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8/5/2013 - Adult's Impressionist-Style Pastel Workshop at the Agawam Public Library

            The Agawam Public Library is pleased to offer an Impressionist-Style Pastel Workshop for adults with award-winning pastel-artist Gregory John Maichack on Monday, August 5, 2013, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  This all-new workshop which will serve sheer beginners to advanced adult artists is entitled:  “Monet’s Mirror:  How to pastel paint Monet’s “Water Lilies.” 

            Imagine using the actual imagery that inspired Monet to paint “Water Lily.”  Participants will have the chance to produce their own unique pastel paintings as Maichack shares his water garden photos taken on site at Monet’s home studio in Giverny, France.  Participants will also learn how easy pastel painting is from Maichack’s long experience teaching pastel techniques.  All strokes and techniques to produced an Impressionist pastel painting are shared:  scumbling, blending, slurring, feathering, layering, fracturing, and broken color, and also master an effect Monet prized the most, Impressionist Shimmer.  As always, all will keep their pastel paintings and use hundreds of his professional grade pastels, paper, and materials.

            Artist Gregory Maichack lives in western Holyoke.  He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels and is winner of the Award of Merit from the Bennington Center for Arts:  Impressions of New England Show 2003, and Savior-faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society.  He was commissioned by Westfield State University to paint the portrait of past college president, Doctor Frederick Woodward.  He has been in many national juried shows, and has been awarded hundreds of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants.  As well as his portraiture, Maichack’s still lifes and landscapes are represented in galleries from Kennebunkport, Maine to San Francisco, California.  Maichack is a faculty member of the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle in Springfield, Massachusetts, and also teaches at Greenfield Community College in their adult continuing education department.

            This program is for adults eighteen years and up only, and is limited to twenty-five people.  Registration is a must. Seats may fill quickly, so please call (413)-789-1550 x4 or go online at www.agawamlibrary.org to register.

                This program is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  It is also a part of the Adult Summer Reading Program, “Ground Breaking Reads” and is sponsored by the Agawam Center Library Association, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and CSLP.

Contact:  Wendy McAnanama, (413)-789-1550 ext. 8865, wmcananama@agawamlibrary.org or

Joanne Szelag, (413)-789-1550 ext. 8851, jszelag@agawamlibrary.org.