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Malden Public Library to host ‘Jellyfish’ pastel painting workshop

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  Award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack will present “Jellyfish” – a Zoom pastel painting workshop for adults and teens 18-plus – hosted by the Malden Public Library on March 7 from 6-8 p.m. In this new, highly researched two-hour workshop, there are so many jellyfish, with varied anatomies, complexities and colors…what workshop can offer more creative possibilities? This fun, two-hour workshop (with materials included) guides everyone in producing their very own personalized and original pastel of a stunning jellyfish. The possibilities are unfathomable.

  This is a workshop designed for sheer beginners to advanced participants. Please call 781-324-0218 to preregister. The Zoom link and instructions on picking up materials will be emailed.

  All are excited in seeing the colors produced by pastels in their creation of subtle colors as everyone becomes experts at blending pastel. For the first time, creating translucency will be our special effect. As always, all will keep their 12×18 painting. All are supplied pastels, pencils, paper, blending material and photo references of various and sundry jellyfish for ideas.

  Maichack, who lives in the Berkshires, is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels. He received of the Award of Merit from the Bennington Center for the Arts: Impressions of New England Show 2003; he was alsoawarded the Savoir-Faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Maichack was commissioned by Westfield State College to paint the pastel portrait of the past president of Westfield State University, Dr. Frederick Woodward,

which was unveiled at the dedication of the Woodward Center; and pastel painted dictionary great Charles Merriam,which was unveiled by Merriam-Webster, Inc. at the Merriam-Gilbert Public Library. He has been in many national juried shows and was awarded numerous Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. In addition to portraiture, his still life and landscapes are represented by galleries from Kennebunkport, Maine, to San Francisco, Calif. Maichack’s pastel paintings have been selected twice for the Annual National Exhibition of the Academic Artists Association, and as a result Maichack was invited to be a member of this prestigious organization.

  Maichack is accepting requests to do commissioned pastel paintings. Please e-mail Maichack at EmJay7@aol.com.

  Visit his new website at www.GregoryMaichack.com.

  Maichack has been a faculty member of the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle inSpringfield and taught at Holyoke and Greenfield Community Colleges, Westfield State University, East Works and theMuseum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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