Pastel Pick of the Week | Be a Part of an International Celebration of Pastel in Canada

The Pastel Society of Eastern Canada (PSEC)/Societe de Pastel de L’est du Canada will be marking its 20th anniversary this fall with special plans for their biennial international juried show to be held in Montreal October 30 through November 8. The show will feature 100 works of pastel, including a painting from each of the society’s seven masters: W. Truman Hosner (U.S.), Claude Texier (France), and Canadians Horace Champagne, Denis Jacques, Marie Hélène Auclair, Juan Cristobal and Danielle Richard. In addition, the show will display one work from each American master pastelist who gave a workshop for PSEC in the last 10 years, a list that includes Sally Strand, Desmond O’Hagan, Margaret Dyer, Teresa Saia, Terri Ford and Richard McKinley. “A wall of American Masters at our show; I am thrilled!” says Reine Goodrow, PSEC exhibition chair.


Golden Pom Pom (pastel, 14×21) by Horace Champagne



Honoring a Canadian Master of the Medium: The society is also planning to honor the distinguished Canadian pastelist, Horace Champagne, as part of the anniversary celebration with a retrospective of the artist’s works. “We are extremely excited about this,” says Goodrow. “Mr. Champagne is very close to PSEC, present at every opening, giving workshops exclusively for our members, and genuinely loved by them for being the wonderfully generous and kind person that he is.” Champagne was featured in the February 2009 issue of Pastel Journal (Click here to download the free article).

How YOU Can Participate in this Celebration of Pastel: As another way to mark the occasion, the PSEC has increased its top awards for the juried exhibition to $1,000 and $750. An estimated total of more than $5,000 is available for award-winners, including a $500 cash award, given by artist W. Truman Hosner in honor of Horace Champagne. The deadline for entry into the juried show is August 15. To find out more, visit the PSEC website.





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