63rd Annual Member’s Show

Friday, September 3, 2021, beginning at noon with Artist Reception 5:30-8:30pm.

Santori Aurora Public Library

101 S. River Street, Aurora, IL

The show was open to the public this year and continued through Saturday September 4, 4pm, during regular library hours. There was live music provided at the Artist Reception by John Papdolius.

“The Wolf”, soft pastel, by Julie Vander Meulen

This year’s judge was Jessica Ritchie, a very experienced art teacher from West Aurora School District 129. This is what she had to say about the winning pieces of artwork:

Best in Show: Eloise, pastel by Susan Fichtel. Details and sharpness incredible while remaining soft and realistic – clearly adores this person.

Best Digital: Mysterious Orchid, Photographic print by Richard Capps. Blackest blacks and white whites; hyper focus and interesting composition. The details of the flower are accentuated with the push of lights and darks.

1st Place: Pylotte, colored pencil by Eva Balek. Detail draws you in while colors and foreshadowing of the hand keep you moving around the composition; incredible detail.

1st Place: Night Storm, watercolor by Kendra Nohl. Lovely colors blending without becoming muddy. Brightness of yellow-orange sky pops against the blue/purple.

1st Place: In Retrospect, colored pencil by Mary Lenert. Incredible atmospheric perspective while maintaining contract of sharp/soft edges. Realistic colors yet softened; beautiful composition.

2nd Place: Irreparable Divide, clay monoprint by Mary Shoemaker. Subtle composition while maintaining details to draw you into the piece. Subtle colors work well together.

2nd Place: Washed Ashore, colored pencil by Joy Wheeler. Incredibly detailed photo-realistic while remaining soft. Slight colors pull you in to look closely at the small details.

2nd Place: Old Acquaintances, oil and cold wax by Ann Eifler. Stunning soft application of the wax and oil. Beautifully balanced compositions pulls you in to see the blues and greens that are grayed out but still vibrant.

3rd Place: Arizona 1961, acrylic by Rick Aurora. Bold composition and color grabs attention. Super contrast! Interesting perspective on car and fun brushwork.

3rd Place: Ancestors, oil by Kathy Millen. Buttery texture of the paint. Rich colors – soft and smooth texture mimic the seriousness of the composition and the subject matter.

3rd Place: Sunrise Sunset, oil by Bonnie Vargas. Lovely brightness of the sun as if you are actually looking – you want to look away not to hurt eyes. Texture helps make the clouds come to life. Reflection of sun is convincing while painterly.

62nd Annual Member’s Show

Our annual Member’s Art Show was held September 4th, 2020, at the downtown Aurora public library. All the photos are shown on our Facebook page, facebook.com/Aurora-Art-Leaugue-of-IL-1927460614238137/. The featured artwork for this year’s show is Pam Pulice’s alcohol ink piece, entitled “Beginnings.”

“Beginnings” by Pam Pulice, alcohol ink

Carrie Carlson judged our show, and she had some wonderful comments on the winning pieces. She had a very hard job as there were 60 works to judge and they were all beautiful.

BEST OF SHOW…”LeRoy” colored pencil by Mary Lenert (exceptional technique, engaging composition!)
BEST DIGITAL…”Masonic Temple #2” by John Stark (intriguing composition, excellent detail and value range while still retaining powerful contrast)
“Self Portrait” pastel by Julie Vander Meulen (such delicate control of the medium! Strong composition, excellent handling of skin tones)
“Sojourner” oil and cold wax by Ann Eifler (wonderful exploration of analogous and complementary colors! I like your subtle texture changes. Nice depth and movement.)
“Light and Dark Matters” oil and cold wax by Tara Ginocchio (fantastic rhythm and textures)
“Silver Vase” oil by Bonnie Vargas (wonderful, delicate technique)
“After the Storm” photo by Linda Woods (beautiful use of light to create a focal point! Delicate textures)
“Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore” oil and cold wax by Jen Hunger (I really enjoy your use of blues and violets in the rock shadows. Nice variety of textures throughout your piece)
“Ocean Chorus” watercolor by Julie Kline (I really like your rock textures. Nice composition)
“Time Out” print by Mary Shoemaker (nice job with registration! I like your bold, graphic composition and color choices.)
“Beginnings II” alcohol ink by Pam Pulice (Playful! There’s a nice unity in your pattern)

Thank you to Eva Balek, Ann Eifler, Bonnie Vargas, Mary Powers, and Linda Palmer, and Jen Hunger, who were all there to help with check in and hanging the show.

Membership Meeting of Aurora Art League

The next scheduled Membership Meeting for the Aurora Art League, is set for Wednesday, May 11, 2022. It will be at  2007 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL.  Social time begins at 6PM and the meeting begins at 6:30PM. Masks are no longer necessary. Guests are welcome.

Our guest demonstrator for the evening is Laura Lynne, making charming vignettes from cut paper.