AURORA

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Anne Von Ehr, Aurora Artists Studios
Aurora Art Studios has been home to Anne Von Ehr, Art for over 10 years.  It’s where I wrestle daily with paintings, and teach. At any given time, I have 30-40 pieces of art, either in process, temporarily abandoned, or completed. Once a year I throw open my bright red door to invite you in to see my newest artwork, and offer some  “starving artist” pieces only available at this event. With three other award-winning artists planning on opening their studios, be sure to make this one of your Ramble stops!


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Aurora Art League
The Aurora Art League was established in 1919 by local art enthusiasts to promote interest in the visual arts throughout the city of Aurora and Fox Valley area. Through the AAL, our artists have multiple opportunities to display and sell their work, attend workshops, and benefit from exposure to other mediums and artists through live demonstrations at our meetings. The AAL will have over 75 pieces of art on display at the Batavia Library for the Art Ramble. Artwork includes drawings, oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, mixed media, and photography.


Aurora Fastprint
Celebrate a dynamic piece of artwork created by Aurora artist Cheryl Holz and installed by the Aurora Fastprint team. The larger than life piece was handcrafted and transformed into a wrap that extends the entirety of the rear wall at 54 E. Galena Blvd. facing New York Street, adjacent to the Fox River. The three-dimensional mural highlights natural elements along the Fox River and includes nods to Aurora's blues history, unique architecture, and thriving arts scene. 


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Aurora Regional Fire Museum
As part of the Fox River Arts Ramble the Aurora Regional Fire Museum will feature a variety artists. We will host a Pop Up Shop filled with local artists and artisans. Additionally, the Museum will feature the work of two locals. Photographer Randy Benzie will feature a showing of his Aurora area photography. Artist Chris Hodge will also be showing his work at the Museum and will unveil a new poster he designed. Additionally, the Museum features work from local artists with a fire theme in their gift shop. Stop by to shop, browse the shops, and see the art.


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Cheryl Holz, Aurora Artists Studios
Cheryl Holz’s studio overlooking the Fox River in downtown Aurora is part repository of natural specimens, and part messy mixed media workspace!  Stop by to peruse her nature inspired work, enjoy some tasty nibbles, and if weather allows- view her new mural /installation on back of the building! 


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Gallery 1904
Gallery 1904 is located at 1 East Benton Street in the newly renovated, former Aurora Carnegie  Library. Ten times per year the Gallery hosts artists from the Aurora area and beyond during Aurora’s First Friday celebration. These exhibitions explore a variety of themes in many mediums extending beyond  paint and photography.


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If These Walls Could Talk
If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing & Gallery is Aurora’s ONLY custom frame shop and one of only a handful of local establishments that has a fine art gallery open to the public during the week. We open a new exhibit on the first Friday of every month, save January and July. For the month of April, we will be exhibiting the work of local fine artist Rupali Kumbhani. Rupali is a talented, international award-winning artist. We are excited to have her work on display for April and that she will be showcased for the Fox River Arts Ramble.


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Laura Lynne Art
Laura Lynne hand cuts papers of all types to create bold, colorful, whimsical mixed-media art.  Her degree in painting and drawing shows a sharp eye for color theory and elaborate compositions.  Growing up in Wisconsin and going on many camping trips gave her a heavy dose of nature for inspiration.  Some of her other inspirations are Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, Charley Harper, and poster design.  


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Santori Public Library of Aurora
Dr. George Miller’s photography and poetry will be on exhibit in the Dunham Atrium of the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora. Dr. Miller is the department chair of Philosophy at Lewis University as well as a poet and photographer.


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Timothy Schlapp
I use locally sourced wood for my pieces. Many of my items are cut from the tree, dried, shaped and become a finished product by my own hand. Part of my real job is tree cutting and a number of years ago I came across a marvelous piece of wood that I just couldn't let go through the chipper. That is what started this portion of my relationship with woodworking.  I have been building large projects and small items for over 20 years.


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Wheatley Design Prints
Wheatley Design Prints is a fun, quirky and sometimes inappropriate line of greeting cards, wall decor and more. Hailing from Aurora, Stephanie Wheatley is a graphic designer by day and her artwork is a combination of random inspiration and therapeutic creative outlet.


