2011 Pastel International Exhibition in Giverny

Against the Sea (pastel, 16x20) by William Hosner

The start of summer is apparently a thriving time for pastel given the fact that the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) gathered for its biennial convention on June 1, and just the week before (from May 25 through June 2), another contingency of pastel artists convened at Giverny, the beautiful French village made famous by Claude Monet, for the exhibition of the Art du Pastel en France.

Sunny Side Up No. 2 (pastel, 12 x 17) by Isabelle V. Lim

I heard from Isabelle V. Lim, of Hong Kong, who had two pastel pieces in the show (see one here) and was in attendance: “We enjoyed the APF exhibition at Giverny,” she wrote. “The beautiful weather and the setting of the Giverny village.  The show went very well and I was able to see many good works by the French pastelists—so many different styles, subjects, and the use of very strong bright and vivid colors and the creative composition.”

Honored guest, the artist Bill Hosner, in Giverny with Hong Kong artist Isabelle V. Lim

The U.S. artist, William Hosner, was this year’s guest of honor at the APF event, so he found himself traveling from Michigan to France to Albuquerque, N.M., in a very short span of time. Admittedly, a rather challenging bit of travel for Bill, but a great treat for attendees at these occasions on both sides of the ocean.

To see a gallery of pastel works featured in the show, visit the Art du Pastel en France website here.



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