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Women Who Pastel Artist Reception
October 25, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
A Group Show of Work in Pastel by Artists in the Hudson Valley
The public is invited to meet the women who pastel at an artists’ reception at the Karpeles Museum on Saturday, October 25, from 1 to 3 p.m
Pastel is an art medium that originated in Europe in the 15th century. It employs pure powdered pigments pressed together into a stick with a gum binder and has an extraordinary range of color intensity, producing work of great subtlety of tone. Among the most famous masters of this challenging material in the 19th century were Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Manet, and Renoir.
Pastels are usually thought of as delicate, soothing shades of color, but the women included in this exhibition reveal how bold a composition rendered in pastel can be. The artists whose dynamic pastels are on display at the Karpeles Museum from October through November reveal both the sensitivity and the dynamism of which the medium is capable. In powerful landscapes and elegantly composed still lifes, the virtuosity of their work demonstrates the range of effect the exacting medium permits.
The artists represented in the show have exhibited their work widely throughout the country. Among the local, regional, and national arts organizations with which members of the group are affiliated are Artists on Campus, the Cape Cod Art Association, the Garrison Arts Center, Hopper House Arts Center of Nyack, the Art Society of Kingston, the Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters, the Middletown Art Group, the Orange County Arts Council, the Wallkill River School, and the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum.
The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is located at 94 Broadway, across from City Hall, in the City of Newburgh. It is one of a national chain, with twelve in the U.S., specializing in the preservation and display of original, historically significant documents and manuscripts. Museum Hours: Thu.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is always free.