Featured Pastel Artist: Anita Stoll

Anita Stoll Pastel Collage

Anita Stoll Pastel Collage
Anita Stoll Pastel Collage

Anita Stoll is known for her pastel landscapes with a very strong abstract sense. Her pastel paintings are inspired by what she observes in nature. At the age of 50 she and her husband moved to the High Desert north of Los Angeles where she was immediately struck with the open expanses of sky and land. Along with that she was overcome by an urge to create. She soon enrolled in art classes in a community college and began showing locally while still holding on to her day job as a buyer for the California airport in Mojave. It wasn’t long before she got into galleries in Taos, San Francisco, Wrightwood and Encino, along with being the house artist of the Antelope Valley Winery. After moving to Coarsegold, CA, she became internationally known by having a feature article on her in International Artist’s Magazine and also The Pastel Journal. She won fourth place in PJ’s annual Top 100 Exhibition of 2006, and she was once again published in the book Best of America Pastel Artists, Volume II

Anita Stoll
Anita Stoll

Anita is a signature member of The Pastel Society of The West Coast and The Northwest Pastel Society. She is currently represented at Timberline Gallery, Oakhurst and at her home studio and gallery Big Acre Studio in Coarsegold. She is a very active blogger and I selected 2 articles for you to read, Face the Wall and Painting Upside Down.

Northwest Pastel Society International Open Exibition

Elizabeth Mowry "Reflecting Moon"

Elizabeth Mowry "Reflecting Moon"
Elizabeth Mowry "Reflecting Moon"

Northwest Pastel Society is having 26th Annual International Open Exhibition. If you would like to participate the prospectus is available on the Society’s website. Couple of the show details
Where: The American Art Company
Address: 1126 Broadway, Tacoma, WA
When: May 5 – June 16, 2012
Awards: Best of Show $1,200
Entry deadline: March 1st, 2012
Show Co-Chairs are Janice Wall and Bonnie Griffith.
Juror: Elizabeth Mowry
To get the inspiration visit the gallery from 2010 International Show.

Northwest Pastel Society Members’ Exhibition 2010

Bill McEnroe B.C. Chess
Bill McEnroe

The Northwest Pastel Society is presenting Members’ Exhibition for 2010 on their website. The works will also hang in the Blue Horse Gallery, Bellingham, WA till May 26th. Members were asked to think “OUTSIDE THE BOX”, or take an experimental approached toward the work to be presented in this years’ show.
The Best of Show was pastel “B.C. Chess” by Bill McEnroe.
NPS Presidents’ Award: “Blue”, Denise Champion.
NPS Director’s Award: “Chit Chat”, Marcel Schwarb.
Miniature Category Award Winners:
1st Place Award: “A Lady From Wales” Paulette Johnson.
2nd Place Award: “Sun Kissed” Kari Tirrell.
3rd Place Award: “Colorful Canoes” Paulette Johnson.
The extensive list of awards is available as a pdf file, and on the Bleu Horse Gallery site A-K and L-Z.

And also don’t forget about the NPS open international exhibition.

Northwest Pastel Society: 24th Annual Exhibition

Barbara Benedetti Newton

The Northwest Pastel Society is preparing for the 24th Annual International Open Exhibition. While they are still not ready with the prospectus and the details, you can save the date, as they suggest, and browse previous years exhibitions. In this post you can see the winning piece from 2009 by Barbara Benedetti Newton.
The entry deadline is Aug 9, 2010, the juror will be Duane Wakeham, and the best of show prize is $1500.


The entry form is now available and it can be reached at NPS website.

Kari Tirrell: a Dog Demo

Kari Tirrell - Sunny Spot
Kari Tirrell "Sunny Spot"

Kari Tirrell is a self-taught artist who likes to paint animals and people. She paints predominantly with soft pastels and has a great love for realism. Kari is a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and  the Northwest Pastel Society. If you like her work and the painting above, take a look at the very good and descriptive dog demo.

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