My painting "Nap Interrupted" won 3rd place in the Pastel Society of the West Coast's 26th Annual International Open Exhibition! This is my third year entering the exhibition, which gives me my PSWC signature. It is also my third award, which means I am now a PSWC Distinguished Pastelist! In order to receive Distinguished Pastelist designation, you have to win three awards in the international exhibition within five consecutive years. There are only 31 Distinguished Pastelists in the PSWC, and I'm thrilled to be one of them!
14" x 24"
Here are the comments from the Judge, Lorenzo Chavez:
The works that became the top award winners all had two things in common, mastery of drawing, and the artists created from the heart. Congratulations to all and wishing you much success. (Comment on the painting "Nap Interrupted" by Kari Tirrell.) "This is another great example of a big interesting design and fine, fine craftsmanship. The animal portrait is handled with such love and emotion. Every time I viewed this from across the room, it grabbed my full attention. Outstanding!"
This is one of a few smaller works I'm sending down to the gallery for their Grand Opening celebration on June 9, 2012. They are moving to a larger space, and the building looks amazing! If you're within driving distance to Sacramento, CA, it will definitely be worth attending. For more information, visit Elliott Fouts Gallery's web site.
9" x 12"
For information regarding this painting, please contact Elliott Fouts Gallery, (916) 736-1429.
I've been invited to participate in the Kirsten Gallery's 40th Anniversary Exhibition. The show opens Sunday, May 20, with an artist reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and ends July 1, 2012. I plan to be at the reception, so if you're in the Seattle area, I hope you'll come! For those of you not in the area, you'll be able to see the show online at the Kirsten Gallery's web site. This is a small works show, so there will be lots of excellent, affordable art! I'll have several pieces in the show. Here is one of them:
8" x 10"
For information about this painting, please contact the Kirsten Gallery (206) 522-2011.