Wasco Nursery and Garden Center to open season with artist exhibition

ST. CHARLES – Wasco Nursery and Garden Center will open for its 2014 season April 1 with an artist exhibition called “A Gallery of Nature.”

The exhibit will feature the artwork of Anne F. Hanley, a professional batik artist and painter residing in Wheaton. The exhibit will run through May 1, with an artist reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Wasco Nursery and Garden Center, 41W781 Route 64, St.  Charles.

Attendees to the reception can enjoy appetizers provided by The Lodge Restaurant. A Gallery of Nature is open during all Wasco Nursery and Garden Center business hours. 

Hanley is a graduate in art and design from Illinois State University. She is a 2014 NICHE Award winning artist and the recipient of numerous local and national exhibit awards, according to a news release. 

Hanley has spent many years mastering the centuries old art form of batik, altering the traditional materials to a more contemporary art form. She displays expressive bold shapes of color and texture, using hot wax and watercolor paint on rice paper; then she blends, layers and applies washes of color on the nature-inspired piece.

To learn more about Hanley and her work, visit afhanley.com. For the 2014 “A Gallery of Nature” artist schedule, visit www.wasconursery.com.