Written by News Bulletin News Sources
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00
Batavia’s ninth annual Art in Your Eye Fine Art Festival will take place this Saturday and Sunday on the Riverwalk in downtown Batavia.
This free festival is sponsored by the City of Batavia, the Batavia Library and the Batavia Park District and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
One of the premier art festivals of the Fox Valley region, Art In Your Eye reflects Batavia’s growing arts movement and a community that supports art of all kinds.
The centerpiece of the two-day festival is the outdoor fine art show, sponsored by Veolia Environmental Services.
The show features unique works by more than seventy artists from around the country. Artists of all media are represented, including watercolor and oil painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, woodworking and fiber.
The indoor juried City Hall Exhibit provides a venue for fifty local artists to display their work. Alongside this is the Student Legacy Exhibit featuring the artwork of area high school and college level art students.
The art shows are complemented by an outstanding lineup of local musical talent sponsored by Hix Brothers Music of Batavia and Aurora. On Saturday, The Art In Your Ear stage at the Peg Bond Center features Corinn Groom, Bill Mickelberg, Patrick James, Empire State Express, Noah Gabriel, Lonesome Stranglers, and Kraig Kenning. Sunday, the line-up includes the Hix Brothers Soon to be Famous Ukele Club, Jim Green, Green Paint, Jenny Franck, Left-hand Signal, and Beautiful Collision.
New this year, Art in Your Eye will host a Slam Poetry/ Spoken Word Showcase by the Teen Writers and Artists Project.
The showcase will be held in the Albright Theater space on the third floor of Batavia’s City Hall, adjacent to the festival grounds. One of the presenters will be Adam Gottlieb, who was one of the featured ensemble members of the 2009 Siskel and Jacobs documentary Louder Than a Bomb.
Art in Your Eye will again offer the unique children’s art activities that have captivated families at previous festival, including potter’s wheel demonstrations and “hands on” ceramics experience for adults and children alike, presented by Water Street Studios. The tent will also provide several free art projects for Children to create, and a group sculpture project of painted umbrellas donated by “Totes”.
In addition Greta Bell’s R/Evolving circus will appear. This is a traveling art project that gathers stories of treasured objects and displays paintings of them on a collapsible, bicycle powered carousel.
Bell will be assembling her carousel from 10-12:00 each day, with readings at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Also new this year will be the “Avenue of Arts”, which will feature booths from area arts -related businesses and non-profit organizations.
Sponsored by Neighbor’s Magazine Spotlight on the Arts, this is a perfect opportunity to see performance schedules, sign up for classes, and purchase tickets for this season’s theater and concert series.
The festival’s location along the Fox River bike trail makes it a perfect destination by bicycle. Free guarded bicycle parking is provided by Batavia’s All Spoked up Bicycle shop.
There is also plenty of free parking in downtown Batavia, and signage will point visitors to the special parking locations.
The Batavia Riverwalk is located at Houston St., and Island Avenue, just east of Rt. 31.
For more information visit the Art in Your Eye website at www.artinyoureye.com
--News Bulletin news sources
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 14:00