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Celebrate pastels at The Arts Building Gallery in Auburn

The Arts Building Gallery is hosting the Pastel Society of the West Coast’s Annual Membership Show through Oct. 2. The 2010 Membership Show includes 88 paintings by artists from around the west.

To celebrate the art of pastel, a number of special events will be offered on Saturdays in conjunction with the exhibit.

This Saturday, Auburn resident Margot Schulzke, Pastel Laureate of the Pastel Society of the West Coast will host a walk-about to tour the Membership Show and discuss each piece individually.

On Saturday, Sept. 11, pastel artist Waif Mullins will host a demonstration at The Arts Building Gallery. At this open-to-the-public event, Mullins will reveal how he executes his dynamic pastel technique.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, the Pastel Society of the West Coast will host an Introduction to Pastel. There will be several members from the Pastel Society present allowing attendees to “get their hands dirty” and learn more about the expansive world of pastels. No previous experience required.

Members of the Pastel Society of the West Coast will host a talk on Saturday, Sept. 25 about what’s happening in the wide world of pastel. Topics to be covered include new techniques, pastel products, and framing issues.

The show concludes on Saturday, Oct. 2 with an awards ceremony presented by the Pastel Society of the West Coast. All artists with works in the show will be present to receive awards from juror Jane Hofstetter and to meet the public.

All events take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Arts Building Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way in downtown Auburn, and are free to the public.

PlacerArts is the Arts Council of Placer County, a nonprofit, public benefit agency and the designated state-local partner of the California Arts Council for the County of Placer.

For more information, call (530) 885-5670 or visit PlacerArts.org.

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