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!

My art loving six-year-old granddaughter, Nadia, is a HUGE fan of youtube How to Draw tutorials geared to children. Here's her most recent watercolor creation painted by following the directions in the video. I love the intensity of the sunset colors and the shadowy contrast of mom and baby swan in the foreground. Great job, Nadia (and just think -- she's only 6! Move over, Monet!)   


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 for sending!


Book Spotlight


Beautiful coffee table book offers an in-depth look at the life and art of local watercolor artist, Ruth Van Sickle (1897-1989), a true pioneer in the arts. Her impact as a teacher, mentor, and gifted artist stretched across many decades, especially with her influence as the owner of the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Her watercolors and oils can be found in museums and private collections including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.  

GET IT NOW -- not through the button above but directly from the author. See details on "Book Recommendations" page.       

Just For "Hue"

"Girl in a Record Studio" by Batavia, IL  Artist Darius Hurley -- Solo Show 



Friday, 9/25 - Sunday, 9/27 at

160 S. Water Street in Batavia

Reserve Your Free Tickets at



Water Street Studios invites the public back this weekend for "Create-in-Place" and Hurley's solo show, "Portraits and Punchers" with live entertainment, an artist market, and cash bar. Hurley's work will be on display through 10/31/2020.    

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