Discover and explore the vibrant local art scene through Art Beat for Fox Valley & Beyond. Meet area artists sharing their work and their stories. Learn where the newest art exhibits are opening, attend receptions (enjoy free food & drink!), mingle with the artists. Learn about upcoming art classes and workshops taught by area experts designed to enhance your creativity and fine-tune your artistry. Find out where you can stroll through art fairs in your neighborhood and enter art contests that regularly pop-up in the area.

Whether you’re a painter, photographer or an art patron, drop by this site often for what’s happening within our lively local visual arts scene.

Kiddie Korner

It’s Art to the Rescue when kids and parents are stuck at home!

Lane, age 9, was instructed by her teacher to draw herself leaping over places in the world she’d like to visit. Her drawing includes England (Big Ben), Paris (Eiffel Tower) and an elephant representing Africa where her Uncle Paul lives. Lane comes from a very artistically talented family. Thanks to proud Grandma, Johanna, for sharing.    

PLEASE SEND ME YOUR CHILDREN’S OR GRANDCHILDREN’S ARTWORK TO BE FEATURED HERE. Be sure to include first name, age, town, and any additional background info pertinent to the photo. Thanks, and I look forward to seeing what your little ones are doing!  

Book Spotlight

Free Help for "Pandemicked" Parents

St. Charles, IL author and national speaker, Jay Payleitner, along with Geneva, IL illustrator, Rex Bohn, have teamed up for an e-book – 10 Ways to Engage Your Kids During Quarantine. The subtitle describes it as “A sourcebook for savvy, hope-filled, non-panicky parents.” It’s an engaging read presenting useful ideas accompanied by entertaining illustrations.

The free download is available on Jay’s website: jaypayleitner.com.        

Just For "Hue"


Crystal Lake, Illinois artist, Jackie Tyska, is seeking opportunities to draw your pets. Working from your photographs, she will capture the likeness of your favorite canine or other type of pet as she did in the oil painting above.


Additionally, she also enjoys making Christmas ornaments featuring your pet's image. Feel free to contact her for more information at:  jacquelinetyska00@gmail.com or call 815-451-5065.

Tyska works in a variety of mediums-- acrylic, oil, ink, pastels-- and will be happy to accommodate your preference.

See CONTACT page for submitting your photos, completed artwork, news releases, events & other information you’d like to share.