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Zen Loft Wellness Center
We are a wellness center in downtown Aurora and offer painting classes throughout the month.  We also have other workshops, yoga, dance, and massage therapy.  There is gallery space along one long wall and local artists display and sell their work at monthly festivals and events at Zen Loft.


BATAVIA

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Batavia Arts Council
Batavia Arts Council is having a meet and greet at Buddha, Gandhi and Me (11 E. Wilson St, Batavia). Please stop by to meet our volunteers and hear about the wonderful and varied ways we are impacting the arts in our town.  For instance, last fall we gave out $ 7,000 thousand dollars in grants!. As part of the Ramble Event, Buddha, Ghandi and Me has graciously offered their location to host us. We will be giving out our logo bags to every guest who signs in. We'd love to meet you so please ramble on by!


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Felicia Raschke
Visitors to my studio will be welcomed with views of my large scale abstracts, my personal means of expression.  I have been invited to exhibit NYC this summer in L.A..   I was recently the sole exhibitor at our Batavia Fine Arts Center.  Not only do I work on big canvases, but I enjoy using watercolors as background for collage-style compositions, many of which are owned by folks around the country.   I surround myself, as well, with hands on works even down to my own watercolor bookmarks and such. I look forward to meeting those who are also excited by art.


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Nancy Neill Designs
Have you always wondered what's inside the CHALLENGE WINDMILL factory buildings near the Batavia Dam on N River Street? Well, here's a chance to see this loft style studio with a stunning river view... Come for the view, stay for the jewelry... Handmade and heartfelt at the Nancy Neill Designs jewelry studio and showroom. Nature inspired pieces are the specialty at this happy place on the Fox River. Visit Nancy Neill Designs at nancy@nancyneilldesigns.com.


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Steve Sherrell, Studio 23 at Water Street Studios
Steve Sherrell is a career painter from the Chicago school of art. He was raised in Indiana but moved to the Chicago area to finish his education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA and MFA in Painting and Drawing. His early influence was his father who was a painter and window dresser for a large department store. As a boy he was exposed to Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, Pop Art and American Realism.. He is Professor Emeritus of Art at Joliet Junior College.


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 Water Street Studios
Join us for an artist talk with exhibiting artists Jim Jenkins, Lindsay Olson, and Georgia Schwender at 10 a.m., print demos by Fast Color Print, Open Sketch from 1-3 p.m., art class demos, gallery tours, and an opportunity to meet our 30 resident artists in their studios. 


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 Waterline Writers
Waterline Writers brings literature to life! Each event is a unique opportunity to hear diverse, talented writers reading original work. Five featured writers, accepted by submission process, begin at 7 PM. Our 5-minute-limit Open Mic follows at 8:30 PM. Experience this unique community of writers and book lovers! $5/$3. 3rd Sundays, September-May. Water Street Studios, 160 S.Water Street, Batavia. Contact Anne Veague & Kevin Moriarity at waterlinewriters@gmail.com or waterlinewriters.org.


ELGIN

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Art for All
Art for All is an art league created for the purpose of encouraging visual artists, exhibiting their work at several rotating exhibits, and providing scholarships for the NIU Visual Arts Camp. On the first weekend of August, the group works with the City of Elgin to present Art & Soul on the Fox, a juried and judged show featuring the works of fine artists and skilled artisans. www.artforallelgin.com and www.elginartandsoul.com.


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Elgin Symphony Orchestra
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO), a Fox Valley institution for over 67 years, is one of the oldest arts organizations in the area. Recognized for its talented musicians and quality performances, the ESO has won Illinois Orchestra of the Year a record-setting four times. Andrew Grams, the ESO’s critically-acclaimed music director, is taking the ensemble to new heights, introducing enthusiastic fans to some of the best music ever written in a casual atmosphere that today’s audiences demand. Visit the ESO office for a gift, candy, and an exclusive half-price offer for our season finale concerts May 5 & 6. ElginSymphony.Org


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Side Street Studio Arts
an exhibition in the making and made…
Seven artists take over the Gallery at Side Street Studio Arts. Each has been assigned an area to create and exhibit within, from the basement to the AV closet, turning our space into theirs. The only rule: consider the space in the creation. Angie Gonzalez,Michelle Graves, Karl Jahnke, Rachel Elizabeth Maley, Tanner Melvin,Ken Simonsen, and Lindsey Wiseman will start April 1. Their creative and installation processes will be open for viewing during gallery hours through April 13, when works will be finished. All works will be available for viewing during gallery hours through April 29.


