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Yellow House Artists exhibit at EAG gallery

October 2018
Yellow House Artists, an organization of artists who work in Oil Pastel and/or Oil Stick, present their Fall Show, "Fall into Color", from October 14 - November 9, 2018 at the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126.

The Artist Reception on Friday, Oct. 19th from 7:00-9:00 pm, provides the opportunity to meet the exhibiting artists. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery is at the Elmhurst Art Museum. The gallery will provide an exquisite backdrop for the unique art works of the Yellow House Artists. Most of the paintings are for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Elmhurst Artists' Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.

The "Fall into Color" exhibit is open during regular Museum hours: 11:00 am-5:00 pm on Tuesday through Sunday. The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Admission to the Yellow House Artists exhibit is free. There is a fee for admission to also visit the Elmhurst Art Museum galleries which includes the McCormick house. Admission is free on the first Friday of each month which will be the 2nd of November. See https://www.elmhurstartmuseum.org/visit for more information.

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. Now in its 10th year, the group has grown to include nearly 50 members who are interested in creating and showing their work as well as informing the public about the qualities of this little known medium. Members of Yellow House Artists use unique techniques, taking advantage of the special qualities of the medium.

Local Artists Depict Historical to Pastoral to Metaphysical

September 2018
The Elmhurst Artists' Guild ("EAG") will host the annual Fall Members Show, featuring a variety of its members' original artwork, in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from Sept 9 through Oct 12, 2018. The public is invited to the free opening reception on Friday, Sept 14, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

Notable artworks include Oak Park artist, Tony Abboreno's, bold acrylic painting, "Supercharged," which depicts the iconic 1936 Auburn Roadster. Abboreno's art has recently been focused on American manufacturing and companies that fell victim to flawed marketing. The Auburn Roadster "is one of the first automobiles that used the term "Supercharged" on its badge. Auburns were made at the plant in Auburn, Indiana along with Cords and Duesenbergs and were cars that appealed to the upper middle class. The Auburn Corporation went bankrupt in 1937 when the cars became too expensive for the Depression era market," Abboreno explained.

Beverly artist, Judie Anderson, will exhibit "A Lonely Walk Ending Summer," a delicate watercolor of a timeless image of Miller Beach, IN, which Anderson described as deserted when "the air turns crisp and the tourists are back at work and school."

Villa Park artist, Marlene Vitek, and Elmhurst artist, Wes Baker, provide opposite views of classic autumn themes in their paintings. Vitek's "Fall Leaves" is a beautiful composition of the splendid colors of maple and oak leaves. Baker's abstract, "The Visitor," harkens the coming Halloween with its spooky image of a spirit peering through the layers of our uncomfortable memories and nightmares.

As most of the artworks are available for purchase, the Fall Members Show provides a unique opportunity to acquire affordable original contemporary artwork by emerging local artists from the greater Chicago area.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular museum hours, Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Free admission to the EAG gallery. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org and elmhurstartmuseum.org.

Terrance Johnson Solo Show

August 2018
The Elmhurst Artists' Guild will host An Artist's Changing View</b>, featuring original paintings and mixed media art by Terrance Johnson. This is a solo exhibit. Johnson is a largely self-taught artist who refuses to be categorized as having one type of artistic style. Instead, he embraces the evolving nature of his work, which has moved through disparate phases over time as the artist and the world around him have changed.

"I jokingly told my friend that I thought of myself as a Distortionist," Johnson stated, "My works always begin with figurative images, classical or contemporary, and lead to some kind of distortion, often dictated by the act of painting itself..." His artistic influences include his background in the theatre, the digital age, and even his interest in Buddhism.

An artists' reception is being held from 7 to 9pm, Friday, August 17, in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The show runs August 12 through September 7. EAG Gallery hours at the Elmhurst Art Museum: Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 5 pm. Admission to the EAG gallery is free; admission to EAM is $12 adults / $10 seniors / free for EAM and EAG members, students and children under 18. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org and elmhurstartmuseum.org.

The EAG gallery is not-for-profit, operated by the Elmhurst Artists' Guild. It features contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and media. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual members' artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists.

Peter M. Steeves Solo Show

July 6, 2018
The Point of the Dream, Paintings by Peter M. Steeves Every Dream has a Point, and Every Point has a Dream
The Elmhurst Artists' Guild (EAG) will host The Point of the Dream, featuring original dot paintings by EAG Board Member, Peter M. Steeves, in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from July 15 through August 10, 2018. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00pm where they can meet the artist and learn about his unique painting style and somnambulistic paintings.

