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Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder May 12th-June 4th   Curator’s Statement Umberto Ecco argued that,”….Beauty has never been absolute and immutable but has taken on different aspects depending on the historical period and the country….” Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When first encountering the theme in it’s literal meaning—the perception of beauty is [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:38+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Exhibits, Main Gallery|0 Comments

Artist Collective Group Show

Artist Collective Group Show  March 10th - April 9th  Curator's Statement by Steve Sherrell This exhibit highlights the artists who belong to the Water Street Studios Artist’s Collective. The Collective was formed last year as a way to build community at Water Street Studios. Water Street has as one of its goals to gather artists [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:38+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Exhibits, Main Gallery|0 Comments

Dave Martin’s Exhibition in the Kane County Chronicle Gallery

Written by Christopher Cudworth Colors of Water, an exhibition of work by Resident Artist Dave Martin at Water Street Studios, invites viewers into a world where senses are heightened and a sense of wonder restored.  His two largest works are titled Pfeiffer Beach, California. The companion paintings render the subtle color of the sky above [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:39+00:00 February 20th, 2017|blog|0 Comments

An Interview with Gerry Dempsey

Written by Christopher Cudworth When it comes to support for the arts community in the Fox Valley, Gerry Dempsey of Batavia Enterprises and his son Austin have taken leadership roles that touch all facets of their lives. As business leaders and property managers in the Fox Valley for 58 years, they have provided key rental [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:39+00:00 February 17th, 2017|blog|0 Comments

“Collaborations & More” by Sergio Gomez and Mario Gonzalez, Jr.

"Collaborations & More" by Sergio Gomez and Mario Gonzalez, Jr.  Curator’s statement Written by Steve Sherrell Water Street Studios is proud to have the opportunity to exhibit the work of two of Chicago’s premier artists, Sergio Gomez and Mario Gonzalez Jr., or Zore, which is his Graffiti name. Both artists have exhibited locally, nationally and [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:39+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Exhibits, Main Gallery|0 Comments

January Exhibitions

The Dempsey Family Gallery January 13 - February 5, 2017                     Water Street Studios Main Gallery will be displaying work created by each of the 27 artists who work out of their studios at Water Street. The artists exhibiting at the 2017 Resident Artists Show’s include [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:39+00:00 January 7th, 2017|Main Gallery|0 Comments

Artist Discussion: Lesley Jackson’s “Unforeseeable Obstacles”

Written by Christopher Cudworth The work of Lesley Jackson takes viewers on a contemplative if ultimately disturbing trip down streets where animals find their end. Here new paintings are based on creatures she’s encountered either in the last throes of dying, or long since dead.  Yet there is peace to these paintings because Jackson has [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:40+00:00 November 18th, 2016|blog|0 Comments

“Dystopian Creations” by Mary Ellen Croteau and Jacqueline Moses

Curators Statement Written by Steve Sherrell Dystopia- A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, or simply anti-utopia) is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as "not-good place", an antonym of utopia, a term that was coined by Sir Thomas More and figures as the title [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:40+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Main Gallery|0 Comments

“Rural Studies” by David Wensel & “Agri-Frags” by H. Dean Willis

  October 2016 Artist Collective/Invitational Show Curator’s Statement Written by Steve Sherrell For years as a teacher of Art Appreciation, I had my students write an essay about an experience in nature where they encountered beauty. I have read many, many papers about beaches and sunsets, but often a student would describe something like “the sun [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:40+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Main Gallery|0 Comments

“7th Anniversary Show”

September 2016 Anniversary Show Curator's Statement  Written by Steve Sherrell  Water Street Studios is proud to present our 7th Anniversary Exhibition. I was the judge of the First Anniversary Exhibition and I find myself now as the curator of this 7th exhibition. I am honored to be a part of such a noble institution and [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:40+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Main Gallery|0 Comments

“Bits and Pieces—Combined” by Lynn Tsan and Michele Thrane

August 2016 Invitational Show Curators Statement Written by Steve Sherrell Abstraction can be a very heady term and a difficult thing for the general viewer of art to comprehend. They think of artists as strange beings who value things differently than the rest of the world and they are probably right in that assessment I could [...]

By | 2016-10-18T17:28:44+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Main Gallery|0 Comments

“Studio Conversations: Narratives” by Janice Meister, Mary Bookwalter, and Carol Weber

July 2016 Artist Collective Show Artist Statement Artists often work in the vacuum of their own studios. As friends we share similar backgrounds in education, as artists we enjoy discussing and critiquing our artwork. However, the actual art-making is usually a solitary venture. We could see that our art making practices of painting, drawing, printmaking, Digital media and [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:41+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Main Gallery|0 Comments

“Stars & Stripes: Inspired by the American Flag”

June 2016 Theme Show An exhibition inspired by the American flag. The exhibition is part of a city-wide celebration of Flag Day and its founder, Batavia resident, Bernard Cigrand. Best of Show Award goes to Richard DeVeau for his piece, “With Liberty and Justice for Some” Featuring the following artists: Lisa Youngdahl Doris Monti Saralee [...]

