Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sublime Sunflowers: How to Pastel Paint Like the Masters

The Bridgewater Public Library will host award-winning pastel Gregory John Maichack’s all new workshop: “Sublime Sunflowers: How to Pastel Paint Like the Masters,” on Tuesday, Sept. 9th from 6-8p.m. This workshop serves beginners to advanced adult artists and is free and open to the public. Seats may fill quickly, so please call 508-697-3331 to pre-register.

In this fun pastel painting workshop for adults (age 16 and up), Mr. Maichack will provide insights into the lives of the old masters who painted the sunflower: Vincent Van Gogh, Monet, and Georgia O’Keeffe. A beautifully structured sunflower drawing of one of O’Keeffe’s sunflower paintings will be the jumping off point for participants as they are coached to create their own sunflower pastel painting. The essentials of pastel painting will be demonstrated as participants follow along. Materials will be supplied.

Maichack lives in western Holyoke. He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels and winner of the Award of Merit from the Bennngton Center for the Arts: Impressions of New England Show 2003, and Savoir-faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Maichack, commissioned by Westfield State College, painted the pastel portrait of the past college president, Doctor Frederick Woodward,. He has been in many national juried shows and was awarded hundreds of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. He is a faculty member at the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle in Springfield, and also teaches at Greenfield Community College in their adult continuing education department.

This workshop is supported in part from a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library are also contributing towards the program.

For more information or to register for this workshop, call Mary O’Connell at the Bridgewater Public Library, 508-697-3331. Registration is required.

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