One of the main reasons I particularly enjoy the magazine is the quality of images from pastel artists all over the world which are a regular feature of the magazine. The magazine provides excellent technical features and interviews with leading pastel artists. It also gives you access to wonderful details of pastels, materials, supports and other associated materials of relevance to pastel artists. The only publications which do better are some of the specialist catalogues by the American suppliers.
Pastel 100 8th annual competition
I now look forward every year to the edition which features the winners and images selected for the Pastel 100. The results of the 8th Annual Competition are featured in the April 2007 issue. This edition is filled end to end with images of some superb work by pastel artists. The cover is the image for this post and features part of Wendy Caporale's self-portrait which won one of the major prizes. (Self Portrait with Avignon II, 25.5 x 19.5 inches, Wendy Caporale )
There are no images on the website of the competition winner. A book was produced of the images from last year's Pastel 100, but if you can't afford the book then beg, borrow or subscribe to get hold of the April 2007 copy (cover above) - or buy the April issue for $9!
The competition is divided into categories and each has a specific juror - this year it was as follows:
- Landscape and Interior - Juror: Elizabeth Mowry / Winner: Paul Murray
- Portrait and Figure - Juror: Maureen Bloomfield - one of the authors of "Pure Color - the best of pastel" / Winner: Sam Goodsell
- Still Life and Floral - Juror: Jimmy Wright / Winner: Matthew J Rezac
- Animal and Wildlife - Juror: Greg Biolchini / Winner: Robert Jessell
- Abstract / Non-Objective - Juror: Rhoda Needlman / Winner: Lori Frazier
The next post in this mini-series will feature the major prize winners - assuming they have websites!
Pastel 100 9th annual competition
Anybody interested in getting their work featured in the next Pastel 100 needs to study this link to the details of the 9th annual pastel 100 competition - closing date 9th September 2007. Pastel work from this will be featured in the April 2008 edition of Pastel Journal.
The eligibility details include the following:
- The contest is open to all artists in North America and abroad.
- Artists must be age 16 or over.
- Work must be at least 80% soft pastel; no oil pastel. Nupastels and other "harder" pastels are considered soft pastels.
- All works must be original. Compositions based on material or other artists' work are NOT considered original and are not eligible.
- Source material must be available upon request.
- Work previously published at the time of submission to this contest in any national publication or receiving an award at a national-level exhibition is NOT eligible.
The Pastel Journal: Subscription details
Secure online ordering is available - however they currently seem to be having a problem with the subscription form obliterating everything on the site (it doesn't normally look like this!)
There are six editions a year and a year's subscription in the USA is currently $27 compared to $some 42 on the newsstand. If you live in Canada it's $37 and it's also $37 if you live in the rest of the world - but it comes surface delivery rather than air mail. More subscription details here.
- The Pastel Journal
- The 9th Annual Pastel 100 competition - details
- The Pastel Journal - subscription details
- Making a Mark: The 2005 Pastel 100 competition