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If your artistic tastes veer more soft palette and still life, then be sure to check out the Pastel Society of South Carolina’s (PSSC) upcoming fall exhibit at North Charleston City Gallery, running Sept. 5 through 28.

The Society was founded last year by a small group of artists, but has grown to include membership all over the state. The goal of the group is to promote pastel as a fine art medium; many members have earned a “Masters in Pastel” from societies like the Pastel Society of America, International Association of Pastel Societies, and the Southeastern Pastel Society.

The North Charleston judged exhibit will feature dry pastel works by PSSC members. First, second, third place, and two honorable mentions will be awarded; expect to see still lifes, animals, landscapes, and portraits.

PSSC President and pastel artist Trish Emery says that “the pastel medium provides an immediacy and brilliance to work that no other medium can match. There is no drying time, no mixing wet paints or messy tubes and brushes to clean.”

An award ceremony and reception will be held Thurs. Sept. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. with refreshments and exhibiting artists onsite to discuss their work. The event is free and open to the public.


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