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Since mid 2020, Dennis Gramlich has gifted 20 paintings to the Geneva History Museum, painting iconic Geneva points of interest as the Artist in Residence in the Museum's 3rd Street window.  While nearly all original paintings (11x14”, watercolor on paper) have been sold, the GHM is now offering prints of the entire collection!

Dennis will embark on a new 2021 series highlighting Birds of the Fox Valley, with a Geneva-themed background, painted on 8x8” ready to hang/display wood panels.  Taking advantage of the materials' yield to bright, vibrant  color, his first portrait depicts a jaunty male cardinal (currently on display).  If you have a favorite local bird that you'd like to see featured, send a note to the museum!

Watch Dennis paint in the museum Gift Shop window from 2:30 to 4:30 each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

ARTIST STATEMENT

"During the pandemic of 2020/21, I collaborated with the Geneva History Museum to establish a studio space in the Gift Shop to serve as their Resident Artist. Visible in the window to Third Street pedestrian traffic, I listen to opera while I work and safely interact with appreciative pedestrians as they walk by.  My paintings are gifted to the Museum, to utilize as they wish to further their mission.  After painting 20 Geneva landmarks and scenes, I switched to Fox Valley birds."

Fox Valley Cardinal

(8"x8", watercolor on artists' wood panel) This state bird of Illinois is one of the most popular and beautiful common birds.  The bright color of the male, with the Fox River background, is a wonderful composition, and painting on wood panel holds those colors and provides a variety of methods of display.

Original=$100 (picked up) $120 (shipped)

Great Horned Owl at the Courthouse

(8x8”, watercolor on artists’ wood panel).  Several years ago, a family of great horned owls nested in a tree in front of the courthouse in downtown Geneva.  The tree is no longer there and the owls, or another family, set up residents in a dead tree in Fabyan park.  They can also be seen around Wheeler Park.

Original=$100 (picked up) $120 (shipped)

Bald Eagle Over the Fox

(8"x8", watercolor on artists' wood panel.) Since our home overlooks the Fox River, we frequently see bald eagles flying up and down the river looking for their favorite food - fish.  Sometimes we see a couple playing (or fighting?) over the river and recently saw a "dog fight" between an eagle and a large gull - with no winner... They certainly are majestic!

Original=$100 (picked up) $120 (shipped)

"Mill Race Inn from Island Park"

The original, 11"x14" watercolor on paper, was inspired by the idyllic scene featuring the sculpture in the foreground and the building, deck and gazebo of the Inn (now gone) in the background. If I did it right, you can almost smell the greenery and hopefully, remember the good times at the Inn.

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

"United Methodist"

(11x14”, watercolor on paper) was inspired by classic lines of this neighborhood church and the dedication of the few members I know.  It is one of the more prominent Geneva churches and a fixture in the annual Christmas Steeple Walk.

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

"Dodson Place Christmas"

(11x14”, watercolor on paper) was inspired by my daughter, who repeatedly said, "Do a Christmas scene" and provided a photo. I do like the activity and mix of lights and darks, colors and people with, of course, a couple dogs.

ORIGINAL = $100 (picked up) $125 (shipped)

“Fabyan Japanese Garden”

The original 14"x11", watercolor on YUPO, was inspired by a photo from the Geneva History Museum's archives. An intensely colorful photo, I knew I would be able to maintain the color only on YUPO - a plastic sheet that doesn't absorb the paint. This garden, at the Fabyan mansion, is a favorite venue for plein air painting due to the colors, shapes, and variety of possible compositions.

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

“Fabyan Guest House”

11x14”, watercolor on paper, was a scene I photographed on one of our walks, inspired by the shapes and shadows.  $100 (picked up)  $125 (shipped)

“Stone Bridge on Island Park”

Original was an 11x14”, watercolor on paper

This is an oft-painted Geneva scene that has the tranquility of moving water and lush green spaces.  I added a few people to give it life – and a dog to give it value…

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

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“Kane County Courthouse”

The original 11x14”, pen and ink, watercolor on paper is a central landmark in Geneva and site of many community events like Blessing of the Animals, Christmas Tree Lighting and a central point for street fairs.  I like the composition balance of structure and trees and the sky reflecting in the windows.

