Artists Sue Goodpaster and Carol Kessler share the Gallery space at Flourishes Gallery and Studios for the upcoming months at 140 1/2 East Main in downtown Shelbyville. The exhibit consists of mainly pastel and oil works by these two artists who have known each other from their teaching days as art teachers, since retired.
Sue Goodpaster resides in Moweaqua and works mainly with pastel, working from photos of her travels and en plein air. She has taken many workshops by renowned pastel artists and belongs to Gallery 510 in Decatur and Illinois Prairie Pastel Society in Springfield. All of her works for this presentation are in pastel, some experimental and some traditional. All show her great skill with the medium and the wealth of her knowledge that she is so willing to share with others. In her home studio, she paints mostly every day, a practice she feels keeps her moving forward with honing her skill.
Carol Kessler resides in Shelbyville and works mainly in pastel and oil paint sticks. She also works from travel photos and en plein air. Her works for this show are pieces she has not yet shown at Flourishes. She often likes to work in a series and shows numerous pieces in oil from her mission trip to Haiti earlier this year.
Being active in Art Talk Tuesday, a Keepers of the Arts activity held at Flourishes, she leads and participates in various topics, often experimental in nature or subject matter. Carol is also a member of Gallery 510 in Decatur and Illinois Prairie Pastel Society in Springfield as well as the American Impressionist Society and Painted Ladies. She feels it is beneficial to have such support groups to share knowledge and suggestions to enhance her work and to help others do the same.
Along with this show in the Gallery, Dan Modzelewski will fill the Library with a number of his work not yet exhibited at Flourishes. The work of Dan, Jamie Rutherford, and Carol Kessler is also hung in the Upper Lobby and Carol’s large oils in the Theme Hall and Beaux Arts Ballroom. The Rembrandt Society Permanent Collection also shares a space in the Upper Lobby. The Lower Lobby (entrance from the street to the elevator) also contains Carol’s work of Shelbyville sites in black and white.
These all will continue to be on display through Oct. 26. Opening hours are usually on Tuesday from 10-5 and Thursday and Saturday mornings from 10-noon. Call 217-827-5690 for more information or confirmation of opening times as changes are sometimes necessary.