CARBONDALE — The Chamber Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition of the 2018 season, “The Artistry and Colors of the Palette Pals,” a collective of local artists based in Forest City.

The opening reception is set for Saturday, June 9, from 7-9 p.m. with entertainment by Sandra Anderson. Anderson will perform songs of nature and life as a musical theme for the evening.

The Chamber Gallery exhibit, “The Artistry and Colors of the Palette Pals,” represents a beautiful collection of paintings by area artists, calling themselves “The Palette Pals,” brought together by their abiding love of art, nature, and the world around them.

The group gathers together for the pleasure of oil painting once a week, for 10 weeks in the spring, and 10 weeks in the fall, at Forest City Regional School. The group was founded by artist, Paul Roginski, a teacher in the Forest City Regional School District, who. 24 years ago offered recreational oil painting. Some current members have belonged to this painting group since that time.

Roginski has recently retired from mentoring Palette Pals, but the group still meets to paint regularly, and the members advise and help each other with painting.

The members enjoy get- ting together to paint each session.

Palette Pals generally uses oil paints as a medium, and their art includes genres such as landscapes, seascapes, still life, portraits and more.

Each member has their own style of painting, and so the group produces an assortment of art.

“The shared creativity, energy, and joy, of the group, embraces a wide spectrum of style, deepening each artist’s abilities and along with the comfortable camaraderie, affords a supportive environment in the Forest City School.

“Getting together with friends of like- mind and connecting to the community is of great benefit. The Artistry and Colors of The Palette Pals oil painting collection is a varied and lovely selection of beautiful quality and has tremendous appeal,” stated Ruthanne Jones, Director of The Chamber Gallery.

Roxanne Farber, sums up the group’s feelings perfectly, “We swap ideas, further our skills, gain experience in subject matters and techniques yet we each maintain our own individual style and have fun.”
The opening reception is free and open to the public. An array of refreshments will be offered.

The Artistry and Colors of the Palette Pals will be on exhibition from June 9th through July 9th. The Chamber Gallery is free and open to the public between thehoursof9am-5pm, Monday through Friday.

Special Saturday and Sunday viewings of the exhibit can be made by appointment by contacting Ruthanne Jones with the information of time and number of people in advance by calling and specifying “Sunday Visit” at The Chamber at 570-282-1690.

The Artistry and Colors of Palette Pals is an affirming experience and will be enjoyed and loved by the entire family and people of all ages.

For more information, visit The Chamber Gallery Facebook. The Chamber Gallery is located in the historic Dime Bank Building, now known as The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Building, 27 N. Main St., Carbondale