Spring 2019 will be a celebration of pastels at the Carnegie Arts Center when the gallery opens “The Fine Art of Pastels” exhibition.

The juried exhibition is currently seeking submissions from the artistic medium.

The pastel medium is similar to drawing, but the end results are as vibrant as paints. A pastel is a pure pigment and binder in the form of a stick, resembling something like colored chalk or an oversized pencil. Medium does not refer to particular shades of color.

Mixed-media works — like Christine Obers’ Sweet Dreams (Olive) pictured above — that include at least 50% pastel are eligible for the Carnegie Juried Exhibition (Photo Provided).

“‘The Fine Art of Pastels’ is a juried exhibition designed to highlight both the demanding technical aspects and the keen wit inherent in this popular medium,” the Carnegie Arts Center said in a press release announcing the spectacle.

The Carnegie will accept submissions from anywhere in the United States. More than 60 works will be selected for the show. Submissions must be received by February 3, 2019. The show will open March 27 and run until May 26.

The Carnegie Arts Center will award $800 for Best in Show entry. Two awards of excellence of $400 each and two awards of excellence of $200 each will also be distributed.

The show will be judged by pastel artist Terri Ford. Ford is an alumnus of the Academy of Art College and has worked with pastels since 1987.

Ford’s pastels have been featured in American Art Collector, American Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, Pratique des Arts and several coffee table books. She has exhibited her works around the world and won a multitude of awards.

Ford is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and a “Distinguished Pastelist” with the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Pastel Society of New Mexico, and a member artist of the California Art Club. She was “Guest of Honor” of the Art of Pastel France in 2017.

For a work to be considered for the exhibition, it must be composed of at least 50% pastel. Oil pastel, soft pastel and hard pastel are all acceptable. There are no size restrictions.

A non-refundable registration fee of $15 is required for the first registration and $10 for each additional registration for CAC members; $20 for the first registration, $15 for each additional registration for non-members. Each artist can submit up to five works. Members must use the promotional code CAC when paying for registrations. Member status will be verified before works can be accepted.

Visit the website www.CarnegieArtsTurlock.org for a full prospectus and full details, deadlines and rules. The website also has a direct link to the SmarterEntry portal. Entries must be submitted through SmarterEntry.com. If you have difficulty accessing or submitting your work with the online system, you can bring your images on a CD or USB stick to the Carnegie Arts Center during gallery hours for assistance. All entry materials (images and fees) must be received in the SmarterEntry.com system by 4:00 p.m. on February 3, 2019.

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