There are so many pastel goings-on this week, I can’t pick just one. Here are three notable new shows that are turning a spotlight on pastel:
Kim Novak: Pastel Paintings | May 04 – Jun 29, 2014
This exhibition showcases 27 works by the legendary film actress, who—since retiring from show business—has devoted a great deal of time to painting works of art in pastel and watercolor. The show includes portraits, interiors and landscapes inspired by spirituality, nature and the artist’s imaginative inner world.
Movement and Stillness | April 21, 2014 – May 12, 2014
This three-woman show focuses on the work of artists Denise LaRue Mahlke, Michelle Dunaway and Susan Lyon with work in pastel, charcoal and oil. According to the gallery’s website, “These are three artists who consistently capture the meandering movement and quiet stillness that provide a backdrop for moments in our lives.”
Purely Pastel: Random Acts of Beauty, M. Katherine Hurley | May 9-June 7, 2014
This new show celebrates a series of pastel landscapes that reveal the pure joy of unanticipated beauty. According to the website: “During her recent travels, Hurley was surprised and enchanted by the unexpected beauty that she was moving through—the small, quick glimpses that startle us into awareness of the moment. This experience also opened her vision in a new way to the local familiar landscapes that she loves.”
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