My last post reflected the opening reception of the 24th Annual International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Show at the Vose Gallery in Boston. The subject of this post is a follow up to that honorable event. On Saturday, May 24th, I had the opportunity to be one of two demonstrators at the Vose, inviting gallery goers to witness the process of building a pastel painting from blank canvas to an almost finished piece. I say “almost” because today I will evaluate if my mark making is truly successful in telling the story of my subject for this painting …. A grouping of trees in a marsh on a warm autumn morning.
The afternoon flew by. As the weather improved, the foot traffic below increased and there was a general feeling of enthusiasm for the hint of warmth that filled the air. I checked in on my co-demonstrator on the 2nd floor, Ruth Sholler who was masterfully creating an inviting scene full of color and energy.
This IAPS show will be on exhibit until June 21st. It is a wonderful and refreshing display of pastel, with a variety of techniques and approaches to the centuries’ old medium. If you are able to visit, you will not be disappointed. For the following 3 Saturdays there will be demonstrations, adding to the richness of the visit. The staff at the Vose Gallery is most welcoming and the atmosphere in the city at this time of year is magical. Hope you are able to add it to your list of pleasurable events to jump start the season.