Meet the Artists at Water Street Studios

an artist in a studio

Would you like to spend a fun-filled day meeting artists and learning about their work? If so, head to Water Street Studios.

Just 23 minutes from Brookdale on the Park, this studio has been named the “Best Gallery” in 2019 by both the Kane County Chronicle and West Suburban Living Magazine

The gallery calls an 1886 building home, and the resident artists include:

James Jenkins 

A resident of studio 6A, James Jenkins’ work reflects a deep understanding of welding, painting, and woodworking. He graduated with a fine arts degree and worked for twenty years in manufacturing before becoming a full-time artist. James’ works are unique in their stunning beauty. You never know what you’ll find. Plus, James enjoys meeting and interacting with gallery visitors. 

Mary Rogge 

After discovering ceramics later in life, Mary Rogge is now a full-time potter. Mary began her career by taking glaze chemistry, hand-building, and surface design classes at local schools. She has been a resident artist since 2016, and participates in ceramics shows throughout the Fox Valley. Her pieces include wall tiles, sculptures, and functional dinnerware. 

Take a Class 

The studio also offers high-quality lessons, whether you’re a first-time artist or a seasoned one. There are classes in several mediums including “A Taste of Glass Bead Making.” You’ll explore the ancient Venetian technique of melting and layering soft Italian glass to create beads. The unique beads can then be used to make necklaces, bracelets, and so much more. 

Water Street Studios is just one of the premier art galleries near Brookdale on the Park. To call our community home, contact us today. We would love for you to see firsthand all we have to offer. To learn more about the region, read our blog to discover upcoming fun activities and new restaurants.

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