Archive for July, 2011

Joe Fogarty Introduction

Joe is our newest Associate member.  By way of introductions he has kindly sent an image of himself and some of his pastel paintings.  Joe is 56 years old and a plumber by trade, and has been painting for the past 10 years. He has been successfully exhibiting around the Waterford area for the past number of years. We are really looking forward to meeting Joe and exhibiting with him in the near future.

New Article in “Links” Section

Check out the links section on the website for an excellent article on preparation of boards for pastel painting by Richard McKinley.

New member from Waterford

We are delighted to welcome Joe Fogarty from Waterford to the Pastel Society of Ireland. Our chairperson has been working hard to develop subcommittees in the various regions of Ireland in order to help facilitate more Pastel Society events in the South of the Republic of Ireland.  Hopefully the Thurles exhibition next week will be a great success.  We have paintings in this exhibition from Attracta Carberry, Breda Reilly, Barry Dawkes, Axel Miret, Lily O’Rourke, Josephine Peel, Wilson Barron, Rosie McClelland, Helen Templeton, David Sweet, Janet Murphy, Edith Martin, Maire Mullan, Catherine McKeever and Patricia McDermott

New Picture Hanging Kit

The Pastel Society Committee has recently purchased 50 of these sets of wall hooks, 2m steel cable and self adjusting picture hooks to assist with the exhibition at Thurles.  At our next meeting we can discuss a scheme for lending them to members who may wish to borrow them for their own exhibitions.  Each set costs over £6.00 and they will hopefully benefit the Society and its members for many years.

Jim Manley new profile

For any of you trying to spot any subtle differences in the website, we are delighted to inform you that Jim Manley now has a profile page.  There are still a few full members without profiles and we will try to remedy this over the next few months.  Once the majority have a profile, we are hoping to have an annual recycling of images, with artists able to maintain a maximum of 10 images each, and the oldest being no older than 4-5 years.  This will ensure that the site remains dynamic.  The committee will discuss the potential of linking in to the International Association of Pastel Societies.  This will be a way of potentially enabling people from all over the world to view our work.

Betty Christie Exhibitions

We have been asking members to provide details of any exhibitions they are involved in as this will help to keep our website active and interesting.

Betty Christie has an exhibition running in Dublin at present.  She is showing 28 pastels, watercolours and mixed media paintings at Phoenix Park Visitors’ Centre Gallery, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, from 3rd July until 30th July.  The gallery is familiar to the Pastel Society, who exhibited there in the spring of  2008, and is situated in a prime location, within a very attractive courtyard setting, adjoining a little restaurant, with views across the park if you sit upstairs.  Farmleigh Gallery is nearby.

For anyone else who might be interested in showing their work in Phoenix Park, the. person to contact is Margaret McGuirk, whose e-mail address is:

Betty also has another exhibition running in Scotland.  She is also showing 9 watercolours in the summer group show of the Leftbank Gallery, Kircudbright (“the Artists’ Town”), Scotland, a new gallery opened there by Emma Moore, formerly of the Basement Gallery, Enniskillen……see website:
Emma is also selling ceramics, basketware, textiles and other craft items, just as she did when in Enniskillen, and the town is full of other art galleries, as well as an exhibition of the work of The Glasgow Boys in the town hall for July and August, if anyone is passing through Galloway and Dumfries this summer.

Article on Pastel Painting in the Eighteenth Century

Rosie McClelland found this article.  It was so interesting that I have moved the link here in case anyone does not go through others comments

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