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Registration for the 2011 convention of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) opened on September 1, and more than 200 people have already registered to attend. IAPS president Maggie Price informs me that several class sessions—some of those with limited space for participants, like my individual critique sessions—have already filled, but there are still plenty of class openings. But don’t wait; it’s time to start making your plans!


The convention will take place in Albuquerque, N.M., from June 2 to 5, with additional events before and after. It’s conveniently located within walking distance from Albuquerque’s historic Old Town.


Maggie has highlighted three of the 25 presenters you will have the chance to see in action in Albuquerque should you attend:


ohagan-street.jpgDesmond O’Hagan is conducting a workshop designed to help
participants reach the next level in their pastel painting, and offering a
demonstration on developing stronger paintings. Desmond is a Master Pastelist
with the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art. In 2005, he was inducted
into the IAPS Masters Circle. Desmond has won several awards in national
exhibitions including the IAPS Prix de Pastel, and his work has been the
subject of feature articles in numerous national and international magazines. His art is in public and private collections in the United States, Japan,
Canada and Europe. [Desmond’s step-by-step demonstration of a street scene is featured in the current December issue of The Pastel Journal available at northlightshop.com]


hay-sul-clouds.jpgLiz Haywood-Sullivan will conduct a business session titled
“SmART Business: Markting Advice for the pastel artist,” and a hands-on class
on painting dramatic skies. Liz has been a dedicated pastel artist since she
left the design business in 1996. She holds Signature Memberships in PSA, the
Connecticut Pastel Society, and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. Liz is
known for her dynamic, award-winning pastel landscape paintings. Her paintings
have been seen in national competitions, museum shows and in numerous magazine
articles. She’s the current Vice President of IAPS, and also teaches workshops on pastel
painting and business management for artists. [Liz’s step-by-step demonstration of a snow-covered landscape was featured in the February 2010 issue of The Pastel Journal, available here.]


somers-abstr.jpgFred Somers will offer two sessions on abstracting the landscape; one is a hands-on class
and the other a demonstration. Fred is an internationally recognized painter
and teacher who lives and works from his farm-home studio near Northfield,
Minn. His pastel paintings have received numerous awards including the
2009 Prix de Pastel from the International Association of Pastel Societies,
where he is a member of the Masters Circle. [Fred was featured in the magazine in the October 2009 issue, available here.]


For more information about the convention, classes and
events, visit the IAPS website at www.pastelinternational.com.”





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