ASPAS 3rd Online competition 2016

“Decadencia de Venus” by Belloso Adorna Ruben, 121 x 141 cm


The third international biennial exhibition hosted by Spanish Pastel Society ASPAS, was held  in Oviedo, Spain.  Special guests of honor were 10 Chinese pastelists who exhibited their paintings. The above painting “Decadencia de Venus” by Belloso Adorna Ruben was awarded with the first place. Check our gallery for other winning paintings and visit Spanish society for more information about the exhibition and the  event.

The Pastel Society UK – Annual Exhibition 2015

Jan Munro - Red Chair and Apples
Jan Munro – Red Chair and Apples

The Pastel Society’s 116th Annual Exhibition is open at the Mall Galleries.
I never understood the connection between the award category and the sponsor names and thus I’ll skip the award names. To see the awarded works check the gallery below.
Mike Clapton,
Michael Norman PS,
Felicity House PS,
Joanne Last,
Caroline Bays PS,
Jan Munro,
Tony Allain
Matthew Draper PS,
Christine Watson,
Jenny Smith,
Melodie Cook,
Barry Freeman,
Richard Turner,
Liz Balkwill,
Jaana Fowler,
Qiaoxi Chen.

For the extensive exhibition report please check Making a Mark blog.

Canada’s Master Pastelists Exhibition

D.F.Gray "Qualicum Heat"

D.F.Gray "Qualicum  Heat"
D.F.Gray "Qualicum Heat"

The place to visit for pastel lovers in Canada this summer will for sure be Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. D.F. Gray has assembled pastels from private collections from various historical Canadian master pastelists and invited 18 contemporary Canadian artists working with soft pastel along with some of his recent pastels. The show will be open July 18th through August 14th, and there will be more than a week of workshops and events. This looks like a big undertaking and I hope we’ll see more pastel events like this around the world. Thank you Dan and everyone else involved!
More info can be found on Dan’s website.

PSNM 19th Pastel Painting Exhibition

PSNM 2010 winners

Update Oct 27th. This is not a correct post. Presented winners are from 2009 and new winners will be announced at the grand opening on Nov 5th. Sorry about this!!!

The Pastel Society of New Mexico has had juried exhibitions annually since 1991. Over the years the show has come to be regarded as one of the best in the USA, attracting artists from all over USA, as well as Canada and Europe. Judges and Jurors have included many of the best known pastel artists working today. The Society is having their prestigious 19th exhibition on November 5 – 28, 2010, at the Hispanic Arts Center at EXPO New Mexico in Alburquerque. Among the 2010 award-winners are Bill James, winner of first-place with Dancer in Red; Sarah Blumenschein, second-place winner for Reflections in a Copper Kettle; and Paul Murray, third-place winner for Monolith.
News via the Pastel Journal blog.

William A. Schneider won The Salmagundi Award

William A. Schneider

William A. Schneider‘s painting “Bud at 92” won The Salmagundi Award at the Pastel Society of America’s 38th Annual Open Juried Exhibition held at The National Arts Club in New York City. The exhibition runs through October 2, 2010.
“I have painted Bud several times,” said Schneider. “He loves to model. He is a joker who delights in good-natured teasing. The twinkle in his eye belies his 92 years. I hope I captured that spirit.”

news via Artist’s Magazine blog

Streetpaint Festival: Zagreb Pastel 2010

Mario Vukelic

You didn’t get news from this blog lately, primarily because I was too busy organizing the streetpaint festival in my city. Since the street painters use soft pastel I consider streetpainting a part of the pastel world although not the main stream.

This was the second edition of the festival and we have had a huge publicity. The festival took place in the heart of city on a beautiful sunny day. The special section where kids could dirty their hands proved to be a big success as well. You can find photos and a short article about the whole event on the ZagrebPastel streetpaint festival site.

The Pastel Society UK 11th Annual Exhibition

Matthew Draper

The Pastel Society, UK, was founded in 1898, and some of the first members and early exhibitors were Brangwyn, Degas, Rodin, Rothenstein, Whistler and G.F. Watts. There are currently over fifty members who are professional artists living and working in UK and elsewhere. The Society pursues its aims through education and example. It is currently responsible for organising exhibitions, tutorial workshops, demonstrations and lectures throughout the UK.
The Society’s major showcase is the Annual Exhibition held at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London. This is open to entries from both members and non-members. This year’s exhibition is opened at the Mall Galleries though April 17, with the total number of 278 paintings on display. It is not clear from the website who are the winners, but there was a news on the Pastel Journal blog mentioning the prize winning artists: Matt Draper, Jeannette Hayes, and Felicity House.

Invitational Pastel Exhibition in Taiwan

taiwan pastel
unknown artist

The International Pastel Artists Invitational Exhibition is open in Taipei, Taiwan from April 1st – May 2nd, 2010. The exhibition is a continued effort from the 2007 and it is organized by the National Taiwan Arts Education Center.

The  co-sponsors of this exhibition are the Pastel Society of America, a French Pastel Association (unspecified which one) and the Hawaii Pastel Association. The exhibited pastel works in this exhibition are provided by artists from different parts of the world as well as Taiwan. The anticipation of the event is that this artistic exchange will help the development of pastel art in Taiwan.

At the same time and at the same venue, a group of teachers from all over Taiwan who have great passion for pastel paintings come together to have their work exhibited at the event Pastel: Feast for Art.

Pastel Invitational at Gregory James Gallery

Federico Frank’s Palette

Gregory James Gallery, New Milford, CT is having an invitational pastel exhibition. According to the gallery’s website the show is representing these fine pastel artists:

Rainie Crawford, Frank Federico, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Julie Hopkins, Dick McEvoy, Alain Picard, Peter Seltzer, Joel Spector, Joseph Grieco, Leslie Levy.

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