GENEVA

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Beech Tree Studio
Beech Tree Studio offers education in the fine art of colored pencil as well as an intensive curriculum in drawing.  The new studio location on Third Street in Geneva will introduce visitors to our instructors and other Beech Tree Studio artists as they demo various colored pencil techniques throughout the day. Colored pencil has become an increasingly popular medium as the artist-grade materials provide opportunity to create fine art with incredible detail and vibrant color.  The appeal of its convenience and easy cleanup is secondary to the luster of the artwork created by this medium.


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 The Chilled Palette
The Chilled Palette is proud to be part of the exciting paint and sip entertainment industry!  Our upscale studio is located in the heart of historic downtown Geneva, just one block from the train station!  We supply the canvas, painting materials and all the artistic guidance you'll need to create unforgettable memories and a personal masterpiece!


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Gallery 28
In the quaint historic district of downtown Geneva Illinois, in a historic Victorian home, Gallery 28 features a fresh mix of breath-taking paintings, exquisite jewelry, sculpture, photography, pottery and unique works in wood and metal along with music by premier musicians. The variety of art will interest serious fine art collectors as well as fine craft enthusiasts! Painting styles include abstracts, figurative works, landscapes, architectural pieces and still life. Gallery 28 is truly accessible for all levels of the art buying experience. We invite you to visit this eclectic space, and journey into the world of fine art!


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Good Templar Park
The Good Templar Park Cultural and Artists' Guild would like to welcome you to our park where the artists create and are nurtured.  The artists' diverse mediums include local landscape oil paintings, floral watercolor paintings, Norwegian rosemaling, Swedish dalamalning, fiber arts, marionettes, blown glass, functional and sculptural ceramics, and natural wood works created from wood grown in the park.  Come and meet the artists who create their work surrounded by the beautiful natural setting of our park, rich in Swedish and Good Templar history.


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Greater Geneva Art Guild
The Greater Geneva Art Guild was founded in 2012 as a means of promoting the fine arts in the Geneva area as well as fostering fellowship and education among artists. The Guild is dedicated to promoting the visual arts through area exposure, networking, education, inspiration and interaction with other artists. Its focus is to develop and promote the creative excellence of area talent intensifying the significance of local original art by community exposure and involvement. Meetings are held 7pm on the third Wednesday of each month at the Geneva Public Library, 127 James St.


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Proud Fox Gallery
Meet & Greet some of our Artists during the Ramble and  come celebrate 2018 and our 31st year in business. During this Proud Fox Gallery & Frame Shop 1st, a sale, take 31% off the custom frame choice, on your framing order and select prints, as an added bonus select framed artwork. (Not valid with other offers/discounts or framing dollars, extended thru April 30, 2018.) Come browse the gallery, see what's new, we'll be hosting artist exhibits and demonstrations throughout the year.


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Republic of Letters
The Republic of Letters is a new literary center, bookstore, and publisher. Come by our store, peruse our curated selection of books, as well some art and poem pairings. And from 11a-1p William Batte will be examining Dr. Jung’s psychological types to help you discover who you really are, and how you can personally grow from being a partial to a more complete person. Then from 2p-4 Abigail Scheaffer will share insider trading tips in her How To Get Published day seminar. Note, the seminar is $32 to attend, and the Jung discussion has a $5 suggested donation. 


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School of ART
We believe that everyone has something to gain from learning and practicing art. Our school is designed to teach all ages a variety of mediums. We teach everything from basic drawing and painting through full interactive animation and robotics. We develop the technical skills in our students required to succeed with many different mediums. Students of all ages find our classes and techniques fun and exciting. Our teaching style encourages creative thought and develops critical thinking. Therefore, at School of Art, students are able to bridge technical knowledge with their own unique ideas to create dynamic and individual pieces.

