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Water Street Studios to celebrate new facility

PrintLab manager Kim Fredricks pulls a print from a wood cut block at Water Street Studios’ new facility in St. Charles.
PrintLab manager Kim Fredricks pulls a print from a wood cut block at Water Street Studios’ new facility in St. Charles.

ST. CHARLES – Batavia-based Water Street Studios will be celebrating the opening of its newest facility, PrintLab, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at 117 W. Main St. in St. Charles.

Festivities will begin with a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. with St. Charles Alderman Rita Payleitner, followed by an open house where the public can talk with some of the instructors and member artists of PrintLab.

PrintLab is a member-based, shared studio space for artists working in a variety of fine-art print media.

“Thanks to grants from the Kane County Riverboat program, as well as the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, we have been able to purchase a wide range of professional equipment,” Water Street Studios’ director of development Jim Kirkhoff said in a news release. “The equipment and space is then made available to artists to work in ... various media.”

Mediums include screen-printing, lithography, monotypes and wood-cut relief. 

In addition to the member-based print program, PrintLab also will host art classes for students between the ages of 5 and 11.

In the release, Kirkhoff said beginning Friday, Jan. 17, there will be weekly screen-printing workshops for those ages 13 and older.

“Screen printing is a really interesting medium, and it is exciting to see how students translate their designs to posters or pieces of clothing,” Kirkhoff said in the release.

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