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Adirondack Pastel Society Honors Award Winners at TPCC’s Widlund Gallery

— As part of its first annual members’ show, entitled “Color and Texture in the North Country”, The Adirondack Pastel Society held an artists’ reception and award ceremony Saturday evening, April 12, at the Widlund Gallery in the Tannery Pond Community Center, downtown North Creek.

The Board of Directors of the Society reviewed all submissions and ultimately 44 pieces have been juried into the show. These pieces were hung throughout the Widlund Gallery and Master Pastelist, Robert K. Carsten, PSA subsequently judged the show. An enthusiastic promoter of the pastel medium, Robert K. Carsten is a much sought-after art workshop instructor, national art exhibition and awards juror and demonstrator. His credentials include master pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and a master circle pastelist (2011) in the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies (IAPS). In addition, he is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Pastel Society of America and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society. Robert is also a contributing writer for Pastel Journal and the Artist’s Magazine.

Robert’s paintings have been featured on the cover of and in the December, 2004 issue of Pastel Journal, in the Artist Magazine, American Artist’s Workshop Magazine (2012), and in Pure Color/The Best of Pastel by North Light Books, and in American Art Review.

Upon reviewing all the entries in the show, Carsten awarded the following artists and their respective works:

• Best in Show was awarded to “Clement Gallery Bookshelf” by David Francis, PSA

• First Place was awarded to “Mountain River Run” by Ingrid Van Slyke

• Second Place went to “Light at the Drain Board” by Joann Quinlivan

• Third Place was earned by “Yellow Landscape” by Barbara Vural

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