Pastel Celebration in New York

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Blog post by Anne Hevener, Editor,
Pastel Journal Magazine

Pastels Celebration in NYC, with photos and description of the Pastel Society of America’s annual exhibition. Held at the venerable National Arts Club, it was a memorable evening, especially for Sally, recipient of the Hall of Fame Award.

Pastel Celebration in NYC
Posted by anne
Photo by Brenda Mattson

Photos are now flowing in from the September 16th awards ceremony for the Pastel Society of America’s (PSA) 35th Annual Exhibition at the National Arts Club in New York City. The weekend-long celebration included a number of events beginning with a special gallery tour on Friday, an Art of Pastels Materials Fair on Saturday (see photo of Jack Richeson at the materials fair, below), and an awards ceremony and dinner celebration on Sunday. This year’s special honorees were Sally Strand (shown here with artists Wende Caporale and Daniel Greene), the 2007 recipent of the PSA Hall of Fame award, and art material manufacturer Jack Richeson honored as a special friend to PSA for his continuous and energetic support of the medium and artists.

Jack Richeson Materials Fair.jpgThe PSA was founded in 1972 by Flora Giffuni (a featured artist in our June issue) as an organization for professional and emerging artists working in pastels. It’s goal is to encourage pastel artists through classes, workshops, demonstrations, and its annual juried exhibition provides an opportunity to celebrate the best of pastel in an exciting, high-profile venue. This year’s exhibition will be open to the public through September 30. Viewing hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 12 pm, and from 2pm to 5pm; Tuesdays from 3pm to 5pm; and weekends from 10am to 5pm.