The work of more than 60 American and Canadian artists is on display in Northwest Pastel Society’s 26th annual International Open Exhibition, currently on display at American Art Company.
The artists display a range of styles. Pastel paintings can be quite clear and well defined as well as hazy and blurry. They can be realistic or abstract. This show gathers a good cross section of all of these.
The President’s Award went to Kathleen Secrest of Deer Park for “Beach House Sunset.” The house appears blurry behind swashes of purple and yellow.
The Director’s Award went to Janice Wall of Vashon Island for “Just Out of Reach.” It is a nude woman with her back turned to the viewer. An orange ribbon in her hair provides a splash of color.
Barbara Benedetti Newton of Renton won Best of Show for “Heartbreak Morning.” It depicts a field in winter with a light dusting of snow. The sun is to the right with the fence posts casting a shadow. Areas touched by the shadows have accents of blue and purple, while the brush in the sunlight is in brown tones.
Just as impressive is her adjacent painting “Winter.” One tree casts a normal shadow on the lake, while the other casts a shadow that appear bizarre.
Kari Tirrell of Gig Harbor draws inspiration from Venice, Italy. “Waiting” shows two of that city’s famous boats docked next to a home with a plant on the windowsill. A pole with stripes of white and light blue pairs well with shades of blue in the water and the boat covers.
In “Laundry Day, Venice” Tirrell depicts clotheslines between buildings. Her style is crisp with details well defined.
Ursula Barril utilizes diagonal brushstrokes on “Bridge at Brugges.”
Patty Forte Linna displays her considerable talent with “Graceful.” A woman with her back turned wears a long white dress, likely preparing to head off to a gala. She gazes at a pair of shoes on a shelf with hues of purple and red, the same color scheme used on the other side of the painting in the curtains.
Kate McGee utilizes squares, rectangles and circle in hues of yellow and brown to create the nature scene in “Hunter Canyon.”
Joe Mac Kechnie displays good command of color in “Old Watering Hole.” Two cows graze in the background. In the foreground are rocks next to a creek. The thin, squiggly lines of red, blue and orange create interesting accents on the gray rocks.
Tatyana Deynega offers two pleasing paintings of children – “Boy on the Beach” and “Girl with Flowers.” Both have a considerable level of detail.
Jo Ann Sullivan goes in an abstract direction with “Backwater.” The brushstrokes go in all directions with purple and blue accents standing out.
Tammy Radford, a co-owner of the gallery, is to be commended for the placement of the paintings. Paintings with similar themes or color schemes are gathered together. This show flows well from one wall to the next.
The gallery is located at 1126 Broadway. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The exhibit runs through June 16.