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Van Der Harst: Another impressive Water Street gallery

Regular readers of this column know my appreciation for the arts community. Just last week I wrote about my experiences at the St. Charles Fine Art Show. From galleries to festivals and everything in between, art is something that strikes a nerve deep inside me.

Maybe it’s because I can’t possibly think of replicating what some very talented people can accomplish when they set their mind to it. On a personal level, I know art is something that I can enjoy from the “second row,” if you will.

I can’t sing. Ask anyone that knows me. I try and try to perfect my voice when nobody is around to no avail.

I can’t draw. Though I haven’t tried to use any type of actual drawing tool in quite awhile, if my Draw Something app performance is any indication, I should steer clear of actual art materials.

I can’t sculpt. Again, it’s been awhile since I’ve tried, but if my performances in grade school equals the kind of work I’d do now, it wouldn’t even be worth putting in the kiln.

For these reasons, a show like the “Indulge” at Water Street Studios blows my mind. A lot of the pieces in the gallery aren’t exactly traditional in nature. The creativity that some of the artists in the gallery show is just astounding – to the point where I begin to question how in the world they came up with some of the ideas on display.

Water Street Studios continues to impress me time and time again. Batavia is lucky to call this place its own. And the area around the gallery is only going to get better when Kiss The Sky record store moves from its current Geneva location to downtown Batavia and call Water Street its new neighbor. An arts corridor along Water Street is exactly the type of thing that will make Batavia’s downtown stand out in the future.

The show runs through Sept. 8. Check out www.waterstreetstudios.com for more about “Indulge.”

• Mike Van Der Harst is the features editor of the Kane County Chronicle. “The Second Row” will feature coverage of arts and entertainment events throughout the area. Contact him at 630-845-5233 or mvanderharst@shawmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeVDH1.

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