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Architectural design firm opens new studio in downtown Batavia

Vasilion Architects, formerly known as Emma and Vasilion Architects, has opened a new studio at 17 N. River St. in Batavia.

A grand opening for the 2,400-square-foot, two-story atrium office is set for Wednesday.

The firm has been in operation for four decades, and most recently completed the Town and Country Public Library building in Elburn.

The full-service architectural design firm, owned by Steve Vasilion, handles planning, design and post-document services for commercial spaces and offices, health-care complexes, as well as industrial, municipal and residential buildings. The company does new construction, additions and renovation and remodeling of existing structures.

Call (630) 232-4160 or see www.vasilion.com on the Web.

Artist returns to Tri-Cities, re-opens Murals and Faux

Wendy Gresmer is reopening her wall mural business, Murals and Fauxs, in Batavia after painting in the Middle East for the past six years.

Wall murals are usually a combination of faux finishes and handpainting to create a unique and dramatic illusion of space. These styles of painting range from Impressionist to Neoclassic to modern.

They can be made to fit into any budget by simplifying or making the design more complex.

The designs are a combination of the client's wishes and Gresmer's skill and imagination, she said.

Tray ceilings can turn into a trellised sky; large imposing walls can be broken into Georgian marble frames, detailed columns, and ornamental motifs; reproduction wallpaper can be created with the owners' favorite landscape in mind for the dining room.

For details, call (630) 482-2551.

Batavia High School students honored at Pearl Harbor luncheon

Students from Batavia High School, Marmion Academy and Rosary were among 10 honored at the 31st annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon, sponsored by the Aurora Navy League Council last week.

The event was held in the Aurora University banquet hall in Alumni Hall at Glenwood and Marseillaise Places.

The luncheon saluted veterans of Pearl Harbor and other conflicts.

Students cited for academic and civic achievements were:

Nicole Marie Totz of Batavia, Thomas Reuland from Marmion Academy in Aurora and Clarisse Mendoza from Rosary in Aurora were honored. …