Show Preview | National Pastel Show

Albuquerque, NM
Hispanic Arts Center, November 1-30

Sarah Blumenschein, Peony Study #2, pastel, 20 x 24.

Sarah Blumenschein, Peony Study #2, pastel, 20 x 24.

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The 23rd annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition, presented by the Pastel Society of New Mexico, runs throughout the month of November at the Hispanic Arts Center at EXPO New Mexico. The event kicks off with an opening reception on Saturday, November 1, from 1 to 6 p.m., which includes an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. The show is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and free artists’ demonstrations are planned each weekend. Nearly 100 juried artists showcase up to 140 pastel works in a variety of styles and subject matter. And while the show is sponsored by the Pastel Society of New Mexico, it’s not limited to New Mexico artists. “This year we had entries from 22 states,” says show chairman Nicholas Tesluk.

Among the participating artists are Paul Murray, William Schneider, John Philbin Dolan, Marilyn Drake, and Mimi Jungbluth. Murray won the People’s Choice award at the 2012 show with his painting CANYON, a glowing landscape full of light and color. Dolan, another previous award-winner who also holds prestigious Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies, is known for his accomplished pastel portraits. Drake paints both people and places, preferring to paint both from life. Tesluk believes that the highly regarded participating artists are what makes this show “one of the more anticipated shows across the nation.”

The variety in the show also makes it compelling, Tesluk adds. “Generally in any art show, landscapes are the most prevalent. But we have landscapes, portraits, still lifes, cityscapes, and even some abstract work,” he says. “And the landscapes are not only New Mexico-type landscapes that have a southwestern feel. It’s a very well-rounded collection. It makes for a really full show.” —Joe Kovack

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