Appalachian Pastel Society's 2013 Non-Juried Exhibition
Public reception Friday May 3rd, 6:30-8:30. The show will remain open throughout May.
The Appalachian Pastel Society promotes and elevates the art of pastel painting in the region through education, exhibitions and other events. Centered in Asheville, the organization serves members in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia. The APS is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies and APS members have received national recognition. The annual non-juried show allows the artists to showcase work of their choosing, exhibiting the vibrance and depth of layered pigment that makes pastels so special. All work at the show will be available for purchase.
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LAST MONTH: Seven classically-trained artists
presented their work illustrating phases of the atelier learning process.
The show generated a great deal of interest, with a number of repeat visits. Students (or prospective stud
ents) of art were particularly enthralled, as was the intent of this show. The local artist who was represented in The Modern Atelier, Angela Cunningham, offers lessons and may be contacted through her website at angelacunninghamfineart.com.
Angela is a remarkable talent and highly skilled artist who maintains a working studio in Marshall, NC just north of Asheville.
For centuries, the atelier (French, meaning an artist’s studio or workshop) has been a principle venue for art education, wherein students work in a structured program under the hands-on tutelage of master artists. Today, students accepted into such a program have already completed other formal training and demonstrated their talent, a serious work ethic and dedication to a fine art career. This show encompassed work from two Atelier studios: the Water Street Atelier at the Grand Central Academy in New York City and the John Angel Academy in Florence, Italy. Angela Cunningham, an award-winning Asheville artist, was joined in this show by several of her peers: Carol Broman (FL), Todd Casey (MA), Carla Crawford (NY), Danny Grant (TX), Gregory Mortenson (NY) and Travis Seymour (UK), all accomplished in their own rights.
The show not only presents the extraordinary product of their craft, but explains aspects of the four-year atelier program as well. The individual works include preliminary drawings, color studies, transfer drawings and both monochromatic and color paintings that illustrate elements of the learning process. The exhibit was displayed earlier this year at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, Massachusetts, and will travel on to Charleston and Vancouver.
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