VERMONT PASTEL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER July 2017

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

Edgar Degas

SUMMERTIME…AND THE LIVIN’ IS EASY We now have six active hubs and one more to bring into the fold—up in the Northeast Kingdom.

We’ve had one successful show and one to come. And we’ve had one successful workshop, and one more to come as well

Finally, we are unveiling a new communications tool—Constant Contact—to help all of us visually gifted people to see at a glance what information is coming to us from the VPS. 

Continue reading below for more details

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:

We have another great workshop this summer:

Doug Dawson September 15-17, 2017 in Newfane, VT

Currently there are 16 participants, but there is room for 3 more so contact Jean Pollack pollock333@gmail.com if you want to sign up.

We will be having another VPS show this year:

VPS Juried Show September 14-December 27, 2017 in WRJ, VT.

The venue is small, so only 29 paintings were able to be selected for the show, but the Coolidge Hotel seems to sell a lot of paintings and the time of year should encourage many visitors. Stay tuned for more information.

VPS REGIONAL HUBS UPDATE

Over the last three months, I have had the opportunity to meet with three more groups of VPS artists in three different parts of our state, as we continue the process of forming regional hubs according to the proposal made at the end of last year. I am finding a lot of common themes with each group I meet with, a recurring one being hubs providing opportunities for artists with a love of pastels to get together and share the love in a multiplicity of ways. 

Three new regions have had their first meeting, have adopted a name, and have chosen a point person to facilitate their hub activities. They are VPS SouthWest in the Bennington/Manchester area; VPS Upper Valley centered around White River Junction; and VPS Champlain uniting the Burlington/ St. Albans regions. Activities that their hubs want to engage in have been brainstormed, and once more, many are similar from hub to hub, but some are unique. Overwhelmingly, the response has been enthusiastic for regional hubs to allow members to gain that sense of community that comes with becoming part of the VPS.

I will be getting together with the artists of the St. Johnsbury/Newport region soon, and with that meeting, we will have our 7 hubs up and going as proposed.

We also have a Director of Hubs, Judy Albright, who has sent out several Hub Happenings communiqués letting everyone know what each hub is up to. Hopefully this will give ideas to artists in other hubs for activities to engage in.

VPS MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION AT SVAC

Numbers to remember: 40/9/5

We had 40 artists participating (40 paintings displayed). Robert Carsten was our judge and awarded prizes in 9 categories. Five paintings were sold–those of Karen Baker, Wendy Soliday, Norma Jean Rollet, Angela Arkway, and Ann Wickham. Congrats to all participants, to award winners, and to painting sellers! Read more at http://vermontpastelsociety.com/vps-exhibition/.

VPS WORKSHOP WITH DESMOND O’HAGAN IN NORTH BENNINGTON, VT

Desmond O’Hagan’s workshop was greatly successful, with 12 attendees. It made a modest profit, but more importantly, it generated a lot of enthusiastic discussions among not only the participants, but in at least two hubs where paintings, begun in his workshop, were shown and talked about to all hub members present. Let’s give a big shout out to Linda Masten for her organizational efforts in getting this workshop for the VPS.

 OPPORTUNITIES TO USE VPS FACEBOOK

We have two opportunities to show our art-making on FB:

One is for an artist who is willing to take pictures of their work during the painting process and send that to Carol Corliss at carol@roehl-consulting.com. By doing so, we can all get an idea of a member artist’s approach, mistakes that were made and corrected, or serendipities that occurred that changed the course of the painting for the better. After all, it’s all about the process, right? So please email her with your interest, and/or send her 4-6 photos of a painting from start to finish, each image with one or two sentences explaining something special about that step in your creative process.

Two is the 40/4 Challenge announced in June: Paint four paintings using only 40 strokes each on 4 separate days. You can do a painting a day for four days or  in a time frame that works for you. Post your paintings on the Vermont Pastel Society Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Vermont-Pastel-Society-1526769437591380/?fref=ts and share a little about your experience.

