Oswego Artist Bringing Color to Downtown Business Windows
Jun 04, 2015 04:10PM
● By Steven Jack
Dan Bellini is pictured here with a mural he created in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood in 2010. Also pictured is a piece he completed recently for Oswego Travel. (Submitted photos)
Anyone who’s strolled down Main Street in downtown Oswego lately is sure to have spotted the work of local artist Dan Bellini.
Bellini is the man behind the colorful creations adorning many of the windows of downtown businesses, including Oswego Travel, Go Dog Go, Sage Spice Shop, YouNique Health & Yoga and many more. He moved to Oswego in 2012 after a life on the road as a blues musician in a band called Howard And The White Boys.
“We traveled the world and played with the likes of BB King, Buddy Guy, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Jon Mayer,” Bellini said. “I eventually got really burnt out with music and traveling and came back to art and painting and drawing.”
Bellini, 50, grew up in Elk Grove and graduated in 1988 from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Fine Art. Three years after moving to Oswego he creates many types of artwork and teaches classes at Studio 60 on Main in the downtown.
“I've done artwork for the Chicago Sun-Times, Tribune, and Daily Herald. I also did a mural for the city of Chicago in Rogers Park,” he said. “Oswego Travel was the first place that gave me a chance to do window painting for them, and soon after I picked up clients all up and down Main Street in Downtown Oswego.”
Bellini said he charges local businesses anywhere from $35 to $100 for a window painting. He also recently began pen and ink drawings of scenes along the Fox River that he has for sale and will be available at the two remaining Oswego Beats and Eats Market on Main festivals later this summer.
For more on Dan Bellini, or to hire him for a custom mural job, check out his website or contact him at Danbelliniart@gmail.com or 630-408-6404. He will teach his next class at Studio 60 on Main on June 26. To sign up, call 630-554-8885 or log on to Studio60onMain.com