The second annual Winter event - When the Dust Settles - with Shannon from the Richeson School and Art Gallery in Kimberly, Wisconsin was CREATIVE, ENRICHING AND FUN! It was held at:
Grafton High School on Saturday, December 2nd, 9:00 am. to 4:00 pm.
We continued the tradition of a pastel painting exchange, as well as general holiday merry-making next year. The food was OUTSTANDING - yum yum! Thank you to Marcia Gorra for hosting again!
Shannon brought hundreds of pastels for us to choose from, all from a new line of Richeson soft pastels - a pastel artist's dream! Everyone walked out with a fresh supply, ready to begin their next masterpiece!
NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT!
The next meeting of the Wisconsin Pastel Artists will be on
Wednesday, March 14th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location is the West Allis City Hall at 7525 West Greenfield Avenue.
Agenda and activities will be coming soon but general
theme will be a peer critique and getting ready for the April Exhibit.
***Please come and share your ideas, your art and your questions ***
Our summer picnic and plein air event took place on Saturday, August 19 at the Riveredge Nature Center,
at 4458 County Hwy Y, Saukville, WI 53080!
The pot-luck lunch was DEEELICIOUS! The selection was gourmet, especially the Lemon Brownies brought by Sheryl Zirbes.
THANK YOU to all the members who attended and made it such a successful WPA DAY!
And don't forget to mark your calendars for the
Annual Summer Picnic & Plein Air get-together - Saturday, July 21st.
CURRENT MEMBER EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Here's a view from the deck on the back of the office at Riveredge Nature Center. it was a perfect day and the views were outstanding!
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WPA Member Colette Odya Smith attended the current Regional Scholastic Exhibition and selected a painting titled "Still Within It”, completed by Olivia Eis, a student artist at Menomonee Falls High School. The drawing “Still Within It” was awarded a Gold Key in the Exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Eis will receive a $100 gift certificate for the Richeson School of Art and Gallery in Kimberly, Wisconsin.
Odya Smith said she "picked this drawing for a variety of reasons. It demonstrates great observation and rendering skills, a wonderful sense of personal / universal story-telling, as well as a refined sensibility to pattern, texture, and form. The total effect is one of elegance and intimacy. A quiet gem."
The WPA board will continue to acknowledge a student artist in this prestigious exhibit every year.
Here is Shannon Piette from our 2016 event, demonstrating the application of various grounds for pastel paintings.
2018 - WPA honors student artist, Olivia Eis!