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Pastel Pick of the Week | Canadian Pastel Conference 2016

Canada made headlines this week thanks to an official State Dinner at the White House, where President Obama welcomed the new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I decided I would keep Canada in the news cycle a bit longer—at least in the pastel news cycle—by sharing this announcement from Ruth Rodgers, president of Pastel...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Rhoda Yanow Named to PSA Hall of Fame

The Pastel Society of America (PSA) has announced the names of the honorees who will be celebrated this fall, during the 44th Annual Juried Exhibition, "Enduring Brilliance." These are people who have contributed significantly to the pastel community by providing inspiration, leadership, energy or guidance—or all of the above. Thanks to PSA presdient Jimmy...

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Give (or Get) the Pastel Journal 2015 Annual CD or Downloads | Pastel Inspiration at Your Fingertips

Looking for a holiday gift for a fellow pastelist … or perhaps even yourself? Give (or get) the gift of hundreds of pages of pastel inspiration, tips and techniques in one searchable, printable and portable location—the Pastel Journal 2015 Annual CD or Individual Issues Downloads (pdf). Formatted for Mac and PC compatibility, both the CD and downloads...

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Pastel Pick of the Week: Jean-Étienne Liotard at the Royal Academy

The pastel masterpieces of 18th-century Swiss-French portrait artist Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789) are getting the royal treatment in an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in London. The retrospective, which has traveled to London from the National Galleries of Scotland, is the first retrospective exhibition in the UK to be devoted to the artist...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Zaria Forman at Winston Wächter

Whether you're stunned by the detailed rendering, amazed by the sheer scale, stirred by the challenging statement about climate change, or all of the above, Zaria Forman's pastels of water and ice do provoke a strong response. The artist's solo exhibition, SLIP, is currently being shown—now through October 17—at Winston Wächter Fine Art, New...

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IAPS Convention 2015 | The Greatest Pastel Party on the Planet

The 11th biennial convention of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), held this past summer in Albuquerque, N.M., kicked off on Tuesday, June 2, with four all-day workshops led by pastel superstars Sally Strand, Albert Handell, Diane Rapissi and Terri Ford, and the inspiration just continued to flow for the next four days.

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Pastel Pick of the Week | An Invitation to New Zealand

The Nelson, New Zealand area of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) invites all pastel enthusiasts to join them in April 2016 for the PANZ “Purely Pastel” National Art Awards and Convention. The event will take place in Mapua, a small town on the island's South Island on the coastline of Tasman Bay,...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Winners in UART’s Online Pastel Competition

The award-winners in the 2015 UART Online Pastel Competition represent an impressive collection of pastel prowess and ingenuity. The juror was Liz Haywood-Sullivan—artist, author, instructor and current president of the International Association of Pastel Societies. She had her work cut out for her, having to select a first, second and third place winner, two...