Pastels by the Arts Council’s Pastel Group on view at Grove Family Library

Kathleen ZebroskiThirteen artists of the Council for the Arts’ Pastel Group will display their pastels during the month of June at Grove Library, 101 Ragged Edge Road South in Chambersburg. The Library’s hours are Mon. & Tues. 9am-8pm, Wed. & Fri. 9am-5pm, Thurs. 12noon-8pm, Sat. 9am-1pm.

“The work this group accomplishes continues to amaze me,” states Laurie McKelvie, teacher and “fellow explorer” with the Arts Council’s Pastel Group, “and the friendship we share is wonderful. They are always ready to try new challenges and to take chances with their work, which means we all continue to grow in expressing our personal creative visions!”

Pastel artists work in a medium that is rich in color, forgiving of mistakes and very permanent in archival quality. Pastels have been used for hundreds of years and are made of the same pigments and minerals as oil and acrylic paints and watercolors. Because they are a dry medium, they do have to be framed under glass, but because they have fewer binders in them than oil, acrylic and watercolor paints, their colors remain richer over time.

“The men and women in this group all have different backgrounds in the arts, some with lots of experience and some with no experience, but pastel was a new medium to most of them. And because of pastels’ freshness of color and painterly qualities,” McKelvie continues, “these artists have become a little addicted to them!”

For more information, call Laurie McKelvie at 717-477-2132.