Saturday, January 28, 2012

Plein Air paint out - Fort Mose

Join the First Coast Pastel Society for our next scheduled event, this coming Saturday, Feb. 4. From 8:30 AM to 1 PM we plan to be at the Fort Mose Historic State Park in St. Augustine for a paint out. The address of the park is 15 Fort Mose Trail  in St. Augustine, which is right off route 1, just a little north of the route 16 intersection.

Please feel free to bring a bagged lunch. Other options include hats, bug spray, and of course your pastels and other painting supplies! Fort Mose is a lovely site with many options for painting, and plenty of free parking is available.

Fort Mose (pronounced Moh-say) is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement is what is now the United States, and in 1994 was designated a National Historic landmark.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Logo Contest!

One thing our new pastel society needs is a Logo. Something that is unique and distinctive for us. To see what other societies have done go to the IAPS website of member society listings.  Many of them already have distinctive logos which you can see as references for what can be done.

For the next two months we'll be taking input on logo designs. If you are not sure where to send a design you can send it to firstcoastpastelsociety at gmail dot com. The designer of the winning logo will get a year's free membership in the First Coast Pastel Society. We hope to select a winning design at our next general member meeting.

Inaugural Meeting

The newly formed First Coast Pastel Society held its first meeting this morning at the Cultural Center in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The new society adopted as its mission statement: 
"To promote the use of soft pastel within the FCPS membership and the community at large as an important and continually evolving fine art medium."  
We hope to reach out to pastel artists in the northeast Florida and southeast Georgia area who, until now, have not had access to a local pastel society. 

Lyn Asselta, PSA, has been the primary mover of the new society start-up, and has been chosen as the President of the new society. Other officers for the new society are:

We had fifteen attendees at our first meeting so we are off to a great start, and already have lots of plans for the future, including IAPS membership, a member show before the end of the year, and possibly some upcoming workshops with nationally recognized artists. Check this space for more details. As we firm things up they will be announced here.

Richard Lundgren gave a presentation to the members on how he prepares his own surfaces for his pastels.

He uses gatorboard, which gives a rigid surface to work on, and which can easily be placed directly into a frame. Handouts were supplied to all attendees showing what Richard used to create the sanded surface he paints on. Some of these are only available online, and in bulk, so one future thought is that members might make purchases as a group, and then divide up the items equally.

We will hold meetings on the first Saturday of the month, every other month, and will schedule a group plein air paint out on the alternate months, so mark your calendars for upcoming events!

  • Saturday, February 4 - plein air paint out, location to be announced
  • Saturday, March 3 - general member meeting, location to be announced