Beauty of pastels showcased

Helen Rodda is the feature artist at the Pastel Society of WA’s exhibition and sale.
Helen Rodda is the feature artist at the Pastel Society of WA’s exhibition and sale.

Showing from Friday to Sunday at the Maureen Grierson Community Recreation Centre in Scarborough, the exhibition will showcase the work of award-winning artists.

Nira Roberts, spokeswoman for the Pastel Society of WA, said the exhibition was always a popular event and provided the public with an opportunity to view and purchase an array of pastel artwork.

‘With pastel you get vibrant and immediate colour, it’s an endearing visual medium,’ Mrs Roberts said.

Helen Rodda, a lab technician from Marmion, will be the feature artist at the exhibition.

Mrs Rodda will show her art piece, Greek Woman on Donkey, which was inspired by her travels through Greece.

‘I have fond memories of sitting in cafes on Crete Island sketching locals. These days I tend to paint mainly from my own photos,’ she said.

Despite having a background in science, Mrs Rodda has also pursued her interest in art, by taking numerous classes over the years.

She has won awards at a number of pastel society and Beverly Art Gallery exhibitions.

‘People, animals and favourite places feature frequently in my paintings,’ she said.

Mrs Rodda will be one of the 45 Pastel Society members showing their work.

The public will have the chance to view pastel demonstrations, which will take place during the weekend, in addition to seeing the 121 art pieces on display.


WHAT: Pastel Society of WA Exhibition
and Art Sale.
WHERE: Maureen Grierson Community
Recreation Centre, Scarborough Beach
Front, near the clock tower.
WHEN: Opening night, Friday, November
8, 7pm-9pm, and Saturday, November
9, and Sunday, November 10, 9am-