The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that works by members of the Pastel Society of South Carolina will be on exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery from September 5-28, 2017. A free reception and award ceremony will be held at the gallery on Thursday, September 7, from 5:00-7:00pm. Many of the exhibiting artists will be present, and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend.
The Pastel Society of South Carolina (PSSC) will present a judged show featuring dry pastel works by its members in a variety of subjects and styles. Guest judge, Christopher Groves will award first, second, and third place, as well as two honorable mentions. “The pastel medium provides an immediacy and brilliance to work that no other medium can match,” says PSSC President and pastel artist Trish Emery. “There is no drying time, no mixing wet paints or messy tubes and brushes to clean.” The show will reflect the interests of the PSSC members, and many styles and genres will be represented including landscapes, still lifes, animals, and portraits.
The Pastel Society of South Carolina was founded in February 2016 by Trish Emery and a small group of local artists. Since then, membership has grown to include pastel artists from throughout the state. The purpose of the Society is to promote public awareness of the value of pastel as a fine art medium; to provide education and exhibition opportunities to its members; and to unite pastel artists in order to bring about recognition of their work. Many members have earned a “Masters in Pastel” designation from various national and international groups such as the Pastel Society of America, International Association of Pastel Societies, and Southeastern Pastel Society. Learn more about the Pastel Society of South Carolina on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/156601341393945.
The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the northwest corner of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Parking and admission are free. Gallery hours are Tuesdays 12-5pm, Wednesdays 11am-5pm, Thursdays 11am-7:30pm, and Fridays 11am-5pm. Inquiries regarding the artists or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854. For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website.