Memberships are due
New and renewing members can pay dues of $25 by mailing a check payable to Northern Indiana Pastel Society to treasurer Sue Coultas, 519 Woodruff, Niles, MI 49120, 269-683-6415, firstname.lastname@example.org. Members must be current with their dues to participate in shows.
Northern Indiana Pastel Society will meet for the artist talk by Alan Larkin at 6:30 p.m. May 17 at South Bend Museum of Art. A noted pastel artist, Alan’s exhibit includes work in pastels and other media.
VOYAGE: THE ART OF ALAN LARKIN
April 21 – July 1, 2018
Art League Gallery, South Bend Museum of Art
Reception: May 4, 2018 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: May 17, 2018 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
About the Exhibition:
Alan Larkin conceives and constructs magical worlds. Not quite in the Academic tradition, nor fitting neatly into Realist, Magic Realist, Romantic or Pre-Raphaelite conventions, Larkin’s work blends qualities from all these genres. His paintings, drawings and prints embrace the dramatic spotlighting techniques of Dutch 17th Century painters; capture the mystery of the Magic Realists; and evoke the romance of the Pre-Raphaelites.
During a career spanning more than 40 years, former IU South Bend professor, Alan Larkin has won many prizes in regional, national and international competitions for his artwork, including the prestigious Founder’s Award in the 2016 Pastel 100 Competition sponsored by the Pastel Journal and the Best of Show Award at the 75th and 91st annual Hoosier Salon Exhibitions in Indianapolis. His works are in numerous collections including the corporate collections of Pillsbury, NIPSCO, and Lincoln Life Insurance Companies.
13988 Range Line Road, Niles MI 49120 269-695-6491
Displaying 50 entries by 29 Northern Indiana Pastel Society members.
Releasing Tuesday, May 29, 11am-5pm
NIPS members and guests attended the exhibition reception and awards ceremony on April 8. Exhibition Juror Susan Henshaw spoke, commenting on the challenges and process of selecting winners, and her rationale for each decision.
Congratulations to those receiving Judge’s Awards:
MoonTree Studios, Donaldson, Ind.
Opening Oct. 6, releasing Nov. 5, 2018
South Bend Civic Theatre | Dec. 1–23, 2018
During the play, The Christmas Schooner
Salvation Army Kroc Center | March – May 2019
Buchanan Art Center | Spring 2020
Colfax Cultural Center | September – October 2020
The reception and awards presentation took place on Thursday, May 18.
Judge Kathryn Barbin, framer and art faculty at IUSB and Ivy Tech, provided the following statement:
With such an abundance of wonderful images it can be difficult to choose just a few standout pieces. So many artists here have presented works that show skillful handling of the medium, an interesting subject and composition, and even a bit of that elusive “je ne sais quoi”. What makes an artwork remarkable? The answer to that of course is that it’s always a subjective matter to judge art. It’s part idea, part technique, plus that little something inexplicable. Here is a summary of the pieces that I thought were particularly remarkable.
“Still Beautiful” by Ti-Patrice Lavers demonstrates how effective and striking a limited color range can be. Rosy tints and soft greys gently warm this black-and-white portrait, with its eye-catching asymmetrical composition.
“Field Day” by Rose Mary Mireles depicts a summer field thick with red and pink flowers. It sweeps away, transforming into a citrusy green field in the distance. Examined up close, its loose, understated strokes suggest more than describe, resulting in an airy buoyancy.
“Mia on a Summer Day” by Diann Nelson skillfully juxtaposes warm and cool accents to create a charming portrait. Strategic cropping creates an effective combination of positive and negative shapes, while vivid pinks and magentas pop against a neutral blend of textured ochres.
“Cascading Water” by Jude Phillips, despite its name, is a very solid-feeling, somewhat abstract study of rocks: warm versus cool, sunlit versus shady, advancing versus receding. Interestingly, the water itself is rendered in the same dry dusty tones as the sunlit boulders, as it descends from the shadowed violet thicket above.
“Healing in Japan” by Yukako Sakaue contrasts a massive, solidly anchored diagonal tree braced against a backdrop of turbulent rushing water. Brilliant aquas and blues churn and flow, while a few deft strokes of soft orange at the lower right indicate where a ray of dappled light breaks through.
“Fruit and Fabric” by Paul Wieber is a still life that feels more like a rolling landscape: boldly striped undulating fabric envelops and sets off an array of fruit and objects. A smart dash of orange accentuates the point where apples and oranges meet.