VIEW presents artist awards at Pastel Exhibit opening

They're all Winners...Pastel artists gathered after receiving their respective awards in the 8th Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition. Photo by Michelle deCamp

The 8th Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition opened at View with a reception on Friday, May 11 where 24 artists were awarded prizes in recognition of their work.

The winner of the Creative Spirit Award and $1,000 was Kathleen Hanney for her piece “Connected?”

Christine Swann, PSA won the John Laub Memorial Award of $500 for her piece “Contemplation”; and Giorgina Talarico took home the Judges Choice Award for her work, “Opening Reception.”

Artist Julia E. Dean with a ceramic piece from her sculpture display titled "Hazards," which will be available for viewing through June 30. Photo by Michelle deCamp.

This year’s Juror of Awards was Martha Deming, TWSA, PSA and the juror of selection was pastel artist, Alain Picard, PSA.

The exhibition includes one hundred works in pastel from renowned artists from across North America, including a portrait of 99-year-old Thendara resident Ceil Buckley, created by Loretta Lepkowski, of Glenfield, NY.

According to View Curator Linda Weal, Lepkowski created the pastel portrait while shooting an educational demonstrational video that is also on display.

“When she heard about Ceil, it just seemed like the right fit. Ceil is an important part of our history here,” Weal said.

Juror of Awards, Martha Deming, and one of her former art students, Chris Gaige of Old Forge. Photo by Michelle deCamp

On Saturday morning,  Picard led the annual Gallery Walk-About, and later in the day he conducted a portrait demonstration discussion and workshop.

Exhibition admission is $8 for non-members and $4 for members and groups of six or more with free admission to children 12 and under.

Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend holiday, admission will be free for active military personnel, veterans, and their families.

More information is available by calling (315) 369-6411 or at:

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