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE VPS! These are action-packed times for all of us, especially as we continue to attract new members every week who want to share in what we, in the VPS, are all about.

Matt Peake

 




VPS April 2017 Newsletter

VERMONT PASTEL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER—April 2017

If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.

Edward Hopper

 

IT’S SPRING AND VPS HAS NEW BUDS AND SHOOTS OF PROMISE

We have begun the process of regional hub-ridizing—three  hubs have been formed and 4 more will follow in the coming months.

We are unveiling a new feature on our Facebook page, which will offer artists a chance to see the painting processes that a variety of our member artists use. 

Continue reading below for more details.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:

We have two great workshops this summer:

Desmond O’Hagan June 28-30, 2017 in North Bennington, VT

Doug Dawson September 15-17, 2017 in Newfane, VT

Sign up is underway and the deadline to register is fast approaching. These are great artists and great teachers, so sign up today!

We will be having two VPS shows this year:

Members’ Exhibition May 27-July 8, 2017 in Manchester, VT

Juried Show September 14-December 27, 2017 in WRJ, VT

Susannah Colby has already sent out the invitation for the Members’ Exhibition. Remember last year’s Members’ Exhibition in Burlington? This year’s show will also feature prizes awarded for 9 different categories of pastel painting, so get your information to her now.

 

VPS REGIONAL HUBS UPDATE

Over the last two months, I have had the opportunity to meet with three groups of VPS artists in three different parts of our state, as we begin the process of forming regional hubs according to the proposal made at the end of last year. Not only did this provide me with the opportunity to newly meet many VPS members, but it showed me that the pastel art spirit is alive and thriving in Vermont.

Three regions have had their first meeting, have adopted a name, and have chosen a point person or co-point people to facilitate their hub activities. They are VPS SouthEast in the Brattleboro area; VPS Central centered around Montpelier; and VPS MidState uniting the Middlebury/Rutland regions. Activities that their hubs want to engage in have been brainstormed, and interestingly, many are similar from hub to hub, but some are unique. Overwhelmingly, the response has been enthusiastic for regional hubs to allow members to gain that sense of community that comes with becoming part of the VPS.

Next up will be the regions around WRJ, Bennington/Manchester, Burlington, and St. J., not in any particular order. If you have any questions as we continue this process, and especially if you would like to help with the development of this exciting proposal, please get in touch with Matt Peake atgoldpeak@vermontel.net

 

NEW VPS FACEBOOK FEATURE

Carol Corliss, our Facebook editor, is going to be unveiling a new centerpiece for our FB page. Each month, she will feature an artist who is willing to take pictures of her/his work during the painting process and supply an observation about each of 4-6 images. That way, we can all get an idea of a member artist’s approach, mistakes that were made and corrected, or serendipities that occurred that changed the course of the painting for the better. After all, it’s all about the process, right? So please email her at carol@roehl-consulting.com with your interest, and/or send her 4-6 photos of a painting from start to finish, each image with one or two sentences explaining something special about that step in your creative process.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE VPS! These are exciting times for all of us.

Matt Peake




Upcoming IAPS Exhibitions:

 

Displaying

UPCOMING IAPS EXHIBITIONS

ANNOUNCING

the Call for Entries for the 30th Juried Exhibition – the 2017 Convention Show

AND

the Call for Entries for the Fourth IAPS Master Circle Exhibition

Both shows will take place June 7-10, 2017, at the IAPS 2017 Convention, Albuquerque, N.M.

Artists NOT yet members of the IAPS Master Circle, please enter the 30th IAPS Juried Exhibition – you may download the prospectus here.

All Master Circle artists please enter the Fourth IAPS Master Circle Exhibition – download the prospectus here.

The entry deadline for BOTH SHOWS is January 26, 2017.

All entries will be through www.onlinejuriedshows.com so visit that website to make your entry.




