Appalachian Pastel Society Offers Demo by Karen Margulis During Meeting on Nov. 8, 2014, in Mills River, NC

The Appalachian Pastel Society will offer a talk/demo with award-winning pastel artist Karen Margulis, who will share ideas and techniques to help pastel artists achieve more expressive and exciting paintings, on Nov. 8, from 10am-noon at the Grace Community Church in Mills River, NC.

Work by Karen Margulis

According to Margulis, artists are either moving toward or away from abstraction. No matter where an artist falls on this journey, he or she can benefit from ideas to help create more expressive paintings. “I am always striving to interpret my subject by including my own personal touch rather than a copying the reference,” Margulis says.

“In my presentation and demo I will share some of the ways I have discovered that help me paint in a more expressive ‘loose’ manner.  I will introduce a simple method for a successful pastel painting from the planning stage to the addition of those final important spices!”

Karen Margulis was born in Connecticut and was raised in South Florida. She currently lives in Marietta, GA. She received her BA in Education from the University of Florida. Margulis’ primary medium is pastel, although she enjoys all mediums. She is a Master Circle recipient of the International Association of Pastel Societies and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. She is also a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society. Margulis’ landscape and wildflower paintings have received recognition in many International exhibitions including PSA and IAPS where her “Queen Anne’s Lace” painting won the 2011 poster competition. Margulis’ work has been featured in the June 2014 issue of “Pastel Journal”. Her painting, “Summer Reprise”, was chosen for the cover image. Margulis is a Daily Painter and art blogger. She teaches workshops and classes throughout the Southeast and online.

The Grace Community Church is located at 495 Cardinal Road in Mills River, NC.

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