Apr
9
May 20

Pure Pigment: Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League Member Show

PURE PIGMENT "Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League (PPAL) dedicates itself to the medium of pastel.  But what is pastel?  Some people mistakenly refer to pastel as “chalk’ like the kind used on old classroom blackboards.  There is no comparison.  Pastel is Pure Pigment, the same pure pigment used in all art media such as oil and watercolor paints.  The only difference with pastels is the binder that is used to hold this pure pigment together that keeps it in a usable form, usually a stick form that comes in different shapes and sizes and from hard to soft in texture.  The minimum amount of binder is used when pastels are made (often by hand).  Just enough binder is used to enable the artist to grasp the stick of color between their fingers and not have it crumble when stroked across a support surface that is usually abrasive or sanded.  Because pastel binder does not contain liquid, this abrasive support surface, covered by pastel, will not darken, fade, yellow or blister over time.  Pastels themselves are pure, brilliant color that do not yellow with time; they have a velvety matte surface unlike any other medium and are a dry color capable of a wide range of effects.  All these characteristics are distinctive to pastel.  No other medium has the power of color or the stability of pastel.  When a pastel painting is properly framed, it is the most permanent of all mediums.   When the support surface is fully covered with pastel, the work is called a pastel painting, but  when most of that surface shows through, it is a pastel sketch or drawing.  Pastel paintings, made with a medium that has the highest pigment concentration of all, reflect light without any darkening refraction, thus resulting in very saturated colors.  Pastels come in literally thousands of colors, from the palest pale to the darkest dark, made by dozens of individuals or companies.  Pastel painters use the variety of hard to soft pastel to vary their painting techniques in order to achieve different effects and painting styles.  If the pastel painter still wants to mix or blend the colors for even more variety, though a challenge, this can be  achieved by mixing or blending directly on the working surface.  With pastels, unlike paint, colors you want to create through mixing or blending, cannot be tested on a palette before applying them to the surface.  They are a thrilling, challenging medium that we pastelists love. Pastel artists understand the power of their medium and use it to full advantage.  The Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League is proud to exhibit our talented members’ work done in Pure Pigment." Pure Pigment runs Sunday, April 9th through Saturday, May 20th, 2017 in The Underground Exhibition Gallery at The Artsmiths.   __________________________________________ OPENING RECEPTION Join us for a Sunday afternoon reception with members of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League (PPAL) for the opening of Pure Pigment on April 9th from 2pm to 5pm.   The reception will feature light appetizers and refreshments. __________________________________________ PARTICIPATING ARTISTS Linda Barnicott  •  Gail Beem  •  Cindy Berceli  •  Kuniko Binet  •  William Ceriani  •  Kristin Divers  •  Carol Donnelly  •  Karen Ferrick  •  Shari Finney  •  Doris Gottschall  •  Diane Grguras  •  Nanette Hought  •  Rita Kambic-Haldeman  •  Bill Karaffa  •  Renee Keil  •  Adelaide La Fond  •  Frances Marze  •  Brian McDermott  •  Colleen Montana  •  Diane Murray  •  Jan Pini  •  Linda Saksa  •  Marian Sallade  •  Christine Swann  •  Sally Taylor  •  Anne Trimble  •  Gloria Tutera  •  Patricia Young __________________________________________  ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH PASTEL ARTISTS LEAGUE The Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League (PPAL), formed in 2002, is a solely member-supported art organization. We are a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), which exists to “unite pastel societies around the world in support of the fine art of pastel”. PPAL is dedicated to the promotion, use, understanding and enjoyment of the medium of pastels and to pastel artists. Our members’ levels of experience range from the internationally known professional to the very beginner. Anyone with an interest in the pastel medium is welcome to join and enjoy all PPAL member benefits. We share ideas and news about the medium of pastel through quarterly meetings, a monthly newsletter, timely bulletins and through our member-supported website. These communications include information about workshops, classes, members’ news and accomplishments, exhibits, group excursions to galleries or other art venues and plein air events (painting outdoors) offered by PPAL and other local or national organizations. Annually, we bring in an internationally known professional pastel instructors for a class. Members can also post images of their pastel paintings on our website gallery. At our quarterly meetings, members are encouraged to bring a painting (either one in progress or finished) for a group critique offering artistic advice, encouragement, and creative suggestions. __________________________________________ Image: Ocean's Power | Pastel | 11" x 17" |  Jan Pini © 2017

PURE PIGMENT

"Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League (PPAL) dedicates itself to the medium of pastel.  But what is pastel?  Some people mistakenly refer to pastel as “chalk’ like the kind used on old classroom blackboards.  There is no comparison.  Pastel is Pure Pigment, the same pure pigment used in all art media such as oil and watercolor paints.  The only difference with pastels is the binder that is used to hold this pure pigment together that keeps it in a usable form, usually a stick form that comes in different shapes and sizes and from hard to soft in texture.  The minimum amount of binder is used when pastels are made (often by hand).  Just enough binder is used to enable the artist to grasp the stick of color between their fingers and not have it crumble when stroked across a support surface that is usually abrasive or sanded.  Because pastel binder does not contain liquid, this abrasive support surface, covered by pastel, will not darken, fade, yellow or blister over time.  Pastels themselves are pure, brilliant color that do not yellow with time; they have a velvety matte surface unlike any other medium and are a dry color capable of a wide range of effects.  All these characteristics are distinctive to pastel.  No other medium has the power of color or the stability of pastel.  When a pastel painting is properly framed, it is the most permanent of all mediums.  

