Alice in Wonderland's Mad Madder Tea Party

April 21 (Sunday) - 2 to 4 PM

Best of the Best

Reception Feb 4, 2-4PM

We are excited to bring back “Best of the Best,” the renowned gallery exhibition, featuring the works of more than 50 award-winning artists from 12 suburban art organizations. The exhibit allows artists and art lovers an opportunity to view the work of artists who have been recognized by their peers. Judges will award ribbons and cash prizes to the best pieces.


Please join us!
Awards ceremony and artists reception
Sunday, Feb. 4, from 2 – 4 pm.


The exhibit can also be viewed Feb. 3 – 27 during our gallery hours, Mon. – Fri. from 9 am – 5 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am – 2 pm.


This year’s participating organizations are: Addison Art Guild, Artists’ Association of Elk Grove Village, Aurora Art League, Downers Grove Art League, DuPage Art League, Elmhurst Artists’ Guild, La Grange Art Guild, Lemont Artists Guild, Midwest Collage Society, Naperville Art League, Oak Brook Art League, and Yellow House Artists. 


Artwork: 2021 Best of Show “Nurses in Pandemic Times” by Karla Wong

Monday Night Artist Demonstrations

Monday Night Artist Demonstrations are a FREE event offered to all —members and non-members alike—by the DuPage Art League in partnership with the Wheaton Public Library. They occur on the third Monday of every month from September through April (except December) from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Artists and experts connected with the arts demonstrate their craft, give talks, and share their secrets. These presentations are fun, relaxed and casual opportunities to mingle with fellow artists and learn something new.

Monday Night Artist Demonstrations are filmed either at the artist’s studio and viewed via Zoom or as a hybrid presentation at the Wheaton Public Library (225 N. Cross Street, Wheaton, Illinois) unless otherwise noted. Please check each event for specifics on location and registration.

These demonstrations are FREE to members and non-members, so enjoy the presentation with a friend! All attendees are welcome to bring a plate of baked goods to share for the refreshments table.



Missed a past Monday Night Programs? Scroll down to view videos of recorded demos.


How Surfaces Impact Acrylic Paintings - Monday - April 15 at 6:30 PM - Hybrid

A Conversation about Golden Acrylics

From highly slick to gritty and rough, the surface you paint on
informs how paint is applied. From acrylic grounds for water media,
to papers and alternative surfaces (Plexiglas, wood, aluminum), we’ll
look at a variety of samples, as well as experience hands on

Register for this free program by using this link

Word Portraits - Monday, March 18 at 6:30 PM

Wes Douglas

Learn how to create a unique portrait incorporating drawing, hand-written text and color to portray features, hair, clothing, and shadows. Wes Douglas will explain word sources, photo sizes, planning, and tools, showing many types of portrait examples.

Inspired Acrylics - Monday - February 19 at 6:30 PM

Kwame Aborampa

Local artist Kwame Aborampa’s distinctive style combines nature and street scenes, often inspired by his native Ghana. The characters portrayed and the stories told become an elaborate narrative. Provided in partnership with the Wheaton Public Library.

PAST DEMO Watercolor fur, feathers and flippers • Monday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 pm

Dan Danielson

Dan Danielson teaches how to discover, appreciate, and paint animals, birds, insects, and other amazing creatures.  Dan’s loose watercolor technique and spontaneous style is fun to watch and tempting to try.

PAST DEMO: Painting with Fabric • Monday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 pm

Joel Fremion

Artist Joel Fremion demonstrated his unique technique of fabric collage, incorporating fabrics, leathers, and paints to create detailed, tactile landscape, still life, and portrait pieces sewn to canvas backs.

PAST DEMO: Pastel Portraits • Monday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 pm

Michael Latala

Artist Michael Latala demonstrated his process,techniques, and materials to produce a portrait from a live model using a full palette of pastels. Mr. Latala is a successful artist and illustrator who expresses the natural beauty in the world through his handling of materials such as oil paint, pastels and charcoal. His landscapes, still life, figurative, and portrait work offer a fresh and seemingly effortless symphony of color.

PAST DEMO: Watercolor Without Rules • Monday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 pm

Peggy Macnamara

Watch artist, author, illustrator and professor, Peggy Macnamara, Artist-in-Residence at Chicago’s Field Museum, as she demonstrates how to utilize careful observations of nature to gain understanding of form and color.

