View launches its summer season of exhibitions with the opening reception for the 8th Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition on Friday, May 11 from 5-7pm. Awards will be announced during the opening reception while visitors enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and Ed Meelan and Michael Gilbert provide blues and jazz on a muted trumpet and piano.
The exhibition a gathering of 100 works in pastel will present artwork from renowned artists from across North America. Over $5,000 in prizes will awarded to paintings chosen by the Juror of awards Martha Deming TWSA, PSA.
Two other special events accompany the opening of the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition. Both will be led by nationally renowned pastel artist Alain Picard, PSA on Saturday May 12. First at from 9:30-11:30am Alain will lead the annual Gallery Walk About and Continental Breakfast. Attendees will enjoy their breakfast while partaking in a group discussion about the paintings displayed in the 2012 exhibition.
The second event will be “Portrait Demonstration & Decadent Desserts” held in the evening from 7-9pm. Attendees will observe as Alain demonstrates his technique for portrait painting, which he has demonstrated nationally including recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is your opportunity to learn about pastels and portraiture, painlessly, while sampling exotic pastries and desserts. Admission to these special events includes gallery admission, and is $15/$10 members & exhibiting artists/per event, with $5 discount when you attend both.
Alain Picard earned a BA in illustration from Western CT State University and went on to study at the Art Student’s League in New York City. Picard cites Sargent, Degas, and Sorolla among his artistic influences. A love of light and beauty are immediately apparent in his pastel and oil paintings. Alain’s work has been featured in such publications as The Artist’s Magazine and The Pastel Journal. He has garnered top awards throughout the Northeast in esteemed exhibitions including the Portrait Society of America, the Hudson Valley Art Association, the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America. Alain is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America as well as the Connecticut Pastel Society where he serves as President. In 2004, The Artist’s Magazine highlighted Alain as one of 20 contemporary artists “On the Rise”. He later won the Best Portfolio Award at the 2009 Portrait Society of America Conference in Washington, DC. He is a a frequent workshop instructor and demonstrator. He lives with his wife and two sons in Southbury, Connecticut. Alain Picard will also be offering a portraiture workshop “Painting the Portrait in Pastel & Oils” on Sunday, May 13, 9AM-4:30PM.
Two exhibitions of will be opening and displayed concurrently with the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition. “Hazards” Ceramic Sculpture by Julia E. Dean, and ‘Red White and Blue” assemblages by Gary L. Kollberg.
“Hazards” Ceramic Sculpture by Julia E. Dean will be on display Saturday, May 12 – Saturday, June 30. Her work is made up of figures and sculpture revealing an intense combination of raw, earth-like surfaces of maternal, life-giving forms and functional work.
“Red, White and Blue” Assemblages by Gary L. Kollberg will celebrate Memorial Day and Flag Day with the collected items featuring US history and icons, to raise awareness of our flag and the history and tradition associated with it.
The exhibitions will run until June 30. Exhibition admission is $8/$4 members and groups of 6+ and free to children 12 and under. Admission to the opening reception is free for members, non-members are encouraged to give a donation. View is a multi-arts center located at 3273 State Rt. 28 in Old Forge, NY. To learn more about View programming visit www.ViewArts.org or call 315-369-6411.
Illustration: “Opening Reception” by Giorgina Talarico.