Monday, May 2, 2011

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!

Jarabe Tapatio, pastel by Carlos Esquivel

United Society of Pastel Artists
Artist Reception & Demonstration
Saturday, May 7th, 5 - 8 pm
Show runs April 30 - May 14

Don't forget to come support the United Society of Pastel Artists during their reception and demonstration this weekend! USPA's Annual Membership Exhibit and Sale is this Saturday, May 7th, from 5 - 8pm. The show has been up since April 30th and will run through May 14th. Pastel artists Scott Jones and our own Mary Aslin will be demonstrating their talents and the beauty of their crafts. Come one and all to take in the allure of the pastel medium.

Santiago Creek Trail, pastel by Dori Dewberry

Many people think of pastel as a chalk, but don't be fooled! Pastel is actually pure pigment, the same pigments that are mixed with linseed oils to make oil paints. When making a pastel stick, the pigment is ground down to a paste, mixed with very small amount of gum binder and rolled into a stick. Because pastels are indeed pure pigment, they don't fade or change color over time, making them one of the most permanent art mediums. Pastels are applied to a roughened surface in strokes straight from the stick, which embeds the color into the "tooth" of the paper, sandboard or canvas. Artists can either blend the colors together or leave visible strokes, and many favor the pastel medium for it's spontaneity. In other words, you don't have to wait for anything to dry!

All artwork is available to view on our website, but the true depth of color and contrast are best seen in person. Be sure to check out the Tustin Art League's "Scenes of Tustin" exhibit, which is running concurrently. Both shows continue through May 14th.

What a great time we had at the "Scenes of Tustin" Artist Reception! Check out the photos of the opening and come see the winning artwork in both the professional & amateur categories!

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