GENEVA – Proud Fox Galley owner David Frydrychowicz sees how the friendship between Aurora artists David Hettinger and George Shipperley is reflected in their work.
“I like the diversity of their styles, but they still feed off each other,” Frydrychowicz said. “You can see in their newer works their influence on each other.”
Those who visit his store this month can see for themselves, as their works will be on display throughout November. A by-invitation-only reception for the two artists will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Proud Fox Gallery, 213 W. State St., in downtown Geneva.
Those who want to attend the reception need to reserve a seat by calling the store at 630-262-8797.
The artists’ work will be on display through Saturday, Nov. 30.
Since beginning his career as a professional artist, Hettinger, 68, has had 21 one-man shows in galleries across the country, and has won awards for his landscapes, still lifes and figurative paintings.
Shipperley, 75, is an art instructor, member of the Palette & Chisel Academy in Chicago, and the first awarded signature member of the Oil Pastel Society.
The upcoming show will be the first time the two have been featured in a gallery show together. Shipperley acknowledged they do influence each other.
“We learn from each other,” Shipperley said. “We respect each other’s work.”
They also teach other painters what they have learned. Every Saturday morning, Shipperley and Hettinger offer critiques of the works of other artists as part of a program called “Palette Talk,” held at Jake’s Bagels & Deli, 220 North Broadway Ave., Aurora. The website for Palette Talk is www.palettetalk.net.
“We give them pointers on what they can improve in the direction they want to go,” Hettinger said.
Shipperley said he is glad to do it.
“It is a way for us to give back what we have learned over the years,” he said.
Shipperley loves painting landscapes.
“But I do just about everything,” Shipperley said. “I don’t like to be known for just that.”
Hettinger got his first commission in eighth grade.
“I drew my friend’s nephew,” he said. “I got paid $2.”
Beyond just learning different techniques, Hettinger said artists must have passion about their subject matter.
“There has to be reason for doing the painting and some passion put into it,” he said.