Pastel Society of Colorado’s 2017 Mile High National Pastel Exhibition
Littleton Museum (6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton)
July 6 – August 20, 2017
Ani Espriella - Ease On Down the Road - pastel
Attached for use is a photo (Magic.jpg) with the suggested caption: “The Magic of Books,” a pastel by Paul Birchak (Colorado), will be one of the pastel paintings on display during the Pastel Society of Colorado’s 2017 Mile High National Pastel Exhibition.
The Pastel Society of Colorado’s (PSC) 13th Mile High National Pastel Exhibition will be on display July 6 – August 20, 2017 at the Littleton Museum located at 6028 S. Gallup St., in Littleton. The exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing during regular museum hours and exhibition paintings will be available for purchase.
The Mile High National Pastel Exhibition will feature nearly 100 landscape, portrait, figurative and still life paintings that have been created with soft pastels by artists from 18 states and Spain. Internationally acclaimed painter Tony Allain, who is an elected member of the Pastel Society UK and signature member of the Pastel Society of America, juried and judged the exhibition.
“We are delighted that our show will take place in Littleton this year. We have been able to hold our show in museum and gallery gems in the metro area that add more exposure to a thriving art culture in our state,” said Nancy Welter, PSC exhibition co-chair. “Each year we look forward to showcasing the wide scope of national pastel paintings. It is an ideal opportunity for people to see top pastel artists and to learn more about this art form made famous by painters such as Degas and Renoir.
“War are also honored that Tony Allain consented to judge our show. He is one of the top pastel artists in the world today. Having this acclaimed UK pastel artist associated with our exhibition is a testimony to the quality and abilities of Colorado’s pastel artists. We also have exemplary artists that volunteer their time and talents to make this show happen each year,” Welter added.
Pastel is the most stable and permanent of all painting media. Sometimes confused with chalk, which is limestone and dye, pastel is formed from pure, dry powdered pigments mixed with a liquid binding solution and formed into sticks of infinite colors. Rather than using brushes, artists apply pastel sticks to their substrate when painting. Pastel paintings have become increasingly popular due to rich color and layering techniques that uniquely capture light, resulting in luminous, glowing artworks. The PSC is one of the largest pastel societies in the nation and Colorado is home to one of the top makers of soft pastels, Terry Ludwig Pastels, which is located in Littleton.