For pastel artists, the biennial convention of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), which met last week for their 10th gathering, is pretty much heaven on earth. The festivities began on Wednesday, June 5, with an opening reception for the 2nd Master Circle exhibition and the 22nd IAPS juried exhibition, which many deemed “the best ever.” And the inspiration didn’t let up for days.
Here’s a photo recap of just some of the many moments we’ll remember (photos courtesy of Pastel Journal’s art director, Jennifer Hoffman):
Artist Paul Murray won the Maggie Price Award of Excellence in the 2nd Master Circle Exhibition for his pastel, Dawn Walk.
Hall of Fame pastelist Duane Wakeham shared his insights in a gallery tour that he themed around the topic of color. Wakeham commented that we often give too much attention to subject matter, when more care should be given to the handling of color.
The fabled “Paint-a-Round” always inspires with five artists working for a limited amount of time sequentially on one another’s paintings. This year’s participants—Kim Lordier, Desmond O’Hagan, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Debora L. Stewart and Stan Sperlak—exhibited calm under pressure to produce five exciting paintings.
The beautiful courtyard at the Hotel Albuquerque, Old Town, supplied the perfect setting for the Thursday night Welcome Dinner, a special celebration of the IAPS 10-year anniversary.
Even the Albuquerque skies contributed to the steady supply of creative inspiration.
Fred Somers, who was named an Eminent Pastelist (along with Terri Ford) by IAPS this year, savors the choices at Terry Ludwig Pastels like every attendee.
IAPS workshops take place indoors and out. Here, painters observe artist Desmond O’Hagan working his magic.
Artist Lorenzo Chavez demonstrates his approach to painting a winter scene in the Rockies.
Visitors to the IAPS trade show shopped the sales, chatted with manufacturers, and observed artists-in-action, including Stephanie Birdsall at the Holbein booth.
Artist Andrew McDermott gets started on a cityscape, demonstrating his direct approach and keen sense of color.
And it all happens amidst incredible Southwest scenery. Thanks, Albuquerque!
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