Pastels USA: 33rd Annual International Open Exhibition at the Haggin Museum

Next Upcoming Date: Saturday, May 25 2019

The Pastel Society of the West Coast brings its Pastels USA: 33rd Annual International Open Exhibition back to the Haggin Museum

May 16 - July 14, 2019

The Pastel Society of the West Coast was founded by a handful of dedicated artists from Northern California. Some of the most elite pastel painters in the country enter the annual exhibition.

Since only about 100 paintings are placed in the show, acceptance is considered a worthy accomplishment. This year’s exhibition attracted hundreds of entries from many artists. Artists are allowed five entries, two of which may be selected for the show.

Three nationally prominent artists were chosen as this year’s Jury of Selection, which reviews all submitted images. Debora Steward of Clinton, Iowa, is primarily an abstract painter in pastel; W. Truman Hosner, Ferndale, Michigan, who paints both landscape and figure/portrait subjects in oil and pastel; and Gary Huber, Buffalo, Wyoming, who paints traditional landscapes primarily southwest subjects in pastel and oil.

The Juror of Awards reviews the actual paintings at the museum and selects the award winners. This year’s Juror of Awards is pastelist Dawn Emerson who lives in Terrebonne, Oregon. Dawn's technique merges abstraction with realism to create mood and movement in her paintings. Dawn has won awards for her pastels, taught workshops, and written articles for numerous publications.  
What is Pastel? Pastel does not refer to pale colors, as the word is commonly used in cosmetic and fashion terminology. The name comes from the French word pastische, because the pure, powdered pigment is ground into a paste, with a small amount of gum binder, and then rolled into sticks. The infinite variety of colors in the pastel palette range from soft and subtle to bold and brilliant. Many associate pastel with colored chalk, but chalk is a cheap, impermanent substance. Pastel is the most permanent of all media when applied to a permanent ground and properly framed. There is no oil to cause darkening or cracking, nor other substance or medium to cause fading or blistering. Pastels from the 16th century exist today, as fresh and alive as the day they were painted!

Museum Hours:

  • Saturdays - Sundays: 12:00 - 5:00pm (October 3rd: Museum closes at 4:00pm)
  • Wednesdays - Fridays: 1:30 - 5:00pm
  • 1st & 3rd Thursdays: 1:30 - 9:00pm

Museum Admission:

  • Adults (ages 18-64): $8
  • Seniors (ages 65+): $7
  • Youth (ages 10-17) and Students (with valid school ID): $5
  • Museum Members, Children under age 10 accompanied by an adult, 1st Saturdays: Free



Haggin Museum
1201 N. Pershing Avenue
Stockton, California

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Saturday, May 25
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