Showstoppers: Pastels USA

The Pastel Society of the West Coast’s “Pastels USA” exhibition is currently showing at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, Calif, through Sept 27. Congratulations to Pastel Journal editorial board member, Duane Wakeham, (pictured at left with Tina Moore, president of the PSWC), who can now add “PSWC Pastel Laureate” to his already long list of achievements. The accomplished artist and art instructor is also a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, and a member of their Pastel Hall of Fame. If you can’t make it to the PSWC show in Santa Clara, you can check out more of Wakeham’s work in the October 2008 issue of The Pastel Journal. espanola-bhosner-787x10241.jpg

I’d also like to extend congratulations to artist Bill Hosner, who received his third Best of Show award in the Pastels USA exhibition, the first artist to do this. Hosner is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the
Pastel Society of the West Coast. He has also been recognized with a Gold Medallion
and Master’s Circle status in the International
Association of Pastel Societies
. His plein air figure work, of which his award-winning Espanola (shown here) is a wonderful example, was featured in The Pastel Journal (February 2008) and his landscape work will be part of an upcoming special feature on winter scenes in February 2010.

Alan Flattmann, the Juror of Awards for the show, also recognized work by Kim Lordier, Diana DeSantis, Andrew McDermott, Wilo Balfrey, Dawn Emerson, Clark Mitchell and other wonderful pastel artists. Visit the PSWC website to see a Gallery slide show.

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