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Great Lakes Pastel 2016 National Exhibit

Tuesday May 17
Holland Area Arts Council
150 East 8th Street

The exhibit is open during Arts Council hours:
Monday 10am-8pm
Tuesday 10am-8pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-3pm
Sunday closed

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.

For more information on the Great Lakes Pastel society, visit them online at ​


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