Visitors view works, meet artists at juried art show reception

By on April 3, 2010

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove resident Debbie Thill said she had just recently started visiting the Sugar Grove Public Library. Thill and her husband Bill had a good reason to visit the library Friday. Their son Joe’s three photographs had been chosen for the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival Juried Art Show, which is displayed on the walls of the Sugar Grove Library though April 30.

The Thills were just a few of approximately 100 visitors who came to view more than 40 works of art by 20 artists, and to meet the artists during a reception at the library.

“This is exactly what the library is for,” Sugar Grove Library Beverly Holmes Hughes said.

Hughes said she hopes to offer the library’s ample space for more events such as this into the future.

The juried art show is a kick-off to the Fine Arts Festival that will take place at the Kaneland High School on Sunday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Artists were invited to enter two- and three-dimensional media artwork, including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, mixed media, fiber art, clay, glass, jewelry and sculpture into the show.

Artists included Kaneville resident and watercolor painter Bob J. Krajecki, Elburn multi-media painter Jeanette Rehmel, Big Rock resident and fiber artist Natasha Lehrer, Marengo black-and-white photographer Teresa Baber, and more.

“The judge is going to have a hard time (choosing the winners),” said Bonnie Whildin, the event founder and coordinator, as well as a Kaneland John Stewart art teacher.

The Fine Arts Festival will be held at the Kaneland High School and will include Kaneland faculty and students’ artwork, as well as hands-on learning opportunities in visual arts, poetry, literary arts, music, dance and theater.

Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival Juried Art Show
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Visitors match up a three-dimensional piece of art with its creator at the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Juried Art Show at the Sugar Grove Public Library last Friday.
Photo by Susan O’Neill