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Article updated: 8/8/2013 11:41 AM

Color Redefined! Yellow House Artists Exhibit at Fine Line

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Artworks by members of Yellow House Artists, created exclusively with oil pastels and oil sticks, will be the next exhibit in the Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line Creative Arts Center, September 13 through October 5.

The Yellow House Artists group is dedicated to promoting the use of oil pastels in creating art. This show will feature original paintings by 28 participating artists from throughout the Chicago suburbs.

The media "is our connection," said Yellow House chair Deann Alleman of Sugar Grove. "It's still an unrecognized medium. We use artist-grade oil pastels and we use specific techniques with those. We all use different techniques, developed by our teachers. The artists have developed special techniques to use the unique qualities of the oil pastel/oil stick medium."

Although each Yellow House member works with the same media (oil pastels and/or oil sticks), every piece of art is one-of-a-kind. Layers of colors range from bold to pastel, creating depth and texture, resulting in rich, captivating images.

"The classes teach you what fun oil pastels are, and what you can do with them. They're such a unique medium. It's mostly through these classes that we draw members," said Alleman.

Yellow House Artist teachers include George Shipperly, Carol Zack, and George Bruce. Zack currently teaches "Paint in Pastel" classes this fall at Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles.

Yellow House Artists started with 17 oil pastel artists in a yellow house during the 2007 St. Charles Fine Art Show. The group has grown to include 43 members who create and show their work as well as educate the public about the qualities of this little known medium.

Fine Line Arts Center is located at 37W570 Bolcum Rd. in St. Charles. Stop by Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit online: www.fineline.org.

What: An exhibit and sale of original oil pastel and oil stick paintings

When: Sept. 13 - Oct. 5, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 13, 5:30 - 8 pm

Where: Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Kavanagh Gallery

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