoy a light refreshment and an interactive art experience as you move through the modern, tranquil environment of 116 Gallery.
All Things Art Studio- All Things Art Studio is a teaching art studio near downtown St. Charles offering art classes, summer camps, and private lessons for all ages, birthday parties, wine and canvas events, corporate team building events, and more for children and adults. Explore the studio to discover the perfect All Things Art experience for you!
Art in Public Places- Art in Public Places is a project of the St Charles Arts Council, which catalogs and celebrates over 170 pieces of public art in STC.  This cultural experience is rich in stories, images, and detail, and includes a web site, a downloadable/printable brochure, and an Art Tour.  For the Tour, get the Otocast app, find the AiPP project or the city on their worldwide list, and tap on the welcome message and any of the 25 images.  You’ll hear the artist tell the story of the piece and their artwork.  You can also read about the work, and follow links to relevant resources.
Fine Line Creative Arts Center will host several artists during the Ramble. They include:
Amy Simpson- View original fused glass pendants and more, including kilnformed and coldworked pieces.
Nancy Krahn- Explore the beauty of hand-fabricated sterling silver jewelry.
In addition to viewing work from the artists above, visitors to Fine Line Creative Arts Center (a headquarters location) can explore the Center’s classrooms while regular classes and demonstrations are going on. Every classroom will be alive with activity, including weaving, spinning, blacksmithing, metal clay and more. Also visit two galleries for beautiful art, and shop for a variety of materials in the supplies shop. Local artists will be selling their work. Grounds tours will be available, weather permitting.
Kimberly Gust- Put this artist’s pottery, with its unique stains and underglazes, to work in your kitchen or on display in your home or office.
Norris Cultural Arts Center- Norris Cultural Arts Center presents its annual, professionally juried Watercolor exhibit, featuring original works in water-based media, most of which are available for purchase. The Norris gallery will be open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, the gallery will open at 11 a.m. and remain open for a concert at 6:30 p.m. by pianist Julia Siciliano, winner of the 2019 Sicily International Piano Competition. Her program will include works by Liszt, Ravel, Basque composers José María Usandizaga and Don Pedro Albéniz, and contemporary American composer Logan Skelton. For tickets to the Julia Siciliano concert, visit      
Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run- Relive the music and stories you love at the Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort. Dance away date night or wake up your inner child with a nostalgic stage production. Big shows in an intimate setting with dinner and drinks just steps away. During the Ramble, catch Mr. Blotto Saturday, April 13th at 8:00pm. Tickets are just $18. Dinner & A Show is $59 per person and includes tickets to the show and a three-course prix fixe dinner in Harvest Restaurant.
Sculpture in the Park- For the love of art in the park….as summer emerges in the Fox Valley, the landscape of Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles presents a striking and engaging sculpture exhibition against the backdrop of nature’s seasonal beauty. Nestled among the maples, oaks, and pines of a shady arboretum and with the tranquil Fox River as its eastern border, Sculpture in the Park features 12 sculptural masterpieces made from various mediums by artists from all over the country and an array of pieces in the permanent collection. People of all ages are welcome to enjoy this magnificent free exhibit of original and unique sculpture.    
St Charles Arts Council’s 7th Annual Student Show at The Keep Creative (a headquarters location)- The St. Charles Arts Council’s 7th Annual Student Show at The Keep Creative is part of the SCAC's signature Pop-Up Gallery program, which temporarily transforms non-traditional spaces into new art venues. The show includes the juried artwork – visual and video – of students in kindergarten through college. Ramblers who end their day in the area are invited to attend the Opening/Artist Reception from 5 to 7pm. The SCAC thanks The Keep Creative for the use of this space.
St. Charles Public Library- The St. Charles Public Library is home to a wide variety of over 200 permanent art pieces of different mediums, in addition to a rotating Artist of the Month display on the Library’s Mezzanine. Among the most well-known pieces on the Library grounds are “Read Them Like a Book” by James Jenkins, “Chasing my Shadow” by Pokey Park, and “The Joy of Reading” by Maria Kirby Smith. Additional information about each of these pieces can be obtained by scanning the Art in Public Places QR code next to each piece.
Steel Beam Theatre Art Gallery- The Steel Beam Theatre Gallery is located in the entry to the historic Steel Beam Theatre, and opens one hour before, and through the duration of, the current performance – “The Real Inspector Hound.” On display during the Ramble is Jon Tokarz's solo exhibit. His paintings focus on the juxtaposition of urban sites, buildings, grids, with serene nature observations. Colors, forms and patterns are prevalent within the context of his work.
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. 
Collaborative Projects in St. Charles are:
Mixology Salon and Spa (116 Gallery)
Steel Beam Theater (Steel Beam Theater Art Gallery)
The Keep Creative (St Charles Arts Council’s Pop-Up Galleries)
About the Fox River Arts Ramble:
The Fox River Arts Ramble is a two-day self-guided tour of the arts in the valley.  It is an Event of the Fox River Arts collaboration, organized by the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, the St Charles Arts Council, and Water Street Studios.  This exciting event includes nearly 50 locations located in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin featuring open studios, galleries, art schools, museums, public art venues/tours, and creative spaces.
About Fox River Arts:
Fox River Arts collaborates and promotes the arts and culture to cultivate a visible arts destination in the Fox River Valley from Aurora to Elgin.
About the St Charles Arts Council:
The St Charles Arts Council is a 501(c)(3), registered not-for-profit Illinois corporation whose mission is to serve and promote the arts and creativity, to the mutual benefit of the arts and the community. Contact the SCAC for information at 630.443.3794 or at &
About the Fine Line Creative Arts Center:
Fine Line is one of only a few regional art centers in this country. Internationally known artists teach a variety of workshops. The membership draws from the Chicago area and surrounding states. There are as many as 1,300 students a year, a teaching staff of 45-plus and well over 200 class offerings a year. So passionate are founder Denise Kavanagh’s friends, students and supporters that the center is run almost entirely by volunteers.
About Water Street Studios:
Water Street Studios is a nonprofit art center located in Batavia, Illinois. Our mission is to help make the arts more accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. Our vision is to be a cultural hub in the Midwest. We provide our ever-growing community with art classes, artist studios, community events, gallery exhibitions, free after-school art programs, outreach, private events in a historic venue, and more. Visit or visit us during Public Hours: Thursday-Sunday 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Danielle Hollis, Executive Director
(630) 761-9977