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Underpainting & Layers: Free Pastel Demo at St. Tammany Art Association

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The St. Tammany Art Association hosts a free demo this Saturday, January 23, with local artist Dawn Koetting. “Underpainting and Layers”, a demonstration exploring pastel techniques, is in conjunction with their current exhibit the Degas Pastel Society 18th Biennial National Exhibition. This exhibit is on display at the STAA Arthouse, 320 N. Columbia Street, through January 30th, 2021.

Due to attendance restrictions, space is limited for this free demo. Please click the link below to register for this event.

From St. Tammany Art Association:

Underpainting and Layers In Pastel with Dawn Koetting

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The demonstration will center around the different types of underpaintings used in pastel and how they visually affect the finished piece. Watercolor, pastel with mineral spirits, and pan pastel on a warm, neutral toned paper will be featured.

Dawn Koetting began painting in pastel 14 years ago. A recently retired veterinarian, she has enjoyed this time to continue pursuing her passion in pastel, taking a wide variety of workshops from nationally acclaimed artists. Her works have been exhibited at the National Arts Club in NYC and in the IAPS ( International Association of Pastel Societies ) biennial convention show, as well as at the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, OH and the Lulu and Paul Hilliard Museum of Art in Lafayette, LA. She holds signature membership in the Degas Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America.

“My art centers around bringing into view the simple beauty that surrounds us. Hectic, hurried lifestyles have people rushing past scenes and objects that have a certain beauty if one just takes the time to look. I enjoy painting the landscape en plein air ( on location) and am especially drawn to the patterns and colors of the agrarian landscape, the majestic live oaks, and the waterways meandering across our area. The repeating oval patterns of rusty tire rims and water lily leaves also seem to hold a special attraction and are seen in multiple works. Pastel is my main medium due to its direct application of almost pure pigment. My technique combines drawing and painting, layer upon layer, allowing the texture of the surface and that of the strokes of pigment to show through. I utilize different techniques of underpainting depending on subject and circumstance.”

Spaces are limited! Register for this demo here: www.sttammany.art/dawn-koetting

About STAA

The mission of the St. Tammany Art Association is to provide quality programming and cultural enrichment to the community, to support established artists, promote emerging artists, and produce educational arts related activities for adults and children and in doing so enhance life in St. Tammany Parish.

Learn how you can get involved today! www.sttammany.art

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Two Free Pastel Demonstrations at St. Tammany Art Association this Saturday

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The St. Tammany Art Association hosts two free demos this Saturday in conjunction with their current exhibit, the Degas Pastel Society 18th Biennial National Exhibition. This exhibit is on display at the STAA Arthouse, 320 N. Columbia Street, through January 30th, 2021.

Due to attendance restrictions, space is limited for these free demos. Click the links to register for the events.

From St. Tammany Art Association:

FREE Still Life Demonstration with Darlene Johnson

Spaces are limited, register and save your place today!

Saturday, 10 am – Noon, January 9, 2021

“I am a pastelist and consider myself as a colorist. Color really excites me. It is what drives my selection of subjects. It pulls me into a landscape en plein aire or into a set up in my studio.

“Still life is my passion. Finding beauty in everyday mundane objects, seeing the different shapes, textures, capturing the lights and shadows; all of these are what excites me to paint.

“I feel that I am recording the beauty I see and by the same token I hope the observer sees the same beauty.”

Darlene Johnson

Darlene is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and Degas Pastel Society, and serves as Vice President. She has been the recipient of a five week residency in Dinan, France and Basin, Montana, and included in 3 Person Exhibit at the Ziegler Museum in Jennings, Louisiana. She has studied with National and International Pastel Masters. Her work is in private collections in the USA and Europe.

Spaces are limited! Register for this demo here: www.sttammany.art/darlene-johnson-demo

FREE DEMO: Painting Louisiana Marshscapes with Glinda Schafer

Spaces are limited, register and save your place today!

Saturday, 2-4 pm, January 9, 2021

Glinda’s demo will showcase the use of Pan Pastels, a different type of soft pastels in a cake-like form. They are applied with rubber applicators and are applied as if using a brush.

“I use them mostly as an underpainting in my marshscapes and sunsets, although they can easily be used as a finished painting.

“I have enjoyed painting and drawing since I was a child. After seizing the opportunity to attend art classes as an adult, I have been exploring and learning ever since. My first choice of subjects is usually landscapes. The Louisiana marshlands have been a major source of inspiration. I never tire of attempting to capture the nuances of light and shadow with a glimpse of wildlife lurking.”

Glinda Schafer

Glinda Schafer is a representation artist working primarily with soft pastels. The majority of her work is landscapes in which she seeks to combine harmony with an underlying edge of the excitement that is always present in nature. She believes there is beauty in the most ordinary of landscapes and tries to capture the light and mood while delivering to the viewer a kind of peacefulness.

She is a charter member and board member of the Degas Pastel Society, a signature member of DPS, New Orleans Art Association, and a Juried Associate member of the Pastel Society of America. She has won many local and national awards and is in the permanent collections of corporate and private collectors globally.

