The Somerset Public Library will again host award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack to present an adult hands-on workshop, Scarlet Poppies: Pastel Paint Like Georgia O’ Keeffe on Saturday, April 25 at 12:30 pm. This pastel painting workshop is designed for sheer beginners to experienced artists. Registration is required; seats fill quickly so please register as soon as possible.
Participants will freely experiment with hundreds of the artistâ™ professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper, in this fun pastel painting workshop.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s famous poppy paintings (single and double) will be the focus. Maichack will provide an easy entry into the world of pastel painting. All necessary strokes needed to pastel paint any image will be demonstrated.
Participants will receive an engaging hands-on experience of basic pastel painting, as well as advanced techniques. All will use professional grade materials to understand how to easily start and complete a pastel painting. Maichack will bring 100s of pigment-rich pastels and individually demonstrate and guide attendees through the essentials of painting with pastels. “I will display my original pastel artwork of both O’Keeffe’s single and double poppy paintings to illustrate and unveil the process. Ongoing questions will be encouraged. All will take home their painting.”
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 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.
The library is located at 1464 County Street in Somerset. Call the library at 508-646-2829 to register for this wonderful workshop.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Somerset Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.