The 25th Annual Exhibition of the Pastel Society of Ireland is taking place in the Andrews Gallery at Titanic, Belfast, from 5th April to 6th May 2014.
The Pastel Society was formed in 1988 in Belfast by a few dedicated pastel artists to encourage and promote the art and practice of pastel painting throughout Ireland. From those small beginnings the Society now has over 100 members from as far apart as Cork and Wexford in the South to Donegal and Antrim in the North and all points in-between.
This year’s exhibition is the largest the Society has ever mounted. The Andrews Gallery is a wonderful venue, light and airy in the centre of Belfast. This is an open exhibition. Paintings for the exhibition are selected by a panel consisting of a Full Member of the Pastel Society and two independent artists.
Every year the panel also decides on prize winners in a variety of categories, Best Landscape, Seascape, Still Life, Portrait and The Sam Mateer Memorial Prize given by the Society in memory of Sam Mateer one of the founding members and the driving force in the development of the Pastel Society until his death almost four years ago.
This year’s Best Landscape was sponsored by Unison Colour Soft Pastels. The prize was won by Aidan Butler for his painting ‘Seize the Day’. Aidan has been a member of the Pastel Society for a number of years. As part of the 25th celebrations Aidan held a pastel painting workshop at the Andrews Gallery which was very well attended.
The popularity of Unison Colour Soft Pastels has grown steadily in recent years. These pastels are now widely used by members of the Pastel Society of Ireland. Many members were introduced to Unison Colour at Pastel Society Workshops. The colours and quality of these pastels have contributed to their popularity.
The Pastel Society of Ireland is very grateful for Unison Colour Soft Pastels continued sponsorship of the Society but Sponsorship alone is not enough to make people buy Unison Pastels as their chosen pastels. It is the quality of these pastels that makes artists go back time after time.