Art Walk offers glimpse at the artist's life

Paintings by local artist Jay Paul Bell will be among the pieces on display at the 2013 
Art Walk.
Paintings by local artist Jay Paul Bell will be among the pieces on display at the 2013 Art Walk.

Art Walk 2013 will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. The walk is a free event in which the public is invited to visit DeKalb-Sycamore-area artists as they work in studios and galleries. Participants can meet dozens of artists, see their work, watch demonstrations, and more.

Retired Northern Illinois University professor Jay Paul Bell will show his award-winning works depicting the sweeping landscapes of northern Illinois. He uses different techniques of acrylic painting with regular brushes and air brushing to create large-format works that many swear must be a photograph, not a painting. In his lifetime he has garnered prestigious awards from numerous national shows and been published in many art publications.

“What a rare treat to see some of his works, let alone being able to view the inner sanctum where he creates,” said Art Walk organizer and fellow artist Susan Edwards.   

“I am so excited about some of our fan favorites coming back to the show as well as new artists,” Edwards added.

Dorothea Bilder has wanted to participate for many years but felt her rural studio was too far away for people to drive. However, a turn of events caused the temporary  relocation of the studio to her DeKalb home, leading the way for her to be a part of this year’s event. Bilder will display her current artwork, along with examples of the various processes in printmaking.


In another exciting twist this year, skate fans can get creative themselves at the Small Town Skate shop in DeKalb. Anyone who purchases a blank board will be given the opportunity to work with local artists to express themselves on their new board for free. Using a variety of paints, markers, stickers and more, their creations will be fun to watch evolve over the course of the day.


Many people in DeKalb-Sycamore do not know how many quality local artists are in their own neighborhood. You will discover artists right under your nose. And how refreshing to purchase work from a local artist and learn the story behind the piece's creation.


For more information, visit, call 815-899-9440 or stop by 215 W. Elm St. in Sycamore. The day of the event you can pick up brochures and maps at the Art Attack or the Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

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