As part of its first annual members’ show, entitled “Color and Texture in the North Country”, The Adirondack Pastel Society held an artists’ reception and award ceremony Saturday evening, April 12, at the Widlund Gallery in the Tannery Pond Community Center, downtown North Creek.
The Board of Directors of the Society reviewed all submissions and ultimately 44 pieces have been juried into the show. These pieces were hung throughout the Widlund Gallery and Master Pastelist, Robert K. Carsten, PSA subsequently judged the show. An enthusiastic promoter of the pastel medium, Robert K. Carsten is a much sought-after art workshop instructor, national art exhibition and awards juror and demonstrator. His credentials include master pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and a master circle pastelist (2011) in the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies (IAPS). In addition, he is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Pastel Society of America and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society. Robert is also a contributing writer for Pastel Journal and the Artist’s Magazine.
Robert’s paintings have been featured on the cover of and in the December, 2004 issue of Pastel Journal, in the Artist Magazine, American Artist’s Workshop Magazine (2012), and in Pure Color/The Best of Pastel by North Light Books, and in American Art Review.
Upon reviewing all the entries in the show, Carsten awarded the following artists and their respective works:
• Best in Show was awarded to “Clement Gallery Bookshelf” by David Francis, PSA
• First Place was awarded to “Mountain River Run” by Ingrid Van Slyke
• Second Place went to “Light at the Drain Board” by Joann Quinlivan
• Third Place was earned by “Yellow Landscape” by Barbara Vural
In addition, Honorable Mentions went to “Rock Creek” by Marjorie Corbett, “Marina at Raquette Lake” by Adriana Meiss and “The Reenactor #1” by Corey Pitkin.
The reception was extremely well attended by visitors from as far away as the Albany, NY area, all having the opportunity to spend a couple of hours visiting with the artists and sharing information about their motivation, creative insight and general approach to working in the soft pastel medium. The reception was quite a success as has been the show thus far. In fact, a number of works had already been sold. The show will be displayed at the Widlund Gallery through April 22.
The Adirondack Pastel Society was founded in Glens Falls in 2008 with the objective to provide opportunities to pastel artists, educate the public, gallery owners and collectors about the merits and beauty of the soft pastel medium. With over 40 members from around the Adirondack region, many of our members have earned national recognition from the Pastel Society of America, a nationally recognized organization in New York City.
Tannery Pond Community Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, when the “Open” flag is out. Buses and groups are welcome, and the building is wheelchair accessible
Attendees enjoy the art, refreshments and mingle with the artists during the Widlund Gallery Reception.