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Horizons: Touching the Sky to run September 5–28 at the Nature Art Gallery

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Horizons: Touching the Sky to run September 5 through September 28 at the Museum’s Nature Art Gallery

RALEIGH—A new show at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery, featuring the work of several artists in the Pastel Society of North Carolina opens First Friday, September 5 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show, entitled "Horizons: Touching the Sky," runs through Sunday, September 28. 

Formerly, the Pastel Society of Orange County, the group was formed in 1996 by pastel artist and teacher Lorie Callahan along with 12 enthusiastic artists dedicated to creating works in soft pastels, with the purpose of promoting standards of excellence and to encourage use of the medium of soft pastels. Since that time the Society has continued to grow. Through their many exhibitions, the Society shares beautiful pastel creations by members and pastelists in other states. Paintings created by many Society members are in private and public collections throughout North Carolina.

For the last three years The Pastel Society of North Carolina, The Appalachian Pastel Society and The Piedmont Pastel Society have collaborated on an Annual Juried Pastel Exhibition. The 2015 exhibit will be hosted by the Pastel Society of North Carolina at the Art Shop in Greensboro. This is an opportunity for the members of all three societies to exhibit their finest work.

Pastel is pure pigment; the same pigment used in all art media. It is the most permanent of all when applied to conservation ground and properly framed. Pastel also has no liquid binder that may cause the surface to darken, fade, yellow, crack or blister with time. Today, pastel paintings enjoy the stature of oil and water color as a major fine art medium.

The Nature Art Gallery is located on the top floor of the Museum Store, Nature Exploration Center (main building). Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays. All exhibited art is for sale. For more information about the Nature Art Gallery, call 919.707.9854.

First Friday is a free, family-friendly, social event held the first Friday of each month at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.  Visitors can enjoy exhibits, shopping, food and spirits until 9 p.m. The Natural Horror Picture Show (a vintage, sci-fi flick of 'B' movie caliber) begins at 7 p.m. Arrive early for live music and a film short from the A/V Geek archives.  For information, call 919.707.9800.


Publish Date: 
Monday, August 25, 2014