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2017 Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox

Weekend 5: Orchid show, rare blues tribute, art exhibitions, classical concert on tap

Published: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 7:18 p.m. CDT
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The Batavia Orchid Society will hold its annual Orchid Show and Sale the weekend of Feb. 18 and 19 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.
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The current main exhibit at Water Street Studios in Batavia features works by two internationally recognized painters, Sergio Gomez and Mario Gonzalez Jr.
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Yellow House Artists will unveil “Art Matters” from Feb. 17 to March 25 at The Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles.


WHERE: DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 18 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 19

COST & INFO: Admission and parking are free;,

ABOUT: The Batavia Orchid Society's annual Orchid Show and Sale will draw orchid societies from around the Midwest to display flowers for judging, showcasing the variety of shapes, colors and fragrances orchids have to offer. Vendors will bring orchids for sale that aren't typically available. The Batavia Orchid Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the growing of orchids as a hobby.


WHERE: Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles

WHEN: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 19

COST & INFO: $15; 630-584-7200,

ABOUT: The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra's accomplished Maud Powell String Quartet and Earl Clemens Wind Quintet will perform classical chamber music. And the new Elgin Master Chorale Children's Chorus will join the all-youth program, featuring some of the area's most talented student performers.


WHERE: Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, across from Paramount

WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19; pre-show party at 6 p.m.

COST & INFO: $25 for show; $50 package includes double LP vinyl record and CD; register at

ABOUT: The Leland band will appear at a record release show to launch the vinyl edition of the tribute album celebrating the American blues artists originally recorded in the Sky Club atop Aurora's Leland Tower high-rise in the 1930s. Steve Warrenfeltz of Kiss The Sky in Batavia is among the organizers of "The Leland Bluebird Sessions" record release, bookended by pre- and after-show parties.


WHERE: Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia

WHEN: Through March 5

COST & INFO: Free admission;

ABOUT: Water Street Studios will display the artwork of two internationally recognized painters, Sergio Gomez and Mario Gonzalez Jr. Gomez explores the human form, and Gonzalez' work melds urban graffiti art and abstract expressionism. The Kane County Chronicle Gallery upstairs features Dave Martin's watercolor paintings. Hours are 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


WHERE: Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles

WHEN: Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17; show runs to March 25

COST & INFO: Admission is free;,

ABOUT: Yellow House Artists will present the “Art Matters” exhibit, featuring paintings in oil pastel and oil stick, and opening with a reception for the two dozen artists. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Oil pastels were developed in the 1940s at the request of Pablo Picasso, who wanted a medium with the qualities of oil, but with ease of application and portability.

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