We recently attended the IAPS 2019 Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. IAPS stands for “International Association of Pastel Societies” and is a gathering of pastel artists from around North America and other countries. IAPS takes place every two years and the IAPS board, led by IAPS President Richard McKinley, and all of the IAPS volunteers work hard to create a marvelous event – there are lots of workshops, demonstrations, a trade show with all of the top pastel manufacturers (including PanPastel) along with plenty of social events. Everything happens in one hotel where many of the attendees & manufacturers stay, so every corner you turn is filled with pastel energy. For more information on IAPS and future conventions (highly recommended) visit their website: iapspastel.org
During the convention there is a three day Trade Show and ever since we first launched PanPastel in 2007 we have exhibited as a manufacturer at IAPS. On our booth, we featured demonstrations by four artists using PanPastel: David Kassan, Loes Botman, Enid Wood & Cheri Ginsburg. Each artist showcased a different aspect of how they use PanPastel. Here are some of the highlights of the demonstrations.
On Saturday morning David Kassan joined us to do a drawing demonstration on the PanPastel booth. A large crowd gathered to watch David in action (including Albert Handell who stayed to watch the entire demonstration). David uses PanPastel Black, with our Sofft Knife No.4 and General Pencils for his drawings. To see more of David’s work and his list of materials, visit: davidkassan.com
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a short video of David talking with model Pierre after the demonstration.
Below is a short video (filmed on a phone in the midst of a crowd so forgive the quality) of some moments from David’s demonstration at IAPS.
KASSAN STUDIO VISIT
As David is now based in Albuquerque we got the opportunity to visit his, & Shana Levenson’s, studio. David has been working on a huge project on holocaust survivors. We got to see the large painting – of the 11 survivors – that he is currently working on, it will be unveiled along with his other paintings of the survivors, during September in the “Facing Survival” exhibition at the USC Fisher Museum of Art in partnership with USC Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles.
In addition to his paintings he has been interviewing the survivors on video.
Loes Botman came all the way from Holland to visit IAPS for the first time. She also demonstrated on the PanPastel booth on the first day of the Trade Show. It was a very busy day so we don’t have any photos of her demonstration painting unfortunately. But opposite is a finished piece that she had on her easel to show how she uses PanPastel, the video demonstrating how she painted it is below – (she made the video before she left for IAPS).
Cheri Ginsburg from Iowa demonstrated on Friday afternoon. It was a quiet period during the show, so we filmed a couple of short Facebook live videos, which are shown below.
Several people asked about Cheri’s easel & PanPastel palette set up. Which is similar to the way she sets up her easel and PanPastel colors for plein air painting. Cheri provided a very detailed description of her plein air painting set up for PanPastel on our blog here: plein-air-painting-with-panpastel
Coincidentally (yes, another coincidence!) both Enid Wood and Cheri Ginsburg were featured on the same spread in Southwest Art Magazine (November 2018). There PanPastel paintings are shown in the article.
Other IAPS Highights…
In addition to the demonstrations on our booth, artist Dawn Emerson was busy at IAPS – she taught a two day workshop, using lots of PanPastel Colors during the workshop. Students left her workshop each day totally energized by the new techniques that they had discovered during the workshop with Dawn. It was exciting to meet them. Dawn’s unique approach to materials is featured in her book “Pastel Innovations” .
Unfortunately we didn’t get to attend Dawn’s demonstration, which was scheduled by IAPS, as it took place in a separate larger room, but Christine Bowman, who was creating social media posts for IAPS live from the convention, posted the short video clip below on Instagram of Dawn applying PanPastel during the demonstration.
To see more images from the IAPS convention – check out #IAPS2019 on Instagram
And One More….
Here is a light-hearted short video, by Christine Bowman, of David Kassan with the ever ebullient Pierre Guidetti after he modeled for David’s drawing demonstration on our booth. Included here because David also talks about his drawing process…
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at IAPS. It was great to see everyone again. Sending a big “thank you” to David, Loes, Enid & Cheri, for their demonstrations on our booth. Thank you to all of the IAPS team & volunteers who make our life easy by producing a great event (special mention for Red Weber & John Philbin Dolan who took great care of us before and during the convention); and all of the wonderful attendees that we met during the convention and who visited our booth. We’re already looking forward to IAPS 2021!