Catharine Compston Paintings in Pastel
My background education in art was at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta. I am an exhibiting member of the the St. Albert Painters' Guild, the Visual Arts Studio Association ( VASA), Visual Arts Alberta, the Society of Western Canadian Artists, and Harcourt House, an Edmonton artist-run Arts collective. The medium of choice for me is soft pastels, which have been in use since the 15th Century, and the pastel colours available have never been more varied or more intense. Painting blends the creative with the technical, and my painting of the moment continually teaches me. The wide Alberta prairie sky has been inspirational in developing my art.
I am also fascinated with the human form and regularly participate in life drawing sessions and/or painting life studies in oils. Some of my
life drawing and painting works can be seen under "Other" in this website.
To contact me about commissions, please go to the Contact page.
FOR THOSE INTERESTED TO LEARN HOW TO PAINT IN PASTEL- I teach Soft Pastel classes at the City Arts Centre, 10943-84 Avenue, Edmonton.
They run for 4- 8 weeks, usually on Wednesday evenings- 6:30-9:30 pm.
Register by calling 311 or register online at http://www.edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/visual-art-adult.aspx
August 3 -24, 2017: Impressionist Landscape in Soft Pastel ( 4weeks) - Register with course number 600987
Mid-September: Soft Pastels I and II ( 8 weeks)- More info to come
Recent Shows and Galleries
- April27-29, 2017: St. Albert Painter's Guild spring show
- March-April, 2017: Remedy cafe- 109 Street and 87 Avenue, Edmonton
- January 13-14, 2017: Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival, Edmonton - (Juried Art Gallery/Arts on the Avenue)
- October 22-23. 2016, Art from the Unknown, Old Strathcona, Edmonton
- July 26-August 19, 2016: VASA Gallery, St. Albert, Alberta: Drawing on Life, group show
- July-August, 2016: The Big Big Portrait Show, Naess Gallery, Paint Spot, Edmonton
- June 2016: CKUA Radio building lobby gallery; Pastel landscapes
- April 22-24, 2016: St. Albert Painter's Guild spring show, City Hall rotunda, 5 St. Anne Street, St Albert
- January 9-10, 2016: Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival, Edmonton - (Juried Art Gallery/Arts on the Avenue)
- September 11-13, 2015: Kaleido Family Arts Festival, on 118 Ave between 90th and 94 Street (Juried Art Gallery /Arts on the Avenue).
- June 2015: See the Light, SWCA Group Show, ATB Financial building, Edmonton
- March 2- May 4, 2015: Gracious Goods cafe, 7601-115 Street, Edmonton
- February 2015: Cover artist for Artscape newsletter, SWCA
- January 10-11, 2015: Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival, Edmonton - (Juried Art Gallery/Arts on the Avenue)
- November 1, 2014 - January 10, 2015: Misericordia In House Gallery- SWCA Group Show. Misericordia Hospital, Edmonton
- August 9, 2014: Art Walk at the Village at Pigeon Lake
- April 2014 : Feature Artist of the month, Society of Western Canadian Artists
- 2013-2016: Bay 12 Gallery, Pigeon Lake, Alberta
- Harcourt House Members Show- June 20-July 5, 2013.
- June 23- August 26, 2012: McMullen Gallery, University of Alberta Hospital: New Terrain: Landscapes in Pastel by David Shkolny, Judith Martin,
and Catharine Compston. Our show was written up in the Edmonton Journal ("Pastel's true colurs come through in exhibit", by Janice Ryan-July 26,2012)
- June 21-July 3, 2012: The Works Art & Design Festival: - the show at the McMullen Gallery was part of The Works, a city wide fine arts festival in Edmonton. Please see the website www.theworks.ab.ca for more information.
Check back for upcoming events.....I'll post them here.
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Please note: Images of my artwork may not be reproduced without my permission.