During the month of November be sure to stop by the East Bank Gallery to see the work of the talented Shreveport Pastel Society. Here is a note from one of their members Barbara Rushing.
"We organized the Shreveport Pastel Society after a workshop with Mr. Alan Flattmann of New Orleans, a nationally known pastelist in 2005. He has written two book on Pastels. Many of our members have taken workshops with other nationally recognized pastelists, as Bob Rohm, Kitty Wallis (who markets one of our favorites--Wallis Pastel Paper), Maggie Price, Elaine Leedy, Susan Ogilvite, etc. Most of us paint in other media as oils, watercolors, and acrylics and are members of other organizations as Shreveport Art Club, Hoover Watercolor Society, Woodlands and Conroe Art Leagues, TX, etc.
At the moment we have 16 members active; and 8 on the inactive list. We subscribe to Pastel Journal, The Artist Magazine, The Artist Magazine UK, Southwest Art, Art of the West, etc.
We do not have competitions; we do not put limitations on the artists as to size and subject matter. We like to paint as individual artists and show our work for sale. We use Soft Pastels, in various brands, such as Unison, Schminke for soft, Rembrandt, Grumbacher, American Journey, for medium, and Nu-pastels for hard. Most of us start with hard, move to medium and then to soft for lights. Various techniques are used with underwashes in watercolor, draw with charcoal, or blue pastel pencil; some spray or not; and some use clear fixative to darken or not. Some use odorless turp for washes. Some of use Wallis paper, others prepare our surfaces with pumice and gesso, both on paper and boards. We love Carb-Othello pastel pencils.
We generally do 3 or 4 shows per year in various venues, such as East Bank Gallery-Bossier, The Glen, Heritage Manor, Blue Moon Gallery--Magnolia, AR, libraries, etc. Many of us have web sites to view and sell our art work. Some use facebook pages to show their work.
We have some who do portraits on commission and those who paint landscapes, still life, wild life, animals, birds, etc. Some do animal portraits on commission.
We have a membership application form and we vote on new members with the submission of that and 3 digital photos sent to
. We have about one meeting per year.
Pastel painting is our passion!!!! "