Get Your Ramble On This Weekend Along the Fox River

April 09, 2019

Get Your Ramble On This Weekend Along the Fox River

The second-annual Fox River Arts Ramble invites you to take in visual and performing arts from Aurora to Elgin, with your choice of more than 40 stops, including private and public galleries, artist studios, performance venues and more.
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. Participating locations for this year’s event are in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Campton Hills, and Elgin.
The Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St Charles Arts Council and Water Street Studios are delighted to bring this event to our community again this year. We encourage anyone interested in unique spaces, artistic minds, and engaging work to visit the nearly 50 participating art locations from Aurora to Elgin. Keep an eye out for the event signage to help direct you on your tour on April 13th and 14th.

And way-finding arrows that look like this:

Ramble Headquarters Locations: These three locations offer refreshments, public restrooms and, of course, impressive collections of artwork and experiences for free.
Fine Line Creative Arts Center | | 37W570 Bolcum Road | St. Charles
Join us at Fine Line for the chance to explore our classrooms while we have regular classes and demonstrations going on. Every classroom will be alive with activity, including weaving, spinning, blacksmithing, metal clay and more. Visit our two galleries for beautiful art, and shop for a variety of materials in our supplies shop. We will also have local artists selling their work. Take a stroll around our natural prairie, with grounds tours available, weather permitting. 
St. Charles Arts Council’s 7th Annual Student Show at The Keep Creative | 220 North 4th Street | St. Charles
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 Saturday in the area are invited to attend the opening/artist reception from 5 to 7. 
Water Street Studios | | 160 South Water Street | Batavia
Water Street Studios welcomes the work of three artists exploring the human experience without limits in “Earthly Delights” by Les Allen and Bruce Thorn in the Dempsey Family Gallery and “Eclecticism as I See It” by Perry Slade in the Chicago Capital Gallery. Water Street Studios will also feature an artist talk, art demos, gallery tours, and opportunities to meet and purchase artwork from our resident artists in their studios and artist members on site. 
Art in Public Places
Visit to find more than 170 pieces of public art in St. Charles. Get the Otocast app, find the AiPP project or St. Charles, IL, and tap on the welcome message to take a walking tour of more than 25 artworks.
Here is a list of the participating locations that you can visit this weekend during the Fox River Arts Ramble:
1.         Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra
            Elgin History Museum | 360 Park Street | Elgin
            Partake in an instrument petting zoo and other 
            interactive musical experiences with EYSO 
            student volunteers. No museum entry fee.
2.         Elgin Academy Fine Arts Program
   | 350 Park Street | Elgin
            Delight in the work of burgeoning young artists 
            whose works on display include interpretations 
            of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
3.         Oddball Art Labs Mobile Art Machine
            Rediscover Records | 9 South Spring Street | Elgin
            Check out this repurposed 1950s Fleetwood 
            Fawn vending machine that sells cigarette-
            pack-sized art pieces for $5 each.
4.         Art for All
            51 South Spring Street | Elgin
            Tour the Elgin Artspace Lofts Gallery to see the 
            art league’s wide-ranging display of art. 
5.         Funky Rooster Tattoo and Art Gallery
            73 South Grove Avenue | Elgin
            Enjoy paintings and drawings by three St. Charles 
            tattoo artists, whose work ranges from urban 
            street art to florals and pop culture.
6.         Murano Midwest Gallery
            8N665 Edgewood Road | Campton Hills
            Reflect on the works of some of the world’s 
            best glass artists, melding centuries-old 
            authentic techniques with fresh inspiration.
7.         Art and Alpacas
            39W856 McDonald Road | Campton Hills
            See pottery, tapestries, art clothing and more 
            from a coop of artists, some working with fibers 
            from the farm’s seven alpacas.
Fine Line Creative Arts Center
37W570 Bolcum Road | Saint Charles
8.         Amy Simpson Glass | Fine Line
            View original fused glass pendants and more, 
            including kilnformed and coldworked pieces.
9.         Nancy Krahn Jewelry Design | Fine Line
            Explore the beauty of hand-fabricated sterling 
            silver jewelry.
10.       Kimberly Gust
            3101 Greenwood Lane | St. Charles
            Put this artist’s pottery, with its unique stains 
            and underglazes, to work in your kitchen or on 
            display in your home or office.
11.       Norris Cultural Arts Center
            1040 Dunham Road | St. Charles
            Tour the Watercolor exhibit, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 
            Saturday, or after 11 a.m. Sunday. Enjoy a 
            concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday by pianist 
            Julia Siciliano.
12.       Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run
            4051 East Main Street | St. Charles
            During the Ramble, catch “Mr. Blotto,” Saturday, 
            April 13th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $18, or enjoy 
            Dinner & A Show for $59 per person.
13.       St. Charles Public Library
1 South 6th Avenue | St. Charles
            Look for the rotating Artist of the Month 
            display on the Library’s Mezzanine, as well as 
            sculptures and other works throughout the 
            library and grounds.
14.       Steel Beam Theatre Art Gallery
            111 West Main Street | St. Charles
            Enjoy Jon Tokarz’s solo exhibit in the gallery, 
            which opens one hour before and during the 
            performance of “The Real Inspector Hound.”
15.       116 Gallery
            116 West Main Street | St. Charles
            Experience the bold colors and expressionistic 
            style of painters Bojana “BOJITT” Ilic and 
            Jola Soares, and select glass pieces from 
            Murano Midwest.
St. Charles Arts Council
220 North 4th Street | St. Charles
16.       All Things Art Studio
            1106 West Main Street | St. Charles
            Explore this teaching studio, which hosts art 
            classes and private lessons, birthday parties, 
            wine and canvas events, corporate team building 
            events, and more for children and adults.
17.       Sculpture in the Park
            Mt. St. Mary’s Park | St. Charles 
            Walk Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles to enjoy 