CALL FOR ENTRIES – Arizona Pastel Artists Association 1st National Show

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Arizona Pastel Artists Association 1st National Show

In Sedona, AZ

April 13 through 25, 2017

Deadline is March 7, 2017

Jurists: Lorenzo Chavez and Terri Ford

Judge of Awards is Kim Lordier

$5000 in Awards

Prospectus and Event Registration is on line at www.apaa.wildapricot.org

 




Vermont Pastel Society Newsletter-January 2017

We spend our lives in the love and cultivation of sensations, relishing our emotions, searching for their clearest expression, and taking pleasure in exclaiming them to others.  Robert Henri

IT’S A NEW YEAR AND THERE ARE NEW LOOKS FOR OUR VPS

We are starting out 2017 with a couple of brand new features for the VPS: one you can see right now—the new VPS website—and the other will be appearing as the year unfolds—VPS Regional Hubs.

Many of you at the annual meeting were introduced to our new website by Cindy Griffiths, our new Webmaster, and some of you have been there to check it out and/or have already sent in digital images of paintings for the site. Please frequent it often, as it will serve as one source of

communication. And if you haven’t sent in an image or two, please do so by going to the site, clicking on the “About” menu across the top in the purple, then clicking on the drop down entry “Policies and Procedures.”

As for the Regional Hubs proposal, keep reading!

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:

We have two great workshops upcoming:

Desmond O’Hagan June 28-30, 2017 in North Bennington, VT

Doug Dawson September 15-17, 2017 in Newfane, VT

Stay tuned for details from Grace Cothalis and/or Maggie Smith as the time approaches.

We will be having two VPS exhibits this year:

Members’ Exhibition May 27-June 8, 2017 in Manchester, VT

Juried Show September 14-December 27, 2017 in WRJ, VT

Our new Exhibitions chair, Susannah Colby, will be sending out notices so pay attention both to emails from our new Membership chair, Maggie Smith, and to the VPS website.

VPS REGIONAL HUBS PROPOSAL

We all have joined the VPS for one or more reasons. It may have been for access to workshops, opportunities to exhibit our work, having a web presence, etc. but right up there with any or all of those reasons is the opportunity to associate with other artists who share a love of pastels and to provide us with the opportunity to learn from each other—and teach each other—as we enjoy each other’s work.

As artists, we, by and large, work alone. The times we can get together, during workshops or shows, for example, are few and far between. Geography and the relatively low density of artists limits our ability to associate with each other, and to achieve that sense of community that comes with becoming part of a society.

Using the experience of the Vermont Watercolor Association, we have developed a proposal for regional hubs for our own VPS. The Vermont Pastel Society mission statement calls for us to build and strengthen connections among pastelists, to foster artistic development, and to promote public appreciation of pastels as a fine art medium. With those goals in mind, we have taken the membership roster, divided it up by ZIP Code, and assigned each member one of eight regions in which to belong. Our hope is that, by having a cadre of local artists congregating periodically, the feeling of being part of a pastel society will be realized.

Over the coming year, we will introduce different portions of our proposal, lay out the regions, and meet with regional hub members to help begin the process of activating their regional hub.

If you have any questions as we begin this process, and especially if you would like to help with the development of this exciting proposal, please get in touch with Matt Peake at goldpeak@vermontel.net

VPS ANNUAL MEETING NOVEMBER 6, 2016 IN WRJ, VT

We had a wonderful meeting a couple months ago at the Center for Cartoon Studies in WRJ, highlighted by a presentation by photographer, Kent Scrivener, and a pastel painting of the figure demo by Aline Ordman. Please go to the website, search (upper right) for “Minutes” or go to the the About tab, then down to VPS Meeting Minutes to read it.

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE VPS!

We’re looking forward to a thrilling ride this new year, so hang on to your easels, papers, and pastels!

Matt Peake,

VPS President

 

 

 

 




July 2016 Newsletter

Dear VPS Members,

The beautiful weather is here and it provides a special environment for those of you who love to paint en plein air.  Or, maybe you like to just paint on your porch!  Wherever you paint, enjoy your summer!

