"Scottish Buoys" by Connie Randmaa

"SCOTTISH BUOYS" by Connie Randmaa


Pastel winners announced

By From page B5 | May 10, 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: Showing to Friday, May 17 during business hours

Cost: No admission

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

The Sierra Pastel Society Spring 2013 Membership Art Exhibit continues to Friday, May 17 at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. The government building hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Reif Erikson, recognized pastelist, teacher and author from Auburn judged the show and awarded the following ribbons.

Best of Show was won by Connie Randmaa’s “Scottish Buoys.”

Signature category winners are: Award of Excellence — Frances Z. Morgan, “Autumn Sunrise;” Carolyn Jean Thompson, “Flick of the Tail;” Gloria Vernon “Delamination Vision;” and Carolyn Jean Thompson, “The Pond.”

Signature category winners are: Award of Merit — Kathryn Hall, “A New Day Dawning;” Frances Z. Morgan, “East 9th Street;” Connie Randmaa, “Welsh Pathway;” and Susan Levitsky, “Faith Valley Fall Color.”

Landscape/Seascape category winners are: first place — Lucinda Johnson, “Mountain Stream;” second place — Lucinda Johnson, “Arboretum Walk;” third place — Paul Harman, “End of A Glorious Day; honorable mention — Valerie Niergarth, “Carson Valley;” and honorable mention — Deborah Hill, “Water Wheel.”

Floral/Still Life/Abstract category winners are: first place — Jimmie Grann, “Pink Profusion;” second place — Linda McCann, “Red Beauty; third place — Carol Newland, “Iris and Raku;” honorable mention — Valerie Niergarth, “Abstract; and honorable mention — Deborah Hill, “Pear in Wine Sauce.”

Portrait/Figure/Animal category winners are: first place — Paul Harman, “Tatanka;” second place — Jennifer Eubanks, “Us;” third place — Valerie Niergarth, “Eye on You;” honorable mention — Kathy Cook, “Taiwan Street Performer;” and honorable mention — Linda McCann, “Birds of a Feather.”

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

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

For more information about the show 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.

Mimi Escabar

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