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Batavia's Art in your Eye festival expanding

Published: Sunday, March 9, 2014 10:13 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, March 9, 2014 4:11 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA - The Art in your Eye Fine Art Festival will celebrate its 10th birthday in September with new management, additional venues, a craft beer and wine garden and evening musical entertainment.

Created and produced by a team of volunteers and business owners from the community since its inception in 2004, Art in your Eye  will now be produced through the joint efforts of Batavia MainStreet and JMF Events, Inc.

“Batavia MainStreet is thrilled to help bring Art in Your Eye back to downtown Batavia for its 10th year," said Art in your Eye Chairman Rob Hollis in a press release. “We see Art in Your Eye as a citywide celebration of the arts and self-expression and as a special opportunity to bring together the arts communities, area residents, visitors from throughout northern Illinois, area organizations, and the city for a great weekend event in our beautiful downtown.”

The art festival, which will be held Sept. 19 through Sept. 21 in downtown Batavia along the Batavia Riverwalk, will continue to showcase the Fine Art Show, City Hall Exhibit and Student Legacy Program while expanding the festival offerings to include an entertainment stage in the evenings featuring Chicago area bands along with a craft beer and wine garden.

An artesian collective will also be added to the festival along with the expansion of the “Avenue of the Arts," a collective of artist related companies that will be onsite providing information about the art community in Kane County.

For more information about the art shows, sponsorship, volunteering, music and entertainment submissions, or general inquires, go to the festival's website at or call 630-761-3528.

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