            a striking and engaging sculpture exhibition 
            against the backdrop of nature’s seasonal beauty. 
18.       Proud Fox Gallery  
            213 West State Street | Geneva
            Visit Proud Fox Gallery & Frame Shop to see a 
            selection of new, local and international, original 
            and print art.
19.       Gallery 28
            28 North 4th Street | Geneva
            Walk this Victorian-era home-turned-gallery, 
            featuring fine and functional art, including a 
            mix of breathtaking paintings, exquisite jewelry, 
            sculpture, pottery, photography and more.
20.       Haven Interiors Studio Gallery
            15 South Third Street | Geneva
            Join us for “Works in Progress – Onsite Studio 
            Artists,” with demonstrations, presentations 
            and explanations by several artists (see 
            schedule online).
21.       Greater Geneva Art Guild
            American Legion Post 75
            22 South 2nd Street | Geneva
            The Guild promotes the visual arts through 
            exposure, networking, education, inspiration 
            and interaction with other artists.
22.       Geneva History Museum
            113 South Third Street | Geneva
            Tour the Fox River from West Dundee to Ottawa 
            through “A Fox River Testimony: Select Works 
            by Joel Sheesley,” as well as art from the 
            museum’s collection.
23.       Crystal Life Technology
            121 South Third Street | Geneva
            Check out the work of local artisans, including 
            Atala Toy, who specializes in portrait studies of 
            nature spirits as they manifest in trees and rocks.
24.       The Dutchman’s Woodshack
            315 Westhaven Circle | Geneva
            See how raw wood is turned into artful bowls, 
            goblets, candleholders and more. Also enjoy 
            original photography in custom wood frames.
25.       School of Art
            1772 South Randall Road | Suite 220 | Geneva
            Check out this after-school art program 
            for all ages. See some of their creative 
            classroom projects.
26.       Aurora Art League
            Batavia Library
            10 South Batavia Avenue | Batavia
            Join us in celebrating our 100th year. See more 
            than 75 original works of art using a variety of 
            mediums and photography.
Water Street Studios
160 S. Water Street | Batavia
27.       Collinson Fine Art | Water Street Studios 
            Take in Collinson’s paintings, photography and 
            encaustic painting.
28.       Dawn Jones Studio | Water Street Studios 
            Revel in the colorful work of abstract 
            expressionist Dawn Jones, who creates with 
            acrylic and enamel paint, inks, colored pencils 
            and pastels.
29.       Felicia Raschke | Water Street Studios 
            View a selection of Raschke’s small works, 
            ranging from2x3 inches to 18x24 inches, 
            and including monoprint, collage and collage 
            over watercolor.
30.       Jessica Fincher | Water Street Studios
            Enjoy these colorful, contemporary works of art 
            inspired by nature
31.       Justin Lirot | Water Street Studios 
            Delve into Lirot’s exploration of landscapes, 
            saturated colors, and psychedelic elements 
            incorporating digitally manipulated personal 
32.       Todd Johnson | Water Street Studios 
            Check out these works that explore the relatively 
            unusual medium of vaporized patterns formed 
            by very-high-voltage sparks inside blocks of 
            transparent acrylic plastic.
33.       Aurora Regional Fire Museum 
            53 North Broadway | Aurora 
            Enjoy the first public exhibition of the National 
            EMS Museum, featuring the Art of Emergency 
            Care before it tours the country.
Aurora Art Studios
50 East Galena Boulevard | Aurora
34.       Anne Von Ehr | Aurora Art Studios
            Painting primarily with oil paint and cold wax, 
            Von Ehr creates abstract and floral artwork. 
            Don’t miss her show specials.
35.       Cheryl Holz | Aurora Art Studios | Suite 201
            Stop in to appreciate a repository of natural 
            specimens, nature-inspired artwork in mixed 
            media, and work by guest artist Molly Bitters.
36.       Wyckwood House 630.220.6841
            14 W Downer Place, Suite 16 | Aurora
            Tour this local artisan market in historic 
            Downtown Aurora, featuring work from more 
            than 30 different artisans.
37.       If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing & Gallery
            32 South Stolp Avenue | Aurora
            See the works of artist Mary C. Parks in the 
            context of our custom framing gallery.
SciTech Hands On Museum at 18 West Benton Street | Aurora
38.       Laura Lynne | SciTech Hands On Museum
            Note the artist’s inspiration from the immersion 
            in nature she had growing up in Wisconsin and 
            her study of yoga, mythology and fairy tales.
39.       Tim Schlapp | SciTech Hands On Museum
            Admire and touch these handcrafted 
            wood pieces for your life, home and 
            business, incorporating locally sourced 
            wood when available.
40.       Gallery 1904 
1 East Benton | Aurora
            View works by Maureen Gasek, acrylic and 
            mixed media; Patty Fine Vander Sande, acrylic 
            and mixed media; and Jacqueline Jayne Fowler, 
            jewelry designer.
41.       Mays Mayhew
            2525 Coach and Surrey Lane | Aurora
            Visit Mayhew’s white-walled studio and gallery 
            space, with 50+ realistic paintings and drawings 
            of people. Learn their stories and see how the 
            art was created.
42.       The Schingoethe Center of Aurora University
            1315 Prairie Street | Aurora
            See the current exhibition “BECOMING: 
            Transformations in American Indian Art.”
43.       Denise Wheeler
            2470 Green Valley Court | Aurora
            Behold “Sailor’s Warning,” just one of the artist’s 
            original resin pours that “take me away with 
            multiple layers resulting in incredible depth.”
Headquarters Programming:
The Fine Line Creative Arts Center features two galleries with local artisan pieces and a supply shop.  The Kavanagh Gallery presents “FL@40,” an exhibit commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Fine Line by showcasing the talents of faculty members past and present. Additional programming includes demonstrations in the teaching studios and trunk shows from local artists Nancy Krahn (jewelry design), Amy Simpson (fused glass), Matt Brej (ceramics), and Jennifer Chou (fiber).  Fine Line invites Ramblers to come take a stroll in their prairie and enjoy the day.

