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The possibilities of pastels

Lesley Tannen (her pastel Lift Off is above) will give a free talk at the Surrey Art Gallery on Thursday (April 3). - Submitted
Lesley Tannen (her pastel Lift Off is above) will give a free talk at the Surrey Art Gallery on Thursday (April 3).
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Lesley Tannen is motivated to step up to her easel every day after seeing how past and present artists turn pure pigment into evocative, visual reflections of life and thought.

On Thursday (April 3), as part of the Thursday Artist Talk speaker series at the Surrey Art Gallery, the White Rock-based artist will show how she uses pastels across a broad array of subjects, including flora and fauna.

After initially being frustrated by pastels, she discovered materials and methods that changed her attitude towards this versatile medium.

“Pastels in 2014 offer ways of working that rival other media, with few limitations – except your imagination," she says.

The talk is free and begins at 7 p.m. There will be time for questions and conversation.

The Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave. Phone 604-501-5566 or check www.surrey.ca/artgallery for more information.

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