If you've been wanting to try pastels but have had no idea how to begin, or would like to add some new techniques to your pastel skill set, please join us for this three-hour workshop. The workshop will feature a demonstration and cover a broad overview of materials and applications, including wet and dry techniques. Participants should bring a selection of reference photos to work from (landscapes, animals, still-life subjects are all welcome) and a smock or apron. Materials will be provided for students to create pastel studies during class, with some one-on-one assistance. Students are welcome to bring their own soft pastels and favorite work surfaces if they prefer.
I’ll be in Morristown, NY participating in their third annual Plein air event this August. On the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the event will feature many local plein air artists. Don’t miss it. A show and sale will end the event on August 4.
Please visit the Morristown Public Library for more information:
11 Woodruff Street, Saranac Lake, NY
The reception for Susan’s show “Farm to Market” will be held at NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery on Friday, July 5, from 5-7 pm, 11 Woodruff Street, Saranac Lake, NY.
When I sat down at my desk to conceptualize the exhibit (which was first called ‘Farmers’ Market’), brightly colored umbrellas and people milling around filled my head. Fun, but often painted, and just one chapter of a much longer and older story. Where does our food come from, and what do we do with it? Is it beautiful? Is there hard work behind it, winter snow, barns needing paint? We all hear that cooking is an art, but what about the cooking vessels and implements, and how it is presented to us? One by one, I took elements of those ideas and painted them with oils and pastels into a visual story of past and present, from farm to table. Please join me for the opening and we can have drinks under the not-painted umbrellas later.
NorthWind Fine Arts is a local cooperative retail art gallery, featured on CNN and in travel magazines. It’s in the heart of the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, just 9 miles from Lake Placid, NY. Be sure to stop in. Gallery hours are: Winter: Thursday-Saturday 11-5, Sunday, 11-4. May-December: Open daily, 11-6, Sundays 11-4, Closed Tuesdays. 518 354 1975. northwindfinearts.com
I’ll be teaching a soft pastel workshop at View in Old Forge, New York on Monday, July 1, from 3-6 in the afternoon. Please contact View in Old Forge for details, coming soon.
Description: This class will give the beginner or intermediate pastel artist a broad overview of materials and techniques, including the use of wet and dry techniques. The class will feature demonstrations and participants will be provided with the materials to create pastel studies during class, with one-on-one assistance. Discussion will include pastels as a plein air medium, the dynamics of composition, and, time permitting, a segment on how to frame pastels. Participants should bring a choice of reference photos to work from, and an easel (stand up or a simple tabletop easel). Students are welcome to bring their own pastels and supplies.
Please join me and other members of the Adirondack Pastel Society at the Historic Wiawaka House on the banks of Lake George, NY.
Pastel painters will be spending the day painting on the premises. Framed work produced that day will be for sale from 5-7 that evening in a special tent.
This is the Society’s 3rd year to be hosted as guests of Wiawaka House. We are very excited to be returning!
NorthWind Fine Arts will be hosting its 3rdAnnual Poetry Opening on Friday April 5, 2019 from 5-7 pm. Please join us for this fun and unique event featuring new poems, new pieces of art, and the co-mingling of the two.The gallery is located at 11 Woodruff Street, Saranac Lake, NY.
The evening will feature readings by Jim Bourey, David Crews, Darla Himeles, Craig Milewski, Roger Mitchell and Nancy Morse, with Lee Ann Sporn reading for the late Jeremy Deeks. The poems and new work by gallery artists have been created during the past few months, forming a compelling visual and written experience.
Please join us and enjoy our array of finger foods while you look and listen. Regular attendees of this event have always left asking, “You’ll be having this again next year, right?” It has been declared the “favorite opening of the year” by many attendees. If you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing this special once-a-year event, please come and see what the fuss (and magic) is about! The exhibit will be on display through April 28.
NorthWind Fine Arts has been featured in Opal Magazine (an international travel magazine) and in CNN Travel. We are a cooperative gallery and locals' favorite in the heart of the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks featuring original art made by Adirondack artists. Gallery hours are daily, 11-6, Sunday 11-4, closed Tuesdays. 518 354-1875.
My piece, “Our Little Town” took 1st Place in the Adirondack Artists Guild Annual Juried Show!
Please click on the link for the article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise:
The Adirondack Artists Guild Annual Juried show is on display in their gallery through April 20th, 2019. The gallery is located at 52 Main St. Saranac Lake, NY.
Seventy four artists from several states submitted 165 works. Juror Noreen Sadue of Plattsburgh, selected 69 pieces for the show.
The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery.
Gallery hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10-5 p.m. and Sunday, 11- 3 p.m. www.adirondackartistsguild.com.
76 Milton Street, Ballston Spa, NY
!st Show of the Season, Adirondack themed paintings from 23 artists on show and for sale.
Artist’s reception Sunday, February 3, from 2-4 pm.
