This annual national convention was wamrly received and enjoyed by all who attended. The award winners were: Winner - Julie Greig, Merit Awards - Julie Freeman (twice),Glenys Forbes, Joan Silk, Highly Commmended - Debbie Emsley.
The 2018 Exhibition and Convention will be held in Timaru, from 4th April (workshop with Leonie Duff (Tasmania), Exhibition opening 6th April, Convention 7th & 8th April, further workshops with Leonie Duff 9th April onwards. More info to follow.
The Pastel Society of Australia will be holding the inaugural Pastel Expo 2018. With workshops, demonstrations, exhibition and atrade show similar to IAPS convention format. More info to follow - or visit http://ozpastels.com.au/ and click on the 'contact' tab.
Congratulations to Vikki Jackson of Marlborough who has won the over all major prize AND pastel section of the NZ Artist Magazine "Cheeky Challenge" with Ünder the Hood", and congratulations also to Anne Bannock of Nelson who took out the Highly Commended Award in the same competition with "Ready to Roll"
Judge Karen James of Marlborough (Kaikoura) said: Congratulations to all entries as each one had lovely qualities and it was difficult to choose. However my first and second winners were the two that jumped out at me from the start. For a full report, see the Oct/Nov issue of NZ Pastel Artist - due out now. The first photo is of the winning painting by Julie Freeman (Auck) 'Sunbathers'.
The next is second prize winner Jill Bolscher - 'The Large Jug'.