May 10th 2019

This is your chance to experience a curated garment installation featuring live models. This year’s garment exhibition features emerging and professional artists exploring the theme of “Transparency” through 2D and 3D work.

Eye of the Beholder is a juried 2D and 3D exhibit featuring various mediums with a concentration on wearable art. Fashion designer and this year’s curator, Andrea Reynders shares,

“Artists were challenged to clarify and translate what Transparency meant to them and to create a work that is either worn or observed. From garments that capture emotions we cannot readily share, moments that capture chrysalis transformation, to paintings that capture light in transparent layers of color, the work included here bridges the divide between poetic reflection and political comment and from dynamic movement to quietude. The results are both serious and whimsical—an amazing cross section of personal interpretation. From sophisticated couture and hand-crafted assemblages to paintings –all as a response to the idea of Transparency. Come and be transformed.”

This year’s garment exhibition features the following artists: Victoria Belz, Andria Thorngren Burchett, Claudia Canon, Patty Davoust, Morgan Donohue, Maureen Gasek, Sue and Katie Holzkopf, Lisa Holzl, Madeline Jenkins, Katherine Kratzer, Emy Krauspe, Ellen Jo Ljung, Anke Loh, Michele Norman, Gretchen Schreiber, Madeline Schuster, Preston Williams, Lisa Smith Youngdahl, Dawn Zalkus, Ana Zanic

Artwork on promotional material: Artwork: Anke Loh.
Photo: James Prinz Photography
Logo designed by Maureen Gasek

Special thank you to the following sponsors: Maureen Gasek of Lilly Studios, A Friend of the Arts, K.Hollis Jewelers, BEI Properties, Solemn Oath Brewery, Whiskey Acres Distillery Co., FreshGround Roasting, Verita Presented by Gaetano’s Restaurant in Batavia.

Event Details:
Tickets available online at:

Adults: $20
Students (ages 13-21): $10
Under Age 13: Free

Beer by Solemn Oath Brewery, wine, cocktails featuring Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., coffee by FreshGround Roasting, and soda will be available for purchase.

A small selection of appetizers and desserts by Verita Presented by Gaetano’s Batavia will be available


Use code “GARMENT” to receive 10% off your ticket price.

If you are a student please use code “STUDENTGARMENT” to receive the student rate.

Please note: all ticket sales go towards the $500 Best of Show Award



6:00pm: Doors and cash bar open

6:30-8:00pm: Models take stage in gallery

8:30pm: Best of Show Award announced

9:00pm: Program ends

Additional Information:

Postcard sets of exhibited artworks will be available for purchase for $20 each. All proceeds go to support arts programming at Water Street Studios.

Exhibition will remain on display in the Dempsey Family Gallery located on the first floor of Water Street Studios until June 8, 2019 at 5 p.m.

A special thank you to Focas Hair Salon for providing hair and make-up for the models on display during this exhibition.

Artist Talk with Nena Ivon: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Join us for an evening with Nena Ivon as she takes us through her career in fashion and design over the last half century. Tickets are in limited supply. Purchase yours today.

Nena Ivon’s Biography:
Retired Fashion/Special Events Director, Saks Fifth Avenue, 53 years. Produced 1000’s of fashion shows and special events worked with over 150 International fashion designers and fashion personalities. Currently producing a daily lifestyle blog https:/ and a monthly Fashion Book Club. Published in the Chicago History Museum’s Costume Collection’s Catalog for the exhibition Chicago Styled: Fashioning the Magnificent Mile. Has been involved with the Costume Council since its inception, recently as President. Currently as Historian. All of Nena’s archives are housed in the Columbia College Archive Collections. For more information visit

Water Street Studios is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit art center in Batavia, IL. Our mission is to make the arts accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. Our vision is to be a cultural hub in the Midwest. We offer high-quality programs that include art education classes, workshops, subsidized artist studios, monthly gallery exhibitions, events, and community outreach. Public Hours: Thursday – Sunday 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Water Street Studios is committed to maintaining a welcoming and safe environment for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion or disability.

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