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.
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