 


ST. CHARLES

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116 Gallery
Fox River Valley Arts Ramble event World acclaimed sculptor and installation artist, Lucy Slivinski, will highlight an “INSTALLATION PERFORMANCE” ART EVENT, at 116 GALLERY, St. Charles, from 11-4pm, as a feature event in the Fox River Arts Ramble. Slivinski will create, on site, a monumental installation incorporating salvaged materials and sculptural lighting. She invigorates one sensibilities of the creative process with her on-site performance. Just returning from an on-site performance in Havanna,Cuba, Bor-deaux, France and New York City, Slivinski relates her work is “an homage to...rebirth” as she instantly reshapes and reinterprets art, as viewers watch.


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A Gallery of Nature
Well-known area photographer Claudia Frost, will be exhibiting Nature themed work in her Vintage Organic Collection Photography at A Gallery of Nature.  Claudia skillfully finds nuances of shapes, designs and colors in her up-close visuals of flowers and nature settings. 


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Amy Simpson
My work is comprised of decorative and functional glass art serving pieces, art panels, and jewelry.  Glass is a generous medium in that it continually provides endless opportunities for color combinations and forms.  Simple variances in heat produce different results and textures.  Created by fusing together individual, compatible pieces of glass in a kiln, much of my work is complex and rich in color.  I strive to impart joy in each and every piece I create.


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Art in Public Places
A project of the St Charles Arts Council, AiPP catalogs and celebrates over 170 pieces of public art in St. Charles.  This cultural experience is rich in stories, images, and detail, including the web site, a brochure, and an Art Tour.  For the Tour, get the Otocast app, find St. Charles on their worldwide list, and tap on any of the 25 images.  You’ll hear the artist tell the story of the piece and their artwork, or if the artist is unknown or deceased, people who know the artwork’s “story”.  You can also read about the work, and follow links to relevant resources.  


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Aubles Baubles
Julie Auble, glass artist and owner of aublesBaubles welcomes you to her studio to enjoy her glass treasures. You can watch her fiery passion for melting and shaping glass rods into intricate beads and patterns. If you are inspired, you can enjoy these hand held masterpieces every day.  One-of-a-kind beads and pendants can be worn to express a person’s unique style. Bead-adorned home accents such as wine bottle stoppers, honey drippers, cheese spreaders and candle snuffers are both beautiful and functional. Special order memorial beads suspend cremation ashes permanently into layers of beautiful glass.


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Balance Bodyworks Gallery
An office gallery featuring local, award-winning artists of contemporary and nature-themed styles. Large and small format original paintings in oils and acrylics. A walk-through format that includes 4 rooms and over 50 paintings. We invite you to visit and view this recent work celebrating spring and the outdoors!


Carol Kazwick

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The landscape, the natural world, texture and color are my inspirations. My paintings are inspired by the ever changing beauty of the rural countryside of the midwest.  Each season brings its own palette of color and light that is interpreted in oil pastel paint and mixed media collage.


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Carole Sluski at AHC Advisors

I find abstract the challenge of my life because one must create internally and be able to express what they feel on canvas by visualizing composition in a very different form.  Rich, true color plays a big and important part in my paintings.  I want my paintings to be alive.  I absolutely love the look of strong clean color on my canvas.  With my knowledge of chemistry, I’ve taken blending paint and polymers to another level by moving the paint as I want it to flow.   My style of painting abstract and contemporary art is unique and in itself, my signature.


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Feng Biddle Studio
I am a Chicago area artist working in oil and pastel. My approach to art is to paint from my heart, as I explore the nature of what I see with my eyes and my imagination.  Using a representational starting point, I examine the relationships of lines, shapes and colors. My works are largely abstract, evolving as an interaction between my vision and the process of arranging and applying color to paper or canvas.  I try to rely on line and shape as content, while using color to create the emotional component in my paintings. 


Fine Line Creative Arts Center
Fine Line Creative Arts Center – something for every artist and enthusiast – your starting point for the day.  We have 2 galleries with local artisan pieces and a supply shop.  Demonstrations in our teaching studios and local artists showing their work.  Come take a stroll in our prairie and enjoy the day.
Create. Yourself.


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Fuseneo
We are a small studio designing structural packaging and creating prototypes for international brands. Our work requires us to think as artists, engineers, manufacturers and marketers. To stay sharp and flexible, we're always learning, creating and playing. For the Arts Ramble we're showing some of the resulting work from that exploration. Find out more about our professional work at www.fuseneo.com, and our exploratory work at www.dexteritylabs.com.


