Nicholasville, KY, July 20, 2007 A judge, a clinic manager, a nurse, and a banker are among the Lexington-area artists whose work in pastels will be featured in “Brilliant Pastels,” an exhibit at The Art Depository in Nicholasville, July 27-September 1. An artist’s reception open to the public will be held August 24 from 4 pm until 8 pm.
“Brilliant Pastels” will feature the work of Lexington-based artists Marianna McDonald and her students. McDonald’s work has been displayed throughout the
McDonald likens pastel work to “using a new box of crayons.” The flexible nature of the work and rich color possible with pastels is a draw for the exhibiting artists as well. Marta Elam Dorton, a stay-at-home mom with a graphic arts background, notes that “I instantly fell in love with pastels due to the immediacy of the colors applied.” UK Plastic Surgery manager Sherry Lackey says “I like the method because it allows for some revision as you go, and I usually obtain a result that is good enough that it surprises me time and again.”
The time spent working with pastels provides a much-needed release for some of McDonald’s students. Lucinda Masterton, Judge for the 5th Division of the Fayette Circuit Court, describes McDonald’s class as “my weekly opportunity to escape to pastels.” Debbie Waitkus, a financial service representative at American Founders Bank, says “Art is my therapy. It is never boring.” Beth Barnes, director of
Marta Elam Dorton
Mary Lu Musick