Painting Fox River Landscapes Presentation by Joel Sheesley

The Conservation Foundation's Artist-in-Residence, Joel Sheesley, will talk about his experience painting Fox River landscapes at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles on November 15 at 7:00 p.m.  Joel, Emeritus Professor of Art at Wheaton College, is partnering with The Conservation Foundation as part of the Art of the Fox program of our Fox River Initiative. We and Joel share a hope that this work will increase an appreciation of the beauty and resources the Fox River brings to communities along its banks in Kane, Kendall and LaSalle counties. The ultimate goal of the program is increasing conservation action in these places that is directed toward the river’s protection and improvement.

At this November 15th presentation, Joel will discuss how his artistic experience relates to his current plein air practice of direct landscape observation.  His talk will include a general introduction to the history of plein air painting, a presentation of the tools, materials and techniques that artists use when painting direct on site observation, and a discussion of his field experience using a number of his Fox River paintings completed to date.

Through Art of the Fox, Joel is creating 50 to 60 oil paintings of Fox River landscapes at places of his choosing from East and West Dundee to Ottawa.  He is also setting down his thoughts about his painting experience in a blog that is regularly posted on our website - click here to read some of his writings. The paintings and Joel’s writing will be assembled in a book, A Fox River Testimony .  The book, his original paintings and giclee prints of selected work will be available for purchase at an exhibit at the Schingoethe Center of Aurora University in the fall of 2018. 

If you would like to attend this presentation, you are asked to pre-register to “save a seat” by clicking here.