Photo: Local artist Deann Alleman works on a painting during her oil pastel class at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles. Photo by Susan O’Neill
Solo exhibition of Deann Alleman’s oil pastel paintings
Pheasant Run Resort’s
Bourbon Street Gallery
4051 East Main Street, St. Charles
March 5 – May 2
Friday, March 18 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Meet her Friday at Pheasant Run show
by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—Local artist Deann Alleman’s backyard is often her muse, where she draws inspiration. She said she is especially affected by the changing seasons.
“I love the spring time, when the trees just start to turn lacey and the corn pops up in the fields,” she said. “Of course, the fall colors … not just the trees, but all the foliage of the fields of beans and corn.”
Alleman, who lives in the Prestbury Subdivision in Sugar Grove, began painting with oil pastels after taking a class in 2005 at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles. Alleman’s work is the subject of a solo exhibition currently at the Pheasant Run Resort through May 2.
Originally created in 1949 for painter Pablo Picasso, oil pastels look like crayons, but have a creamy consistency and a range of brilliant colors. With the pastels, Alleman is able to access the vivid colors which are a hallmark of her work.
In addition to her backyard, Alleman often paints from the scenes she experiences while walking or driving through the area. Her work begins with a photo or a visual memory of a landscape or setting, but she said she is more interested in expressing the feelings and emotional reaction to what she sees.
“Hopefully that also evokes something in the viewer, as well,” she said. “That’s what art is all about.”
Alleman, a retired teacher with the West Aurora School District, experimented with art during her 20s, and picked up on her interest again when she retired in 2003.
She and several other students from her 2005 class with George Shipperly held a show of their work during the 2007 St. Charles Fine Arts Show. She said the show was successful and such fun that the fellow artists formed the Yellow House Artists, named after the setting of their first exhibition.
The group, currently at 40 members, holds a couple of shows each year in the area, with the next at the Geneva History Center on May 6-7, in conjunction with the First Friday Gallery Walk.
Alleman said that she hopes to continue to have opportunities to show her work in the area. She said her work is good for her soul.
“When you enjoy something, you want to share it,” she said.