The South Hadley Public Library offers “The Art of Georgia O’Keeffe: How to Pastel Paint Flowers,” a Pastel Painting Workshop For Adults
The South Hadley Public Library on 2 Canal Street, in South Hadley, MA will host award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack to present “The Art of Georgia O’Keeffe: How to Pastel Paint Flowers” on April 1st from10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This pastel painting workshop is designed for sheer beginners and experienced artists. Seats may fill quickly so please
call (413-538-5045 to pre-register. Participants will freely experiment with hundreds of the artist’s professional grade pastels, and pastel pencils, on assorted pastel papers in this fun pastel painting workshop.
Sheer beginners having no experience to advanced students focus on one of her flowers, and work in tandem with the artist utilizing techniques O’Keeffe used in her paintings. Scumbling, feathering, blending, slurring, edges, and layering will be mastered in this direct tactile medium of pure and nuanced color.
Maichack, nominated twice for a Massachusetts Gold Star Program Award, will demonstrate the essentials of painting with pastels, displaying his original pastel artwork to illustrate his talk. Maichack will demonstrate building an O’Keeffe flower painting, and will get everyone easily started, through a revolutionary and effortless drawing technique devised by Leonardo da Vinci.
Mr. Maichack’s workshops have been so well-liked, many libraries and senior centers have booked and rebooked him, often twice a year. “What I heard through students’ comments reflects a teaching style that is rare: encouraging, positive and constructive, with information given in a style that students find approachable, accessible, and clear,” wrote Melinda Georgeson, Director of Education, Norman Rockwell Museum.
Artist Gregory John Maichack lives in western Holyoke. He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels. Winner of the Award of Merit from the Bennington Center for the Arts: Impressions of New England Show 2003, he also was awarded the Savoir-faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Maichack was commissioned by Westfield State College to paint the pastel portrait of the past president of Westfield State College, Doctor Frederick Woodward, which was unveiled at the dedication of the Woodward Center. He has been in many national juried shows and was awarded numerous Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. In addition to portraiture, his still lifes and landscapes are represented by galleries from Kennenbunkport, Maine to San Francisco, California. Maichack is accepting requests to do portraits, and various commissions to do pastel paintings. Please call (413) 532-3667
or e-mail Mr. Maichack at EmJay7@aol.com. Visit his new web site at www.GregoryMaichack.com
Maichack is a faculty member at the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle in Springfield, MA and also teaches at Greenfield and Holyoke Community Colleges in their adult continuing education departments.
“This project is supported in part by a grant from the South Hadley Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”