Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Can you spell Albuquerque?


I'm not a fan of traveling...a day spent at home in my studio is the norm for me but it is my favorite place to be. When I received notice last year that I had earned acceptance into the Master Circle of International Association of Pastel Socities (IAPS) I was honored, but my second thought was uh-oh because I knew the IAPS-MC medals were presented at the Convention that takes place every other year in Albuquerque, NM. So, like it or not, it looked like I'd be traveling.

I'm back now and this truly impressive medal is with me in the Studio. I'm so glad I went and of course, I'm so glad to be back. The Convention is a big party with all the rock-stars of the pastel world there. I had the opportunity to meet artists I'd previously known only via the internet and also to reconnect with old friends. It was extra special to have served as one of the three Jurors of Selection for the 22nd Juried Exhibition. The art in that show, as well as the work in the Second Master Circle Exhibition, was outstanding.
Old Town is charming, colorful, and funky. We took a walking tour that was fun and educational and we enjoyed the morning warmth but avoided the afternoon heat. Lunch at La Crepe Michel (twice!) was a highlight as was the twisted lemon ice cream cone from a nearby shop. I'm looking for a window or door to paint Virgin Mary Blue, preferably West-facing to ward off evil. And, if not for this honor, I might have gone my whole life without knowing how to spell Albuquerque!

IAPS is made up of pastel societies from around the world. Find a pastel society near you.

8 comments:

  1. Congratulations Barbara, well deserved...Leesa

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  2. It is a beauty, and you are admired. Thanks for your work this year. And congratulations!

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  3. Thank you Leesa and Casey for your generous comments.

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  4. A big hug and congratulations! Someday I will make it out to the IAPS to hang with all the pastel rock stars too. I've always wanted to go to NM to see the galleries and all that warm color. So happy for you and what a beautiful medal to boot! Yeah Barbara!

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  5. Thanks Brenda for the congrats. You would love the IAPS Convention. The next one is summer 2015, put it on your calendar!

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  6. Dear Barbara..
    Congratulations!! What an honor.
    I have never been able to get to the IAPS convention..and this year I ended up having eye surgery (pterygium) around the same date...so could not go.

    Oh, and, I ordered your new book and received it intoday's mail..It is a really great book. Everyone would benefit from having it in their studio.

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  7. Congrats Barbar! Well deserved.'m glad you had a fantastic time at IAPS. You will have some lovely memories I'm sure!. Sorry I did not get a chance to meet you while there. I

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  8. Sandy and Vanessa, thank you for your nice comments!

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