Visual Arts Tour de Force This Weekend in Kane County — 2019 Fox River Arts Ramble

Visual Arts Tour de Force This Weekend in Kane County — 2019 Fox River Arts Ramble

A visual and performing arts tour de force is taking place this weekend in Kane County, with your choice of more than 40 stops, including private and public galleries, artist studios performance venues along the Fox River, from Elgin to Aurora.

Fox River Arts Ramble is a two-day self-guided tour of art in the valley. The Ramble (a collaborative effort of the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, the St Charles Arts Council, and Water Street Studios) is coming to the Fox Valley from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, with some musical performances and receptions in the evening.

The event includes nearly 50 participants, in a broad array of media and location, including a number of collaborative programs. Participating locations for this year’s event are in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Campton Hills, and Elgin.

Keep an eye out for the event signage to help direct you on your tour on April 13 and April 14.

Fine Line, Water Street Studios, and the Arts Council’s Student Pop-Up Gallery at The Keep Creative are headquarters for the event. Maps, refreshments and bathrooms are available in those locations.

Maps/brochures can be found at all Ramble locations and at buildings and businesses throughout the community, including: Smitty’s On The Corner, Arcedium Coffehouse, Kava Diem, Blue Goose Supermarket, Brunch Café, the City of St. Charles Municipal Building, the 1st Street Parking Garage in St. Charles, and Limestone Coffee & Tea in Batavia. All of the information found in the brochure, including the Ramble map, is available in a printable 8 1/2” x 11” format and can be downloaded and printed from the Fox River Arts website.

On April 13 and 14, look for Ramble signage at Ramble locations all over the Fox Valley.

  • Batavia Library (hosting the Aurora Art League)
  • Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (sponsoring Elgin participants)
  • Elgin History Museum (hosting the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra)
  • The Keep Creative (St Charles Arts Council Student Show)
  • Mixology Salon and Spa (116 Gallery)
  • Pheasant Run Resort (exhibiting local artists)
  • SciTech Hands On Museum (Timothy Schlapp, Laura Lynn Art)

Join us for the Fox River Arts Ramble. From Aurora to Elgin – Up and Down the Fox – residents and visitors will be treated to an incredible array of arts programming.

For more information about this fantastic Day Of Art, including details about each participants’ program, visit the FRAR’s web site –

About the Fox River Arts Ramble

The Fox River Arts Ramble is a two-day self-guided tour of the arts in the valley. It is an Event of the Fox River Arts collaboration, organized by the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, the St Charles Arts Council, and Water Street Studios.

The exciting event includes nearly 50 locations located in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin featuring open studios, galleries, art schools, museums, public art venues/tours, and creative spaces. 

About Fox River Arts

Fox River Arts collaborates and promotes the arts and culture to cultivate a visible arts destination in the Fox River Valley from Aurora to Elgin. and

About the St Charles Arts Council

The St Charles Arts Council is a 501(c)(3), registered not-for-profit Illinois corporation whose mission is to serve and promote the arts and creativity, to the mutual benefit of the arts and the community. Contact the SCAC for information at 630.443.3794 or at and

About the Fine Line Creative Arts Center

Fine Line is one of only a few regional art centers in this country. Internationally known artists teach a variety of workshops. The membership draws from the Chicago area and surrounding states. There are as many as 1,300 students a year, a teaching staff of 45-plus and well over 200 class offerings a year. So passionate are founder Denise Kavanagh’s friends, students and supporters that the center is run almost entirely by volunteers.

About Water Street Studios

Water Street Studios is a nonprofit art center located in Batavia, Illinois. Our mission is to help make the arts more accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. Our vision is to be a cultural hub in the Midwest. We provide our ever-growing community with art classes, artist studios, community events, gallery exhibitions, free after-school art programs, outreach, private events in a historic venue, and more. Visit or visit us during Public Hours: Thursday-Sunday 12:00-5:00 p.m.