The St Charles Arts Council will feature, as part of their Pop-Up Gallery program, the 7th Annual Student Show at The Keep Creative (220 N. 4th Street). The Student Show includes the juried artwork – visual and video – of nearly 50 students, from throughout the entire Chicagoland area, in kindergarten through college.   Ramblers are invited to end the day or return to this gallery to attend the Opening/Artist Reception from 5 to 7. Refreshments will be served.  The SCAC thanks The keep Creative for the use of this space.

The SCAC is also featuring their Art in Public Places project during the Ramble, which catalogs and celebrates over 170 pieces of public art in St. Charles.  This cultural experience is rich in stories, images, and detail, including the web site, a brochure, and an Art Tour.  For the Tour, get the Otocast app, find St. Charles on their worldwide list, and tap on any of the 25 images.  You’ll hear the artist tell the story of the piece and their artwork, or if the artist is unknown or deceased, people who know the artwork’s “story”.  You can also read about the work, and follow links to relevant resources.  Check some of them out while you’re “rambling”!
Water Street Studios invites Ramblers to join them for an artist talk with exhibiting artists Les Allen and Bruce Thorn on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Perry Slade on Sunday at 12 p.m. On Sunday, Ramblers can also join in Open Sketch from 1-3 p.m. On both days Water Street will also offer art class demos, gallery tours, and an opportunity to meet their 30 resident artists in their studios. Water Street members Kathie Collinson, Dawn Jones, Felicia Raschke, Jessica Fincher, Justin Lirot, and Todd Johnson will have displays and be available to discuss their work.

Fine Line, the SCAC and WSS 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.  Some of those projects include:
Collaborative Projects include:
American Legion Post 75 (hosting the Greater Geneva Art Guild)
Batavia Library (hosting the Aurora Art League)
Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (sponsoring Elgin participants)
Elgin History Museum (hosting the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra)
The Keep Creative (St Charles Arts Council Student Show)
Mixology Salon and Spa (116 Gallery)
Pheasant Run Resort (exhibiting local artists)
SciTech Hands On Museum (Timothy Schlapp, Laura Lynn Art)
Join us for the Fox River Arts Ramble.  From Aurora to Elgin – Up and Down the Fox – residents and visitors will be treated to an incredible array of arts programming.  For more information about this fantastic Day Of Art, including details about each participants’ program, visit the FRAR’s web site –
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