Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

Laurel, MS



Degas Pastel Society: Eighth Biennial National Exhibition

October 26 - November 19, 2000


Formed in New Orleans in 1984 by pastelists following in the footsteps of the famed Edgar Degas, the Degas Pastel Society has grown to include more than 150 artists from across the nation. The 80 paintings in the millennium exhibition come from 79 artists representing 26 states and Germany. Among these are Mississippi artists Debra Williamson Ruleau of Collinsville and Dollye Kirk of Hattiesburg.

"From its inception in 1984, the society is proud to have played an important role in the Renaissance of pastel painting worldwide," said Alan Flattmann, president of the Degas Pastel Society and recipient of the distinction of Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America (PSA). "Our exhibitions showcase some of the best pastels that are being painted throughout the United States and abroad," he added. (left: Alan Flattmann, The Old Kitchen at Rowan Oak, pastel)

Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917) pushed the envelope of pastel painting and changed the reputation of the medium from a pale, pallid one to an engaging, exciting and colorful art form. The artist most widely recognized for transforming pastel from a sketching tool into a major artistic medium, Degas succumbed to blindness in 1892.

New York City artist Christina Debarry, president of PSA, juried The Eighth Biennial Exhibition of the Degas Pastel Society from 423 slides submitted by 171 artists. Although Debarry tried to include as many artists as possible, she was selective and kept the quality of the show at a high level, Flattmann said. "This is a strong show, and Ms. Debarry narrowed the selections down to the cream of the crop," Flattmann added. "Our hope is that all who view this exhibition will gain a greater appreciation of the beauty and brilliance of pastel painting."

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