The Pastel Society of New Mexico and Studio J present the 10th annual Small Works show. Art in the show is restricted to paintings no greater than 108 square inches (e.g., 9” x 12”). The 52 pieces in the show, created by 25 local artists, include a broad variety of styles and subjects, reflecting the varied styles and perspectives of the artists. Consistent with the size, prices are modest. This is an opportunity to purchase original art – for one’s self or, perhaps, a gift that will not be forgotten.
The Pastel Society of New Mexico is a non-profit organization founded by a group of local artists in 1989 to promote the appreciation of pastels as an art medium and to contribute to the growing arts community in New Mexico.
Pastel paintings are created by drawing with sticks of “pure pigment” – ground pigment held together by a non-greasy binder. Pastels have been used since the 16th century; they have been used by many artists, including Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, James Whistler, Edgar Degas, Joan Miró, Paul Klee and Mary Cassatt. Properly framed and protected by glass, pastel paintings are permanent: they never harden, crack, or yellow.