Edmonds exhibit highlights artistic exploration

Feb 01, 2017
Courtesy of: Gallery North “Pickalittle Talkalittle,” by Port Orchard artist Mary McInnis, is one of 24 pieces featured this month in an exhibit at Gallery North in downtown Edmonds.

Work by members of the Northwest Pastel Society will be featured in an exhibit throughout February at Gallery North in downtown Edmonds.

The show is the society’s first-ever mixed-media exhibit.

“We want to allow the free spirit of artist exploration to be the spirit of the show,” said James Geddes, Northwest Pastel Society President.

Participating artists have combined pastels with other media such as monotypes, handmade prints, watercolors, acrylic inks, collage, acrylic paints and colored pencils. Many experimental techniques have been used to create the artwork, including the use of stencils, scratching, drawing, painting, scraping, collage, finger marks and using unexpected tools to apply or remove pigments.

The show features 24 pieces by 16 artists from Washington, Oregon and California. Awards will be selected by juror Judith Smith, a signature member of the Northwest, West Coast, and American Pastel societies and a juried member of Woman Painters of Washington.

An opening reception will be held from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 4 at Gallery North, 401 Main St., in downtown Edmonds. Another reception during Art Walk Edmonds will be held from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 16. This exhibit is open to the public daily through February 26.

The society is an association of artists who work in the pastel medium and are intent on increasing public awareness and acceptance of pastel as a serious artistic medium. It has grown from a small nucleus of Seattle-area artists in 1981 to a large membership drawn from throughout the United States and Canada.

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