Crowell Gallery hosts exhibit of works by members of the Vermont Pastel Society
A landscape pastel by Deedee Jones.

Crowell Gallery hosts exhibit of works by members of the Vermont Pastel Society

NEWFANE — The Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St., presents an exhibit by Vermont Pastel Society during August.

An artist reception will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Ten artists from the South East Regional Hub of the VPS will show selected original pastels.

As described in a news release from the gallery, the artists “are folks who live and work in the area, who may be your neighbors or friends, or people you know on a professional level. All are experienced artists who enjoy working in pastel.”

A few of the artists:

• Lesley Heathcote's pastels of birds and animals reflect her love of the natural world and the creatures we share the planet with.

• Carroll Durand has fallen in love with plein-air painting in pastels after more than 50 years in theater.

• Matthew Peake, formerly a family physician, continues his interest in people in his art-making.

• Deedee Jones has more time to pursue the pastoral variety in landscape painting after retiring from a mediation practice.

Other artists include Maggie Smith, Monica Hastings, Pat McPike, Carol Corliss, Cath Stockbridge, and David Brown.

Pastels have been used by artists for centuries; when framed, they are highly archival and permanent. The paintings in the exhibit are all for sale either at the reception or by contacting the artist directly.

The Vermont Pastel Society, an all-volunteer organization founded in 1999 of approximately 100 members, exists to build and strengthen connections among pastel artists. The VPS hosts two large exhibits per year and numerous workshops statewide.

The organization now offers six regional hubs to promote additional exhibits and events at a local level.

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