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Yellow House Artists to present fall show

Group features oil pastel, oil stick medium

Yellow House Artists, an organization of artists who work in oil pastel and oil stick, will present its fall show, “Fall Into Color” from Oct. 14 through Nov. 9 at the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, the group announced in a news release.

Admission to the exhibit is free but there is a fee for admission to the Elmhurst Art Museum galleries. Admission is free on Nov. 2, the first Friday of the month.

Yellow House Artists originated with 17 oil pastel artists with 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 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 of oil pastel and oil stick, the release stated.

Oil pastels were developed in the 1940’s at the request of Pablo Picasso because he wanted a medium with the qualities of oil but with ease of application and portability.  

Pure pigment is suspended in inert mineral oil, formed into sticks with a color palette much like oil paint, the release stated.

The appearance of the round or square sticks may belie the serious artistic application of this medium.  

Colors can be layered and blended, smeared or smudged, using fingers, a tool, or left as applied – all at the artist’s discretion.  The works are generally framed under glass to protect the surface image.

This exhibit will feature original paintings by 23 artists from the Fox Valley as well as surrounding communities.

Artists are Deann Alleman and Nancy Churvis of Batavia;  Mary Enck and Fran Stilwagner of Geneva; Jim Foght, Rupali Kumbhani and Teri Tossey of St. Charles; Donelle Flanyak of Glen Ellyn; Eve Sofferman of Bartlett; Carol and Ed Zack of Elgin; Diane Fliehler and Carol Kincaid of Wheaton; Barbara Holmes of West Chicago; Dotti Matson of Oswego; Nancy Gillespie of Winfield; Anne Marie Piemonte of Hinsdale; Jen Stanley of Chicago; Diane Danese of Elk Grove Village; Carolyn Seng of Park Ridge; Donna Ostrye of Plano; Barbara Santucci of Rockford; and Irene Peterson of Schaumburg.

More information about the group and the medium can be found online by visiting  or by email at

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