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During 2014, in addition to teaching four workshops in Clifton, VA, Boothbay Harbor, ME, Edenton, NC and Woodstock, VA, Jack spent 12 additional days in Maine in August painting every morning and afternoon to get the golden light. The scenery was wonderful and the weather cooperated for the entire trip. He met artists from the Plein Air Painters of Maine and painted with them on one of their paintouts at Mill Pond. Some of the locations were coves and the ocean at Ocean Point. To view some of the painting from this trip, click here.

The big events for 2013 were the 100th Anniversary exhibitions of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, in Washington, DC. The multi event celebration began in April with and exhibition at the Arts Club of Washington followed by an exhibition at the McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD. Jack always enjoys meeting you at any of the planned events! To learn about the future exhibitions planned by WSLP, click here.

During 2013 Jack held four workshops. The first was on the Outer Banks, NC from April 29 - May 3. That workshop was great for painting the beauty of the dunes while the sound of the ocean rings in your ears. Next, he was off to another one of his favorite places to have a workshop. Everybody is so friendly in Hendersonville, NC. That workshop was held at the Conn-Artist Studio & Gallery. Later in the year, he went to the deep south in Jessup, GA where he said a lot of "you alls". Finally he went back to Woodstock, VA to teach a three day workshop with the VECCA Group. One new change in the format of his workshops in 2013 was that he taught both pastel and oils. It was a lot of fun! He hopes to see everyone at one of his workshops in the future!

The Fall of 2012 was rather active with workshops in NH and the Mountains of VA. Jack had a great time with his students, and, as usual, he always comes away with a renewed feeling because, each time he does a workshop, he ends up re-teaching himself. Back in September, he had the pleasure of being in a wonderful Washington Society of Landscape Painter's exhibit at the Workhouse Gallery in Occoquan, VA. It was a fantastic space for artists to show their works.

January 2011, Jack was chosen as the next Box Top Artist with the Great American Art Works Pastel Co. in Cincinnati, OH. He traveled to Cincinnati where he met with Bob Strohsahl, the owner and President of the company, to choose the 78 colors that would make up the wooden box of 78 pastels that would have his name on it. He picked those he considered the right colors that will make the set work in most plein air situations. To learn more about the trip, click here.

On July 25, 2010, Jack joined several members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters for a paintout in plein air held at Belle Haven Marina, Alexandria, VA. To view a slideshow of this paintout, click here.

Jack at Belle Haven Marina Paintout
Jack Pardue at Belle Haven Marina Paintout Painting by Jack Pardue at Belle Haven Marina Painting by Jack Pardue at Belle Haven Marina

July 1 through September 30, 2010, Jack participated in a group show titled "The Cheseapeake Bay and Beyond" with the Washington Society of Landscape Painters at the University of Maryland University Center, Marriott Conference Center. The exhibition took place at the University of Maryland University College Gallery and was sponsored by UMC, the Chesapeake Foundation and WSLP. His two paintings, Guardians of the Bay and Love Point, Abandoned, were well received. Click here to view the gallery of paintings from that show.

On April 10, 2010, Jack returned from Hendersonville, NC where he gave a free landscape pastel demonstration. He had a room full of artist, that had come from near and far to watch him paint. The demo started at 12 noon and Jack finished the demo at around 2:30 pm, while taking question from the those in attendance. He worked on a new pastel paper from France. It is called Pastelmat and has a very smooth feel to it, yet it does grab the pastel color very well. this surprised Jack that it would hold as much pastel as a sanded surface, which is what most pastelist work on today. The subject of his demo, was a lobster boat from Maine. See the photos of the afternoon demo event at the Conn-artist studios.

Jack beginning demo
Jack begins by talking about
his pastel painting technique

Jack's demo, stage 1
Demo in progress, stage 1
Jack's Demo, stage 2
Demo in progress, stage 2
Jack and Connie at free demo
Jack Pardue & Connie Vlahoulis
of the Conn-Artist Studio,
with the finished demo

During January 2010, Jack was in a group show of small paintings with the Washington Society of Landscape Painters at the American Painting Gallery in Washington, DC and he was the featured artist in the January 19th newsletter of "Guerrilla Painter" Carl Judson's Plein Air Journal. In July and August, he will be in a group show with WSLP at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Exhibit, Marriott Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD. Jack is also featured in the February 2010 issue of American Artist Magazine. Click here to view the article.

In 2009 Jack was in a group show of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters called "Near and Far Paintings by the Washington Society of Landscape Painters". The show was at the Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD. He also taught workshops in North Carolina, Colorado, Virginia, and Florida.

During 2008 Jack was fortunate enough to teach three workshops in Australia. The first week of the 31 days, Jack traveled along the south coast of eastern Australian and painted in "plein air" on his own. He says that this area was one of the most beautiful coastal areas and wished he had more time there to paint. After that he traveled back to Melbourne, he stayed with the Taylors, a wonderful artist, Anne, and her husband, who were most kind during the visit. Jack traveled from there to teach a workshop in Bright, Australia, a resort area above Melbourne, and then back to Melbourne for a pastel demonatration at the "ART IN ACTION" event. The following day, Jack did another demostration for the Victorian Pastel Society and the next he flew to Brisbane where he taught another workshop. The last workshop took place at a vineyard outside of Adelaide where he met many wonderful artist friends and he wants to return for another visit at some time in the future. The trip was long and tiring but very exciting. Below you will see some photographs of Jack when he was working in Australia.

Austrilia's South Coast
spacePainting of South Coast of Australia

Jack demonstrating in scenic Bright, Australia >

Jack Demoing in Australia
Jack painting in Monheagan Is., ME
spaceJack painting in Monheagan Is., ME 2008
spaceDemoing in Apalachicola, FL 2008 >

Jack teaching in Apalachicola, FL

For the past 30 years, Jack has created a painting for his own personal Christmas card. Below are two examples of cards he has created.

Maine Coast Christmas 2010
spaceMaine Coast Christmas 2010

Christmas Message 2010
spaceChristmas Message 2010

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