Spaces are limited, register and save your place today here: www.sttammany.art/glinda-schafer-demo

The mission of the St. Tammany Art Association is to provide quality programming and cultural enrichment to the community, to support established artists, promote emerging artists, and produce educational arts related activities for adults and children and in doing so enhance life in St. Tammany Parish. Learn more about STAA here: www.sttammany.art

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St. Tammany Art Association Announces Degas Pastel Society National Exhibition Opening Dec 5th

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St. Tammany Art Association presents a new exhibition on display
December 5, 2020 – January 30, 2021:
Degas Pastel Society 18th Biennial National Exhibition

Covington, LA – St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) presents a new exhibition, “Degas Pastel Society 18th Biennial National Exhibition,” on display December 5 through January 30, 2021 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery of the Arthouse. The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception on Saturday, December 5, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests to the reception are required to register in advance for timed tickets to ensure limited attendance and adequate space for social distancing. These free tickets can be obtained by visiting www.sttammany.art

From its inception in 1984, the Degas Pastel Society has played an important role in the Renaissance of pastel painting worldwide. Their exhibitions showcase some of the best pastels that are being painted throughout the United States and abroad.

The Degas Pastel Society remains dedicated to the promotion of pastel painting by presenting exhibitions of outstanding work. The hope is that all who view this exhibition will gain a greater appreciation of the beauty and brilliance of pastel painting.

History of The Degas Pastel Society

During the summer of 1983, seven artists gathered to plan the first pastel-only exhibition to be held in New Orleans. The purpose of the exhibit was to present to the public, a show of artistic excellence utilizing the pastel medium which until recently has suffered from public misunderstanding and neglect.

Encouraged by the enthusiastic response to the Premier Pastel Show held at the International Trade Mart (now the World Trade Center) in November 1983, they decided to organize formally and did so on April 23, 1984.

The Society is aptly named in honor of Edgar Degas (1834-1917), the artist most widely recognized for transforming pastel from a sketching tool into a major artistic medium. Pastel painting blossomed with his touch and his works have inspired countless artists.

A juried exhibit
The exhibition was juried by Lyn Asselta, who has exhibited her landscape paintings throughout the U.S. and has been included in invitational exhibitions in France and China. She taught workshops in Canada, Curacao and across the U.S. Lyn recently achieved Eminent Pastelist status with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Salmagundi Club, a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society, a member of the Eastern League of Professional Artists, and is the founder and past president of the First Coast Pastel Society based in northeast Florida. In 2009, Lyn was selected as an Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park in Maine. Her work has been featured in several magazines including Pastel Journal, Pratique des Arts, and Plein Air Magazine. In 2018, she published her first book, Seeing the Landscape, a compilation of her prose and paintings.

The exhibit will be judged by Don Marshall, a native of New Orleans who began his professional career in the arts as the first Director of the Contemporary Arts Center in 1977. Under his leadership the center grew into one of the largest multi-disciplinary Alternative Arts Centers in the country, curating over 30 exhibitions. As Director of Le Petite Theatre, Marshall founded the Tennessee Williams Festival in conjunction with a group that was organizing a New Orleans Literary Festival. As an educator, he has served as the Director of the Cultural Resource Management Program at Southeastern Louisiana University and Director of the Arts Administration Program at the University of New Orleans.

In 2004 Marshall became the Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation. Since then, he has worked to expand programming that fulfills the mission of the organization to promote, perpetuate and support the music, arts and culture of Louisiana. 

Free demo
In conjunction with the exhibit, a pastel demo will be led by Degas Pastel Society Board member, Alan Flattmann, on Saturday, December 12 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The demo is free, but advance registration is required at www.sttammany.art. More demos are from Degas Pastel Society members are scheduled for January. Visit our website for more information.

The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Current gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 11am – 4pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

St. Tammany Art Association is supported by the generosity of members, volunteers, sponsors and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, St. Tammany Parish Government. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

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Chasing the Light: An Exhibition of Artwork by Mary Monk at Three Rivers Gallery Opening Saturday

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“Painting En Plein Air has been a wonder-filled lesson in truth for me. The color and light are never what you would expect.  It is full of variations that are continually exciting to experience and paint.” Mary Monk

Mary Monk Exhibit Three Rivers GalleryChasing the Light is a collection of luminous landscape paintings that capture the extraordinary effects of the transient moments between day and night. These contemporary paintings record the artist’s impression of the most challenging times of day for plein air artists to capture.

This exhibition celebrates the deeply emotional and moving light that begins and ends our days. These ephemeral moments have fascinated artists for centuries, challenging them to capture accurately the fleeting impressions of transitory light effects.  Working en plein air, Monk is well known for her love of light. Seeking to capture those brief moments that define our daily life experience, these sunrises and sunsets that are recorded in the artists hand emphasize the intrinsic value of time. They show us their truth, allowing others to view the significance of the passing of time and its delicate and fugitive beauty.

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. She is a member of the Degas Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of America and the St. Tammany Pastel Society. 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.

Chasing the Light: New Artwork by Mary Monk will be on display from September 13th through October 4th, with an opening reception Saturday September 13th in conjunction with Covington’s Second Saturday Art Stroll.