Pastels & Other Media
This is an ongoing class, held each Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
There is currently a waiting list for this class. Please see our "Classes" page on the website for other fantastic classes.
Enjoy finding your artistic talents with much group encouragement. This ongoing class is suitable for any level of experience. Stimulate your creativity and have lots of fun !!!!!!
Bring your medium of choice.
Your own subject matter to paint or draw from.
Click here to read Jane Staszak's biography and see images of her work.
Press release for this group's exhibition in spring 2010:
Pastel artist Jane Staszak conducts a weekly class at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. The dynamic instruction and exchange of ideas has resulted in a closely knit group who have dubbed themselves the “Pastel Sisters” and their group show, which runs at the gallery from March 27 through April 24 is titled Pastel Sisters Show All*.
The participating artists are Nancy Guiry, Brenda Goff, Liz Roberts Mary Grace Cain, Sue Ruopp, Barbara Riggi Evarts, Sandy Petit and Linda Young. According to Staszak, “Each one has their own way of seeing the world and expressing themselves. All of them have shown great progress in their work.
We went on a week long retreat last fall...where we worked from a model, painted plein air landscapes, made jewelry, learned a bit of tai chi and ate a lot of delicious food made by ourselves.
“Everyone in the group has a similar goal and that is self motivation and self ex
Staszak, originally from Philadelphia, Pa., had her own gallery/studio on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. for several years before moving her studio home and exhibiting at Sunset River Marketplace. A member of the Southeast Pastel Society, Sea Coast Pastel Society and the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild, she has received many honors and awards during her career including the 2009 Best in Show award from Waterway Art Association and the 2005 Best in Show at the National show in Southport, N.C. She has also received several awards at the Georgetown, S.C. Watercolor Society show.
The “Pastel Sisters” class has varied backgrounds and painting styles. Linda S. Young is an award-winning artist who divides her time between S.C. and Cape Cod, Mass. Her ability to capture the nuance of a scene has helps her win many awards.
Sandy Petit, who counts her pink and purple hair as one of her achievements, studied in Fla. at the Ringling School of Design and got her art degree at UNCW. Mary Grace Cain (call her M.G.) was a commercial artist and with her husband owned Cain & Cain Advertising in Fayetteville, N.C. before retiring to Cherry Grove, S.C.
Barbara Riggi Evarts says she’s pretty new to the game, mainly because she never had time to learn until after retirement. So she loves the camaraderie of artists and trying out all sorts of new media. Jane Staszak’s class is ideal for her.
Richmond, Va. native Brenda Goff worked for the I.R.S. in another life and has been in Jane’s group for the past three years. She specializes in landscapes and recently had a one-woman show in Richmond, Va.
There will be an opening reception for Pastel Sisters Show All* on Saturday, March 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Sunset River Marketplace. Celtic music group Gaelstorm, which includes artist Liz Roberts on percussion, will perform.
Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C.179), Calabash, N.C. For information, call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com