Cave Art—ancient, primal, a testimony to what differentiated humans from other species in the distant past. NorthWind Gallery artists are putting together their own interpretations of Saranac Lake’s “Prehistoric” Winter Carnival theme. Susan Whiteman went “Into the Cave” to paint her interpretive pieces in the style of ancient artists, using animals that were alive then and now. Come to the gallery to hear some of the artists talk about what went into their time traveling journey. Prehistoric Artistic Origins—opening February 1st at NorthWind Fine Arts from 5-7. See you there!
NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present member Susan Whiteman’s “Adirondack Awakening” with an opening reception on Friday, July 6, from 5-7 pm. The gallery is located at 11 Woodruff Street, Saranac Lake, NY. Featuring luminous landscapes and florals, the exhibit will be on display for the month of July. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Drawing from the essential vibrancy of the Adirondack landscape, to the timelessness of sun shining through an old Great Camp window, Susan’s paintings are windows into a world of sparkling color and simple life pleasures. Susan writes that, “My goal is to capture the light and illuminate the familiar and overlooked, and to give us a moment away from distractions to breathe and be delighted.” Susan is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America.
NorthWind Fine Arts is a cooperative gallery and locals' favorite in the heart of the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks featuring original art made by Adirondack artists. Gallery hours are daily, 11-6, Sunday 11-4, closed Tuesdays. 518 354-1875.
I am honored to have three works included in this national show at the beautiful gallery space at View, in Old Forge, New York.
I'm pleased to be taking part in this festival's second year! Here's a rundown of the event:
From the ADK Action Webstie: AdkAction presents the 2nd annual Keeseville Plein Air Festival. The festival is designed to support artists and benefit local community revitalization efforts. Keeseville is a beautiful hamlet with flowing rivers, the world famous AuSable Chasm, historic architecture, picturesque small farms, and more. We invite artists from the Adirondacks and far away to join us to capture the beauty during the 4 day festival.
Day 1: "Introduction to Plein Air Painting Approach" with the 2017 Keeseville Plein Air Festival winner, Kari Ganoung-Ruiz in the morning with community tours to help artists get inspired in the afternoon and early evening.
Day 2: Paint the Water: Artists are encouraged to paint the breathtaking AuSable Chasm or the calmer waters of the AuSable river that run through the town. Scenes from Lake Champlain and Augur Lake are also encouraged.
Day 3: Paint the Town: Paint the beautiful historic architecture in Keeseville. Focus on the unique stone buildings, one of the 3 historic bridges, or one of the incredible homes downtown.
Bonus: "Better Days." Artists are encouraged to paint scenes of anything human-built that has "seen better days." In seeing structures crumble, we can often also find the beauty of nature and the potential for rebirth. A portion of proceeds from the "Better Days" paintings will go directly to supporting community revitalization.
Day 4: Pain the Farms: Keeseville is home to several magnificent small farms. Artists are encouraged to paint the pastures, animals, and equipment that make these places so alive.
Special Preview Party: The evening of the 4th day will feature a special preview party, providing the public with a first look at all of the paintings created during the festival. Wine and local cheeses will be available for this very fun event.
Day 5: Show and Sale: AdkAction staff and volunteers will be on site to man the Show and Sale from 10am to 3pm. Artists can come down to the gallery to speak with patrons or spend the day painting whatever they choose and enjoying the community.
Please visit the Lake Placid Center for the Arts to view their most recent juried show. Two of my pastels are in the show--Adirondack Great Camp: Summer's End, and Rhapsody in Pink.
Saranac Lake Artworks, based in Saranac Lake, NY, is once again coordinating studio tours of local artists' workspaces.
My newly completed studio space will be open to the public. I'll be working on pastel paintings, and will give a tutorial on materials and methods, if asked. Special studio tour discounts available for paintings on exhibit in the studio.
Please see saranaclakeartworks.com for more information.
I was pleased to have two of my pieces juried into the “It’s Pastel” 9th Annual Juried Show
Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH
The show runs October 21-November 25, 2017, 9:30-5pm 7 days a week.
Opening reception, awards ceremony and gallery talk: Saturday Oct. 21, 2017, 5 to 7 pm. Free admission.
The Pastel Society of New Hampshire presents its 9th Annual Juried Exhibition “It’s Pastel” at the Portsmouth Historical Society’s Academy Gallery at Discover Portsmouth in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. More than 80 paintings from award-winning, critically acclaimed, artists across the country will be on view in the landmark Academy Gallery, in what has become an area favorite exhibit.
With a broad range of styles, vibrant colors and masterful technique, the exhibit showcases the new- found excitement of a traditional medium. “A whole room full of pastel paintings really packs a punch,” said PSNH Juried show chair, Keith Demanche. “Portraits, landscapes, still life – pastel is a terrific medium for almost any kind of subject. Seeing what all these talented artists put on view is truly amazing.”
Nationally recognized juror, Kim Lordier (PSA, IAPS MC), will choose the paintings that were accepted from hundreds of artist submissions. Juror of Awards, Christine Ivers (PSA, IAPS MC) will be granting over $6000 in prizes at the opening reception and awards ceremony on Sat. Oct. 21, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Christine Ivers will also be giving a free gallery talk about the work on view and some background information why and how the choices were made for prize selection.
