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'Sharing Color': Artist to exhibit 40 years of painting

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 4:48 p.m. CDT
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“Bountiful Blue” (pictured) is Batavia artist Alyce Van Acker’s first poured painting, measuring 65-inches by 46 ½-inches. Poured painting is a technique where paint is poured directly onto the canvas and no brushes are used. “Bountiful Blue” will be featured in Fine Line Creative Art Center’s upcoming solo exhibition featuring Van Acker in “Sharing Color: Forty Years of Painting,” running April 17 through May 23 at Fine Line in St. Charles.

ST. CHARLES – Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles will host a solo spring art show in honor of Batavia resident Alyce Van Acker, who has contributed to the arts as a painter for 40 years.

The exhibit, “Sharing Color: Forty Years of Painting” will feature work showcasing Van Acker’s mastery of color, technique and abstract style, according to a news release. The exhibit will be comprised of work created by Van Acker over four decades, which will reflect a range of painting styles, the release states.

“Color is – for me – the most avidly enjoyed and magnetizing element to utilize in painting,” Van Acker said in the release. “Through it, I believe my paintings evoke a tranquil luminosity as they speak of land and atmosphere: air, space, sunlight, water and fog. At the same time, each painting is a metaphor of inner and outer experience.”

All the paintings selected for “Sharing Color” were created in 1974 or later, and will include a variety of sizes, ranging from 26-inches by 28-inches to 50-inches by 73-inches.

In addition to applying a variety of techniques to her canvases, Van Acker also manipulates the surface onto which she paints.

“For most of these 40 years, I’ve built my own stretchers, which gave me much freedom in determining size,” Van Acker said in a news release. “This is especially true of the poured paintings whose size is not known until the painting is cropped, and then the stretcher can be built, and the painting stretched.”

Van Acker, who also was Fine Line’s first painting teacher, has taught numerous painting classes since she started in 1980, according to the release.

“In my teaching, I learn much from my students, and in viewing the work of other contemporary painters, I eagerly hope to continue to explore and paint, paint, paint,” she said in the release.

The show will run from April 17 through May 23 in the Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles.

There also will be an artist’s reception, which will take place in the gallery from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 2. Van Acker will speak at 6 p.m. that day.

WHAT: Alyce Van Acker – “Sharing Color: Forty Years of Painting”

WHEN: April 17 through May 23

WHERE:Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road St. Charles

INFORMATION:,, 630-584-9443

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