I recently got the opportunity to join this wonderful pastel society and am ecstatic to be in the company of so many eminent pastelists. Hope to enjoy the works of other artists and to learn so that I can improve my own artworks as well.
Years ago when Flora Giffuni, Founder of the Pastel Society of America and President advised me on how to begin the Pastel Society of North Carolina her advice was to begin small and build from there. It was great advice and how we have grown.
“Southern Comforts” was my accepted entry into that PSA exhibition where I met Flora. This pastel painting 18″ x 24″ was painted on Canson Mi Tienes. I went to the farmer’s market in Carrboro, NC and found an opportunity to take a photo reference.
I am pleased to announce that I am participating in a virtual art exhibit at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill through January 31st with Elaine Jerome and Susanna Ray. The Center’s video runs about 15 minutes; you can access it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IrHJJy2fZX_6iSZI9a_pHmqMR4-VFFiY/view?usp=sharing
I have selected four pastels from my latest work in 2020, along with four watercolors from earlier years.
Sycamore Tree won the Claude Parsons Memorial Award in the American Artists Professional League’s 92nd Grand National Exhibition in November 2020. Normally held at the Salmagundi Club in NYC, this year’s exhibition was online. AAPL shortly after offered me an Elected Associate Member status which I accepted.
PSNC member, Judith Cutler, was a featured artist on the Pastel Society of America FB Group in December.
I am delighted to have been mentioned on radio NPR’s The State of Things, hosted by Frank Stasio, Tuesday, August 4th. James Keul, the curator of Golden Belt’s Reawakening Exhibit and fellow artist of Golden Belt Artists Group, spoke about how artists were motivated to paint during the pandemic. He talked about my painting on paint-in zoom calls, painting models virtually, and needing to think outside the box. Also how I tried subjects conceptually, based on current events over these past months.
Online workshop – Available anytime
I am thrilled to announce my collaboration with The Centerpiece Gallery in Raleigh to develop a new online Pastel workshop. This fun workshop will give you the basics you need to create a beautiful cloud Pastel, and you even have the option of purchasing additional feedback and follow-up after the class via email. Visit the Centerpiece today for more info or to register.
Recently, my painting, Genesis, won the Benefactor’s Award in the 29th Annual Waterway Art Association Show and Sale held in Calabash, NC. The show was judged by Kari Feuer of Wilmington, NC.
Diana is featured in a full page of the March-April Cary Living Magazine – Page 82 with her pastel “Snowy White Elegance.”
Jeri Greenberg named Juror of Selection for Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod’s annual National exhibit FPO (For Pastels Only).
I will be teaching a “Behind The Looking Glass” for the PSA in NYC on May 9th, The Many Colors of White workshop for the Piedmont Pastel Society August 29th, a workshop for the Pastel Society of South Carolina September 12, and a 3 day workshop at the Jersey Shore in October.
Plus JUST ADDED: A DEMO FOR THE LEFT COAST PASTEL SOCIETY IN APRIL, FOLLOWED BY A WORKSHOP IN 2021.
GALLERY REPRESENTATION: Water+Color Gallery in Wilmington NC beginning 3/13/20 and Art In Bloom Gallery beginning 06/24/2020.
On January 25th, Deb Covington of Emerald Isle, is having a show and sale of her work, at the Bogue Distillery on Hwy 24.
The event is the first important event by the Seaside Arts Council of Swansboro. Everyone is invited.
New Year, New Artists – December 27 – January 28
I am a featured artist from December 27 – January 28 along with Lois Blasberg and Suzanne Love, also new members of the Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 S. Academy Street, Cary NC 27511, 919-462-2035.