2016 VPS Juried Exhibition:

The 2016 VPS Juried Exhibition should not be missed.  The Compass Music and Art Center in Brandon has spectacular exhibition space.  And now it is full of breathtaking art from our pastel society.  It truly is a lovely exhibit.  Thanks to all who helped in achieving its success.  The Compass Center has been very accommodating and supportive of VPS.  We thank our jurors (Alan Flattmann (http://alanflattmann.com) and Karen Israel (http://artbykarenisrael.com) for selecting the art for the exhibit and our judge Christine Ivers (http://www.christineivers.com) for selecting the award winners.  The reception was very well attended and it was really nice talking to several of you from the more southern parts of Vermont.  An exhibition takes the work of many cooperative individuals.  Thanks!

At the end of this document, you will find a list of award winners for the exhibition.

VPS Website:

If you have been following this saga, we have been seeking alternatives to our old website.  Finally, we have a web developer working on one now!  We will roll it out to you soon, so be thinking about the art you would like to exhibit on the new website.  This site will allow you to manage your own personal information and upload your own images as well as making payments for membership and workshops.  But, before we can get everyone trained in how it works, we’ll handle the images the first time around.  More to come on this soon.   Remember, find us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Vermont-Pastel- Society-1526769437591380/?fref=ts

or on our BLOG:

http://vermontpastelsociety.blogspot.com/

 November 2016 Annual Meeting:

November 6, 2016 will be the date of the Annual Meeting which will take place in the afternoon in the White River Junction area.  Mark your calendar!  We will try to find some interesting entertainment, as usual, for this meeting.

Also, be thinking about volunteering on the VPS Board.  There has been interest in the President’s position, so we anticipate we will be voting in a new President in November.  But, if any of you are interested, please let me know.

We have a Membership position opening up on the Board.  The duties are as follows:

  • Emailing notice of Membership Dues in December
    • Reminders end of January
    • Reminders end of February (If needed)
  • Received and record member application and demographic information, including amount received for each member, on spreadsheet.
  • Annually, work with Treasurer to reconcile membership records and deposit to verify.
  • Process occasional memberships throughout the year
  • Disseminates annual membership letters
  • Works with Treasurer regarding deposits
  • Disseminate VSP-wide emails as needed
  • Record and maintain records of membership
  • Reports as needed.
  • Member of VPS Board

Note: Duties may lessen with new website as people start using it to enter their own membership information.  We anticipate new members will sign up and make payment right online. 

Other Board positions may become vacant, as well.

Board Planning Meeting:

 Each year before the Annual Meeting, the Board meets to discuss the following year’s budget and other potential events.  If any of you want to volunteer to organize a workshop in your area let us know.  The Board members are listed in this document at the top.  Remember if you organize a workshop the workshop is FREE for you.  We have a couple of very experienced members, who have repeatedly volunteered to organize workshops and I’m sure they could talk you through the process.  We also have procedures.  Lastly, if you do decide to organize a workshop, our Board is always available to help you along the way.    I just heard from another VPS member, that a B & B in Warren, VT would LOVE to be a location for an art workshop (http://westhillbb.com/).    Again, if you are interested let one of us know and we’ll add your proposal to our planning meeting.

If there is anything you’d particularly like to see VPS do in 2017, send along an email to one of us and we’ll share that at the Board Meeting.  And remember, volunteering is critical to achieving VPS activities.   Many, many members have volunteered this year to accomplish the success we’ve had with our exhibits!

As a member of VPS, you are always welcome to come to our Board meetings.

 Vermont Pastel Society Member Exhibit 2016

The following is a list of awards presented at the 2016 VPS Juried Exhibition at the Compass Music and Art Center.  Our appreciation goes out to Christine Ivers, the Judge of Awards for VPS.  She included a statement (below) regarding the exhibition in general.

Each award listed, is followed by a statement from Christine Ivers about her impressions of the piece.  Congratulations to all of our winners.  The exhibition is incredibly professional in appearance.  VPS has some amazing artists!

