Thursday, June 2, 2011

2011 IAPS Convention Exhibition

Wednesday we left Santa Fe early in the morning to avoid the high winds that are kicking up every afternoon here in New Mexico and arrived at the Isleta Lakes RV Park across from the Hard Rock Casino. The last time we were here the lawns were so green and beautiful but now everything is dried out and not as presentable even though we are paying a higher price this year. We had a quiet afternoon before driving over to the Fairgrounds to see the Master Circle and 18th Juried Exhibitions of pastel paintings by artists from around the US and a few from Canada and Greece. Every painting was worth stopping for a closer look and the judges said how difficult it was to assign awards when every painting was excellent. Three of the paintings were by members of our Arizona Pastel Group.... Christine Debrosky (Top Left) who is teaching workshops here at the conference, Karen Budan (Middle Left) our APAA president, and Linda Dellandre (Bottom Left). Allan and I were thrilled to hear Linda's name called out to come up to the podium and receive an Honorable Mention for her "Marsh" painting. We saw Linda do a demo when we were in Sedona and she makes it look so easy. I Wish! There must have been close to 500 people attending this event and they had all sorts of appetizers to choose while you were walking around and looking at all the paintings. Thursday we will be going to the convention to register and see some free events followed up by a buffet dinner.

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