December 31, 2011

FOUND, More best pocket memories from 2011?

After all the sculpture, architecture and music of foreign lands I did have wonderful aesthetic experiences here in the USA. Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvannia was a delightful experience on my return from France, . I love finding places that have been made beautiful as the result of someone's passion. The art at Longwood Gardens is the plant life. So I vote for Longwood Gardens as #8 to fill my aesthetic pockets of 2011. Thanks to Pierre du Pont and the purchase of land from William Penn in the 1700's and du Pont's desire to emulate some gardens in Europe.

9. In August I  had the good fortune to meet Richard McKinley, pastel artist. He was a juror for an art show I entered. I was struck by his kindness and willingness to share his enthusiasm for pastels. Introduce yourself to him at

10. Finally # 10 meeting and seeing the work of pastel artists whose work I had previously been inspired by in book, magazines and the internet. First Sandra Burshell, as she did a demo and talked about her process of working with pastels;
Then take a look at some other pastelists featured at the Abend Gallery exhibition here in Denver. I will put in their links so you can really investigate them.
Pastel by Sandra Burshell

Contemporary abstract pastel by Deborah Stewart
Denver pastelist Connie Renner
Margaret Dyer

Pastel by John Roush
 I was able to edit down many wonderful aesthetic experiences and select just these 10. A very interesting experience and makes me realize how fortunate a year it has been. 
Happy New Year !!
Albert Handell
Here's to filling your Pockets with wonderful Aesthetic (ARTY) 
Experiences in the coming year.

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