January Exhibitions

January 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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 painters, sculptors, assemblage makers, print makers, ceramicists, and jewelry makers. Danielle Hollis, Executive Director of Water Street Studios, said, “We are very fortunate to have such a wide array of [...]

“Dystopian Creations” by Mary Ellen Croteau and Jacqueline Moses

November 11th, 2016|0 Comments

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 of his most well-known work, Utopia (the blueprint for an ideal society with no crime or poverty). Wiki Artists are particularly sensitive to the Zeigeist (Tr. The spirit of the [...]

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

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

  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 glinting off of the grass in the field where the cow grazed in the morning”. I had them read an essay called “The White Bird” by John Berger. In it [...]

“7th Anniversary Show”

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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 be able to help present exemplary artistic achievements in Batavia. If it is not obvious, this is a show dedicated to the artists who have been and are now affiliated [...]

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

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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 go to a more academic source for my definition, but the one I have chosen is the online site called “Urban Dictionary’ which prides itself on street definitions and popular [...]

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

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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 sculpture were common ground for an exhibition. Thus was born a collaborative exhibit idea around the interaction we have with each other’s artwork. We became enthused about bringing our unique styles and [...]

“Stars & Stripes: Inspired by the American Flag”

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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 Howard Diane Lincoln Steve Sherrell Richard Zayat Khrystyna Kozyuk Richard DeVeau Penelope Thrasher Lynette Dubovik Angela Wilson Greta Bell Jake Brinkmann Rebecca Allen Sabrina Budasi Martin Christopher Cudworth Evan Haase [...]

“Il Chino e la Sirena” By Nancy Carrigan

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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 poet, sculptor, fiction and children’s stories writer, editor, costume and set designer, and print maker. She worked mainly out of her Warrenville home studio for 26 years. She once admitted [...]

“Phase II” by Richard DeVeau and Steve Sherrell

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

 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 is one of the first members of Water Street Studios Artist’s Collective, that will be forming shortly. Richard’s current work deals with family and community, using birds as a metaphor for [...]

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

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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 a home. What needs to happen is for the engaged viewer to look beneath the surface to find the ideas that the artist was working with. It is often easier to just [...]

Jesse Howard and Todd Reed Invitational Show

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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 it. The discussion was particularly apt. Howard’s drawings rather defiantly engage the viewer. Each depicts an aspect of racial identity. Some are straightforward depictions of women whose eyes gaze right back, yet [...]

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

October 17th, 2016|0 Comments

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 of the resulting work is mounted on panels for display. Other work is cut in pieces, reconfigured, and then “stitched together” using staples. Tsan’s work is mostly comprised of squares. Each square [...]