Creating the Pastel Dream
Pastel artworks by the members of the Pastel Artists of South Australia (PASA)
12 March – 11 April (WHOLE GALLERY)
This exhibition celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Pastel Artists of South Australia. Formed in 2001 by a group of artists sharing a common love of pastels as a medium, the group currently has 120 members. Creating the Pastel Dream features two sections, a retrospective display of Founding and Early Members’ works and an exhibition of the work of current members.
Pastels are a versatile medium and their allure is what seduces members of PASA to relish the joy of creating artworks using pure pigments on their fingertips, allowing the colours to dance and meld on their painting surfaces.
Members come together through the shared joys of creating and community – whether it’s through attending meetings, participating in exciting exhibition opportunities, or trips away to various locations to experience workshops with fabulous tutors.
The society meets on the first Saturday of the month at Victor Harbor, and on the second Saturday of the month at the nearby Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre in Sturt. Meetings feature an experienced artist who is a PASA member, or a guest demonstrator, who share their technical knowledge and expertise.
Members also participate in mini workshops, allowing them to explore different ways of handing this vibrant dry medium with more experienced artists offering advice. The atmosphere is very friendly and new-comers and visitors are warmly welcomed.
The society also offers several two day pastel workshops each year, and occasionally organises four day camps at such places as Robe and Melrose, which are very popular. These workshops are tutored by high calibre local, national and international artists such as Regina Hona, Diane Rappisi, Karol Oakley and Trevor Newman.
PASA has its own bi-monthly newsletter The Dusty Dialogue which is full of interesting articles and photos of members’ work. Members also have access to the PASA library of DVD’s, videos, books, and magazines. By joining PASA, artists can learn a great deal about using pastels and the care of their finished paintings from people who understand and share the pleasure and challenges of the medium.
For more information contact PASA , or go to www.pastelartistsofsouthaustralia.org