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Opening Reception: "Negotiating Nature" & "Chairs & Stares"

  • Water Street Studios 160 South Water Street Batavia, IL, 60510 United States (map)

Water Street Studios November Exhibitions: "Negotiating Nature" by Mike Helbing and Wendy Ritchey and “Chairs & Stares” by Deborah Di Vita Glascott

Dempsey Family Gallery
Water Street Studios’ Dempsey Family Gallery will be hosting the work of Mike Helbing and Wendy Ritchey in an exhibition titled “Negotiating Nature.” Helbing and Ritchey's exhibition moves through ideas and perceptions regarding humankind's role in the natural world. Their artwork reflects shifting attitudes towards all inhabitants of the universe, from micro to macro, from scripture to myth.

Chicago Capital Gallery 
Water Street Studios’ Chicago Capital Gallery will display Deborah Di Vita Glascott’s exhibition “Chairs & Stairs.” Di Vita Glascott lures observers through seductive color and compositional elements. She invites you to see an empty chair or space as loneliness, or as a comfort, as a sculpture, or as a portrait. She invites you to see a portrait as more than a likeness, rather as an essence, an attitude, or as a story told or recalled.

Opening reception will be held Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The artists will be present at the reception to discuss their work and answer questions. In addition, appetizers will be provided by Gaetano’s Restaurant in Batavia, cash bar featuring beer from Solemn Oath Brewery and wine will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage all visitors to make a $5 donation at the door to support arts programming at Water Street Studios. A special thank you to event sponsor, K. Hollis Jewelers. 

Both gallery exhibits will continue to be on display until Saturday, December 8, 2018. 

The exhibits in both galleries can be visited during regular public gallery hours: Friday, 2 to 6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. at 160 S. Water Street in Batavia.


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. Learn more by visiting 

Statement of Inclusivity: Our organization is aims to include and recognize all regardless of race, age, culture, ability, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status. We are wheelchair accessible. We offer a gender-neutral restroom.

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