|"Roses at the Cultural Arts Center" ©Mary Montague Sikes|
It's exciting to see the renewed interest in pastel art in Virginia. It has long been one of my favorite art mediums.
Pastels became especially popular in the late 19th century when Mary Cassatt created her charming Mother and Child paintings. Other French Impressionists, including Edgar Degas, Auguste Renoir, and Claude Monet used this exciting and luminous medium for their work as well.
|Gift Shop, Red Poppies, top right|
The Cultural Arts Center, 2880 Mountain Road in Glen Allen VA, is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's also open for theatrical presentations and other events that often take place on weekends.
|"Grazing Near Colonial Downs" pastel ©Mary Montague Sikes|
|"Seen in Virginia Opening Reception" ©Mary Montague Sikes|