Pas­tel art to be un­leashed in the south

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

It may be an ‘‘an­cient medium’’ but there’s no worry of it dy­ing out any time soon.

Pas­tel art is grow­ing in the re­gion, with artists through­out the coun­try com­ing to­gether to show­case a range of works at an ex­hi­bi­tion this month at City Gallery In­ver­cargill, on Don St.

South­land artist Mar­ion Miller said the South­ern Pas­tel Artists Pastels Un­leashed ex­hi­bi­tion, that will run from September 8 to September 30, will show­case works from about 20 es­tab­lished artists.

Each would bring four or five works.

‘‘The qual­ity is quite in­cred­i­ble.’’

Pas­tel was ‘‘quite an an­cient medium’’, but it had an in­cred­i­ble fol­low­ing of peo­ple who en­joyed the art, she said.

In­ver­cargill City Gallery pub­lic pro­grammes man­ager Ge­orgie Keyse, who hails from In­ver­cargill but re­cently stud­ied an hon­ours de­gree in Art His­tory in Welling­ton, said pas­tel art was still popular.

There were quite a few pas­tel pieces in the ILT Art Awards this yea.

The awards ran from July 29 to September 2, and showcased works from artists through­out the coun­try.

Keyse be­lieved pas­tel was a ver­sa­tile medium that artists could use for ‘‘hy­per re­al­is­tic’’ or ‘‘very ab­stract’’ work with a lot or a lit­tle colour.

But in South­land there was a clear trend to­wards land­scapes.

Keyse be­lieved its ver­sa­til­ity kept pas­tel popular dur­ing the years.

‘‘You can achieve any­thing with pas­tel.

‘‘It’s so var­ied, you can achieve so many dif­fer­ent re­sults.’’

Artists were al­ways de­velop- ing and dis­cov­er­ing new tech­niques with the medium, she said.

‘‘It keeps the artists on their toes.

‘‘The skill they’re demon­strat­ing is in­cred­i­ble.’’

Guest mas­ter pastel­list Diane Rap­pisi, of Texas, will also be teach­ing work­shops from September 9 to September 12 in In­ver­cargill and Ma­pua, near Nel­son.

The work­shops are al­ready full.

The art­work from the ex­hi­bi­tion will be for sale, with prof­its go­ing back into the gallery and artists.

There will no awards ex­cept a peo­ple’s choice prize.

RE­BECCA MOORE/STUFF

In­ver­cargill City Gallery pub­lic pro­grammes man­ager Ge­orgie Keyse pre­pares for the pas­tel ex­hi­bi­tion.

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