BATAVIA – Water Street Studios continues to pARTner with nonprofits and artists on the Activate the Alley project, a public art display honoring 10 local organizations through the work of local artists. On March 19, the second art panel will be revealed, featuring artwork by Kit Sunderland for Fox Valley Food for Health.

A cocktail party will follow the 4:45 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Fox Valley Food for Health’s mission is to promote a nutrition-focused community by educating teens and serving those struggling with a health crisis. For information about the group, visit

“We are so excited to pARTner with Water Street Studios on this project," FVFH announced in a news release. "It brings such a unique opportunity to spread awareness of not only Food for Health and Water Street, but the other organizations involved. I truly believe that this project will be a beautiful representation of how Fox Valley nonprofits are committed to collaborating together and highlighting each other’s strengths for the betterment of our community.”

Kit Sunderland, a Chicago-based artist dedicated to expressing the duality of life through her work, was selected by FVFH for her colorful, realistic yet whimsical style that ties with Food for Health’s dual mission. For information on Sunderland and her work, visit

At the cocktail party, volunteers from FVFH will collect donations to help support its mission. The event offers a cash bar, opportunities to purchase artwork by Sunderland, and a chance to learn more about the programs and services provided by Fox Valley Food for Health and Water Street Studios. Food will be catered by Oberweis Home Delivery Service.

“This project was created to elevate our community," Danielle Hollis, Water Street Studios executive director, stated in the release. "At Water Street Studios, we understand that our greatest asset is our artist community and we want to utilize our best resources to help lift up the organizations that are making the biggest impact in our community so that together we can build a healthier more vibrant place to work, live and play."

The next mural reveal is scheduled for April 9 with CASA Kane County, whose volunteers work to prevent children from falling through the cracks of the court and child welfare system. That artwork is created by Berenice Cruz.

If you go

WHAT: Ribbon-cutting reveal of mural

WHERE: Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia

WHEN: 4:45 p.m. March 19, gathering at 4:30 p.m.; cocktail party from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Dempsey Family Gallery

COST: Free

INFO: 630-761-9977,