The Sierra Pastel Society is presenting its Winter Membership show at the El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace Gallery, 459 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 7.
Artists participating in the Sierra Pastel Society’s Winter Membership Show in Placerville were awarded ribbons this week.
Carolyn Thompson of Reno, Nev. was awarded Best of Show for her painting “Koi Ripples.”
Fifteen additional awards in four categories were also awarded by judge Clark Mitchell.
Signature category: Awards of Excellence — “Winter Meditation” by Carolyn Thompson, “The Gorge” by Connie Randmaa and “Hawaiian Pigeons” by Carolyn Lewis.
Awards of Merit — “Delamination” by Gloria Vernon, “Raccoon” by Irene Lester and “Seashells” by Connie Randmaa.
Landscape/Seascape: first, “High Sierra Splendor” by Judith Perry; second, “Black and Whites” by Lucinda Johnson; third, “The Truckee River” by Beverly Dearman; and honorable mention, “Woods Lake” by Jean Stiles.
Portrait/Figure/Animal Category: first, “Leonard 2” by Jennifer Eubanks; second, “The Hills are Alive” by Jimmie Grann; and third, “Tinkerbelle” by Beverly Dearman.
Floral/Still Life/Abstract Category: first, “Raspberry Deca-Dense” by Deborah Hill; and second, “OW5” by Gary Brockett.
This beautiful exhibit of 61 fine art pastel paintings is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The show is open to the public and all artwork is for sale. Art can be a special gift for family and friends and the miniatures are perfect for any wall.
The public is invited to join society members at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, for an artists’ reception and awards ceremony at the gallery.
The public is also invited to vote for a favorite painting – the People’s Choice award will be given to the artist who garners the most votes.
The gallery will remain open the evening of the reception until 8 p.m. in conjunction with the Third Saturday Art Walk.
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. The motto is “Bringing Brilliance to Art and Life.”
SPS has over 110 members — both professional and amateur painters. The Sierra Pastel Society is also a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).
For more information contact Kaaren Poole, show chairwoman, at (530) 672-0943 or go to SierraPastelSociety.net.