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Water Street Studios to present Spring Show

BATAVIA – The Water Street Studios Spring Show will open at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11, and run through June 28.

For the show, Water Street Studios will welcome Jenny Lam, a Chicago-based artist and independent curator, as a guest juror.

“This is the most submissions we have received for a show,” said Water Street Studios’ gallery director Steven Lockwood in a news release. “Not only did we receive submissions from all over the U.S., but Canada and Japan as well.

Only 20 out of the 100 artists who submitted artwork were offered gallery space to show their work. Of that, four pieces were selected as honorable mentions: “Are We Having Fun Yet?” by Steve Clevenger of St. Charles; “Two Faces Two Blemished” by Peter Kenar of Bloomington, Ind.; “Miao” by James Jenkins of Geneva; and “Dig Yourself” by Bart Woodstrup of Sycamore.

The Best of Show artist will be announced at 7 p.m. April 11. The winning artist will be awarded $250 and a free two-week solo show in Water Street Studios’ Kane County Chronicle Gallery.

Also opening April 11, the Kane County Chronicle Gallery will feature work by regional high school students who submitted work to the Congressional Art Competition; and the Loading Dock Gallery will feature the “Emerge: Batavia High School Student AP Art Show.”

“This is the fourth year hosting the congressional competition show and the third year we have hosted the Batavia High School AP art show,” said Jim Kirkhoff, co-founder and director of development and public relations at Water Street Studios, in the release. “But this is the first time we have been able to run both shows at the same time. Giving students the opportunity to show their work to such a large audience is a major element of our mission. We look forward to providing more opportunities for these students in the future.”

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Friday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For information about the Spring Show, visit www.waterstreetstudios.com.

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