Batavia, IL—Warm up with the colorful works of and Marisa Muro this February at Water Street Studios. On February 8, 2019 Water Street Studios will host the opening reception for Rosalie Waranius Vass’ exhibition “A Place You’ve Never Been Before” in the Dempsey Family Gallery located on the first floor of Water Street Studios. Marisa Muro’s exhibition, “Breaking Concrete” will be on display in the Chicago Capital Gallery located on the second floor of Water Street Studios. Rosalie Waranius Vass is a premier Fox Valley artist that has shown her work locally, nationally, and internationally throughout her illustrious career. Vass uses transparent watercolor in a non-traditional manner. Vass indulges in turning the paint from transparent to opaque using a layering technique. Vass shares, “It is time-consuming, but the results are exciting and invigorating to the artist and viewer. This has bene my method since 1987.” Don’t miss the stunning color and strong compositions that will be on display in Vass’ solo exhibition titled, “A Place You’ve Never Been Before”. Marisa Muro is a Mexican-American painter from Chicago who derives her inspiration from the natural world using mixed media techniques. Muro’s family emigrated from Mexico in the early 1980s. Muro shares, “We settled in Chicago where I spent most of my childhood. Growing up in poverty has definitely influenced a lot of my work, and how I work. It prepared me for the instability that comes with making art for a living.” Muro’s artwork is shaped by her experiences and continues to travel as she does. Make sure to visit the Chicago Capital Gallery located on the second floor of Water Street Studios to witness the artwork of Marisa Muro. Opening reception will be held Friday, February 8, 2019 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 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 and Batavia Enterprises Inc. Don’t forget to share your photos with us during the event by using #2ndFridaysBatavia We are partnering with the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet during our 2nd Friday Gallery Opening Receptions. We are happy to accept donations on their behalf. Please consider bringing an item from their current needs list that can be found at www.bataviafoodpantry.org. Thank you. Both gallery exhibits will continue to be on display until Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 5pm. The exhibits in both galleries can be visited during regular public hours: Thursday-Sunday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. at 160 S. Water Street in Batavia, IL 60510. 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 www.waterstreetstudios.org. 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.