10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 17
Francis Branch Library
52655 Ironwood Road, South Bend
(On Ironwood north of Cleveland)
Your donation of muffins, cookies, fruit and other finger foods will be appreciated.
Speaker: Kari Black
Award-winning artist and teacher Kari Black is best known for her work in ceramics, but she also paints in pastels, oils and acrylics. Kari will tell how she came to love pastel, what it has in common for her with oils and acrylics and what she has been doing recently as an artist. Kari is president of Northern Indiana Artists Inc., and teaches at South Bend Museum of Art and Bethel College. She has a BS from Ball State University and BFA from Indiana University South Bend. Her work is represented by the Dot Shop at the South Bend Museum of Art, Arts on Main in Elkhart and the Hoosier Salon Gallery in Carmel, Ind.
This will be an excellent program. Don’t miss it!
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.
Larger works show well at Fernwood.
Members with art in the show, please remember to pick up your work on Monday, July 10, 3-6:30 p.m.
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.
This exhibition of members’ work featured 37 works by 27 artists and was the 4th NIPS exhibition of 2016, which marks the 10th anniversary of the organization. Mark Rospenda, curator of the South Bend Museum of Art, served as judge. Awards were presented to Barbara Gentner Stephenson, Kathleen Wolfe, Peg Luecke, Shana Dines and Rosie Mireles.