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Feb. 14 at 7pm, Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles

Fox River artist shares outdoor experiences with Kane Audubon chapter

What’s it like to hike with your backpack stuffed with a canvas, brushes and paint on a chilly morning; or on a hot, sweaty afternoon to catch a sunset?

The Conservation Foundation’s artist-in-residence Joel Sheesley will tell about his experiences painting Fox River landscapes during all kinds of weather as he addresses the Kane County Audubon chapter on Wednesday, February 14 at 7 p.m. at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles.

As a plein air artist, Sheesley captures the “genius loci” by placing himself outdoors in the settings he captures in oil. He’s creating dozens of paintings at various locations along the Fox River depicting its many moods and beauty throughout the seasons to culminate in an exhibit in the fall of 2018 when the works will be available for sale. Sheesley also will feature the paintings and writings from his blog in a coffee table book called, “A Fox River Testimony.”

Painting “en plein air”, French for outside, is an old technique embraced by many artists including Monet and Gaugin who put themselves in the landscapes they painted to benefit from the ever-changing outdoor lighting to create their masterpieces. Sheesley will share his newly found appreciation of the River’s character and value from his experiences painting along its banks.

The program is free and open to everyone. For more information, go to theconservationfoundation.org/lovethefox. Hickory Knolls Discovery Center is at 3795 Campton Hills Dr., St. Charles 60175.

With more than 4,000 members, The Conservation Foundation is one of the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations. Since it was founded in 1972, TCF has helped preserve more than 35,000 acres of open space, restored and cleaned miles of rivers and streams, and educated thousands of kids by engaging them in nature and the outdoors.

TCF’s mission is to improve the health of our communities by preserving and restoring natural areas and open space, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of our environment.

Work is focused in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties to preserve and restore nature in your neighborhood. Find out more at theconservationfoundation.org.





 Fine Line Creative Arts Center  37W570 Bolcum Road  St. Charles, IL 60175  Phone 630.584.9443  info@fineline.org

Fine Line Creative Arts Center
37W570 Bolcum Road
St. Charles, IL 60175
Phone 630.584.9443
info@fineline.org


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 Wheaton College:  This event included a month-long exhibition of 12 Fox River paintings and a lecture on Oct. 2 titled "Heaven and Earth: Reading  Gilead  through the Landscape of the Fox River."   Gilead  is a novel by Marilynne Robinson.   Gilead  is the core book for Wheaton College in 2017-18.   

Wheaton College:  This event included a month-long exhibition of 12 Fox River paintings and a lecture on Oct. 2 titled "Heaven and Earth: Reading Gilead through the Landscape of the Fox River."  Gilead is a novel by Marilynne Robinson.  Gilead is the core book for Wheaton College in 2017-18.

 

Here's a short video about the Fox River/Gilead project.