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Nauvoo Opening

Monday, July 20th, 2015

You are invited to attend David Garrison’s Gallery

Saturday August 1 

Showcasing David’s and Cecile Houel’s works of art

Light refreshments – while you view their many works in pastel and oil

Hours: 11am to 4pm – 1305 Mulholland St in Nauvoo IL 

Double Delight: A Two-Day Workshop with Cecile Houel or David Garrison

Monday, April 7th, 2014


DATES: Fri & Sat., Sept. 26 and 27, 2014*
TIME: 9:00 to 4:30 (lunch included each day)
PLACE: Florham Park NJ
FEES: $110/1 day, $200/2 days


About the Artists:

Renown artists Cécile Houel and David Garrsion teach many workshops both independently and jointly in France and the United States. Cécile specializes in portraiture and David does landscape to perfection.

“The technique of pastel is very subtle and needs a light hand most of the time, with a fewer
stronger strikes. I paint more portraits because I’m fascinated by humanity, all in a spirit of
tolerance, respect and love for the other. If I can express those feelings in my paintings, I have
accomplished an important feat as an artist.” Cécile

“I believe that a painting is not just an illusion in two dimensions, but it is also a moment in life,
captured on canvas. Painting is a language varying in mood and atmosphere that reflects the
diversities of life itself. I enjoy the challenges of various subject matters, so my approach to
the painting process is to involve the viewer with those subjects as much as possible; not only
through those choices, but also through how I elect to portray those subjects.” David


The Workshop:

Cécile: Participants will learn pastel portraiture using a four-step method:
1) light charcoal sketch in three values;
2) advanced sketch in one color in three values(under layer);
3) full color, creativity”;
4) mystery of the eyes and the background.

David: Participants will learn pastel techniques to give their work a sense of atmosphere, light, spontaneity and freshness through the use of pastel. Learn to allow the viewer to interpret and finish the painting.


Pre-registration required. Register via email or phone: or 973-525-2544 or you can register online at:
You will be notified where to send payment. Check should be made out to Cecile Houel or David Garrison.
Please mark the dates requested in the memo section of your check. You are not registered until receipt of payment.
You will be emailed a confirmation. A materials list will be provided upon registration and some Terry Ludwig Pastels and LaCarte paper will be available for sale at the workshop.


*CANCELLATION: If you withdraw from the workshop, you must first inform us no later than 14 days prior to the first day of your workshop, and we will refund your fee, less a registration fee of $25. No refunds of any kind will be made for withdrawal within 10 days in advance of the first day of this workshop, during the workshop, or for no-shows. This is a rain or shine event.


David Garrison is having a two day pastel workshop in Freeport, IL on April 10 & 11 (Thurs. & Friday). One day for landscape, one for portraits.

Monday, March 17th, 2014
Students must pre-register. Contact Nina at: email: or phone:  815-443-2530
Nina will explain how to get to the workshop building in Freeport, IL when contacted.
The hours are: 9 am to 4 pm.  Both days.