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Auburn's Arts Building Gallery hosts Pastel Society of the West Coast juried show

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The Arts Building Gallery presents the Pastel Society of the West Coast’s Juried Membership Show Aug. 7 through Sept. 29. The show is held every other year. This year features 95 paintings by 59 pastel artists.

Regional artists with works accepted into the show include Margo Schulzke, Susan Goodmundson and Paul M. Harman of Auburn; Priscilla E. Warddrip of Loomis; Jan Y. Miller of Roseville; Pat Stoddard Aragon and Joyce Williams of Newcastle; and Lucille Ratermann of Lincoln.

The juror for the show is Dug Waggoner. A Sacramento native, Waggoner’s natural drawing ability came early to him. Throughout his secondary schooling, the opportunity to use that skill was never far away, including being selected as staff artist for his high school newspaper. He sharpened and distilled his skills in the intense environment at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Graduating from there opened the door to a career in advertising design and illustration. Today, his drawing and painting skills have focused his eye in realizing his goal of producing fine art watercolor and pastel paintings. Waggoner is a Distinguished Pastelist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

To celebrate the art of pastel, a number of special events, demonstrations and receptions will be offered during the exhibit. 

On Saturday, Sept. 8, Richard McKinley will be presented with the Pastel Society of the West Coast’s Pastel Laureate Award at 1 p.m., followed by “A Conversation with Richard McKinley.”

McKinley has been a professional artist for 38 years and has more than 35 years of teaching experience. He writes a weekly blog for the Pastel Journal and has received many recognitions for his work

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn. For a full schedule of events, visit www.placerarts.org