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.
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.
Aurora Art Studios, featuring Cheryl Holz and Anne Von Ehr –
Cheryl Holz’s studio overlooking the Fox River in downtown Aurora is part repository of natural specimens, and part messy mixed media workspace! Stop by to peruse her nature inspired work, and enjoy some tasty nibbles. Guest artist Molly Bitters will be showing her wood burned woodland scenes as well!
Painting primarily with oil paint and cold wax, Anne Von Ehr creates abstract and floral artwork. The artist will be available to chat while you sip on a drink and nibble some goodies. She’ll also have some great show specials that you won’t want to miss!
Aurora Regional Fire Museum – The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is proud to partner with and present the first public exhibition of the National EMS Museum featuring art from the Museum’s vault. The Art of Emergency Care will begin its tour at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and will travel across the country through 2021. The exhibit features pieces chronicling the story of first aid in the home, advertisements, and the EMS profession. The exhibit opens during the Ramble and runs through November 15. Stop by to explore the exhibit, the museum, local artists, and more! www.auroraregionalfiremuseum.org
Gallery 1904 – Gallery 1904 hosts exhibitions that explore diversity through art to include themes streaming into spirituality, contemporary family issues, environmental concerns, historical observations, political investigations, etc. with an emphasis on celebrating, transparency and the creative. During the Ramble, the gallery will feature works by artists Maureen Gasek (Acrylic and Mixed Media), Patty Fine Vander Sande (Acrylic and Mixed Media), and Jacqueline Jayne Fowler (Jewelry). http://www.maureenartist.com/
If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing & Gallery – For the month of April, this custom frame shop/art gallery will be exhibiting the works of artist Mary C. Parks. www.wallstalkframing.com
SciTech Hands on Museum – The museum will feature the work of Laura Lynne and Tim Schlapp. Laura Lynne is inspired by the immersion in nature she had growing up in Wisconsin, the study of yoga teaching, mythology, and fairy tales. Her art training shows a sharp eye for color theory and elaborate compositions.
Wyckwood House – Tour this local artist market featuring more than 30 local artisans.
Outside of downtown Aurora:
Mays Mayhew – Visit Mayhew’s white-walled studio and gallery space on Aurora’s West Side, with over 50 well-crafted realistic paintings and drawings of people. Mayhew says: “I create artwork that helps people immerse themselves in stories of overcoming and introspection. I like to draw repeated human figures for it weaves a narrative, a story. I create realistic pencil drawings of people, reflected or mirrored, that tell stories using a simple yet beautiful approach.” http://www.maysmayhew.com/
Denise Wheeler – Behold“Sailor’s Warning,” just one of the artist’s original resin pours. Each pour has multiple layers, resulting in incredible depth. www.denisepours.com