By | 2016-10-18T17:21:19+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Main Gallery|0 Comments

“Il Chino e la Sirena” By Nancy Carrigan

May 2016 A Retrospective Show Curator’s Statement  Written by Steve Sherrell Nancy was a good friend. I first met Nancy somewhere near 1990 when I was teaching at Joliet Junior College. A mutual friend had invited me to be in an artist’s group called The Millennial Myths, which is a group of artists with an interest in narrative art. I  attended my first meeting and we hit it off immediately. Over the years I got to know Nancy’s great husband Dick, her children and her  granddaughter. Dick was employed at Fermilab as a particle physicist and I was invited  with my wife to many lively discussions and dinner at the Carrigan house. Nancy had  such a broad spectrum of interests and was so intelligent, that I always walked away  delighted at the food (she was a great cook) and the conversation. I think that the best way of describing my thoughts about Nancy’s work is thought and  feeling. Nancy had a very deep emotional nature that she was very able to express.  Deep feelings are both conveyed by words and visually by the way an artist handles  their subject matter. Expression is accomplished by combining technique with feelings  that pour through the material and subject matter to enliven it. Nancy had a great  capacity to invest her work with emotion. She also had great technical skills. Her mixed media pieces are presented so seamlessly  that it is hard to imagine that she was combining techniques. These types of things are  very hard to do. Much of the time when an artist combines techniques, one will  dominate, but in Nancy’s case, they were seamlessly handled. She worked with many,  many types of media and did not falter. But above all of that, Nancy was very smart. She was down to earth when she needed to  be and flying on a thought when it suited her. She was not so much a dreamer but a do‐ er. Add to that a curious, open mind, with her mind capable of great leaps of faith and  growth. She was a delight. That awful enemy Alzheimers finally took her and slowly took away her thoughts and  memories and finally her life, but her spirit still lives on with her friends and family and  those whose life she touched. Nancy was a true multimedia, multi-disciplined artist. In addition to painting, she was also a published [...]

By | 2016-10-18T17:18:18+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Main Gallery|0 Comments

“Phase II” by Richard DeVeau and Steve Sherrell

 April 2016 Artist Collective Show Curator's Statement Written by Steve Sherrell Richard DeVeau is a veteran of the Boston fine art scene. He was a member of the Kingston Gallery, an artist run, alternative gallery space that is one of the oldest co-operative galleries in operation in the USA. He came to Batavia a few years back and [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:41+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Main Gallery|0 Comments

“Never Standing Still” by Susan G. Emmerson and Anne von Ehr

March 2016 Invitational Show Curator’s statement Written by Steve Sherrell Art that is also decorative gets a bad rap. Often the work is considered decorative because of a pleasant arrangement of shapes and colors and well-handled art elements. Often the artist seems only concerned with something being beautiful to look at or harmonious with the interior of [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:41+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Main Gallery|0 Comments

Jesse Howard and Todd Reed Invitational Show

February 2016 Invitational Show Written by Christopher Cudworth When artist Jesse Howard gave his February 27 talk about the origins of his art, an audience of more than 20 people sat surrounded by his wonderfully rendered images of black faces and body images that conveyed the struggle for racial acceptance and the social struggle it takes to achieve [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:41+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Main Gallery|0 Comments

“Bits and Pieces—Combined,” August 2016 Lynn Tsan & Michele Thrane

Water Street Studios Main Gallery brings the works of two established Chicago-area artists, Michele Thrane and Lynn Tsan, together in an exhibition titled: “Bits and Pieces—Combined,” opening August 12th. Thrane’s work starts with encaustic monotypes, which are created using encaustic paint to draw on a heated plate of anodized aluminum.  Paper is then pressed onto the plate to make the print.  Some [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:41+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Main Gallery|0 Comments

Meet Our New Director of Education: Karine Bauch

As the new Director of Education and Outreach at Water Street Studios, longtime art educator Karine Bauch has a full plate of programs to implement. She was hired for her abilities to develop and organize art programs to benefit the community. As such, her experience offering arts immersion and integrated education to students of all [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:41+00:00 September 21st, 2016|blog|0 Comments

Time for Some Contemplative Sculpture

Time for some contemplative sculpture written by Christopher Cudworth Jim Jenkins is a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Art. But his career path following college included some major time in the field of mechanical engineering. His natural aptitude for how things fit together essentially earned him the equivalent of an engineering degree [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:42+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|blog|0 Comments

Review of “Stars & Stripes” Exhibition at Water Street Studios

The June 2016 gallery exhibition "Stars and Stripes" at Water Street Studios in Batavia was... The June 2016 gallery exhibition "Stars and Stripes" at Water Street Studios in Batavia was conceived in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of American Flag Day, which was imagined and brought to life by one of Batavia's early residents, a [...]

By | 2016-06-15T14:39:21+00:00 June 15th, 2016|blog, Exhibits|0 Comments

Big News! Water Street Studios Receives $94,000 from Dunham Fund for “Ripple Effect” A New After School STEAM Learning Program

Written by Christopher Cudworth With the stated goal of becoming a regional center for the arts, Water Street Studios has embarked on a mission to involve people of all ages appreciating and creating art. Those efforts attracted support from Dunham Fund, a charitable organization based in St. Charles, Illinois, whose mission is to administrate the [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:42+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Exhibits|0 Comments

A Talk with Jesse Howard

Written by Christopher Cudworth When artist Jesse Howard gave his February 27 talk about the origins of his art, an audience of more than 20 people sat surrounded by his wonderfully rendered images of black faces and body images that conveyed the struggle for racial acceptance and the social struggle it takes to achieve it. The discussion was [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:17:42+00:00 March 20th, 2016|artist talk, blog|0 Comments