Water Street Studios celebrates 13th anniversary Sept. 9 with local artist showcase

  • Water Street Studios in downtown Batavia invites the community to an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 9, for its 13th Anniversary Show.

    Water Street Studios in downtown Batavia invites the community to an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 9, for its 13th Anniversary Show. Courtesy of Gianna Bisogni

Updated 8/31/2022 7:48 PM

Water Street Studios, a nonprofit community art center in Batavia, will be commemorating its 13th anniversary with a gallery launch party on Friday, Sept. 9.

The opening reception will be 6 to 9 p.m. in the gallery, 160 S. Water St.


The gallery show has been curated from more than 50 of Water Street Studios' artists, art instructors and staff making this truly a celebration by the community, for the community. There will be music, food, drinks and demonstrations from Water Street's metal smiting instructor Mark Adams and ceramics instructor Jeremy Foy. This event, open to all, will serve as both a celebration and fundraising event.

"Water Street Studios has grown from a core group of dedicated artists with a dream to bring studio space to Batavia, to the community art center it is today, and I am proud to be a part of its continued success," said executive director James Tracy. "We owe thanks to all the artists, volunteers, staff, and community members who have left their mark over the years and helped us form the bedrock of this unique organization.

"As we rebound from the shutdowns of 2020, we are now able to offer over 100 different art classes per semester, host 26 artist studios and an expansive clay lab to continue our mission of exposing as many people as possible to the arts," Tracy said. "The 13th Anniversary Show was put together to celebrate these artists, their work, and the community at large."

The show will be on view during regular gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

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Founded in 2009, Water Street Studios, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is committed to making creative arts accessible to the Fox Valley community. Its mission is to be a vibrant organization dedicated to the creation and appreciation of the arts, and dedicated to supporting our core community of Water Street Studios artists, patrons, and students.

Learn more at www.waterstreetstudios.org or call (630) 761-9977 to schedule a visit during the week.

All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

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