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The PastellistesThe Pastellistes at OGILVY
As an avid art lover I have always had a soft spot for pastel works and techniques. As one of the most lasting and versatile mediums, pastels are an excellent choice for those who favor portability: Pastel paintings require no solvents and there are no brushes to clean.
Although the medium had been generally used for studies of larger works rather than being used to present a finished work of art , some masters, such as the great French painter Edgar Degas associated with the Impressionist movement , chose this medium to create lasting masterpieces.
From the 2nd to the 11th of November, The Pastel Society of Eastern Canada introduces its national exhibition of works selected by jury.
In an intimate setting on the 5th floor of Montreal's prestigious OGILVY's department store, art lovers and collectors alike are welcome to come and admire the works of renowned Canadian pastel masters as well an emerging artists.
Some of the Invited pastel masters include : Marie Helene Auclair, Horace Champagne, Juan Cristobal, Bill Hosner, Denis Jacques and Claude Texier.
I personally loved "VU" , the side profile of a pirate by Denis Jacques as well as "Sans Brides" of a girl pulling a mare by Danielle Richard.
Guests can vote for their favorite work of art as well as purchase one or more of the 100 pieces on exhibition.
I find it of interest to note that on Sunday November 11th Suzanne Godbout will be introducing the material available on the market and their inherent qualities. She will follow up with a guided tour of the gallery.