The annual members exhibition closes on Thursday afternoon. Congratulations to the members who have sold work at the exhibition – Margaret Fleck, Lyn Majury, Catherine McKeever, Greg Moore and David Sweet. These paintings will be removed from display prior to pick up. The St Patrick’s Centre will reimburse the Pastel Society and individual cheques to the artists will be issued towards the end of July. Well done everyone for a very successful members exhibition 2011. Hopefully this can be repeated in Thurles. Any positive or negative feedback regarding the venue or exhibition should be forwarded to the committee as we strive to improve the experience for our members and the viewing public.
Archive for June, 2011
We have recently received fantastic digital images of as many of our posters from previous years exhibitions as we could muster. The pictures were taken professionally by Jessica Weber Photography and are now uploaded on the Pastel Society Website as a slideshow under “exhibitions”. If any of the previous years missing posters are available we would love to get our hands on them to complete the archive. If any of you would like copies of these digital images for your own portfolios please let us know.
The Pastel Society Committee are delighted to announce that we plan to submit members work for the Thurles Arts Festival in August. Our reconnaisance team have been shown around the venue which will be available exclusively for use by the Society for the duration of the festival. This is a town centre shop with large window space and there will be a team of local volunteers to man the premises. The festival will be open every day from 10am-5pm including Sundays. Catherine will shortly be circulating forms for members to inform the committee what paintings they would plan to exhibit. If we receive more than 40 entries we have the option of obtaining a second adjacent premises.
Our intrepid team have arrived in Thurles to examine the venue for our next potential members exhibition. Fingers crossed the weather stays good for their meeting with Jim, the festival organiser tomorrow. This is May Gawn and Patricia McDermott must be behind the lens. Hopefully they will send a few images of the potential venue for us all to see.
One of the planned features of the new Pastel Society Website is to have a “Featured Artist” on the home page every 4 to six months. This may be someone from the Societies membership, or may be any other inspirational pastellist of interest. The idea will be to go into some depth about their work, what inspires them, their techniques, and hopefully some additional images of their paintings and the artists themselves at work in their studio. The committee hope to plan a system of nomination and selection for these featured artists who will hopefully inspire others.
I was hoping to call in to monitor progress of exhibition, but sadly the Saint Patrick’s centre is closed on Sundays. I was only able to peer through one narrow window and see a small selection of the paintings on the wall opposite. Congratulations Catherine McKeever – I think there was a red dot on the ducks. Unfortunately no other news as yet. If anybody else willing to send news from the exhibition I can post it on the blog for more distant members benefit.
The Pastel Society have been invited to submit members work for a summer Art Festival in Thurles. This would be a great opportunity for our members in the South of Ireland to participate in an exhibition a little closer to home. In order to find out how best we can make this work the committee has asked two members to travel down to Thurles to meet with the festival organiser. Patricia McDermott and May Gawn will be trying to find out what sort of venues are available, hanging space, security etc. before we commit, however we would be delighted if we were able to make a success of this. The meeting will incur no costs for exhibiting members, although we may have to negotiate local commission rates with vendors who would be willing to display and sell our work. If anyone has any views on this or is willing to help with local negotiations and possibly hanging please contact the committee. Keep an eye out for more news on this…..
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