Pastel portraits painted, free, by Gwendolyn Evans, from photos sent to her by the families of the victims of the 9/11 tragedy.

A pastel landscape workshop will be held at the Gwendolyn Evans Gallery, 75 Hunters Landing Road, Walpole, Thursday and Friday August 12 and 13, 9 a.m. to noon.

Evans has worked in the pure pigmented medium of soft pastel since the age of fifteen, first doing portraits at art fairs, then continuing in this medium for decades in portraiture, still life and the landscape. Evans studied pastel portraiture with Daniel Greene, whose work is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; she was also his assistant for his portrait studio in Saint-Louis in the 1970s.

After September 11, while living just an hour from New York City, Evans painted, free of charge, for the families of that tragedy 32 pastel portraits from photos sent to her by the families of the victims, including several are shown here. Gwendolyn says, “It was a sad labor of love; I remember that one of the first portraits of September 11 that I made was of a young woman whose coffin contained only one arm; she was the same age as my son and I cried while doing so. I cherish the many grateful cards and letters that I have received. Art has the capacity to rise up in difficult times; I am so happy that I was able to express the lives of loved ones for their families to always cherish.

Students who register for Evans’ August workshop will complete pastel landscapes. For more details on the workshop and the supplies needed, please call Evans at 390-8554 or email him at [email protected] Evans holds an MA with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design as well as a Fine Arts Diploma from Principia College and has taught pastel, watercolor, drawing, oil, and more. for decades.

Tuition for the 6 hour 2 day workshop is $ 60; Class size will be limited to 5 students so that great individual attention can be given. Evans plans to offer a portrait workshop later in the year. See her professional website at gwendolynevans.com and her inspiring website at voiceandvisionwordsandworks.com.

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