It surely must be the dream of many serious artists to see their work hanging in a prestigious art museum, and so it was a happy event to see 36 talented pastel artists showing in the Flora B. Giffuni Gallery at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, last Sunday, as part of the 16th annual International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) exhibition. “Every one of these paintings could have been an award winner,” said IAPS president Maggie Price in reference to the exceptional quality of pastel work.
The jurors — acclaimed artists Alan Flattmann, Liz Haywood-Sullivan and Jimmy Wright — had the difficult task of selecting the 36 paintings for the show, and Maggie had the still more challenging job of assigning awards. These honors went to Ruth Hussey (Prix de Pastel) for Confrontations, pictured above; Cuong Nguyen (Gold) for Violin and Tulips; Lorraine Trenholm (silver) for The Flow, pictured below; Sally Strand (bronze) for Breeze; and honorable mention winners Edward Kennedy for Heise; Jane McGraw Teubner for Evening Light; Terri Ford for Barn in Morning Light; and Barbara Benedetti Newton for Tuesday’s Child. You can see a slideshow of all the selected works on the IAPS website. Congratulations to all the award-recipients and to every artist with work in this sensational show. Like Maggie said, every piece is a winner, and currently hanging (through August 29) just footsteps away from paintings by Andrew Wyeth, John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer.
Since I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception, I’d like to add some shout-outs to artists Richard Lundgren, Fred Somers, Colette Odya Smith, John Philbin Dolan, Vianna Szabo, Sharon Will, Bonnie Williams, Edward Kennedy, and Joyce Lister. It was a pleasure to see you/meet you and to celebrate your latest creative achievements with you!
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