The St. Tammany Art Association presents the Degas Pastel Society 18th Biennial National Exhibition, on view in the nonprofit's gallery, 320 N. Columbia St., December 5 through January 30, 2021.
The show opens with a reception December 5 from 6pm to 9pm. Admission is free; however, due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, guests to the reception are required to register in advance for timed tickets to ensure limited attendance and adequate space for social distancing.
Click here to register. Scroll to bottom for sign-up form and choose from three time slots: 6-7pm, 7-8pm or 8-9pm.
In conjunction with the exhibit, a pastel demo will be led by Degas Pastel Society Board member, Alan Flattmann, on Saturday, December 12 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The demo is free, but advance registration is required. Click here to register.
Regular gallery hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm. Admission to the reception and gallery are free and open to the public.
THE DEGAS PASTEL SOCIETY
From its inception in 1984, the Degas Pastel Society has played an important role in the Renaissance of pastel painting worldwide. Their exhibitions showcase some of the best pastels that are being painted throughout the United States and abroad.
The Degas Pastel Society remains dedicated to the promotion of pastel painting by presenting exhibitions of outstanding work. The hope is that all who view this exhibition will gain a greater appreciation of the beauty and brilliance of pastel painting.
The 18th Biennial National Exhibition was juried by Lyn Asselta, who has exhibited her landscape paintings throughout the U.S. and has been included in invitational exhibitions in France and China. She taught workshops in Canada, Curacao and across the U.S. Lyn recently achieved Eminent Pastelist status with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Salmagundi Club, a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society, a member of the Eastern League of Professional Artists, and is the founder and past president of the First Coast Pastel Society based in northeast Florida.
In 2009, Lyn was selected as an Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park in Maine. Her work has been featured in several magazines including Pastel Journal, Pratique des Arts, and Plein Air Magazine. In 2018, she published her first book, Seeing the Landscape, a compilation of her prose and paintings.
ABOUT THE JUDGE
Awards will be presented and judged by Don Marshall, a native of New Orleans who began his professional career in the arts as the first Director of the Contemporary Arts Center in 1977. Under his leadership the center grew into one of the largest multi-disciplinary Alternative Arts Centers in the country, curating over 30 exhibitions. As Director of Le Petite Theatre, Marshall founded the Tennessee Williams Festival in conjunction with a group that was organizing a New Orleans Literary Festival. As an educator, he has served as the Director of the Cultural Resource Management Program at Southeastern Louisiana University and Director of the Arts Administration Program at the University of New Orleans.
In 2004 Marshall became the Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation. Since then, he has worked to expand programming that fulfills the mission of the organization to promote, perpetuate and support the music, arts and culture of Louisiana.
The St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) is a community-and member-supported arts organization located at 320 N. Columbia St. in Covington, Louisiana's historic St. John District. The STAA has been at the center of cultural activities since 1958, in Covington and the Northshore, and an anchor to arts activities in the town since 2004, when it moved into and restored much of the historic building next door to H.J. Smith's Son Hardware. For more information, call (985) 892-8650 or visit www.sttammany.art.