Gallery II

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.

2021 Schedule:

January:  Yuletide Treasures pickup

February:  Julie Skoda

March:  Chris Hughes

April:  Eve Sofferman

 May:  Best of the Best

 June:  Volunteer Show

July:  Sue Thomas

August:  Children’s Classes

September:  Diana Mitchell

October:  Plein Air Painters

November/December:  Yuletide Treasures gift shop

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.


Julie Skoda


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

Julie Skoda Gallery II

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