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Sheesley to give artist's talk on Fox River paintings

Artist created 73 oil paintings of Fox River in all seasons, times

The painting 'Sunset, Moonrise, July 26' by plein air artist Joel Sheesley is among the collection of original oils currently on exhibit at the Elgin History Museum. Sheesley will give a presentation of how he creates his works and some of his experiences in the field at an Artist’s Talk from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 from  at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin
The painting 'Sunset, Moonrise, July 26' by plein air artist Joel Sheesley is among the collection of original oils currently on exhibit at the Elgin History Museum. Sheesley will give a presentation of how he creates his works and some of his experiences in the field at an Artist’s Talk from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 from at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin

ELGIN – Artist-In-Residence for The Conservation Foundation’s Fox River Education and Outreach Initiative, Wheaton artist Joel Sheesley will give a presentation of how he creates his works and some of his experiences in the field at an Artist’s Talk from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 from at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin.

Sheesley has painted the beauty of the Fox River in all its moods and seasons for the past three years, including sunrise, sunset, in flood, in ice, in summer and in fall.

The 73 paintings Sheesley originally created through the Art of the Fox program were first exhibited in the fall of 2018 as A Fox River Testimony.

But Sheesley has continued to paint the river he has become deeply connected to, returning again and again to river locations from East and West Dundee to where the Fox empties into the Illinois River in Ottawa.

Through its partnership with Sheesley, The Conservation Foundation is working to broaden the interest of local communities in the health of the Fox River.

Approximately 30 selected works of A Fox River Testimony will be on display through Nov. 15 at the Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St., Elgin.

This will be the last such exhibit of the 2019 season. 

Sheesley, an emeritus art professor at Wheaton College, has chronicled his field experiences along with photos of the paintings in a 160-page coffee table book entitled “A Fox River Testimony,” which is available for purchase at the exhibit. Interested buyers may also purchase paintings, and selected prints.

Purchase information is available through the Museum or online through The Conservation Foundation by visiting artofthefox.org.

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