The Sierra Pastel Society’s second biennial Signature Membership Show will be on display at the El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace Gallery, 459 Main St. in Placerville, from Tuesday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Dec. 3, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A reception and awards presentation is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m., and the gallery will remain open that evening until 8 p.m. in conjunction with Third Saturday Art Walk.
The show is open to the public and all artwork is for sale.
“Signature” membership in the Sierra Pastel Society indicates an advanced level of artistic ability and accomplishment with the pastel medium.
The status is achieved either through the organization’s yearly signature review process, using acclaimed artists from outside the group to jury applicant’s entries, or when an artist succeeds in having paintings accepted in three of the society’s biennial international juried shows — Pastels on High.
The current exhibition will feature the work of 23 of the organization’s 46 signature members.
The Sierra Pastel Society has a total membership of approximately 114 artists from the Mother Lode region and around the state and nation.
Marbo Barnard of Rio Linda, a highly respected artist experienced in all mediums of painting, will be the judge of awards for this show. Specializing in pastel, and a member of the Pastel Society of America,Barnard’s successful art career spans over 30 years. Further information on Bernard is available at marbosart.com.
The viewing public is encouraged to vote for a favorite painting. A beautiful “People’s Choice Award” ribbon will be given during the Saturday, Nov. 19, reception to the artist whose work garners the most votes.
The Sierra Pastel Society was founded in 1999 to promote the education and utilization of soft pastels and to promote the collection of soft pastel paintings.
The objective of SPS is to provide members with learning opportunities and exhibitions, and to create a greater awareness of pastels with art collectors and the general public (sierrapastelsociety.net ).
The society’s motto is “Bringing Brilliance to Art and Life.” SPS welcomes both professional and amateur painters. The Sierra Pastel Society is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies.
Pastel is pure pigment — the same pigment used in making all fine art paints —and not to be mistaken for chalk. The dry pigment is ground up, mixed with a small amount of gum binder, and rolled into sticks. It is the most permanent of all media when applied to a permanent ground, properly framed and cared for. The vibrantly beautiful 19th century work of great artists such as Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt exemplify the lasting quality of this wonderful medium.
For further information regarding this show contact the show chairwoman Kathryn Hall at (530) 620-3400 or go to SierraPastelSociety.net.