Saturday, December 1, 2007

Possibilities in Pastel Opening Reception

Congratulation to all the winners!

2nd Annual Possibilities in Pastel A juried Pastel Exhibition

Nov 30th, 2007 Through January 9th, 2008

The Octagon Art Center Unitarian Universalist

2470 Nursery Road

Clearwater, Florida 33764

Award of Excellence
Anna Wainright - Lap Dog

Award of Distinction
Anneke Huestein - Old Oak Tree

Pastel Society of America Merit Award
Brooke Allison - Scholar

The following artists won merit awards

Kathy Detrano - Henry in the Sun

Lynnette Vaughan - Morning Sunlight

Markissia Tonllatos - Harmony in Gray and Gold

Mary Louise Pollock - Eyes on the Outback

Rusty Stecher - Apples and Pear

The following Artistis won Honorable Mention Awards

Virginia Larrea-LaTourrette - Sunrise

Nicholas Scripante - Still Life

Jean Hess - Roofer

Gail Gamble - Looking North from Honeymoon Island

Sydelle Freifeld - Sand Dunes

Monday, October 29, 2007

DEBORAH PARIS- Workshop at Fredericksburg Artists School
Paint The Idea> Landscape > Pastel/Oil
January 14 - 18, 2008
Tuition $525
Deborah’s article “Paint the Idea” which appeared in the December 2005 issue of /American Artist Magazine will form the basis for this class. Learning to paint abstract visual ideas rather than copying objects in the landscape is the key to more compelling authentic work. In this five day class Deborah will use lectures, slide shows, painting exercises and demonstrations to teach you how to think about composition, values, color harmony and surface quality as devices to communicate an underlying concept or idea for each painting.
The goal will be to paint 3-4 small studies each day.

Daily demonstrations in oil and pastel will focus on the topic covered in that day’s presentation /lecture. Color selection/mixing demonstrations will open your eyes to the use of color as an important tool in conveying the mood and emotion which is the difference between technically competent work and emotionally powerful art.

See her web site at

2nd Annual "Possibilities in Pastel" Juried Exhibition


2nd Annual
Possibilities in Pastel
A juried Pastel Exhibition

Nov 30th, 2007
January 9th, 2008

The Octagon Art Center
Unitarian Universalist
2470 Nursery Road
Clearwater, Florida 33764

Juror and Judge
Bill Renc

Award of Excellence $300
Award of Distinction $200
Merit Awards
Pastel Society of America Award $100

Mount Vision of Karl Kelly – Thundercloud grays set of pastels

One (6 weeks) Pastel Class Award donated by The Dunedin Fine Art Center and Brooke Allison

Business Card Design by Barbara Hubbard

Montage Gallery and Masterpiece Art Award

Dunedin Fine Art Center Gift Basket

5 Honorable Mentions

Possibilities in Pastel honors Brooke Allison who has educated both artists and our local community about the beauty and permanence of pastels as a serious art medium. For many years she has taught a Possibilities in Pastel class at the Dunedin Fine Art Center

Bill Renc, a 1970 graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fl is a professional artist and co-owner with his wife Linda of the Painted Fish Gallery in Dunedin. He is founding member of the Professional Association of Visual Artist (PAVA). His drawings, paintings and intaglio prints have won numerous awards at juried art festival from Florida to Midwest. Bill currently works in both oils and watercolors and has concentrated on the Florida landscape. He co-authored and co-illustrated the book At Water’s Edge: The birds of Florida.
By commission, Bill has created original artworks to commemorate special events such as the City of Dunedin’s Centennial, Abilities of Florida’s Annual Wine Testing& Action, Clearwater Folk Arts Festival, Taste of Palm Harbor, and St. Petersburg’s 2005 First Night Celebration. Bill has also served as judge/juror for a number of art events, including the Miniature Art Society of Florida, the Palm Harbor Art Fair and Several exhibits at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Thursday, November 29, 2007
9:00 am – noon
Artwork will be received at the Unitarian Universalist Octagon Art Center
3pm- 5pm
Unaccepted work may be picked up

Friday, November 30 2007
7 pm – 9pm
Opening reception and Awards Presentation

Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Show Closes

Thursday, January 10 2008
9:00 – noon
Artwork maybe picked up
The Octagon Art Center
Unitarian Universalist of Clearwater
2470 Nursery Road
Clearwater FL 33764
(Located on Nursery Rd. between U.S. 19 and Belcher Rd.)
The Octagon Art Center is open:
Weekdays 9:30 am to 1Pm
Sundays: 10:00 am – 11:00 am and noon to 1:00 pm

Entry Fee
Current Member: $20 for one painting or $25 fro two.
Non-member: $30 fro one painting or $35 for two.
Entrants may become a member at any time by paying yearly dues.
Paintings may or may not be for sale. All sales will be handle at the Unitarian Universalist of Clearwater. The artist will receive 70% of the sale price; Unitarian Universalist will receive 30% as commission percentage. At the close of the show, artist will be paid for any works sold. (The Pastel Society of Tampa Bay and the Unitarian Universalist of Clearwater are not responsible for damage of theft.)

