Congratulations to board member, Debbie Krentz-Johnson for placing second in the San Diego County Fair plein air competition held last week. The artists spent the day on location painting a scene from the Fair. At the end of the day, a juror chose the paintings deserving of a ribbon.
The competition was quite fierce during this year's small image show at the San Diego County Fair. So many of our members entered the contest this year. The images had to be smaller than 7" X 7". There were over 130 entries in four categories. Congratulations to Debbie Krentz-Johnson for 4th place in watermedia. In the pastel/drawing category Barbara Peterson won an Honorable Mention, Anita Plaks a 3rd place award and Karen Howard won 1st place. Congratulations to the winning artists and to our members who always make this event such a positive experience!
The Pastel Society was invited to demonstrate our medium at the San Diego County Fair again this year. Debbie Krentz-Johnson and Karen Howard painted away for four hours and answered questions pertaining to soft pastels. The Fine Art Divas, Kate, Kathy and Shea were the organizers and support team, making the experience a fun event.
So many of our members were juried into the Fine Arts Juried Exhibition this year. A number of our members received awards for their work. Christine Bowman received a first place ribbon for her painting of chickens, and an Honorable Mention for a still life. Terri McMurray received a third place ribbon for a portrait of a young girl. Barbara Peterson had two Honorable Mention awards, one in watercolor and one in pastels. Karen Howard received a second place award for a still life and two Honorable Mention awards as well.
Members Debbie Krentz-Johnson, Barbara Peterson, Karen Howard, Betty Johnsen, Carolyn Teincuff and LJ Crowe were jurors for this year's Student Showcase. This is an annual event, and our members have always been very supportive. PSSD also donates special cash awards to outstanding student works in pastels.