Archive for August 2011

Pastels, Saint~Aulaye en Perigord (Normandy, France)

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

“Quite stunning landscapes, colour is something you know what to do with and the quality of the marks made with the pastel was an example to us all, cheers.”

~Ben Holgate

Festival International du Pastel of the french society “Les Pastellistes de France” in Feytiat, France

Monday, August 8th, 2011

David Garrison et Cecile Houel participent au  Festival International du Pastel des Pastellistes de France à Feytiat ( 87 ), évènement attendu des amoureux du pastel qui a lieu du 2 juillet au 4 septembre 2011. Cette exposition est couplée avec 2 autres évènements, Les Estivales Internationales du Pastel à l’Abbaye St Florent le Vieil ( 49 ), du 9 juillet au 28 août et le Salon International du Pastel à l’abbaye de Tournus ( 71 ) du 10 septembre au 9 octobre auquel David participe également.
Ces Salons offrent des stages de 4 jours avec des Intervenants français et étrangers pour le grand plaisir des stagiaires.
David Garrison and Cecile Houel show their paintings at the Festival International du Pastel of the French Society ” Les Pastellistes de France ” in Feytiat, France from the July 2nd to September 4th of 2011. In addition, there is 2 more shows going on, Les Estivales Internationales du Pastel at an Abbey in St Florent le Viel, France from July 9th to August 28 and Le Salon International du Pastel in an Abbey in Tournus, France from September 10th to October 9th where David has 4 of his oustanding Paris scenes.
Those shows offers 4 days workshops with great national and international masters in Pastels.

Plein Air painting in Amana, Iowa

Monday, August 8th, 2011

A Premier Iowa Art Event:
FRESH PAINT 2011 Brings Artists to Amana for Painting, Awards and Exhibition
Bold, painterly strokes and luminous colors will define the brilliance of the artists at the fourth annual FRESH PAINT-The Plein Air Art Festival at Catiri’s in Amana, Iowa.

FRESH PAINT to be held Labor Day Weekend, September 2 – 4, 2011, combines the strengths of the talented artisans of the Midwest with Iowa’s incredible scenery to produce the most collaborative and comprehensive event in the region.

FRESH PAINT is in keeping with Iowa’s place in 20th century American art taking a cue from Grant Wood, an Iowa artist who created the “American Gothic”, the  second most recognizable piece of art in the world, second only to DiVinci’s, “Mona Lisa”.   He inspired a community of artists in the early 1900’s, establishing that period’s regionalism, and he came to Amana and painted plein air.  He often ate at the Amana communal kitchens and frequently set up his easel outside to paint quick, impressionistic, plein air oil sketches. In these, Wood celebrated the rich color of Amana sandstone and the lush foliage of Amana gardens.
Since then many artists have seen the Amana Colonies as a place to be inspired by the subtleties of  Midwestern landscape.  The Amana Colonies offer stunning vistas, open sky, rolling pastoral scenes, along with 150-year-old brick and sandstone homes.   Catiri’s Art Oasis has created FRESH PAINT to build upon the Amanas heritage and the traditions of Iowa and Midwestern regionalism.

A new and extremely exciting addition to this year’s competition is a “Purchase Award”  for the Ronneburg Castle in Germany! The Ronneburg castle near Frankfurt, Germany,  is at the heart of Amana’s history serving as a retreat and administrative center for the Inspirationist community from 1715-1832.   In celebration of the castle’s 775th anniversary one painting will be purchased for long term exhibition at the castle. “Imagine that on your resume!” exclaimed Catiri.  A painting that best exemplifies and renders the spirit of the Amana Colonies will be selected by a  patron’s committee for the award.