I traveled to Alburquerque New Mexico for the 10th bi annual IAPS convention. (IAPS) International Association of Pastel Societies.
What a wonderful time I had.
I left Denver at 5 am on Wednesday the 5th of June 2013. Stoped in Taos NM for lunch and to site see for a few hours before heading in to alburquerque. Upon my arrival at the Hotel Alburquerque I ran into many old friends and meet several new one. This went on till monday evening, meeting old friends and making new one. Wednesday evening I enjoyed the 2013 IAPS Pastel world Exhibition which included the 2nd Masters Circle and the 22nd Juried Exhibition. The incredible art work in these show was just that incredible and held in the same location.
Works by Liz Haywood Sullivan, Gary Huber, Barbara Jaenicke, Alen Flattmann,Sally Strand, Mike Beeman, Tom Christopher, Diane Fechenbach, Karen Margulis, Diane Rappisi, Marsha Savage, Lorraine Trenholm, Kim Lordier, & Casey Klahn to name a few, as well as a few of the Teachers and Demo artist like Stan Sperlak, Doug Dawson, Lorenzo Chavez, Desmond O'Hagan.
I had the honor of having dinner with Stan Sperlak, Kim Lordier, Dan Peck, Terry Ludwig, Marsha Savage, and many others,
Thurday morning I had the honor to go out and paint with Stan, Kim & Dan as well. There were dinners I attended Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, as well, the food was great and the company & conversations was even better. Friday was the opening of the famed Candy store where the vendors displayed their wares, WOW was this a site to see. Many of the vendors had great artist doing Demos at their boths, names like Lee McVey, Margaret Evans, Natasha Isenhour. Monday before I returned to Denver I went out and painted with the most incredible group of artist, The phot above includes from lert to right Rich & Peggy Orbon, Gary Huber
John Haile, Virginia Unseld, Dan Peck, Jeanne Smith, Marsha Savage, Clark Mitchell, Barbara Jaenicke,
Lee McVey, Tom Christopher, Stan Sperlak, Lorenzo Chavez, Kim Lordier, and me Scott Leckrone. not seen in this photo who painted with us but had to leave early was Margaret Evans. I had a wonderful time, and I thank everyone for their kindness