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Local pastel artist receives honors from Degas Pastel Society

INDIAN LAKE - Joann Quinlivan of Indian Lake has received a coveted juried membership into the Degas Pastel Society for her representations of local landscapes on the canvas.

Quinlivan's work can be viewed in the Rookery Gallery of Abanakee Studios located on Route 28. There, she features both original works and giclee prints that are all available for sale through the end of the gallery's 2010 season.

Quinlivan has always been drawn towards landscapes when she holds a brush is her hand.

"Painting landscape out-of-doors presents the challenge of continuously changing light," she said of her devotion to the medium. "The ability to deliver color brilliance combined with the immediacy of the pastel medium allows me creative spontaneity - I get to deliver to the viewer the full spectrum of color that I see. To me, this is the gift of the artist to the viewer."

The Degas Society is aptly named in honor of Edgar Degas (1834 -1917), the artist most widely recognized for transforming pastel from a sketching tool into a major artistic medium. This prestigious society is headquartered in New Orleans and is dedicated to fostering and exhibiting artistic excellence utilizing the pastel medium.

Quinlivan is past-president of the United Society of Pastel Artists, as well as, a member of The San Clemente Art Association in California, The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts and The Arts Guild of Old Forge. She conducts workshops in the techniques of painting in soft pastel and watercolor and accepts commissions. Her work has received many awards in competitions throughout the U.S., and has been recognized in national and international art publications.

Joann's work is represented by galleries in New York and California and can be viewed at www.joanquinlivanart.blogspot.com.

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