Steeves, who lives in Valparaiso, IN, and works in Naperville, IL, is a self-taught artist with a career that has spanned over twenty-five years exhibiting throughout the Chicagoland area. His work includes elements of surrealism, primitive symbolic and postmodern realism focusing on the emotion of images and pointillistic, dot patterns. The subjects of the paintings are pulled from his subconscious and transferred to the canvas to allow both artist and viewer to analyze the meaning.

Unlike pointillist artists like Seurat, Signac and Van Gogh, who employed dots of paint (points) to create soft, impressionist images, Steeves' pointillistic style has evolved to be more akin to Australian Aboriginal art. Steeves explained, What started out as an homage to the Australian Aboriginal art method of dot painting has grown to have a life of its own through my eyes and paints. The dots went from being the background of traditional paintings to the focus of my paintings. This is evident in Dusk Dreaming, a warm, ethereal composition in blue, green, white, black and purple that Steeves painted while working in Melbourne, Australia.

The dot patterns invoke a dream-like impression of the subject, allowing the viewer to focus on the emerging repetitious patterns. The multicolor dot patterns are captivating, warm and personal. The points provide movement to the sky, waves and water. The absence of points, negative space, is used to create a tree, cloud, human or architectural figure, as employed in Night Forest II and The Long Way, which evoke a forest after a fire, with blackened bare trees and a rich, vibrant undergrowth unleashed by the devastating, but nourishing, fire.

Steeves' work brings out the imagery of our forgotten dreams. When we dream, there are no good or bad dreams; your imagination runs free. Images that you recognize when awake take on different, deeper meanings in slumber. When you awake, you wish you could see, hear, or feel what you just experienced but you are left with a mere fragment, Steeves mused. My goal is to permit viewers to explore their own subconscience as they are torn back to reality from a dream. The driving force behind my art is that it is cheaper than therapy for both the artist and the collectors! Steeves admitted with a hearty laugh.

The Point of the Dream will travel to the Village Gallery in Valparaiso, IN after it closes at the EAG Gallery. Steeves' work has also been featured at The Free Artisans Gallery and the Southern Shore Art Assn., both in Michigan City, IN, the Naperville Fine Art Center in Naperville IL, and throughout the Chicago land area. He participated in the CTA's Art on the Tracks and the Built Art Festival in Chicago, and has exhibited at Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI every year since 2011. His work can also be seen on the web at www.TerrapinHouseStudio.com.

Summer Members Show 2018

May 29, 2018
The Elmhurst Artists' Guild (EAG) will host the annual Summer Members Show, featuring a variety of its members' original artwork, in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from June 3 through July 13, 2018. The opening reception on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00pm offers the public an opportunity to meet the artists and learn firsthand about their artworks.

The Summer Members Show features original contemporary artwork by more than fifty local artists. Their breadth of styles and medium encompasses dramatically different artworks including watercolor, ceramics, oil, acrylic, digital, collage, photographic and sculptural works involving landscapes, portraits, abstract and other styles. Most artworks are available for purchase.

Villa Park artist, Ben Calvert III, an accomplished woodcut printmaker, will exhibit All Day Get Away, a large 24 by 34 woodcut relief print depicting a motorcycle, which he created with oil-based ink on Kozuke paper. Calvert, who teaches classes on printmaking, is exacting not only about his wood carving, but also about paper upon which the print is made. One of his prints was included in the recent Drake University Anderson Gallery juried Paper is Part of the Picture exhibit showcasing the importance of different papers to the finished work on paper.

Randal Stringer, an abstract painter from Glen Ellyn, will show Judas Is My Friend, a dramatic small painting, just one-foot square, created with acrylic, graphite, India ink and gold foil. This is a painting one will want to spend some time with, contemplating the meaning. The gold-headed figure with the crucifix earring appears stoically calm in the clutches of the claw-like fingers capable of going from friendly caress to choke.

Elmhurst artist, Wes Baker, has stretched out from his usual abstract genre into a moving portrait of the Pope, influenced by Pope John Paul II, titled Grant Me Wisdom. Baker, who is not Catholic, explained, In a time when our world is so in need of inspirational leadership, I wanted to paint a person who did aspire to that role. And I wanted to depict how difficult it is to be a true leader, with the weight of the world on his shoulders, humbly praying for wisdom to make good, ethical, compassionate decisions.

Cassie Swierenga, EAG President, pointed out, Several of the EAG members exhibiting in the Members Show, including Calvert, Stringer and Baker, also volunteer their time to further the services of the EAG and also the Elmhurst Art Museum. An added bonus of purchasing one of the affordably priced artworks from the Members Show is that purchases provide three-way support €“ to the artists, the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.