PAST DEMO: Knitting Machine Portraits • Monday, April 17 at 6:30pm

Faith Humphrey Hill

We wrapped up our 2022-2023 Monday Night Program on April 17, 2023, with a virtual presentation by Fiber/Portrait artist, Faith Humphrey Hill. Ms. Hill shared how she utilizes hacked knitting machines from the 1950’s-1980’s to transfer original drawings into knit animations and tapestries that are 5’x 7’ tall. This program was a virtual program.

PAST DEMO: Whimsical Creativity through Pottery• Monday, March 20 at 6:30pm

Karen Smith

Potter Karen Smith explained the differences between pottery and ceramics, along with various techniques that should be used to create a lasting piece of art. Techniques that include throwing on a wheel, slab building, coil building, and basic sculpting were discussed. She demonstrated some of these techniques using stoneware clay to create a functional piece of art.

Location: Wheaton Public Library Meeting Room A or via Zoom


PAST EVENT: Art Lecture: Andy Warhol - The American Dream

Andy Warhol – The American Dream

Sunday, March 19, 2pm
DuPage Art League
FREE and Open to the Public


Diana Martinez, Executive Director of Warhol: Portfolios in Pop, and Director of the McAninch Arts Center, shared the background of Andy Warhol and his journey as a first-generation immigrant from Carpatho-Rusyn roots, to living in industrial tenements in the outskirts of Pittsburgh, to an Iconic Superstar in NYC. Martinez explained his prolific journey and how he manifested into the American Dream. In addition, she gave an inside sneak peek into the blockbuster Warhol exhibition coming this summer to the McAninch Arts Center and Cleve Carney Museum of Art.


Diana Martinez is the Executive Director of Warhol: Portfolios in Pop, and Director of the McAninch Arts Center. Diana has over 25 years in the entertainment industry and has directed over 40 musical theatre productions and has been at the helm of iconic Chicago Area Entertainment organizations like Pheasant Run Theatre, the Paramount Theatre in Aurora and The Second City in Chicago. Diana served on the board for the Chicago Cultural Council for two terms and has her BFA from the University of Illinois. Currently she serves on the Board of the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau and is Chair of Arts DuPage.

PAST DEMO: Painting the Portrait in Oil • Monday Feb 20 at 6:30pm

Clayton Beck

Clayton Beck showed how to work from life in oil paints. It’s not that complicated and he demonstrated the ease of oil painting from life during this hybrid Monday Night Program.

PAST DEMO: Watercolor Tips & Tricks, Monday Jan 6:30pm

Kay Wahlgren

Kay Wahlgren demonstrated her techniques of watercolor, taking you beyond the basics of dry brush, wet-into-wet, and the combination of both techniques. There are many tips and tricks that she will shared to get the finished result that you desire in your watercolors.

PAST DEMO: Optimal Giclee Prints, Monday Nov 21 6:30pm

Mark Sarazen

Mark Sarazen described the history of giclee, its role in digital print making, and how it is produced. The process includes image capture and scanning, file preparation, and choosing printer options to achieve the optimal result.

PAST DEMO: Expressive and Efficient Oils, Monday Oct. 17 • 6:30 pm

Maggie Capettini

Artist Maggie Capettini demonstrated her techniques to work efficiently and with focus whether painting outdoors or in. She combined oil washes, paint applied thickly with knives, as well as pigment sticks to capture dynamic and impressionistic scenes.


PAST DEMO: Expression Through Watercolor, Monday Sept. 19 • 6:30 pm

Fatima Figueiredo

Artist Fatima Figueiredo developed a fall scene, creating tension between soft and crisp edges by taking advantage of various levels of moisture during the process.


PAST DEMO: Bold and Loose Watercolors, June 2015

Dan Danielson

Acclaimed artist and teacher Dan Danielson demonstrated his bold, loose, and fun watercolor techniques. Dan insists that there is nothing the painter can do wrong. He tells his students that, through persistence and desire to improve, they will learn by not being afraid to make mistakes.


PAST DEMO: Still Life in Pastel, Monday, Apr. 18 • 6:30 pm

Mary Ann Trzyna - Soft Pastels

Mary Ann discussed materials and techniques, including thumbnail studies to understand composition and value, and employing underpainting techniques on sanded pastel paper.




