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Hammond Regional Arts Center: Degas Pastel Society

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, October 12 from 5-8 p.m. to celebrate the Degas Pastel Society's 17th Biennial National Exhibition. Enjoy the curated collection of 80 works judged by Mike Beeman and toast to the evening's winners during the awards ceremony honoring this year's top national artists.

Since its inception in 1984, the Degas Pastel Society strives to show artistic excellence utilizing the pastel medium. The Society is aptly named in honor of Edgar Degas, (1834-1917), the artist most widely recognized for transforming pastel from a sketching tool into a major artistic medium. Pastel painting blossomed with his touch and his works have inspired countless artists. "Degas is our champion:
his paintings remind us of the beauty, diversity, permanency and exquisite texture for which pastel is known and for which we, as artists, continue to strive."

Mike Beaman will also conduct a 3 day Still Life Pastel Workshop from October 10-12 here at the HRAC. For more details, visit
www.degaspastelsociety.org or call Darlene Johnson at (504)-392-0215.


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