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Pastel Art Demo With Local Plein Air Artist Mary Monk This Thursday at STAA

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Artist Mark Monk at work, 'en plein air'

Local Artist Mark Monk at work, ‘en plein air’

The St. Tammany Art Association is proud to present a pastel painting demonstration by Mary Monk. Join STAA this Thursday at 6:30 pm as Mary walks through her process while creating an original landscape painting in pastel. She will refer to a photograph and demonstrate some of her techniques and share tips on creating a successful pastel painting. This is a great opportunity to “learn by example” with one of our favorite local artists.

Mary Monk has been an award-winning professional artist for over twenty years. Her work can be found in a myriad of public and private art collections including permanent art collections belonging to St. Tammany Parish and the state of Louisiana. She has appeared in numerous magazines such as: Pastel Magazine, Louisiana Life Magazine, and Inside Northside Magazine. She received the majority of her artistic training through classical drawing lessons but is a self taught pastelist. She is a member of the Degas Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of America and the St. Tammany Pastel Society.

Primarily a plein air artist, Monk’s medium of choice is pastel and she is mostly known for her country/urban landscapes. No matter the subject, mood and light are always the true focus of her paintings. Her choices of color and subject matter are heavily influenced by growing up in the city and moving to the country to raise her family. The transition of urban to country sparked an infinite pool of inspiration for the artist.

Mary Monk grew up in New Orleans but has been living in Abita Springs with her husband and four children for the past twenty years. She is represented in Louisiana by Three Rivers Gallery in Covington, The New Orleans Academy of Arts in New Orleans and The Garden District Gallery in New Orleans.