Join us for the MidAmerica Pastel Society art show reception 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at Images Art Gallery, 7320 W. 80th St., Overland Park, Kansas. See the best in pastels. More than 60 pastel paintings are featured in “The Glory of Art” Third Friday show. Thirty-six pastels artists are participating.
The MidAmerica Pastel Society was formed in 1997 by a group of Kansas City area artists to bring together pastel artists throughout the midwest as a group to network; to educate and promote community interest and support for the medium of pastel; to support these artists in their artistic development; to exhibit work as a group and individually; to provide teaching workshops for further development of artists using pastel; and to encourage development of student artists in the pastel medium.
Pastels is one of the oldest painting mediums. Powdered pigment is mixed together with a bit of non-oily binder then formed into sticks, pastel pencils or pan pastels. The manufacture of pastels originated in the 15th century and was mentioned by Leonardo da Vinci. Pastel portraits became popular in portraits in the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe. Then in the 19th century artists such as Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and others created vivid pastel paintings which are much admired today. Picasso, Matisse and Chagall joined pastel enthusiasts in the 20th century. Pastel is a highly versatile medium which does not yellow, crack or darken with age but does need to be framed under glass.