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By Wendy Wood

Judith Cutler's pastel piece “Cooked Crab” is featured. Cutler is one of 11 Charlotte artists to be exhibited in the Welborn Gallery.
Judith Cutler's pastel piece “Cooked Crab” is featured. Cutler is one of 11 Charlotte artists to be exhibited in the Welborn Gallery.
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YADKINVILLE — The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center welcomes 11 award-winning pastel artists from the Piedmont Pastel Society of Charlotte to open the Welborn Gallery’s 2014 exhibition year. “Pastel Interpretations” will be available to the public on Jan. 10 with a gallery reception on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.

“Pastel Interpretations” features the work of Regina Burchett, Ruth Crowe, Bre Barnett Crowell, Judith Cutler, Angela Harker, Vernona Hearne, L. Hudson-Tolles, Nancy Marshburn, Karen Mello, Deborah Rasberry and Kurt Weiser. These artists specialize in scenic landscapes, nature scenes, abstracts, still life, seascapes, animals, portraits and more.

“When something catches my eye, I try to pause for a closer look,” Judith Cutler, a featured artist, said. “Peering deeply at a pinpoint of the world is often where subject matter is found for my representational work. An opposing mental viewpoint of pondering the universal comes into play with my abstract and non-representational work.”

About pastels

The cave paintings of prehistoric man in France and Spain painted using earth colors mixed with water are considered the precursors of pastel painting. The pastel was first mentioned by Leonardo da Vinci in 1495. Pastels were used during the 16th century and became increasingly popular in the 18th century.

A pastel renaissance began in the early 1970s with the establishment of the Pastel Society of America in New York City. Today there are more than 60 pastel societies worldwide enthusiastically using and promoting the medium. Pastel does not contain the liquid binder that causes other media, such as oils, to yellow, crack, fade or darken with age. Pastels have proven to retain their vibrant radiance over centuries, providing they are properly framed and kept out of direct sunlight.

About the Piedmont Pastel Society

The non-profit organization Piedmont Pastel Society has aims to promote and provide educational opportunities for its members, to enhance community awareness and appreciation of the value and beauty of soft pastels and to connect individual artists in the region.

The Pastel Interpretations exhibit opening will take place in the Welborn Gallery. Light hor d’oeuvres and wine will be offered. This event is casual and the public is encouraged to attend. There is no admission fee.

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