Thanks to a recommendation from Lisa Regopoulos, one of our members, we found the perfect place to host the 1st New England PastelFest - Saima Park! It boasts a 4000 sq. ft. pavilion and several buildings. The facilities worked well to keep everyone safely distanced, while keeping the pop-up show sheltered.
Big shout out to all who made it out that day! The day was kicked off with plein air painting, followed by a panel discussion. The panel speakers Jeanne Rosier Smith, Dave Kaphammer and Red Weber were informative and engaging. Many attendees have expressed that all three did an exceptional job and that they really enjoyed the panel discussion. Then there was the pop-up show, which showcased amazing work by all. After months of online shows it was fantastic to view pastel paintings in person again. There were also designated tables for everyone to participate in an art sale swap that went on throughout the day. This was open to any art related materials and work. The sales tables were fun to shop. Who doesn't love a bargain? And last but not least there were raffles. Two of which were sponsored. One by Jack Richeson Art, with a gorgeous set of 70 greys that were out for all to try on a variety of surfaces. These were raffled off at the end of the day. The other was a $25 gift card sponsored by Mark Corliss Multi-media Creations. Sincere thanks to our sponsors! All in all there was something for everyone.
Given that New England PastelFest 2020 was such a success it's our plan to engage the other New England region pastel societies to see who wants to co-host with us next year. So far, there is interest from Pastel Painters Society of Cap Cod, Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of Maine. The goal will be to expand on what was offered this year and offer some demos and workshops. Regardless of what we wind up with, we will keep everyone posted on the details, as they become available.
Courtesy of our resident photog, Maryann Mullet, here are some pics from PastelFest 2020.
With all that was going on in 2020, CMPS wanted to find ways to keep their members engaged with each other and what we all love - communicating and collaborating with and through pastels. One of those ideas turned out to be New England PastelFest!
1st Place - Follow Me into the Sea
By Lisa Nugent
2nd Place - Too Close For Comfort
By Janet Schwartz
3rd Place - Cranes Beach No 2
By Thomas W. Bradley
Here is the rest of the amazing show. Apologies for the unavoidable glare on some pieces.
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Here's a few of folks enjoying the day!