Yellow House Artists, an organization of artists who work in oil pastel and/or oil stick, present its winter show, "Shades of Winter," from Feb. 3 to March 23, at the Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington.
The artists' reception will be 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. It provides the opportunity to meet the exhibiting artists while enjoying the exhibit of their unique, gallery quality paintings.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Artwork will be for exhibit and sale.
This show will feature original paintings by 14 participating artists including:
• Batavia: Deann Alleman
• Chicago: Jennifer Stanley
• Downers Grove: Carol Kazwick
• Elk Grove Village: Diane Danese
• Geneva: Fran Stilwagner
• Glen Ellyn: Donelle Flanyak
• Hampshire: Lillian Pagni
• Oswego: Dotti Matson
• Plano: Donna Ostrye
• Rockford: Barbara Santucci
• St. Charles: Rupali Kumbhani and Teri Tossey
• Wheaton: Carol Kincaid
• Winfield: Nancy Gillespie
Members of Yellow House Artists are oil pastel artists from the Chicago area. The group originated when 17 oil pastel artists created a gallery in a yellow house during the 2007 St. Charles Fine Art Show. The group, celebrating its 10th year in 2018, has since grown to over 40 members who are interested in creating and showing their work as well as informing the public about the qualities of this little-known medium. Through the years, they have exhibited at many venues in the Fox Valley area. In September to October, they had over 100 paintings in Elgin Artspace and plan to have a late 2018 large exhibit at Elmhurst Museum as they did 2 years ago.
Members of Yellow House Artists use unique techniques, taking advantage of the special qualities of the medium. The exhibit theme highlights the special qualities of the medium that allows for depth of color and texture from multiple layers of pigment moving from dark to light.
Oil pastels were developed in the 1940s at the request of Pablo Picasso. He wanted a medium with the qualities of oil but with ease of application and portability. Pure pigment is suspended in inert mineral oil, formed into sticks with a color palette much like oil paint. To the casual viewer, the appearance of the round or square sticks may belie the serious artistic application of this medium. Colors can be layered and blended, smeared or smudged, using fingers, some type of tool, or left as applied, all at the artist's discretion.
The works are generally framed under glass to protect the surface image.
More information about the group and the medium can be found at www.yellowhouseartists.com.