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Water and Sky: Pastels by Wendy Prest

December 12, 2017 - January 20, 2018

Scene on the Maine Coast by Wendy Prest
Scene on the Maine Coast, pastel by Wendy Prest

Grey Day
Grey Day

Wendy Prest and her husband Val share a remarkable history and connection to their Lost Lake home. She describes it as follows:

My husband's family bought a piece of property on Lost Lake in 1946 and built a camp here the following year. It was used as a summer camp for many years. Val and I bought a home in Pepperell in 1971 and used the camp in the following summers as our 2 children, Heather and Wim, grew up. Ten years ago we sold our Pepperell home and moved into our new home that was built where the camp had been before. Our neighbors are all the friends who have been friends since Val's childhood, starting about 70 years ago! I've only been a friend with them for 55 years. There are 6 couples that have now retired to our immediate neighborhood. We love living in Groton.

Here she reflects on her artistic travels:

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

I took drawing lessons about 25 years ago, after many years of pursuing photography. Then I spent a few years with watercolor and finally ended up working with the medium that I love best–pastels! Although they look like colored chalk they are far more refined and the array of colors available is breathtaking. The vibrant colors and directness of application make them a pleasure to use.

Along the way I have worked with some dedicated and talented teachers: Teri Malo at Riviere College, who introduced me to drawing with graphite; Jing Hua Dahlia to Chinese brush painting; Martha Oldham of West Groton to watercolor; Joni Parker-Roach and Suzanne Binnie also instructed me in watercolor, and Joelle Feldman in pastels, all three at NOA Gallery in Groton. I have also taken several pastel seminars from Robert Carsten.

Incoming Tide
Incoming Tide

I have belonged for 2 years to an online art group called How to Pastel, run by Gail Sibley. There I have discovered that there is much to be learned from sharing art and information with dedicated pastel artists from all over the world. There are weekly challenges to get us working out of our comfort zones, with comments and constructive feedback when it has been requested. And each October there is a 31 in 31 Challenge where we post a new pastel painting every day of the month. Lots of learning there! I have done that both years.

Now I pursue both photography and art with enthusiasm. I find that learning more about either one enhances my understanding of the other. Both give me much pleasure; my camera is always at hand and there is almost always a pastel in progress in my studio, where I work from my own collection of photo references.

When I started to collect pictures for this exhibit I discovered that I must have fallen in love with long-legged, long-necked water birds. The theme is Water and Sky, but you will find many of the waters and skies in the exhibit are populated with a bird or two.

Please join us for an opening reception on Tuesday, December 12, 6:30-8:30 pm in Sibley Hall. All are welcome.

Sanctuary
Sanctuary

Everglades Flight
Everglades Flight

This exhibit is made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

Ken Hansen,
Curator