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'Fox River Testimony' to go on display in Geneva

Artist's work highlights Fox River's beauty

Artist Joel Sheesley working on a plein air oil painting of the Fox River, which was part of the Conservation Foundation's Fox River Initiative for environmental education and outreach. The Geneva History Museum will present 'A Fox River Testimony: Select Works by Joel Sheesley' from Feb. 3 to May 24.
Artist Joel Sheesley working on a plein air oil painting of the Fox River, which was part of the Conservation Foundation's Fox River Initiative for environmental education and outreach. The Geneva History Museum will present 'A Fox River Testimony: Select Works by Joel Sheesley' from Feb. 3 to May 24.

GENEVA – The Geneva History Museum will present “A Fox River Testimony: Select Works by Joel Sheesley” from Feb. 2 to May 24, at 113 South Third Street, Geneva, officials announced in a news release.

This feature exhibition is comprised of oil paintings by plein air and studio artist Joel Sheesley that depict the Fox River watershed from West Dundee to Ottawa where the Fox River joins the Illinois River.

Sheesley positions landscape art as a means to deepen the human experience and appreciation of nature. The paintings were done in partnership with The Conservation Foundation’s Fox River Initiative, the release stated.

Sheesley, emeritus professor of art at Wheaton College, is a painter whose current work focuses on the landscape.

He has been a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship, has exhibited work in Chicago galleries and had a solo exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center. His work has also been exhibited widely in university galleries.

The Conservation Foundation’s Fox River Initiative is an environmental education and outreach program about the Fox River and the Fox Valley. Through “Art of the Fox” the foundation hoped to broaden public interest in the health of the Fox River by appealing to the river’s aesthetic value.

Original paintings, giclée prints of selected works and an exhibit catalogue of Joel’s work and writings are available for purchase.

Artwork from the Geneva History Museum’s collections will be highlighted in the gallery lobby including scenes in and around the Fox River area in Geneva.

Featured artists include Daisy Adamson, Dillu Loyd Ashby, Inez Hoyt Brooks, Kate Burton, Adrienne Frazier, Evans & Becky Krehbiel, Einar Larson, Richard C. Lewis and Paul Randall, the release stated.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Geneva Cultural Arts Commission and Geneva Foundation for the Arts and in cooperation with Mill Race Cyclery.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $3 per person or free for museum members. For more information visit GenevaHistoryMuseum.org or call 630-232-4951.

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