National Juried Exhibition: “It’s Pastel!”

Orchard Blossom, Mary Ellen Brown

Orchard Blossom, Mary Ellen Brown

Opening Wednesday, October 21, 2015:

The Pastel Society of New Hampshire presents the 7th Annual National Juried Exhibition: “It’s Pastel!” at Discover Portsmouth in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The show will run through Friday, November 27th.

Opening reception Saturday, October 24th at 5pm. Refreshments will be served, and there will be an awards ceremony with over $5,000 in cash and merchandise awarded. This is a major juried show with works by pastel artists from New Hampshire and numerous other states. The event is free and open to the public. Discover Portsmouth is at 10 Middle Street (corner of Islington and Middle), Portsmouth, NH 03801, phone: 603-436-8433. Gallery hours are 10am-5pm every day.

Two renowned pastel artists are jurying the competition. Marla Baggetta is the Juror of Selection and has chosen approximately 80 paintings to be included in the exhibition. Baggetta is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a member of numerous other prestigious artists’ organizations. A prolific painter and teacher, Marla’s artwork and workshops are nationally sought after. Her work has been represented throughout the country for over 30 years.

Stan Sperlak is the Juror of Awards. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Maryland Pastel Society and a member of the Pastel Society of Colorado. He is also a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, having served on the Board of Directors since 2005. He is a member and past President of The Cape May County Art League. Sperlak will speak at the welcome reception on October 24th.

Potts Point Sunset, Joelle Feldman

Potts Point Sunset, Joelle Feldman

The Pastel Society of New Hampshire is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of soft pastels as a fine art medium. Founded in January 2006 by a group of pastel artists, the purpose of the society is to promote the arts in New Hampshire, and to foster connections among pastelists of all levels throughout New Hampshire, the New England region, and other states. All pastel artists and people interested in the pastel medium are welcome and encouraged to join. For more information please go to our website at www.pastelsocietynh.com