Discover Portsmouth is located at 10 Middle St., Portsmouth NH. Phone: 603-436-8433. Gallery hours are: 9:30am-5pm., 7 days a week. For more information about the show, Pastel Society of NH or about pastels as a medium, please visit www.pastelsocietynh.com.
The Pastel Society of New Hampshire is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of soft pastels as a fine art medium. Founded in January 2006 by a group of pastel artists, the purpose of the society is to promote the arts in New Hampshire, and to foster connections among pastelists of all levels throughout New Hampshire, the New England region, and other states. All pastel artists and people interested in the pastel medium are welcome and encouraged to join.
DISCOVER THE ADIRONDACKS THROUGH ARTISTS' EYES plein air festival
The Adirondack region has long been known as a wonderful, wild vacation retreat and the inspiration for numerous artists, writers and musicians. The artists who come and take part in the Adirondack Plein Air Festival know that very well, which is what attracts them from all over the country. It's the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi, yet within an easy days drive of the major cities of the northeast. There are mountains, lakes, rivers, bogs, forests, farms, and small communities - a full variety of subject matter for artists. Ninety artists submitted applications and 50 were selected to participate.
The Adirondack Plein Air Festival involves 4 1/2 days of painting and then a huge Show & Sale that could very well have 500 fresh, wet paintings that were created during the event. Spectators are encouraged to come watch the creative process as well as to enjoy the Adirondack environment themselves. Click on the "Schedule" link above to see what is going on each day of the event.
On Friday August 18, all the framed paintings have to be turned in and there will be a Special Preview Party & Awards Presentation from 6 - 9 pm in the Town Hall at 39 Main St. Tickets are $20/person and may be purchased below or at the door. Vermont artist Aline Ordman will select the prize winners. There is no charge for the Show & Sale on Saturday August 19, from 12 - 5 pm.
Our artists have a wonderful time exploring the Adirondacks with their paintbrushes. We invite you to come see what they have produced and perhaps bring home your own piece of the Adirondacks.
Ninety artists applied and 50 artists have been selected to participate, along with 10 alternates. Our 3 Selection Jurors were Massachusetts artist John MacDonald (our 2016 Awards Juror), Saratoga, NY artist Anne Diggory (a former Awards Juror), and Delaware artist Sarah Yeoman.
Thanks to jurors of selection, PSA Master Pastelists, Patrician Tribastone and Karen Israel for accepting these two pieces of mine into the 3rd Annual Adirondack National Pastel Exhibition.
The Shirt Factory Gallery & the Adirondack Pastel Society
Show runs Wednesday, July 12, to Saturday August 12, 2017
Opening reception is Saturday, July 22, from 5 to 8 p.m.
71 Lawrence Street, Glens Falls, NY
NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery artists and regional award winning poets have collaborated on a show that will feature new pieces of art and the poetry composed for each piece.
The catered event will feature readings by the poets, and is open to the public. Please join us for this very special evening. The exhibit runs through April 23rd.
Two of my pieces were accepted into the Adirondack Artist's Guild 19th Annual Regional Juried show in Saranac Lake, NY and may be seen there through April 12, 2017.
Please stop by the LPCA Main Street Gallery in Lake Placid NY. I'll be having a featured table display there with lots of small works, some new larger works, cards, Dala Horses and prints.
NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery members will have a selection of their art exhibited at The View in Old Forge, NY. Please see their website for more information, link above.
My thanks to juror Christine Swann, PSA, for accepting my piece, "Light Years Away" into this show!
From their website:
Location: Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery
10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH
Location: Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery
"The Discover Portsmouth Center in the heart of the historic seacoast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The gallery is elegantly situated on the ground floor of an historic building which once was the main library. It is known for the high caliber of the exhibitions displayed throughout the year. Restaurants and shops are within walking distance for the many visitors who come to the center for information, and for residents who are aware of the high quality art shown there. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 until 5 and is knowledgeably staffed."
Columbus Day Weekend!
Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9
Reception: October 8, 4-6pm
Join us for Olana’s Fifth Annual Plein Air Celebration in collaboration with Columbia County Council of the Arts. Interact with competitively selected artists on Friday-Saturday in Olana’s artist-designed landscape. Join us Saturday night for a free meet the artist reception, impromptu exhibition, and artist awards along with the opening of Wayfinding: Imaging History with (Our)story. The event concludes with a tent sale in downtown Hudson on Sunday from 11am-8pm. Over the weekend Olana will also offer a number of participatory programs to encourage painting outdoors, landscape tours, and viewing artists at work. Proceeds support education programs at Olana and the Columbia County Council on the Arts. This event is free and open to all ages.
JURORS: Participants selected by jury: Bob Bahr, editor of PleinAir Today, Valerie Balint, Associate Curator at Olana, Joan Damiani, Hudson Artist and Gallerist, and Hudson Artist Ken Young
Olana State Historic Site
5720 Route 9G
Hudson, NY 12534
Lat: 42-12’58” N,
Long: 073-49’35” W
Estimated Drive Times:
Albany: 45 minutes
Boston: 3 hours
New York City: 2.5 hours
Poughkeepsie: 1 hour
Springfield, MA: 1.5 hours
Grasses, pastel on UArt paper 9 x 6