AN EVENT: “Passionate About Pastel”, a collaborative exhibition of 10 member artists from the Southside Art League Inc. (SALI) Off Broadway Gallery in September 2020. These award-winning star artists will exhibit a wide variety of pastel subjects and styles, in a medium that is often misunderstood. What is PASTEL? Is it like sidewalk chalk? Is it a drawing or a painting? Is it archival? It’s a must-see show!


Mary Ann Davis of Indianapolis loves the challenge of painting on location and has a reputation as one of Indiana’s finest outdoor painters. His art celebrates nature, emphasizing color and atmosphere, and has been included in two Indiana painting books and numerous art publications. She enjoys teaching as much as exhibiting.

Marianne Hamilton devoted most of his life to science education, which is accurate. It is a search for answers in a methodical way. In art, she found the freedom to observe the world in her own way. The pastels, in particular, allow him to dive forward, to make mistakes and to redo. Above all, art is her happy place to create the world she desires, while living in Indianapolis.

Corrine Hull never tires of painting Hoosier’s varied landscapes, from the Indiana dunes along Lake Michigan, to the Indiana prairie and the hills of southern Indiana. Traveling from his home in Indianapolis to places like New Mexico and Maine is equally enjoyable. She is drawn to pastels for two reasons: firstly, her love of color and secondly her passion for drawing. And painting with pastels is more immediate than using a brush.

Beth Lau is a retired professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, who now resides in Bloomington, Ind. After 35 years of teaching, she wanted to rekindle a long-standing interest in art. She credits Donna Shortt’s mentoring pastel course at SALI with helping reactivate the artistic component of her brain. She also discovered that her favorite genre is still life.

Sonja Lehman has completed numerous arts degrees and certifications and is now director of the IUPUI Herron Art Library. She works in a wide variety of media as a practicing artist from her studio at the Art Sanctuary in Martinsville, as well as her home in Greenwood. Her current focus is on relief printing and typography, papermaking and book arts.

Beverly Mathis, Greenwood resident and professional artist, teacher and exhibitor, will present her work, along with the work of nine other member artists, September 2-26. (Image courtesy of Beverly Mathis)

Janice Lindboe worked, volunteered and raised his family in Martinsville, Ind. She rekindled her interest in art in her sixties. Pastel painting allowed her to meet other generous and talented people who encouraged her and helped her develop new skills. She hopes looking at her artwork will remind others of a time or place that makes them happy. How funny!

John Manicke is an accomplished portrait painter who lives in Indianapolis. He developed his painting skills at places such as the Indianapolis Art Center and has over 50 years of painting experience. It has won numerous awards, including a Best of Show at the Indiana State Fair. He is 91 and keeps active by going to ballroom dancing sessions in Greenwood.

Beverly S. Mathis of Greenwood graduated from the Herron School of Art, which taught art in college. While raising her family she dabbled in art until she learned watercolor with David Tipton at SALI. Now she is a professional artist/teacher/exhibitor. Watercolor painting is her first love, but pastel is an exciting change of technique as the colors are opaque and so vibrant. His work hangs at the Brown County Art Gallery, as well as SALI.

Marc Millis de Bargersville is an emerging artist who began painting seriously after a career in teaching. A lifelong “Doodler” and art collector, he began taking art lessons at SALI after a serious accident bored him. He enjoys the challenge of complex landscapes with architectural elements. Using oil or pastels in an impressionist style, he seeks contrasts of light and shadow. He enjoys painting at outdoor events, where he has won awards.

Donna Shorts of Indianapolis is equally accomplished in both oil and pastel. She travels all over the United States in all seasons, and even France, in an effort to capture a sense of place, mood, atmosphere, and light. She also paints still lifes in her Indianapolis home studio where she can control the light. She loves art competitions and has won countless local and national awards. It was part of the Painting Indiana III book. Several of his paintings are part of permanent collections.

APPOINTMENT: The works will be exhibited at SALI from September 2 to 26, 2020.

SITE: The Southside Art League, Inc. (SALI) Off Broadway Gallery is located at 299 E. Broadway St., Greenwood IN 46143, two blocks north of Main Street and six blocks east of Madison Avenue, in Old historic town of Greenwood.

EXHIBITION HOURS: Visit the gallery at usual times – Sat. 11am-3pm Closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Please call SALI to arrange a visit by appointment at any other time.

COSTS: Nothing

CONTACT: SALI (317) 882-5562


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