EVENTS AT A GLANCE
Vashon Allied Arts, April in the Gallery
Two-person show with Cory Wynn
Opening reception Friday, April 5, 2013, 6--9 p.m.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
July 5--7, 2013
Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair
July 26--28, 2013
Art in the Pearl
August 30--31 and September 1, 2013
RECENT NEWS AT A GLANCE:
Second Place Award and Honorable Mention, The Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 Competition, April 2013 Issue
"Fleeting Beauty: Collecting Floral and Botanical Art," American Art Collector Magazine, March 2013: Three paintings published.
Juror for Entry, Art in the Pearl, 2013
OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS:
Museum Purchase and Award at the Salon International of Pastels in Saint Aulaye, Dordogne, France:
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to have some of my work published in the French pastel magazine, Pratique des Arts. That lucky encounter was a gift that kept giving. Soon after, I received a lovely email from Michel Bordas, a well-known and highly accomplished French pastelist and president of the Pastel Association of Perigord. He invited me to participate in the Salon International of Pastels in Saint Aulaye, Dordogne, in the southwest region of France. The exhibit ran August 13 – 28, 2011 and included work from 70 pastellists from around the world. Pratique des Arts ran a four-page feature on my work, “Au Coeur du Monde Végétal,” to coincide with the salon. After the salon ended, I received news that my work had earned the Award for Creativity (and thus a set of 75 Girault pastels), and that the town of St. Aulaye had purchased one of my pastels, Night Flight Study, for its newly-inaugurated pastel museum.
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett Art Project
After a long selection process, I was chosen as a contributor to the Providence Regional Medical Center Art Project in Everett. They commissioned me to create a 3' x 4' oil painting based on my earlier work, Ascension, pictured below. The piece was shipped to the representatives' office in May, where it was re-stretched and framed for installation in Everett. The piece now resides in an alcove in the medical center's tenth floor lobby.
Jennifer Larue has written a thoughtful feature piece on my artwork, process and studio. Read it here.
An article by Kate Spencer corresponding to my 2011 Spokane Club show can be seen here. Article begins on page 18.
My artwork, studio and self are the subjects of this public television feature:
Pastel Journal Feature Article Excerpts:
"Grasses, leaves and flowers take center stage in the work of Pacific Northwest artist, Sheila M. Evans. Closely-cropped and in various stages of growth---twisting, mingling and folding---they fill and overflow the page. By magnifying these simple forms, Evans pulls us into a space that is at once refined and fluid. Bathing her subjects in soft, iridescent light, she conjures and otherworldliness that approaches abstraction."
"What most characterizes Evans' finely nuanced paintings is a sense of mystery and fluidity. The sinuous leaves, moving in and out of light, beckon us along their undulating pathways, all the while entrancing us with their ethereal beauty. To encounter these paintings is to enter an otherworldly realm at once beguiling and soothing: it's to yield to a primordial energy---one that stirs as imperceptibly as leaves do."
"Sheila Evans’s work is beautiful, lyrical and sensitive. She draws like a demon and her subtle, intuitive sense of color makes me think of Turner or Constable – or the hues you hear in a Yo-Yo Ma cello solo.
- Ben Mitchell, Senior Curator of Art, Northwest Museum of Art and Culture
"Ever notice how the sunset seems to burst forth with exuberant color just before the sun dies into the horizon? That's the feeling of a Sheila Evans pastel. Her luxurious pastels and oil paintings are infused with color, even as the extreme close-ups of leaves, petals, seedpods and other vegetation twist and turn in the last vestiges of life. The color, although permanent, seems fleeting, enhanced by the small, intimate marks that are characteristic of pastel. Her paintings hum with energy."
- Carrie Scozzaro. The Pacific Northwest Inlander (February 4 - 10, 2010): 21