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Award-winning Artist Marge Hall Exhibits Trademark Floral Portraits at Gallery 200

Larger than life floral images with vivid colors and striking details are a trademark of award-winning artist Marge Hall’s oil paintings.  Her exhibit, Floral Portraits, is set to bloom in October as the Featured Artist Exhibit at Gallery 200, 200 Main Street, in West Chicago.

 

Hall’s unique style of large, single-blossom paintings was developed after attending a two-day workshop in 1992.  She combined her oil painting skills with those of her commercial art degree, which taught her to illustrate with tight and exacting details, as though looking through a microscope.  Hall confesses, “I’ll take 10 pictures of a flower to get the shadows just right, giving depth to the image.”  The final oil painting will capture the light by illustrating the transparency of the petals.

 

Oil is Hall’s favorite medium, as she considers it to be the most forgiving.  She loves to manipulate the colors by layering the paint until she gets the desired effect and admits to currently working on eight different paintings, while each is at a different stage of drying.  Her favorite flower is the iris due to its unique shape and the challenges it presents with its wrinkled and textured edges.  The shape of the finished painting is determined before putting a brush to canvas.  Many are on round, square or diamond shaped wrap-around canvases, which adds an additional element to her unique style.

 

A teacher at the DuPage Art League in Wheaton, Illinois, since 1970, Hall loves nurturing students to develop their own style.  Her classes include beginners through advanced students and her philosophy is to instruct each student to paint at their own pace and develop their own style.  Her classes run the gamut of subject matter and the techniques she teaches are based on the talents of the individual student.  Hall added, “If I can recognize a student’s style without looking at their name, then I have pointed them in the right direction.”

 

Hall has been a resident of Winfield for over 40 years, and has contributed to the establishment of Oakwood Park and designed logos for the park district, historical society and the brass plate near the police department.  She is also one of the first member artists of Gallery 200 and had been involved in four additional area galleries until recent economic conditions forced their closures.  Hall remarked, “I am so thankful that the City of West Chicago has come through and honored artists by supporting Gallery 200.”

 

Meet artist Marge Hall at a free opening reception of art on Friday, October 8, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 p.m., where entertainment and light refreshments will be available. Her new collection of eco-friendly fashion accessories made from recycled pop tops will also be available for holiday shopping.  Contact Gallery 200 at (630) 293-9550 or visit www.gallery200.org for more information.

 

Gallery 200 is a cultural initiative supported by the City of West Chicago and the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission, and is one more reason West Chicago was named an Illinois Arts Friendly Community in 2007. Gallery 200 is open Thursday and Friday from 12:00 - 8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information including a complete list of current art classes, call (630) 293- 9550 or visit www.gallery200.org.

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