Artists take their work to the streets in Sycamore’s fourth annual Art Walk

By Olivia Willoughby

Artists gathered for the fourth annual Art Walk, showing off several collections of artwork in different types of media.

The Sycamore Art Attack hosted Saturday’s event.

“The main goal is to get local people out to see what kind of great artists we have in our back door,” said Susan Edwards, Art Attack director and founder. “I want people to go into the artists’ studios and get to see their creative processes.”

Edwards focused on helping artists get their work sold. However, she still wants people to see much deeper behind each artist’s piece.

“There’s more out there than the warehouse art,” Edwards said. “It’s so they’ll have a story to go along with their art instead of it just being something pretty on the wall.”

The artists were scattered throughout Sycamore, mostly around Elm and State Street, but also on Sunset Drive.

Edwards got together several artists who excelled at different types of mediums. Two of them were best friends who started a jewelry business together.

“We just started in July, and we’re very new, trying to get things together,” said Wendy Andaloussi, glass fuser and co-owner of Iridescence. “There’re still a lot of things we want to design with the jewelry.”

Andaloussi and Angela Titus, her friend, work on getting their creations out to the public. They first showed their jewelry at Middlewest Fest , and will hopefully continue with Pumpkin Fest later this month, Andaloussi said.

Along with displaying their work, Andaloussi and Titus also gave demonstrations on how they make their jewelry.

“We thought it was a good way to introduce our business and also help educate,” Andaloussi said. “We try new things, and we inspire people to buy more of our stuff.”

Traditional artists, working with watercolors, acrylic and oil paints, also presented their work for interested buyers.

Former NIU student Chelsea Craig worked on several paintings for the Art Walk inside the Stratford Inn, 355 W. State St. Besides paintings of a bird cage, jellyfish and a skull-faced girl, Craig also works on selling her jewelry online.

“Right now jewelry is my main focus,” Craig said. “I’m trying to get the inventory going for my Etsy shop. It’s nice to be able to work on stuff for the web, but also to show it to the community so that you’re not just web-based.”

Craig said she sees the necessity of showing work to the public to gain exposure as an artist.

“I think it’s really important to network with other artists,” Craig said. “It’s also good to get your stuff out there and get it as much exposure as you can.”

While several artists came to the Art Walk to sell their artwork, others came with a cause.

Members from the DeKalb County Quilters Guild , a non-profit organization, also came along.

“We present quilts to those who lost family members who serviced in Iraq or Afghanistan,” said Jo Ann Russell, chairwoman of Ways and Means. “We also do a generosity project where we make quilts for pre-mature babies.”

The quilts given to babies are used not only to block light, but to also identify the baby when it gets moved around the incubators.

“The babies move around in the incubator a lot, which can be panicking,” Russell said. “The quilt will go with the baby. And if the baby doesn’t survive, the quilt goes with them to the casket. It’s a labor of love that we as quilt menders do.”