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Pastel exhibit opens in Placerville

By From page B2 | May 03, 2013

What: Spring 2013 Membership Art Exhibit

Who: Sierra Pastel Society

Where: El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville

When: Monday, May 6 and showing to Friday, May 17

Cost: No admission

Information: 530-889-0549 or the Sierra Pastel Website at

The Sierra Pastel Society is pleased to announce its Spring 2013 Membership Art Exhibit opening Monday, May 6 and showing to Friday, May 17.

The show will be held at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville.

Reif Erikson a noted pastelist, teacher and author from Auburn is judging the show. He is a native of Eastern Washington and graduated from Gonzaga University in 1981.

He is a distinguished member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and a member of the California Art Club.

His 28-year career includes many awards for his beautiful plein air landscapes and many workshops and books on art. Titles of books he has written are “Fresh Air” and “On Your Mark — Getting Started with Pastel.”

Being a plein air painter has led him to an interest in ecology. His travels to painting locations include Hawaii, Alaska and the Southwest and more recently to Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs, Virginia, the Carolinas, England and France.

Another of his interests is art in education. In his workshops he stresses the importance of good preparation of a painting with underlying color relationships, values and form, and the completion of the painting with detail such as attention to edges and accents.

Admission to the Pastel Society exhibit is free and all the paintings are for sale.

The government building hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There will be an artists’ reception and award ceremony on Friday, May 17 from 4 to 5 p.m.

For more information call Show Chairman, Paul Harman, at 530-889-0549 or go to the Sierra Pastel Website at

The Sierra Pastel Society, formed in 1999, is made up of more than 100 professional and amateur artists throughout the local region.

What is pastel? Pastels as a painting medium is very popular with painters and becoming more so among collectors and the general public. Pastels are sticks of powdered pigment compressed and bound together with a non-greasy binder. They are known for the bright beautiful colors which can be blended and do not fade and are permanent when properly framed under glass.

Sierra Pastel

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