All original two dimensional works may be considered. Paintings must be worked in the pastel medium. Mixed media work will be accepted, however, 70% of the work must be done in pastel. All paintings must be suitable and professionally framed and ready for hanging. No painting may exceed 72” in any one dimension.
This exhibition is open to all artist 18 years or older. Each artist may enter 2 pieces of art

Please cut and tape one fo the labels below to the back of each piece of art work

Possibilities in Pastel

Possibilities in Pastel

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Southwest Florida Pastel Society Invitation

The SWFPS would like to invite our members to our next monthly meeting at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda on Tuesday, November 6th. It will begin at 10:00 am with a short business meeting, break for coffee and refreshments, and will be "Painting With a Master" as part of the Visual Arts Center Degas Festival. This program is "hands-on" and it is scheduled in conjunction with the annual artist festival which the art center sponsors...they do a fabulous job!

If any of our members will be attending, please give call the number below so that they can provide additional seating.

Lynne Wilcox
1st Vice President
Southwest Florida Pastel Society

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Pastel Workshop with Greg Biochini

Plein Air with Pastel As Both a Wet and Dry MediumWith Master Pastelist Greg Biolchini, PSA
October 24th – 26th, 2007
The Dunedin Fine Arts Center
Tuition: $295 M/$325 NM
Studio B
material list
Levels 2 – 5
Class code 483
1143 Michigan Boulevard, Dunedin, Florida 34698
(727) 298-3322 fax (727) 298 3326
This popular information-packed workshop is designed to give a good foundation for effectively speeding up your outdoor painting time using this simple wet and dry pastel technique applied to painting in the field. Beginners and advanced painters will benefit from this workshop as instructor addresses each person’s specific needs. Workshop includes daily demonstrations and open critique sessions. Greg Biolchini is a popular workshop instructor with over thirty years teaching experience. An article on Greg’s teaching methods recently appeared in the March, 2007 issue of Artist’s Magazine. His demonstration techniques are also featured in the book, Painting with Pastel, 2007, and his work was recently included in Pure Color: the Best of Pastel, 2006. In addition to thirty solo shows, Greg’s paintings have taken awards in dozens of major exhibits.
To learn more, visit

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Congratulations Claude Texier

Claude Texier received the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay Award at the 35th Pastel Exhibition of Pastel Society of America in New York.

If you would like to see her work please go to You will love her luminous work.

Karen Baker Wonderful Demonstration

What an interesting lady! That is what Karen Baker tells me with her smiles, her pastels, her classical musical and her shining eyes.The Pastel Society of Tampa Bay was honored to have her as our demonstrator for our first quarterly meeting.

She used a homosote board covered in black cloth to give her bounce and a orange tinted piece of Wallis Paper.
She explained us that she likes to work large, but she generally makes a small study either plein air or indoors from a photo.

Karen started with dark colors or any color she felt it was good for the mood. She called it playing with color. She ended up picking up purples, oranges, red and mustard golds for the trees. She also spend quite a time developing the sky with analogous colors and layering the pastel in a way that seems the pastels were just barely kissing the paper.

Karen told us that we should experiment, get out of our comfort zone and enjoy.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Pastel Society of Tampa Bay Fall Meeting

Fall Meeting

Our fall meeting will take place at
the Dunedin Fine Art Center
1143 Michigan Blvd, Dunedin, FL
September 26, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Demo by Karen Baker CPS PSA
Artist and teacher, visit her website at

Information about our Fall Show!
Membership Business and Refreshments

Our Speaker: Karen Baker
Karen paints, and teaches workshops in New England in plein air landscape painting and the creative process. She promotes other artists' work and their creative purpose, aside of pursuing her own purpose and goals-- in essence she is like anyone else who wants to grow and express themselves creatively.

Call to Artists
Paint in Safety Harbor. Date:November 10, 10am to approx 3pm. Paint outdoors as a group in a designated area as part of safety harbor's open house art tour. Paint whatever you want in at the designated location, from photos or sketches or your imagination. 4 to 6 artists needed. Please contact Karen Baker by first week of October.

We want to see what our members are doing. If you have any news or achievements in pastels please send them to I will make sure I put them in the next newsletter.

Virginia LaTourrette