Saturday, September 19, 2015

Arlene Tarpey in "Pastels Chicago 2015" at The Art Center-Highland Park

Arlene Tarpey, Exploration No. 1, Pastel, 30" x 26"

Last week, the Chicago Pastel Painters’ Fifth Biennial National Juried Exhibition opened at The Art Center-Highland Park. The exhibition, titled "Pastels Chicago 2015," consists of eighty-six works of art created in the medium of pastel. Mostly representational, the imagery represents a diversity of styles and subject matter. With few pieces exploring abstraction, "Exploration No. 1" by local artist, Arlene Tarpey, is a stand-out. Tarpey's work pushes past the expected rendition of the beautiful still life, life-like portraiture and stunning landscape to a conceptual highpoint—allowing the viewer to have an alternative experience... one of surface, line and form—at it purest.

A public reception for “Pastels Chicago 2015” will be held at The Art Center-Highland Park on Friday, October 2 from 6:30–9pm. The Art Center-Highland Park is located at 1957 Sheridan Road in Highland Park, Illinois. Gallery Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9am–4:30pm. All work in the exhibition is available for purchase. The exhibition continues through October 31.

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