Gallery II is the smaller of our two galleries, located just beyond the front desk. It showcases one-person exhibits and special shows typically for a month’s duration. DPAL members can qualify when they have received enough points for exhibiting in regular Gallery 1 shows. Requirements for a one-person show are detailed in the /Gallery Submission Rules
If the exhibiting artist wishes, a special opening reception may be held for each new show. At the artist’s preference it will be held either on a Sunday afternoon or a Friday evening.
January: Yuletide Treasures pick up
February: Don Purney
March: Annette Leiber
April: Judith Horsley
May: Marge Hall
June: Volunteers’ Show
July: Robert Pennor
August: Children’s Classes
September: Beverly Miotke
October: Plein Air Painters
November/December: Yuletide Treasures gift shop
Meet “Nature’s Beauty” artist, Marge Hall, now in Gallery II
While many of us know Marge Hall from her years of teaching at the DuPage Art League, her bio may fill in a few things you didn’t know about her. Enjoy!
Marge Hall was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. She lives in Winfield and has four sons and ten grandchildren. She graduated from Southern Illinois Vocational Technical Institute with a degree in Commercial Art. After working as a package designer she came to the DPAL and took classes with two abstract instructors. While that was enjoyable, her passion went back to realistic painting. In 1971 the League asked if she would consider teaching and her classes have been full ever since. She has also taught at the Oak Brook Art League and the College of DuPage and has done many demos. Wheaton Library was her most recent program.
A workshop in 1992 led her to her enlarged flower series of over 350 paintings. She creates an almost three-dimensional effect by layering the oil paint and enhancing the colors and values. It can take 30 to 60 hours to create a painting in this manner. She has won numerous awards at Galleries and Art Fairs but feels helping her students find their own style is her biggest reward. Two quotes relate to Marge, “Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” and “Take time to smell the roses.”
March 2022 – Annette Lieber
The DuPage Art League Gallery II presents “Passage Thru
Time,” an exhibit by artist Annette Perone Lieber. While
embracing contemporary techniques, she likes to discover the
intricate in all objects, especially those of the hidden
February 2022 – Don Purney
February’s Gallery II Exhibit at the DuPage Art League features pastels by Don Purney. While in grade school, he went through hundreds of sketchpads, desktops, textbook covers and paint by number sets, but it wasn’t until college that he took his first art class. His years in the Navy and then as an air traffic controller took priority until he retired and signed up for a pastel painting class at the DuPage Art League. Don remarks that he’s been having a ball ever since, painting whatever strikes him as interesting! In his words, he does it FOR THE FUN OF IT!
October 2021 – Plein Air Painters
This month we feature some of the works of our Plein Air Painters. Each Friday morning starting in May, a group of painters meet and paint their surroundings. Join us next year!
September 2021 – Diana Mitchell
Diana Mitchell’s subjects vary but are primarily landscapes, often from rural areas. Barns, which are fast disappearing from the Midwest, become the focal point of many of her paintings. Other landscape themes result from plein air painting or from her travels. She seeks to convey a mood, a glimpse of rural America, or an immersion in nature.
August 2021 – Children’s Classes
Gallery II welcomes the DPAL Children’s Exhibit.
Plan to be amazed and delighted at the talent of our young, local-area artists. From the wide array of classes offered at the league, they work in acrylics, watercolor, colored pencil, mixed media and cartoon drawing. Bring your kids to see the exhibit, too—they might want to try a class themselves. Classes are for ages 6 to 16.
Our current list of inspiring instructors and classes includes:
Amazing Acrylics: Margaret Bucholz
Drawing: Cherie Matousek
Colored Pencil: Margaret Bucholz
Watercolor: Margaret Bucholz
Mixed Media: Cherie Matousek
Art Party: Carolyn Abramofsky
Storytelling and Cartoon Drawing: Charles Welch
July 2021 – Sue Thomas
The July Gallery II exhibit, “When Tumblers Click,” features the pastel art of Sue Thomas. The catchy title refers to her many years of R.V. travels where, against all odds, the many things that could and did go wrong in her R.V., would fall into place just in time. She attributes her good fortune to a guardian angel traveling with her! Those road trips that used to be saved in slide show format are now remembered in her pastel art.
Sue graduated from Western Illinois University in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. This parlayed into a career in Graphic Art. Most of Sue’s career was in the printing industry where she wore many different hats over the years. She was a silkscreener, keyline department supervisor, production artist and color proofer. She worked with Graphic Artists to make prototypes of their designs, cutting Rubylith overlays, making negatives using a camera so large she would have to climb a ladder. Her experience included airbrushing, embossing, construction and many other important skills. Most impressive was her ability to mix every color in a PMS book by eye. Incredible! When Sue retired from this hard but rewarding work, she soon got back to her Fine Art roots. Enrolling in a variety of classes and mediums at the DuPage Art League, she found herself drawn, especially to soft pastels. Sue has won many awards in the art league’s monthly exhibits.
May 2021 – Best of the Best
April 2021 Exhibit- by Eve Sofferman
Our April Gallery II Exhibitor, Eve Sofferman, talks about her love of art.
I have always enjoyed drawing and painting. I have tried various media, but since discovering oil pastels in classes with George Shipperley, I have worked exclusively in that medium. I love creating visions of sunset and ocean scenes. My favorite subjects are Door County harbors and Sarasota ocean scenes.
I am originally from St. Louis Missouri where I attended Washington University School of Fine Arts. I have studied at the DuPage Art League in Wheaton as well as the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, Il. I am a member of the Yellow House Artists, a group of artists who work in oil pastels and oil sticks, and promote that medium and participate in gallery shows. I am a member of the DuPage Art League as well as the Wayne Art League.
My art has been exhibited at the DuPage Art League, The Fine Line Arts Center, Art in Your Eye art fair in Batavia, Bartlett Public Library, Peck Farm Gallery, the Geneva History Museum, Norris Gallery in St. Charles, the Elmhurst Art Museum, Mayslake Mansion in Oakbrook, and the Palette and Chisel in Chicago.
Contact Information: 630-372-3385
March 2021 Exhibit- by Chris Hughes
The DuPage Art League is featuring Christopher Hughes as the Gallery II artist for the month of March. Chris likes to paint with acrylics, oils and pastels. He was a fine art major at Utah State University before changing to a business major at Boston University. His experience living abroad and traveling brings inspiration to his work. Some of his paintings have traveled to special exhibits in China and Russia as part of a fine arts cultural program. Chris has earned recognition and awards in competitions in Texas and Illinois including Best of the Best nominations here at the Art League. He is part of a weekly art critique group and serves as co-leader responsible for organizing and mailing newsletters for Artist-Show n Tell.
February 2021 Exhibit- ‘Little Escapes’ by Julie Skoda
This month we are delighted to present the exhibit “Little Escapes” by Julie Skoda. She describes these as small studies, demos and larger paintings done while viewing the world from home during the early months of the pandemic. For her, 2020 inspired an opportunity to spend more time creating and experimenting with color, texture and subject matter.
Julie Skoda is an award-winning pastel artist from Western Springs IL. Her expressive landscapes and figures exhibit rich color and sensitive light. She is a signature member of the Chicago Pastel Painters and the Degas Pastel Society, an associate member of the Pastel Society of America and the Vice President of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. She also teaches in-studio and online pastel painting classes. Her work can be viewed online at www.julieskoda.com.