PAST DEMO: Passionate Pastels, Monday, Mar. 21 • 6:30 pm

Mike Kolasinski - 13 Fundamental Elements to Produce Images

Working from a photo reference, pastel artist Mike Kolasinski discussed and demonstrated his 13 fundamental elements to produce images with visual excitement and passion. Finding inspiration in nature’s light and shadow in the beauty of everyday, undisturbed scenes, he creates boldly expressive compositions. Mike begins with soft pastels and builds up the intensity with layers of bright, pure colors. In seeking to understand the philosophy of nature as a whole and integral part of ourselves, he is a visual activist for the natural world.



PAST DEMO: Design & Composition Monday, Feb. 21 • 6:30 pm

Spencer Meager- Design & Composition
The key component to every piece of art is design. Watercolorist Spencer Meager took us inside his composition process.
He begins by laying out the painting, deciding what can stay and what has to go. Next, he breaks the subject into large shapes with a quick sketch, followed by laying in a very wet wash of background color. Larger value forms are developed though color and negative painting. In the last stages, Spencer employs simple flecks and applications of paint to accentuate the final image.

PAST DEMO: Monday, January 17th, 2021 - 6:30pm

Jim Swanson Art Demo: Catching the Light

Acclaimed artist James Swanson is a member of Oil Painters of America, the National Oil &  Acrylic Society, and a Signature Member of the American Impressionists Society. Jim demonstrated how to create interesting color mixes, distinguish warm and cool colors, and  nail the focus of the painting. to view his work

PAST DEMO: Monday, November 15th, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Donna Castellanos - Art Demonstration: Collage & Assemblage
We joined artist Donna Castellanos, a rescuer of once loved things. Donna  discussed her process that begins with finding beauty and inspiration in discarded everyday items from the past. Through collage and assemblage, she invites the viewer to interact and participate in the creation of community art pieces. 
You will be amazed by what Donna creates out of vintage and discarded items! Take a peek at her fascinating work:


PAST DEMO: Monday, Oct. 18th, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

MARGE HALL - Oil Painting: Start to Finish ( Virtual)

We developed knowledge and love for oil painting with Marge Hall, award-winning floral portrait artist. Marge provided useful tips for beginners to advanced artists.


PAST DEMO: Monday, September 20th, 2021 - 6:30 pm - 8:30pm

Art Demonstration: Portraits in Oil featuring Don Yang

Artist Don Yang will demonstrated direct painting (‘alla prima’) from a live model. He emphasized capturing accurate proportion, the form of the head, and facial color variations. These techniques create a convincing likeness in an oil sketch within a limited time.


PAST DEMO: April 19th, 6:30p - The Value of Sketches


Knowing where you are going with that first stroke is the single most important step in a successful painting. The sketch is like a map to your wildest journey. Large format watercolor artist Michael Ireland stressed the importance of drawing and how it sets the stage for multiple passes of glazes and color washes.


PAST DEMO: March 15th, 6:30 - Relief Printmaking


PAST DEMO: February 15th, 6:30p - Pastel Winterscape: Embracing the Solitude of the Season


Award-winning artist, Brian Sauerland,  discussed his process of working with pastels. He demonstrated, via Zoom, how subtle shifts in color and value can create an impactful winter scene. Capturing the peacefulness of winter requires an understanding of the limits of photographic references, a loose hand, and a little inspiration.


PAST DEMO: January 18th, 6:30p - Traditional Watercolor Painting – 50 Years in 3 Steps 

BOB KRAJECKI - Watercolor Painting

Traditional Watercolor Painting – 50 Years in 3 Steps 

There are many different techniques for painting in watercolor. With 50 years of experience, continued study and experimentation, Bob holds true to the classical methods. He highlighted the two important aspects that make watercolors special. One is the transparency that makes watercolors so bright and fresh. He  showed how to achieve and maintain that freshness. The other is the way pigments separate – why they do, and how to take advantage of the nuances to create interesting textures. We watched him simplify a painting into three steps:

  1. Paint the abstraction pattern of light and dark shapes.
  2. Define shape and form.
  3. Add details to emphasize the center of interest.


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