Great Lakes Pastel 2016 National Exhibit OpeningFriday May 20 6:00pm – 8:00pm
150 East 8th Street
The exhibit is open during Arts Council hours:
In early May, 1997, five pastel artists met in Grand Rapids with the idea of creating an organization to promote the pastel medium. After becoming a nonprofit and a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), they hosted their first exhibit at the Grand Valley Artists gallery in November of 1997. Each member brought a painting to the show and Master Pastelist Larry Blovits critiqued each painting. From this start in 1997, the Great Lakes Pastel Society has grown to over 200 members in 12 states and host annual exhibitions around the region.
This year, the Holland Area Arts Council is happy to host the exhibition in their Padnos Gallery. Artists from across the United States, members and nonmembers, submitted artwork. Sixty-four pieces were selected for the exhibition by juror, Lisa Ober, and thirteen pieces will be awarded additional honors.
Join us today for the opening reception from 6 to 8 pm to celebrate their beautiful work and accomplishments.
For more information on the Great Lakes Pastel society, visit them online at glps.org.
Image of Old Blue by Helen Kleczynski.