PASTELS USA Chairman Jerry Boyd did his best Norman Rockwell impersonation at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento. I wonder if those who saw him pose realized that Jerry is such a talented artist in his own right!
Jerry posted on Facebook:
Here I am at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento this afternoon pretending to be Norman Rockwell. If I lost the beard and mustache, procured a pipe, and shed about 50 pounds…I’d look just like him don’t you think? As my granddaughter Sage pointed out, (and something I noticed from the very beginning) in the original painting, why does the image on the canvas appear to be a charcoal drawing when he’s using a brush and palette of oil paint? My only explanation is that the image catches him as he’s about to make the first stroke of paint. I’m still wondering about his choice of brush in his painting because it appears to be a soft watercolor brush.
Our 33rd Pastels USA exhibition is set for next May at the Haggin Museum, and we have secured a commitment from three artist/judges as the “Jury of Selection”. The Awards Judge will be Dawn Emerson of Terrebonne, Oregon.
The Jurors of Selection will be: Debora L. Stewart of Clinton, Iowa, Gary Huber of Buffalo, Wyoming, and William Truman Hosner who lives in Ferndale, Michigan.
Dawn Emerson won our Pastels USA Best of Show in 1997 with a painting called “Horses” (a recurring theme in her paintings) She has authored a book called “Pastel Innovations”.
Debora L. Stewart does beautiful abstract and very impressionistic works, and I thought it would be refreshing to have a Juror of Selection with a different vision and direction than the majority of us.
Gary Huber is a landscape painter who was one of the artists featured in our magazine/show catalog at this year’s exhibition.
William Truman Hosner is a familiar name to most of us as not only a high profile nationally known artist who is equally adept at portrait/figure and landscape works, but has supported our shows consistently. William was our first three-time Pastels USA Best of Show winner.
Allow me to highlight two new rules for the upcoming show which you will note when you read the prospectus.
For those of us who work most often from photos, we will require the artist to have taken their reference photos themselves. Many societies such as PSA are going that direction and the reasoning is that the artist experiences the subject for themselves and composes what they want to emphasize in the viewfinder or screen of the camera. There are “copyright-free” photo sites where you can purchase essentially professional quality photos for reference. While this, like many other rules, is dependent on the honesty of the artist, it is overall a good idea to use this practice so that you may enter your piece in any exhibition with a clear conscience.
The second rule is “less”, rather than “more” restrictive. The age of a painting has always been an issue for most societies and so we are expanding from a maximum age of two years to three years for a painting. This will help with those who can’t enter the same painting in overlapping shows or who get worthy paintings eliminated by our “one painting per artist” rule in Pastels USA. Two years from when you do a painting goes by awfully quickly it seems.
We are pleased to announce our 2018 Scholarship winner. We had numerous very talented school aged artists submit their applications. The decision for the PSWC Board of Directors was very difficult.The balloting did come to a definite consensus of whom our scholarship should be awarded to for this year. Paige Baldwinson is our scholarship winner.
Paige is currently a high school senior and is attending Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California. She stated that she is carrying an exceptional 3.94 grade point average and has been on the honor roll all four years. She informed me that she intends to pursue a degree in fine arts and then obtain employment utilizing her art education. Paige plans to attend University of California at Santa Barbara’s art college. She is a wonderful addition to our successful graduates who have won our scholarship competition in previous years.
Her extracurricular activities include participation in the Cal North Olympic Development Soccer Program, Varsity Soccer at Archbishop Mitty High School and Competitive Club Soccer traveling team for eight years. She was involved with a Habitat for Humanity Home Building Project, tutoring children in South San Jose, and at Full Circle Farm providing food for the needy. She has also taken art classes including a UCLA Summer Art Program and summer art programs at her high schools in 2013 and 2014.
She stated that “For as long as I have been drawing seriously, I have been interested in drawing people.I was initially drawn to portraits because of my fascination for the human face….what began as a hobby has now turned into a driving passion that I hope to develop into a career. I am interested in realism and constantly improving my accuracy and proportions over time.” She works mainly in charcoal and pastel.
The board wants to thank Sabrina Hill, a PSWC board member, for contacting Paige’s art instructor, Sandra Jones, and informing her of this scholarship opportunity. A special thanks to Sandra Jones for passing this information on to a very talented student artist.
This year I sent out the scholarship information to 57 high schools, a junior college and universities within Stanislaus County. I also included schools in Sutter and Placer County in California as well as schools in Chandler and Mesa Arizona. Next year I plan to focus on the above schools as well as schools in Sutter, Siskiyou and Trinity Counties.If you are in another county, please seek out students in your area and inform them of our scholarship.
Our scholarship is offered on an annual basis to graduating seniors in high school, junior college students and up to a junior in a four year university or an accredited art school. Our annual final application acceptance date is March 31 of each year.Keep this in mind if you observe a talented student for our next year’s scholarship opportunity.