The Sierra Pastel Society invites the public to attend its Spring Member Show at El Dorado County Government Center, Building B in Placerville (on Fair Lane across from the library) from Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
An awards reception will be held April 20 from 4 to 5 p.m. The society anticipates a show of approximately 60 pastel paintings, all of which will be for sale.
Members of the Sierra Pastel Society are to bring paintings to the Government Center on Monday, April 16, between 8 and 10 a.m. Each member may submit up to four entries to be judged, plus up to 3 miniatures that will not be judged. All paintings must be for sale. Maximum painting size is 36-inches on a side. The entry fee per painting is $7 and for each miniature the fee is $5.
Paintings will be judged in the following categories: Landscape/Seascape, Floral/Still Life/Abstract, Portrait/Figure/Animal, and Signature (all categories of paintings by our Signature Members), and the unjudged Miniature Category (minis are those whose outside frame measurement of two adjacent sides equals 24 inches or less).
Interested artists may join the society when they deliver their original soft pastel paintings to the show (annual membership fee is $25; joining now will cover 2012). Entry forms and further information are available on the organization’s website, sierrapastelsociety.net under “Shows”.
Lesley Harrison, an award-winning pastel artist from Amador County will judge the show. A signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Harrison has used pastel as the medium of her profession for over 35 years. Her original paintings, commissions and limited edition fine art prints are collected internationally. Her original pastel paintings have been showcased in many books and magazines, including The Artist’s Magazine, Art of the West, U.S. Art, and Wildlife Art News. She lives in Volcano.
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. Their motto is “Bringing Brilliance to Art and Life.”
SPS has more than 110 members — both professional and amateur painters. The society is also a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies.
For more information contact Pat Aragon, show chair, at (530) 620-2432 or (530) 503-5779