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posted: 7/5/2012 2:26 PM

Exhibit pays homage to Geneva's Island Park

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By Gail Gaboda

Scenic Island Park has been the site of concerts, plays and picnics over the years.

This month, the park, which is currently closed for renovation, is the subject of a new art exhibit at the Art Box, 514 W. State St., Geneva. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 6, and the exhibit runs through July 31.

"Ode to Island Park" features a group of exceptional art pieces by the Greater Geneva Art Guild that represent this iconic stretch of land.

"We have all enjoyed this island of natural beauty in the middle of the city and surrounded by the beautiful Fox River. The wildlife abounds; the sights and sounds in and around the park has special meaning to the citizens of the Fox Valley," said Lorraine Ochsner, art guild president.

The guild, which formed earlier this year, will share their love of the park in various interpretations in a variety of media -- paintings, drawings, pottery and Gyotaku.

"Some of the pieces are representational art of the landscape, and other pieces are insights into the life in and around the island," Ochsner said. "Some artists created pieces representing their personal experience with the Geneva island."

This is the first gathering of work being shared by the art guild as a group.

Art pieces on display are for sale, and artists will be on hand to discuss their work with visitors. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit is part of Geneva's First Friday Art Gallery Walk, a self-guided tour of local galleries, all within walking distance.

For more information about the art guild, visit or find the Greater Geneva Art Guild on Facebook. For more information about the art walk, visit

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