Pastel artwork on display

September 9, 2012 by  

The 20th juried exhibition of pastel artwork, hosted by the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), will remain on display at the Brea Art Gallery next week.

The exhibition features nearly 100 pieces of pastel artwork from artists around the world who submitted their masterpieces to be judged by the IAPS. Pieces included from seascapes, landscapes, still life, and portraits. Reprints of fine artwork are often available through the use of print companies and available for sale at exhibitions.

Pastel is the pure, powdered pigment that composes art paint. The powder is rolled into sticks after being mixed with gum binder and then scraped across abrasive paper to create either sketches or – for completely covered paper – paintings. One of the world’s most famous pastel artists is Edgar Degas.

Pastel artwork is extremely durable and many works from the 16th century still look as vibrant today as they did when they were created. Pastels may be mixed with any other art media, with the exception of oil paints, and come as either wet or dry pastel sticks.

A pastel art workshop for children ages 5 – 13 will be held tomorrow, September 9, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. Sunday, at the art gallery. The workshop fee is $25.

The Brea Art Gallery is located at 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, CA. Gallery Hours are noon – 5:00 pm Wednesday – Sunday and admission is $2. Children in Brea aged 11 or younger are free. For more information on the exhibition, which ends on September 14, contact the gallery at (714) 990-7730.