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Library Sponsors Pastel class with Greg Maichack 6/13/2017

Tolland Public Library Offers Hands-on Pastel Painting Workshop for Adults, with Pastelist Gregory John Maichack

    The Library will host award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack to present an adult hands-on workshop, “Pastel Paint the 45-Million- Dollar Flower,” on Tuesday , June 13th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Tolland Town Hall. This pastel painting workshop is designed for sheer beginners to experienced artists. Seats may fill quickly so please
call 413-258-4201 to pre-register. This will be Greg’s sixth visit to Tolland with another one on the slate for Fall 2017. Participants will freely experiment with hundreds of the artist’s professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper, in this fun pastel painting workshop.
     In this new, highly researched two-hour workshop, participants have fun producing
their own pastel painting of Georgia O’Keeffe’s elegant Jimson flower that sold for just short of $45 million. Gregory Maichack is a seasoned pro at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston; Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and over 800 libraries and local cultural councils.  
     Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1 has been described as a vehicle for pure expression. Maichack will demonstrate again how beginners to accomplished artists can pastel paint easily using techniques of masters such as O’Keeffe. As always, all will keep their pastel paintings.
    Artist Gregory John Maichack lives in western Holyoke. He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in~pastels. Winner of the Award of Merit from the Bennington Center for the Arts: Impressions of New England~Show 2003, he also was awarded the Savoir-faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Maichack~was commissioned by Westfield State College to paint the pastel portrait of the past president of~Westfield State University, Doctor Frederick Woodward, which was unveiled at the dedication of the~Woodward Center; and pastel painted dictionary great Charles Merriam, unveiled by Merriam-Webster Co. at Merriam-Gilbert Library. He has been in many national juried shows and was awarded numerous Massachusetts~Cultural Council grants. In addition to portraiture, his still lifes and landscapes are represented by galleries from~Kennebunkport, Maine to San Francisco, California.
     Maichack has been a faculty member of the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle in Springfield,~MA; and taught at Holyoke and Greenfield Community Colleges, Westfield State University, East Works, the MFA, Boston, and The Guild, Northampton. Maichack’s pastel paintings have been selected twice for the Annual National Exhibition of the Academic Artists Association and as a result Maichack was invited to be a member of this prestigious organization.

“This project is supported in part by a grant from the Tolland Cultural Council, a local agency which is~supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”