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.
Workshop limited to 12 students.
For more information and to register, visit the Fort Mill Art Guild website.
For more information on the artist, visit Barbara’s website.
Nancie King Mertz
July 22-24: Let’s Paint Ireland (Virtually) – 21 hours of instruction for $300, 10-5 CST.
For more information: https://www.nanciekingmertz.com/events
July 4 weekly 3-hour classes July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 1-2, 2020 Intensive 2 Day Online Zoom Workshop
Offering 1 hour Zoom mentoring
Go to her website for more information
Coming Soon – online workshop ready for an August release
Patreon Online Learning page
Offering online weekly pastel classes 7/15/2020-8/15/2020
Offering online mentoring
Capturing the Light Workshop: 8/21/2020-8/23/2020
The Painterly Floral from Life (Online through Pastel Society of America) – 8/1/2020- 8/2/2020
PSA Online Workshop – 10/5/2020-10/10/2020
Be sure to look at our list of resources where you can find more online learning opportunities and great pastel YouTube channels https://bit.ly/psnc_online_resources
Check out online resources from our digital library https://bit.ly/PSNCLibrary
Enrollment is now open for The Painterly Landscape Course. This class is exclusively for active NC Pastel Society members: Piedmont Pastel Society, NC Pastel Society and Appalachian Pastel Society.
Registration is open today and closes on May 4, 2020.
We hope you take advantage of this great online course. Please contact Alain at email@example.com directly should you have any issues registering.
For more information and to enroll, click the link here: The Painterly Landscape Course.