Your Spring Break Itinerary

Ken Gofton, our contributing writer from England, has a suggestion for anyone contemplating a Spring Break vacation: “A springtime trip to England might be just what is needed to lift the spirits,” he writes, and goes on to suggest a couple of dates of particular interest to pastelists. First, there’s the Pastel Society UK’s annual exhibition, which opens in central London, at the Mall Galleries, immediately after Easter, April 7 to April 17. “Among the paintings to look out for, in particular” Ken writes, “will be invited submissions from some prominent artists, including Royal Academicians Tom Phillips and Anthony Eyton [whose work appeared in the June 2009 issue of The Pastel Journal] and artist Andrew Hemingway [whom we featured in the magazine in 1999, and will be revisiting in the upcoming June 2010 issue of the magazine].” See Hemingway’s pastel, Tattooed Tulip and Northern Glass (pastel on board, 13×11), pictured here.

According to Ken, a number of exciting events will coincide with exhibition, including demonstrations with Ann Wilkinson [featured in the August 2008 issue] on April 8 and charcoal specialist Roy Wright on April 13, as well as an evening event, on April 15, in which several other leading members of the society UK will be demonstrating their skills. For more details, visit the Society website at

And, if you can’t make the trip in April, consider May, when 10 prominent members of the Society will take part in a group exhibition at Galler le Fort in the charming, historic city of Bath. This show runs throughout the month, from May 1 to May 29. “The published list of participating artists,” writes Ken, “includes Jeannette Hayes, Felicity House and Moira Huntly [featured in the magazine in December 2007, October 2009  and June 2006 respectively]. Also taking part are Victor Ambrus, Sarah Bee, Michael Norman, Norma Stephenson, John Tookey, Peter Brown and Peter Vincent.”

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