For those of you who like to collect books which show contemporary pastel images, there is a new book out called THE ART OF PASTEL written and presented by Sylvie Cabal, president of Art due Pastel en France.
The book contains lots of images - 148 pages in fact; has forewords (and works) by Barbara Fischman, President of the Pastel Society of america; from the President of the Moscow Pastellists; the President of PSEC, Eastern Canada's pastel society; the Chairman of the association of Polish pastellists; the President of Arte del Pastello Piemonte; , and a preface from the curator of Drawings and Pastels at the State Hermitage Museum in St. petersbourg, Russia. There is comment from Jean-Roch Sauer, VP of Sennelier. The pastellists shown in the book are from all over the world - USA (lots including Elizabeth Mowry), Canada, Russia, France, Italy, UK (including me!) Switzerland, Poland, Morocco, Israel, Scotland, Portugal. It is mostly representational work, with just a few abstracts in there, not more than about 3 or 4 though.
The book will cost $28 in the US, £18 in the UK. If anyone is desperate to have one, I have a couple of spare copies I am prepared to send out. Otherwise, to find out how to get one, you can have a look at the Art Du Pastel En France website: www.artdupastelenfrance.com
Books with LOTS of different pastel images aren't alwyas easy to find, and so this one is quite a treasure.