BATAVIA – Water Street Studios in Batavia will host a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. April 12 for three artists whose theme is “exploring the human experience without limits.”
The exhibit “Earthly Delights” will feature art by Les Allen and Bruce Thorn in the Dempsey Family Gallery, and “Eclecticism As I See It” by Perry Slade will be in the upstairs Chicago Capital Gallery, a news release stated.
Allen’s photographs and Thorn’s paintings are a nod to Hieronymus Bosch, surrealism, science, nature and magic. Allen has been a fine art film photographer for five decades and continues to work in black-and-white traditional film photography. Each silver gelatin print is produced exclusively by the artist in his home studio and darkroom. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a full-time art educator for 35 years.
Thorn earned a fine art degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his master’s from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His works have been exhibited in the United States, Czechoslovakia, Canada and the Netherlands.
“I want my paintings to have a heartbeat, to breathe with vitality and mystery, to ask all questions big and small and to suggest answers hidden within like a heuristic prophet,” Thorn stated in the release.
Perry Slade’s photographic approach to subject matter is thematically eclectic. The self-taught artist does freelance photography.
At the reception, appetizers will be provided by Gaetano’s Batavia, and there will be a cash bar. The reception is free, but visitors are encouraged to make a $5 donation to the center for arts programming. Guests can drop off donations for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet at the reception.
The exhibits will run until May 4, and hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at 160 S. Water St. For more information, visit waterstreetstudios.org.