Monday, November 19, 2012

Upcoming December Holiday meeting


Saturday, December 1
9:30 ~ 1:30
St. Augustine, FL

Please join us for a casual holiday breakfast and a few hours of still-life painting!
Bring your pastels, paper and a support for your paper.
There are easels and table easels available at the Art Association.
We will have several still life set-ups available for you to choose from.

The Art Association suggests a $5 per person donation for use of their space.

Also, we know parking is an issue at this location, so please drop your gear off in 
the parking space marked "loading zone" in front of the Art Association and we'll
direct you to the parking lot behind Trinity Episcopal Church where someone from 
FCPS will meet you to pay for your parking. 

Please RSVP to so we'll know how many easels we'll need.

Happy Holidays!! Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

November meeting

The First Coast Pastel Society held its November meeting last week at Reddi Arts in Jacksonville. It was great to see our society continue to grow! It shows that there is a need for our organization this area. We are already up to 35 members and hope to see more before the end of the year. Remember, if you join now you will get a membership good through the end of 2013.

Our President, Lyn Asselta, gave a demonstration on framing. Framing a painting well is key to a good presentation of the whole image. We will be holding our first member show at Reddi Arts next May, and they have reserved the right not to hang works they feel are improperly framed, so this was a timely presentation for all of us.

Lyn had a list of all the tools she uses to frame her works, and gave demos on how to frame with a mat, how to frame without a mat, and how to frame depending on if you plan to frame your work permanently or plan to remover the painting from the frame at some later time.

We had over 20 members in attendance, which is our best turnout yet for one of our meetings. In addition to the great demo the members who were present all received 3 free pastels from Terry Ludwig, a gift to the members from our Vice President, Richard Lundgren, who had been given the samples by Terry.

Lyn shows how she attaches a painting to a backing board.

And also shows how she attaches the wire for hanging, once the painting is framed.

Everyone was so interested they had to move up closer to get a good view. They didn't want to miss a step.

Next month is our usual plein air day, but since it's December we're not sure what to expect of the weather. So instead we plan to hold an indoor paint-out at the St. Augustine Art Association, where we will have have several still lifes set up for members to work from. This will also be our holiday party,  so stay tuned to this spot for a lot more details as we get them all worked out.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November 3rd Meeting

It's time for our November meeting! Our meeting will be held this coming Saturday, November 3, 10 AM to 12 noon at Reddi Arts, located at 1037 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, in the historic San Marco district.

Following our business meeting our President, Lyn Asselta, will give a demonstration on framing. Learn the proper way to frame pastels using mats, spacers, etc. for shows, galleries, or the walls of your own home.

Remember that our first member show will be held here at Reddi Arts next May, and they have reserved the right to reject any paintings not properly framed. So this is an excellent demo to attend.

We look forward to seeing you all this Saturday.

Silent Auction

This is a reminder to all that this lovely painting done by Richard Lundgren is being offered for sale via silent auction, fully framed, with proceeds to benefit the FCPS treasury. The starting value was $50 with bids being accepted in $10 increments. There have been several bids already so anyone wanting to bid on this lovely piece must offer at least $80 right now - which is still an amazing value.

Those of us who attended the August meeting got to see Richard in action as he created this piece, and the framing is lovely too. So if you want to bid feel free to send an email to us at our email address: I'll keep this blog post updated with the current bid so you will know what you need to bid if you want to top the previous silent bidder!

11/1/12 - current bid $70.00