Ms. Catie’s Wild Ride

As a kid, my family made an annual pilgrimage to Walt Disney World in Florida. For years I was so afraid of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride because it was raucous and thrilling. This past month has been just as raucous and thrilling for me with a very successful show and a move to a new studio space. Now that the first day of summer has come…time to get busy!


I am proud to announce that I have partnered with another great local artist, Anne Ressman Zabinski to create Cedar Avenue Studio in St. Charles. Anne is an amazing abstract artist working in various mediums. She is also a member of the St. Charles Arts Council and currently has work showing in the SCAC neXt Gallery located at 228 W. Main Street, St. Charles, IL. Information on the SCAC neXt Gallery  can be found at

Cedar Avenue Studio is located in Suite 206 at 1020 Cedar Avenue just east of downtown St. Charles off of Route 64. We don’t currently have designated studio hours yet, but are always available by appointment. The studio has a gallery area in the front which is viewable through the large glass windows and the building is open Monday – Friday from 7a-7p as well as Saturday from 10a-3pm.  We can often be found working throughout the week so hope you’ll feel free to stop on by if you are in the area!  We are currently working on our Grand Opening to be held Saturday, July 20th with an Open House from 2-5pm and a Reception later from 7-10pm.


The show last month at Allen+Pepa, which ended 6/14, was fabulously successful. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended the opening night and also made appointments to see and purchase work after the opening night!!  Lane and Rebecca Allen were perfect hosts and provided such an amazingly creative space!!  Not only did half of the work on the walls sell, but I have received numerous commissions as a result too.  I delivered one particular commission this past week to Jane on behalf of her husband, Paul, to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary! What an honor! Jane saw a piece, Sweet Ollie (small pink oleander painting), at the show and wanted to purchase it. Before the end of the night, Paul came over to ask me to do a larger painting for Jane using purple irises as the subject. It was a fun piece to create and wonderful to be a part of their celebration! Congratulations to Jane and Paul!

Jane and Paul Roden

Winter Show at Water Street Studios!











This year has been an exciting one for me so far! My painting Moonlit Moth (see thumbnail above) has been accepted into the Water Street Studio’s Winter Show (click for more information). The big opening night is Friday, January 18th from 6-9pm and the show runs through March 30th. Most often resident artists also open their studios to show their amazing artwork as well. It promises to be an exciting evening with the Best of Show winner to be announced at 7pm sharp! Hope to see you there!

Also, I was invited to participate in an Artist Critique Group through Water Street Studios that was held in the home of a Batavia art collector. I featured work that I had done prior to my participation at Water Street Studios as well as the new series of work that I have been doing since I’ve been there. What a enlightening experience it was! The crowd was engaged, informative, inquisitive, and open for interesting conversation. Most there felt my new work holds a deeper connection and commitment from my soul into the work. The changes have truly been exciting and I’m looking forward to continuing to pursue textures, hidding imagery, and the challenges of colorization in my work.

A great beginning and hopes that it will continue throughout the year.