Medium well done

Karen Petrovski has donated a prize for the Pastel Society of WA’s exhibition. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d441423
Karen Petrovski has donated a prize for the Pastel Society of WA’s exhibition. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d441423

PAINTINGS made use “soft, buttery or hard” pastels will be on display at Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club this weekend.

The Pastel Society of WA will hold its annual exhibition and sale on August 22 and 23, with a door prize donated by Kingsley artist Karen Petrovski.

Committee member and Woodlands resident Michele Scott said the WA group started in 1983 and was the longest-running pastel society in Australia.

“Our annual exhibition is the only dedicated pastel exhibition,” she said.

“Pastels are pure colour made by binding pure colour pigment with gum or glue then shaped into round or square sticks. Soft, buttery or hard, they are a wonderful medium with the most beautiful range of colours.

“Perhaps made most famous by Edgar Degas in the 19th century along with other Impressionist artists, pastel works in fact appeared long before that in the 1700s and have found their way through art history and in recent times have become more popular.”

Scott said several artists would be demonstrating.

The society meets every Monday from 7.30pm at Mildenhall in Duncraig.