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Laura Stoecker Photography LTD
When you arrive at Laura Stoecker Photography LTD's studio, you'll be greeted by a gallery of tender-hearted, loving, joyful and fun photojournalistic portraiture that will surely make you smile. A photojournalist by trade (formerly of the Daily Herald), Laura now concentrates full time on portraits, travel, underwater and abstract photography. Come by to take a peek at portraits of newborns, children, high school seniors, families and pets that stand out from the rest. Limited edition fine art prints of travel imagery featuring the U.S. and abroad will be available for purchase, along with one-of-a-kind fine art abstract photography pieces.


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Nancy Krahn
I will be exhibiting my original jewelry designs at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center during the Fox River Ramble. My work is created in Sterling Silver, 14K Yellow and Rose Golds with Gemstone, Pearl and Lampwork Glass bead accents. Many of my designs are inspired by nature. Whether it be a recognizable form like the Calla Lily in the picture, or abstracted to just a suggestion of the nature that inspired it. Timelessness, fine materials and meticulous craftsmanship are signature to my work. Want  a preview of my work? Visit: NancyKrahnJewelryDesign.com.


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Peggy Sue Seehafer
Artistic Impressions Studio is adjacent to the home of Peggy Sue Seehafer. Located adjacent to the beautiful 300 acre Campton Forest Preserve it provide setting for the multi mediums she work in. Paintings, photography, sculpture and glass will be on display along with several of the carousel figures she restores. 


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Pheasant Run
A Salute to Garth Brooks. Shawn Gerard is said to be the world's number 1 Garth Brooks tribute artist touring today. When Shawn takes the stage, you will see why he is the best. From “Much Too Young,” “Fever,” or “The Dance” you will get a glimpse of a true Garth Brooks Concert. 8 pm performance

 


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Student Show in the Pop-Up Galleries at Pheasant Run Resort
A collaboration between the Resort and the SCAC to support and promote the arts and bring art galleries back to the Resort.  During the Ramble, the 6th Annual Student Art Show will be in The Street and Loft Galleries.  This show includes the juried artwork – visual and video – of students in Kindergarten through college.  Student artists who have submitted their work for past galleries have come from communities ranging from the Chicago metro area, to Missouri, France, and Mexico.  Our thanks to Pheasant Run for the use of this space. 


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St Charles Arts Council Ramble Pop-Up Gallery at 311 North Second Street. 
A project of the St Charles Arts Council, the Pop-Up Art Gallery program temporarily transforms vacant properties into new art venues.  These juried galleries promote the work of local and regional artists, creating energy and excitement in non-traditional spaces.  Past galleries have included media such as photography, painting, sculpture, and graphic art.  The gallery at 311 North Second Street features the Ramble Pop-Up Gallery. This gallery is the 30th since the project was launched in 2011. Our thanks to the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau for the use of this space.


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Sally Smith
I’ve been collecting artisan made beads for more than 20 years, and thanks to some talented instructors along with lots of time in my studio, I discovered a love to create! I try to spend a little time each day working on new pieces & mastering new techniques. I am constantly thinking of design possibilities to put wire and beads together to create a piece pleasing to look at and to wear. As I watch my children grow, I’ve found that my art has grown along with them. I am grateful for many things.


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Sculpture in the Park
For the love of art in the park….the landscape of Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles presents a striking and engaging sculpture exhibition against the backdrop of nature’s seasonal beauty. Nestled among the maples, oaks, and pines with the tranquil Fox River as its eastern border, Sculpture in the Park features masterpieces made from various mediums by artists from all over the country and an array of pieces in the permanent collection. People of all ages are welcome to enjoy this magnificent free exhibit of original and unique sculpture. Whether you’re biking, strolling or picnicking, this downtown park offers something for everyone.


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The Keep
West Chicagoland is home to a multitude of digital creatives--designers, illustrators, animators, photographers, writers--often working as lone-wolves. The Keep is a co-working studio created to bring them together under one guiding philosophy: community breeds creativity. See what members of The Keep create across all kinds of media. Get more info at thekeepcreative.com.