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Couples Who Paint Together….

Gordon and Jacqueline France of La Grange IL are husband and wife so they connect in many special ways as most couples---through their children and grand-children, both are graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, their love of travel and golf. But their most special connection is through their shared enjoyment of their artistic talents in creating award winning, published and collected paintings.

Gallery 7, 116 N. Chicago St. Suite 102 in downtown Joliet proudly invites you to an exhibit of the France's Plein Air Alla Prima works in vibrant watercolor and oil. Plein Air is a French term meaning open air, and refers to a style of painting which is done out of doors using natural light and quick, broad, colorful strokes, generally done in one session, perhaps adding final detail in the studio. Alla Prima refers to an early 19th century method of painting which became popular once pre-mixed pigments and small portable box easels became readily available. The exhibit will run January 18-February 21, 2012. A reception to greet the artists will be held Sunday January 22 from 2-4pm. Complimentary hors-d'oeuvre and beverages will be served.

Gordon France retired in 2000 from a 40 year career in advertising and began to paint full time. In an Impressionistic and interpretive style he executes both suggestion of detail and beautiful broad washes of color as he interprets his favorite subjects of sports, cityscape's of Chicago, people in urban settings, and land and waterscapes in the U.S. and Italy using water-color on paper and oil on canvas. "My interest is in painting an activity that gets the viewer involved both visually and emotionally. I prefer to suggest passages rather than paint details and let the viewer's eye do the work.", says France.

Jacqueline France earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, moving in to a career as an occupational therapist teaching art to children. Through years of raising her family and running an antique business, she continued to paint. In 2000 Jacque traveled to Tuscany to participate in a landscape workshop and returned excited to paint full time. From subsequent European trips to attend more workshops and to paint, she has drawn inspiration using the techniques and style of French Impressionism. Jacque paints in oil, executed with brushes and painting knife on canvas, canvas board, and paper. Her subject matter ranges from still life to urban scenes and landscapes in the U.S. and Italy. Her works are full of energy and prismatic color, glistening with light.

Gallery 7 is operated by a group of local artists and is celebrating its 5th year of bringing exciting artwork to Joliet and the southwest suburbs, it is located at 116 N. Chicago St. Suite 102 in downtown Joliet next to the historic Rialto Theater. All art exhibited at Gallery 7 is for sale. Admission to the gallery is free and it is open to the public. Usual hours of business are Monday-Friday 11-2 and the first Saturday of each month 10:00am-Noon. You are encouraged to call 815 726-1840 for weekend and evening hours.

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