Pastel Society of New Mexico: Hispanic Arts Center, October 29-November 27

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Pastel Society of New Mexico: Hispanic Arts Center, October 29-November 27


McCreary, Mackenzie, Southwest Art


THE PASTEL SOCIETY of New Mexico has long used its annual national show as a way to raise interest in the art of pastel painting, and this year is no different. The organization hosts the 25th annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition at the Hispanic Arts Center beginning with an opening reception and awards ceremony on October 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. According to Nicholas Tesluk, show chair and president of the organization, the exhibition receives submissions from artists in 21 different states, as well as international artists from Canada and Europe. From those submissions, 140 paintings are selected by three jurors to be featured in the exhibit.

Artists Gil Dellinger, Jen Evenhus, and Janis Krendick juried this year's show, while Casey Klahn decides which pieces receive awards. Tesluk says there are a range of styles featured, although most are representational with just a few abstract pieces. In order to be considered for display, the artwork must be at least 85 percent soft pastel and can include subject matter ranging from nude figures to architectural work.

Tesluk says the organization decided to accept nude works in order to honor them as a vital part of art history. …

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