Juror’s Statement

First, I would like to thank VPS for giving me the opportunity to judge this wonderful show for awards. It was truly an honor and it was most difficult to choose the winners from so many wonderful pastels. From the moment I walked into your facility I knew I would be spending hours trying award only a few awards when I honestly could have handed out at least another five or six. The variety of styles, the skilled use of the medium, and the professional presentation of all of the artists involved made for a beautiful show and I commend all involved. I hope that you will continue to create more terrific work and help to educate others as to why we love to paint with pure pigment. Thank you so much again.

  • Christine Ivers, PSA-MP, IAPS/MC

First Prize:

Diane Burns, “The Golden Hour”

As soon as I saw this painting I was awestruck with its dynamic composition and incredible use of color temperature. The vibrancy of light turning from the “magic light” of the sun to the subtle harmonies of beautiful shadows made me feel as if I were standing in the scene. The boldness and directional strokes pulled me to the destination that the artist intended. This painting was as incredible as “The Golden Hour” always is and is deserving of this show’s highest award. Kudos to the artist!

Second Prize:

Matthew Peake, “Overlook #26 Partners in Time”

Motion! Energy! The creative and imaginative way of looking at the world from a different angle made this composition filled with a circular motion of the figures, all the while in contrast to the geometric floor. The bold use of color complimented the piece, which kept me feeling that I was spying on the musicians and dancer from the balcony above. By truly “thinking out of the box” this artist has definitely found a creative niche that should inspire others to look at the world differently. Great job!

Third Prize:

Patti Braun, “Spring Run Off”

The dancing light on the waterfall contrasting the forest in luscious dark and vibrant color immediately drew my attention! The exceptional use of color choices in the lit and shadowed sections of the painting made me feel the perspective of the water and cascading rocks. I particularly loved the use of the violets in the shadows, which made what are normally overlooked supporting actors, such as the rocks, come alive with those delicious strokes of color. Excellent presentation as the wooden frame seemed to be part of the composition. Beautiful piece. Congratulations!

 Honorable Mention: The Philip M. Danylik Memorial Award sponsored by Christine Ivers

Jean Pollack, “KaBOOM….pshhhhhh….”

It wasn’t only the crashing wave or the excellent composition that drew me into the scene; it was the fantastic rim light on the rocks that spoke to me! The use of alizarin and violets against the warmth of the sand and sky is absolutely beautiful and kept me looking deeper into the areas that were almost imperceptible shadows. Motion and power contrasted by a serene sky and gentle sand makes for a powerful work. Totally enjoyed this terrific piece.

Honorable Mention: sponsored by Otter Creek Frame Shop of Middlebury

Carol Eberlein, “Sunshot”

The contrasting aspects of this painting were what drew me to it the moment I saw it. Bold, defining strokes, a spectrum of values and the flickers of light on the horizon and trees gave me the feeling that night was falling or that a storm might be coming in. I enjoyed trying to figure out which of those two scenarios this painting might be trying to convey, which I found interesting enough to make me linger with it. Striking is how I would describe the artist’s approach and I hope to see more of her work in the future. Congratulations!

Honorable Mention: sponsored by Phoenix Bookstore of Burlington

Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams, “Autumn Reflection”

The abstract qualities and the freedom of the artist’s strokes were what first caught my attention in this work. The movement and serendipity that was achieved in this painting is wonderful! “Bouncing” light that created the bold reflections, the artist’s use of the extreme light and dark values, and the color temperatures that gave the piece depth, are a true testament to her skill as a painter. The simplicity and tone of the painting is beautiful yet difficult to achieve. I applaud Kathrena for creating such a memorable piece.

Honorable Mention: sponsored by Zephyr Designs of Brattleboro

Norma Jean Rollet, “Garden en Plein Air”

The atmospheric perspective in this painting is telling me much more about the artist’s ability to give her viewer a true taste of depth in a landscape. From the softness and coolness in the background hills to the crisp strokes that make the flowers in the foreground jump out at you in the composition, these techniques alone absolutely makes this painting worthy of recognition. Add to that the use of value and temperature to create a piece that is not only beautiful but shows just how beautiful the medium can be. Truly deserving on an award.