Maine Art Gallery presents Maine pastel perspectives

(An excerpt from The Coastal Journal, March 28, 2002)

WISCASSET - Maine Art Gallery presents a new exhibit, "Pastel Perspectibes," on Thursday, May 16 with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. The show includes soft pastel painting by Anne Gable Allaire, Kathleen Galligan, Lois A. Goldstone, Ann Legg, Judith Leighton, Jennifer Litchfield, Marlene Loznicka, and Cricket Tupper. Spanning the coast from Kennebunk to Blue Hill, these eight Maine residents bring a wealth of talent and diversity of perspective to this invitational show curated by South Bristol artist Sally Loughridge.

Each painter has applied soft pastel, which is composed of pure powdered pigment plus a binder, to paper or board with a special surface textured to hold the pastel. Unlike oil or acrylic painting in which colors are typically mixed on a palette, pastel as a medium relies on the viewer's eye to blend the many individual strokes of color applied to the surface. Pastel conveys a sense of immediacy, vibrancy, and emotion, and provides ample room for individual expression.

Anne Gable Allaire of Kennebunk is a former interior designer who now paints and exhibits full time. Represented by Mast Cove Galleries, she has won numerous awards, including Best Show in the 2000 Annual National Exhibition of Pastel Painters of Maine. She paints "en plein air", frequently at the Franciscan Monastery in Kennebunk. She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America, as well as other professional art associations . . .