"2023 FOR PASTELS ONLY ON CAPE COD"
The Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod’s premier juried show and sale, featuring paintings by nationally recognized contemporary artists with a wide range of artistic styles and subjects, including coastal scenes, still life, and figurative work.
The exhibition fills the Cultural Center's historic galleries from June 27-July 22, 2023.
The opening reception will take place on Saturday, July 8, from 6-8pm.
There a very strong showing this year. 376 works were submitted by 137 artists from across the country. Out of all these, 87 key works have selected to be in this year’s exhibition with artists from 18 different states across the country and 59% of acccepted artists from MA.
The 27th Annual National Juried Exhibition “2023 For Pastels Only on Cape Cod” celebrates the pastel art form and features works by contemporary artists from across the country—and indeed the world. It provides pastel artists a distinguished opportunity to showcase and sell their work.
Pastel is fabricated from finely ground pigments,
a pulverized inert white filler such as ground calcium carbonate or kaolin, and a minuscule amount of binder such as gum tragacanth. The powdered ingredients are combined and rolled into sticks of colored powder. Pastel is usually drawn on paper, which must have a slight texture or “tooth” to grab and hold the medium on its surface.
The optical vibrancy of a work in pastel results both from the absence of yellowing resins in its composition and the reflection of light from the innumerable facets of the finely ground powder.
It is an opaque medium and does not depend upon the underlying brightness of the paper to impart luminosity.