Summertime Show Business | An International Exhibition in France

Pastel Journal contributing writer and artist Niall O’Neill splits his time between County Cork, Ireland, and France. If there aren’t enough reasons to join him in France this summer, he sends this report:

“The Salon International de Pastel will take place this summer in Saint-Aulaye, in the Dordogne area of France, from July 26 to August 24. The event celebrates a guest artist each year. Previous honorees include Vicente Romero (featured in the August 2012 issue of Pastel Journal) and German Aracil, both from Spain. This year’s honoree is the Tasmanian artist, Leoni Duff.


Autumn Music (pastel, 23×18) by Leoni Duff

“In addition to the exhibition, the Saint-Aulaye Pastel Museum will hold a temporary exhibition by five artists during the exhibition; and the Salle de l’Horloge (clock room) in the main square will showcase students’ work from the Pastel Workshops, which take place from October to June. Also on the schedule is a presentation by Pastels Girault, one of the major manufacturers of hand-made pastels, which is based in the Dordogne.

“In addition, attendees can look forward to a variety of demonstrations and workshops, during the course of the event, including workshops with Duff and the U.S. portrait artist Luana Luconi Winner, author of the book, Painting Classic Portraits (available from North Light Books).” —Niall O’Neill

With great history, scenery and wine, the Dordogne region of France is a favorite for travelers, and this summer, there is one more terrific reason to visit! To learn more, go to




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