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Local artist, Melissa Bartlett, has been juried into the Pastel Society of America as an Associate Member. The award from the national society was based on an appraisal of her work by a panel of experts. Her nomination was official in October. Her winning entry was composed of paintings of African animals, which she had observed and photographed while on a safari to Kenya and Tanzania.
“I had applied in the past and this year I stuck to one theme,” Bartlett said.
“Being a member been a goal of mine for years now. Pastel Society of America is the first and most prestigious art society for the pastel medium in America and it’s very difficult to be accepted,” Bartlett said. “It’s a real honor to know that my work has the quality and artistic merit to be acknowledged by the PSA.”
Her pastel paintings of zebras, elephants, hippos, impalas and cape buffalo showed intimate views of creatures at rest and at play, all in their natural setting. “I was amazed by the diversity of wildlife that I saw in East Africa, and also how unfazed they were by people observing them from Landcrusiers,” she said. “I really wanted to capture the feeling that I had seeing them in their native habitat. It’s nothing like animals in zoos.”
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