While differing in media preferences, one thing local painter Renée Kelleher and pastellist Jim Tyler have in common is an appreciation for light and shadow.

“Jim has such a beautiful use of light in his pastels. I also try to capture the contrast in the light and dark in my oil paintings,” Kelleher said. “We both push color, so our works complement each other quite well, I think.

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  • COURTESY IMAGE BY RENÉE KELLEHER
  • TANGO NEED TWO A collection of oil paintings by Renée Kelleher (whose piece, Sunset Reflections Madrid, is pictured here) currently hangs alongside several pastels by her colleague Jim Tyler in a duet exhibition at the gallery Los Olivos, titled Inside / Outside.

“I think the fact that we paint in two different media enhances our exposure,” added Kelleher, whose works are paired with Tyler’s in a new duo exhibition, Inside / Outside, at Gallery Los Olivos.

As the title of the exhibition might suggest, the exterior landscapes – for which the two artists have become well known – are not the only pieces on display. While some of Tyler’s latest exteriors use the Guadalupe-Nipomo dunes, Montaña de Oro, and other coastal locations as a backdrop, visitors to the exhibit will be just a glimpse of the interiors of a chapel. French painted by Kelleher during a trip to Madrid.

“While a lot of artists focus on a single subject, like local landscapes, we both paint everything: people, city scenes, flowers, still lifes, as well as landscapes of California and our trips, ”said Tyler, a prolific member of SLOPE (San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment) and other regional painting groups. “This was the basis of our new exhibition. We wanted to show that a cohesive painting style applies to any subject.”

Tyler called the duo’s new exhibition a “very cohesive spectacle” because the works of both artists fit into the framework of Impressionist realism. Kelleher agreed.

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HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE “While many artists focus on a single subject, such as local landscapes, we both paint everything: figures, city scenes, flowers, still lifes, as well as California and our travels, ”said pastellist Jim Tyler, referring to the diversity of subjects found in both Renée Kelleher's work and hers.  In the photo: heat.  - COURTESY IMAGE BY JIM TYLER

  • COURTESY IMAGE BY JIM TYLER
  • HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE “While many artists focus on a single subject, such as local landscapes, we both paint everything: figures, city scenes, flowers, still lifes, as well as California and our travels, ”said pastellist Jim Tyler, referring to the diversity of subjects found in both Renée Kelleher’s work and hers. In the photo: heat.

“Our styles are very similar in the way we paint,” Kelleher said. “But more than that, we both have a great diversity of subjects, whether we’re painting in our studios or outdoors. We’re not correct outdoor landscape painters. I believe we both think outside of this box. “

Kelleher’s goal with his oil paintings is to bring viewers to precise but candid moments, whether it’s just sitting in traffic during a sunset or finding a nest of flowers. abandoned bird in your garden.

“Each is unique and a work of art in itself,” Kelleher said of the bird nests, which she has continually discovered on her property and recently painted. Viewers will be able to find these still lifes in the non-landscape section of Inside / Outside.

“About half of our works are landscapes and are displayed on two adjacent walls. The non-landscape pieces are on two other adjacent walls,” said Tyler, commenting on the layout of the exhibition, which will remain on display until July 31. .

As members of the Los Olivos Gallery, Tyler and Kelleher also take occasional shifts to manage the gallery, assist guests and manage sales during the duration of the exhibition. About two and a half years ago, Kelleher first met Tyler at the gallery shortly after he became a new member. That day, she showed her future Inside / Outside partner the ins and outs of running the place.

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Take me to church

  • COURTESY IMAGE BY RENÉE KELLEHER
  • Take me to church “Just before COVID-19 hit my husband and I had visited Madrid and the south of France, so I painted the little chapels and cathedrals we visited there”, said Renée Kelleher, commenting on one of her interior scenes, Chapel in Madrid, featured in Inside / Outside.

“We spent a day together at the gallery while she showed me the procedures for managing the gallery and recording sales,” said Tyler. “We really hit it off that day and found that we both enjoyed painting a variety of subjects.”

About a week before the Inside / Outside closure, Tyler will host a live painting demonstration at the Los Olivos Gallery on July 26. He’s also having a similar event the day before, at the Park Street Gallery in Paso Robles (July 25), where Tyler regularly hosts free pastel demonstrations at least three times a month, he said.

Compared to the ups and downs of the pandemic of the past year and a half, one thing Tyler has noticed recently, and one that he feels grateful for, is that people are flocking to art shows and venues in droves. in-person sales.

“We have seen an increase in the number of visitors and buyers,” Tyler said. ??

Calendar editor Caleb Wiseblood could use some new wall art. Send your suggestions to [email protected]

Correction

In the story of the arts, “Portraits, music and stories” (July 15), New times incorrectly stated Jordan Martinez’s title. She was a producer for RACE Matters SLO’s Belonging Project. We regret the error.

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