National Pastel Exhibit opens View summer season

CAPTIVE CRAYONS by Patricia Tribastone In Northeast National Pastel Exhibition In View, Old Forge

OLD FORGE — View, 3273 State Route 28, launches its summer season of exhibitions with the opening reception for the 8th Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition on Friday from 5-7 p.m. Awards will be announced during the reception while visitors enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and Ed Meelan and Michael Gilbert provide blues and jazz on a muted trumpet and piano. Admission to the opening reception is free for members, non-members are encouraged to give a donation.

The exhibitions will run until June 30. Exhibition admission is $8/$4 members and groups of 6+ and free to those 12 and under.

The exhibition has 100 works in pastel from artists from across North America. View invites viewers to see "the versatility and vibrancy of paintings created using pastel, and discover why it is such an exciting medium." Over $5,000 in prizes will awarded to paintings chosen by the Juror of awards Martha Deming TWSA, PSA.

Two events accompany the opening of the Pastel Exhibition. Both will be led by pastel artist Alain Picard, PSA on Saturday. From 9:30-11:30 a.m. he will lead the annual Gallery Walk About and Continental Breakfast. Attendees will have breakfast while discussing the paintings.

The second event will be "Portrait Demonstration & Decadent Deserts" from 7-9 p.m. He will demonstrate his technique for portrait painting, which he has demonstrated nationally including recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is your opportunity to learn about pastels and portraiture, while sampling exotic pastries and desserts.

Admission to these events includes gallery admission, for $15/$10 members and exhibiting artists/per event, with $5 discount when you attend both.

He will also be offering a portraiture workshop "Painting the Portrait in Pastel & Oils" on Sunday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Opening and displayed concurrently with the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition are "Hazards" Ceramic Sculpture by Julia E. Dean, and ‘Red White and Blue" assemblages by Gary L. Kollberg.

"Hazards" will be on display Saturday, May 12 ­ Saturday, June 30. Her work is made up of figures and sculpture "revealing an intense combination of raw, earth-like surfaces of maternal, life-giving forms and functional work."

"Red, White and Blue" will celebrate Memorial Day and Flag Day with the collected items featuring US history and icons.

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