Yellow House Artists, an organization of artists who work in Oil Pastel and/or Oil Stick, present their Spring Show, “Spring Into Art” at the Geneva History Center, 113 South Third Street, Geneva, Illinois, from May 4 – May 5, 2012.
The Opening Reception is Friday, May 4 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM during the First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Geneva. The gallery hours are Friday, 5:00 – 9:00; Saturday, 11:00 – 4:00. This show will feature original paintings by 23 artists. Art will be for exhibit and sale.
Yellow House Artists is a group of oil pastel artists who promote both their art and the medium. The group originated with 17 oil pastel artists who had a gallery in a yellow house during the 2007 St. Charles Fine Art Show. The group has since grown to include 47 members who are interested in creating and showing their work as well as informing the public about the qualities of this little known medium.
These artists have been painting together at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles and/or the DuPage Art League in Wheaton with artist/teachers, George Shipperley, Carol Zack, and George Bruce. Members of the Yellow House Artists use unique techniques developed by their instructors, taking advantage of the special qualities of the medium.
Oil pastels were developed in the 1940’s 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 on their web site: www.yellowhouseartists.com.