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Batavia's Water Street Studios to host February gallery opening reception

Free event scheduled for Feb. 8

BATAVIA- Water Street Studios will host an opening reception for the exhibits of Fox Valley artist Rosalie Waranius Vass and Chicago artist Marisa Muro from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the studios, 160 S. Water St.

Vass' exhibition, "A Place You've Never Been Before," will be located in the Dempsey Family Gallery on the first floor, while Muro's "Breaking Concrete" exhibit will be on display in the Chicago Capital Gallery on the second floor.

According to a news release from Water Street Studios, Vass is a premier Fox Valley artist that has shown her work locally, nationally and internationally. She uses transparent watercolor in a non-traditional manner, and turns the paint from transparent to opaque using a layering technique.

“It is time-consuming, but the results are exciting and invigorating to the artist and viewer. This has been my method since 1987,” Vass stated in the release.

Muro is a Mexican-American painter who derives her inspiration from the natural world using mixed media techniques. Muro’s family emigrated from Mexico in the early 1980s.

“We settled in Chicago where Ispent most of my childhood. Growing up in poverty has definitely influenced alot of my work, and how I work. It prepared me for the instability that comeswith making art for a living," Muro stated in the release.

The artists will be at the reception on Feb. 8 and will be available to discuss their work and answer questions. In addition, appetizers will be provided by Gaetano's Batavia,while a cash bar featuring beer from Solemn Oath Brewery, and wine will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation to support arts programming at the studio are encouraged.

Water Street Studios is partnering with the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet during our 2nd Friday Gallery Opening Receptions, and will be accepting donations on their behalf. Items from their current needs list can befound at www.bataviafoodpantry.org. Thank you. 

Both gallery exhibits will continue to be on display until Mar. 2, and can be visited during regular public hours.

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