Art displays DeKalb-Sycamore community

By Amy Shelton

Artists shared their relationship with the DeKalb-Sycamore area at the Art Attack’s walk Saturday.

Participants of the art walk were able to start in whichever location they chose, but maps and brochures with information about the artists, studios and sponsors were handed out for participants to use as their guide.

“Most people have no clue that there are 26 museum-quality artists in DeKalb, Sycamore,” said Susan Edwards, Art Attack director and event organizer. “It’s really fun for people to come in and go ‘I had no clue this was here.’…I just want people to come and experience art.”

The Art Attack, 215 W. Elm St. in Sycamore, displayed art from artists of diverse backgrounds.

Artists worked while visitors toured the galley and asked questions. David Zoberis was the third stop in the Sycamore side of the event.

His watercolor and oil pastel work was displayed at Shawn’s Coffee, 204 Somonauk St. in Sycamore.

Zoberis received his bachelor’s of fine arts at NIU and spoke highly of many professors who pushed him to be the artist he is today.

“Sycamore-DeKalb is gradually changing into a more diverse community,” Zoberis said. “I like to paint what’s here and [what’s] not going to be here for very long.”

Kishwaukee Valley Art League had two artists represent the league outside of Sycamore’s Taxco restaurant, 223 W. State St.

“I think it’s a community that appreciates art,” said watercolor artist Larry Bond. “I think they have a good … well, we’ve got several museums around. And it’s a place to display your work .…”

Artists mentioned the area’s proximity to Chicago when explaining their appreciation for DeKalb and Sycamore.

Jeff Anderson, of DeKalb County Photography, displayed his portrait work on a slideshow during the event.

“The [art community] is much smaller,” Anderson said. “It’s just a different feel out here. The artists out here are a little bit older, a little bit more into what they want to do. They have an idea of what their art is. They’re not searching for what they want to do for the rest of their lives like the kids downtown seem to be younger. They’re very good artists, but sometimes they don’t know who they are yet, or what they want to produce for a lifetime. So, I found out here people know what they like and they’re very good at it.”

Dorothea Bilder is an artist who was new to this year’s Art Walk lineup; however, she isn’t new to the DeKalb area.

“I’ve been here many years…I never left… But I grew to really love it,” Bilder said.