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Gualala Arts Workshop
Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels
An Experimental Workshop
Instructor: Mira M. White

Thursday - Friday
July 25 - 26, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Mira White: Soft Pastels
Register by:   July 14, 2013
Tuition:   $200 members; $220 non-members
Materials fee:   $25
Materials list:   Soft Pastels materials

We are going to have a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: under-paintings with acrylics, watercolors or pastel diluted with rubbing alcohol. (No petroleum-based solvents in this workshop.) We will be layering both dry and wet processes. Lots of exuberant mark making on several surfaces! Open to continuing artists of all levels and media and adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium!

About the Instructor

Mira M. White is an award-winning painter with an exhibition record both domestic and international, and has been an art instructor for over 30 years. Her professional responsibilities include a full teaching schedule of classes and workshops in multiple media. Currently teaching at Civic Arts Education in Walnut Creek, Studio One Art Center in Oakland, Lafayette Studio and the Mendocino Art Center, she also organizes and conducts numerous workshops in pastels, watercolor and mixed media, including several painting workshops in other states and in France.

Mira White: Soft Pastels Mira White: Soft Pastels

The Pastel Journal featured her mixed media work in its Jan/Feb 2011 issue. Her work is included in the 2010 anthology Best In American Water Media, and is also featured on a recent DVD, A Walk Into Abstracts. A recently published book, Journeys Into Abstraction, also features her work. She received the Grand Prize at the popular Rocky Mountain National Aqua-media Exhibition in 2001, was presented in Watercolor Magic, winter 2002 and was a winner in the national Pastel Journal competition of 2006 and 2012.

Exhibitions 1n 2011 and 12 have included Encaustic Masters (Oregon), CWA National Telling Stories through Art, Conversations - a 3 person show at the San Pablo Gallery. 2 encaustic pieces will be represented soon in Boston at the Future of the Past: Encaustic Art of the 21st century and in San Antonio, Texas at EncaustiCon Gallery. Her work is often on exhibit at the Mendocino Art Center, where she teaches 2 or 3 times a year.

BFA with High Distinction, MFA with Distinction California, College of Arts & Crafts. A member of CWA, IEA (International Encaustic Artists) and ISEA (International Society of Experimental Artists.) For more information on her recent work and teaching schedule, please view her web gallery:

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The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

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