When the support surface is fully covered with pastel, the work is called a pastel painting, but  when most of that surface shows through, it is a pastel sketch or drawing.  Pastel paintings, made with a medium that has the highest pigment concentration of all, reflect light without any darkening refraction, thus resulting in very saturated colors.  Pastels come in literally thousands of colors, from the palest pale to the darkest dark, made by dozens of individuals or companies.  Pastel painters use the variety of hard to soft pastel to vary their painting techniques in order to achieve different effects and painting styles.  If the pastel painter still wants to mix or blend the colors for even more variety, though a challenge, this can be  achieved by mixing or blending directly on the working surface.  With pastels, unlike paint, colors you want to create through mixing or blending, cannot be tested on a palette before applying them to the surface.  They are a thrilling, challenging medium that we pastelists love.

Pastel artists understand the power of their medium and use it to full advantage.  The Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League is proud to exhibit our talented members’ work done in Pure Pigment."

Pure Pigment runs Sunday, April 9th through Saturday, May 20th, 2017 in The Underground Exhibition Gallery at The Artsmiths.  
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OPENING RECEPTION

Join us for a Sunday afternoon reception with members of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League (PPAL) for the opening of Pure Pigment on April 9th from 2pm to 5pm.   The reception will feature light appetizers and refreshments.
__________________________________________

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Linda Barnicott  •  Gail Beem  •  Cindy Berceli  •  Kuniko Binet  •  William Ceriani  •  Kristin Divers  •  Carol Donnelly  •  Karen Ferrick  •  Shari Finney  •  Doris Gottschall  •  Diane Grguras  •  Nanette Hought  •  Rita Kambic-Haldeman  •  Bill Karaffa  •  Renee Keil  •  Adelaide La Fond  •  Frances Marze  •  Brian McDermott  •  Colleen Montana  •  Diane Murray  •  Jan Pini  •  Linda Saksa  •  Marian Sallade  •  Christine Swann  •  Sally Taylor  •  Anne Trimble  •  Gloria Tutera  •  Patricia Young

__________________________________________ 

ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH PASTEL ARTISTS LEAGUE

The Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League (PPAL), formed in 2002, is a solely member-supported art organization. We are a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), which exists to “unite pastel societies around the world in support of the fine art of pastel”. PPAL is dedicated to the promotion, use, understanding and enjoyment of the medium of pastels and to pastel artists. Our members’ levels of experience range from the internationally known professional to the very beginner. Anyone with an interest in the pastel medium is welcome to join and enjoy all PPAL member benefits.

We share ideas and news about the medium of pastel through quarterly meetings, a monthly newsletter, timely bulletins and through our member-supported website. These communications include information about workshops, classes, members’ news and accomplishments, exhibits, group excursions to galleries or other art venues and plein air events (painting outdoors) offered by PPAL and other local or national organizations.

Annually, we bring in an internationally known professional pastel instructors for a class. Members can also post images of their pastel paintings on our website gallery. At our quarterly meetings, members are encouraged to bring a painting (either one in progress or finished) for a group critique offering artistic advice, encouragement, and creative suggestions.

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Image: Ocean's Power | Pastel | 11" x 17" |  Jan Pini © 2017


Mar
5
Apr 1

Awakening: A Juried Exhibit by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh

Lifework | 59" x 102" x 2" | wool, synthetics, cotton warp | pile weave | David Mooney © 2017

AWAKENING

"Awakening” conjures thoughts of revitalization, coming alive, rebirth, seeing the light, beginning again, and a variety of visions and images. Aptly planned for the early spring month of March, Awakening is a juried exhibition of the work of members of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh.

Awakening runs Sunday, March 5th through Saturday, April 1st, 2017 in The Underground Exhibition Gallery at The Artsmiths.  


JUROR MARGERY AMDUR

Originally from Pittsburgh, Margery Amdur received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Margery has had over 60 solo and two-person exhibitions. Her international exhibitions include Turkey, Hungary, Poland, England, and Iceland.

She has been reviewed in national and international publications including Sculpture Magazine, New American Paintings, Fiber Arts, New Art Examiner, Art Papers, and two of the Manifest International publications. Her work was on the cover and featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Art Voices. She was shortlisted in the 2015 International Aesthetica Art Prize, and included in the publication Future Now.

For over 20 years, Margery has been creating permanent and temporary installations. In 2012, she completed a permanent installation, Walking on Sunshine: 4,000 square feet of flooring and platforms in the Spring Garden subway station in Philadelphia. In fall 2015, she created a 20’x10’ installation, My Nature, at the Philadelphia International Airport, and completed a site-specific installation at Central European University, in Budapest, Hungary, where she was guest artist in residence for six weeks. In 2016, she exhibited her work at the University of Hawaii, and work from the Amass Series is part of Fiber International 2016.


ABOUT THE FIBERARTS GUILD OF PITTSBURGH

The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Inc. is a nonprofit, member- supported organization that promotes appreciation of fiber art and fosters its development and continuation. Formerly the Embroiderer’s Guild, the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh has been affiliated with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts since 1963.

The Guild has evolved with the contemporary craft movement into an organization committed to the preservation, development and continued evolution of the broad range of fiber art.

The Fiberarts Guild provides a support community for artists and others interested in the medium. An annual series of lectures and workshops fosters individual artistic growth and brings together people who seek to advance the field of fiber art and enrich the culture of our region. The Fiberarts Guild produces juried and non-juried exhibitions of members’ work so that established and emerging artists may exhibit side by side. Producing the prestigious triennial Fiberart International extends the Guild’s outreach beyond the Pittsburgh region to a growing national and international audience.