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

“State Street”

The original 11x14”, watercolor on paper, was inspired by a street scene photo in the Geneva City Newsletter, and the liberal use of dark values by a couple of my favorite watercolorists.  Looking down to the river, the sunset is reflected in the eastern sky - an unusual event that I frequently see in the Fox Valley.

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

ABOUT THE ARTIST - Dennis Gramlich

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, I attended The Ohio State University, earning a BS and MBA.  During that time, I was in the Air National Guard and sent to Korea for a year when the North Koreans seized the Pueblo.  My Italian wife, Silva, and I both had fulfilling careers in healthcare and upon retirement moved to Geneva to be closer to our daughter, Alexia Monaco.  Although always appreciative of, and interested in art I had never taken any classes or pursued my interest until we moved in  2013.

I call myself an emerging artist.  In the last six or so years that I have been drawing, sketching and painting, I have yet to develop a preferred style, subject or technique.  I am still experimenting and learning – most greatly (and gratefully) with Fatima Figueiredo and my classmates, and from the demonstrations/workshops I attend.  I’ve come to appreciate the uniqueness of every artist I encounter and learn something from each.  At this point I’m all over the place – from landscapes to flowers, from cityscapes to still-lifes, from portraits to architectural details.  My work ranges from loose and impressionistic to more detailed.  I paint on paper or YUPO (a slick paper that doesn’t absorb the paint).  I’ve recently experimented with pen and ink paintings and acrylics.  I’m drawn to rich opaque colors though sometimes opt for a more transparent approach.  

I’m becoming convinced that I really don’t want to settle into one style, subject matter, or technique.  I want to remain “all over the place” and forever “emerging”.

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"St. Mark's Church"

The original 11x14”, watercolor on paper, was inspired by classic lines of this neighborhood church and the dedication of the few members I know. This Geneva gem reminds me of the neighborhood chapels you discover in the cities of Europe that are unexpected and inspirational.

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

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"Rainman at the Train Station"

The original 11"x14", watercolor on paper, was inspired by the modern sculpture with a classic train station and shops in the background. People (and a dog) were added to reflect the activity in this beautiful corner of Geneva.

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

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"Graham's Fine Chocolates"

The original 11"x14" was a watercolor on paper.

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

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"Geneva Railroad Bridge from the South"

The original 11x14”, watercolor on paper was painted at least a year or two prior to the GHM Resident Artist project, but found and donated in 2020.  The angles, shapes and shadows of the bridge make it a favorite subject.

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

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"RiverPark"

The original 11"x14”, watercolor on paper, RiverPark of Geneva is a landmark setting for graduation/prom photo sessions, weddings, family events, and summer park concerts.  More importantly, it is the view from my window and I tried to capture some of the many great images we see every day - people, dogs, birds, animals, and some great sunrises and reflections of sunsets as shown here.

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

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"Nick Bottom at Literary Gardens, old library"

The original, 11"x14" watercolor on YUPO, is one of the more hidden gems of Geneva.  Nick will soon be moved the new library, but this setting, with the Shakespearian sculpture against the Tudor-style building, with lush garden plants was a perfect spot for reading or contemplation.

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

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"The Herrington Inn"

The original 11"x14”, watercolor on YUPO, was a second version I did of the subject for a fund-raiser associated with their 25th anniversary.  The first version, watercolor on paper, was auctioned and raised money for the Geneva History Museum.

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

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“Fabyan Windmill”

The original 11"x14”, watercolor on paper, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Geneva, just off Route 25 on the east side of the Fox River."

ORIGINAL IS SOLD

11"x14" print can be ordered for $45/each (picked up) $55 (shipped)

Enjoy Geneva's history on your own schedule.

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A self-guided journey through the central historic district of Geneva, Illinois. Explore 25 properties within walking distance with photographs, addresses and stories.

For all of its remarkable growth and change, we believe much of Geneva today would be recognized by its earliest residents.  Our ethic of historic preservation is evident in the historic homes, businesses and buildings that still grace our tree-lined streets and scenic river front.

As you stroll, you can discover at your own pace, Geneva's renowned and picturesque buildings.

 

The sidewalks, lawns and buildings of Geneva, Illinois, are home to notable pieces of public art.  Discover the stories of more than 34 sculptures, statues, monuments, and murals tucked in locations throughout the city.  Refer to the map in this guide.

Most of the art is walkable in downtown Geneva, but there are a few places that will require a longer walk, bike ride or car.

Note that some artworks are inside buildings with limited viewing hours available.*

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