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Work by local artist Sheila Ottley has been selected from over 700 entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading pastel artists. The Pastel Society’s annual exhibition will be on display at Mall Galleries in central London between 21 February and 4 March 2017.

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Featuring works created in pastel, pencil, chalk and charcoal, The Pastel Society exhibits abstract and experimental works alongside traditional representation. The artists, including elected members of the Society and those chosen from open submission, all share a passion for working in dry media.

Perhaps because of the portable nature of the small sticks of pigment and the immediacy with which a scene can be captured, many of the works in this year’s exhibition are painted en plein air: out in the fields, on the coast and in the woods. As with all good art, much that is familiar is rendered new and exciting, as well as what is unfamiliar made understandable.

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The Society’s commitment to promoting this underrated medium means that alongside offering valuable prizes to young and emerging artists in the exhibition, member artists will be demonstrating their working processes, and there are also workshops in various aspects of working with pastels.

The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition

21 February to 4 March 2017, 10am to 5pm (closes 3pm on final day)

Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

Admission £4, £2.50 concessions, 50% off for National Art Pass Holders, Free for under 18s, Friends of Mall Galleries and Free for Readers on mentioning this publication at the Gallery Desk.

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