Referring to the show title, Christine explained in a press release, ” That’s what we refer to when painting with pastels. They contain exactly the same pigments as oils, acrylics, and watercolors, but without the drying effects or binders that can discolor with age. You can break them or pulverize them, add distilled water to them and roll the pigment up and let it dry. Voile! Another pastel stick has been born.”
Ivers received a bachelor’s of fine arts in painting and two-dimensional design from HartfordArtSchool in 1973 and found work in the advertising field for the last 40 years. She has been creative director at numerous ad agencies and in 1986 broke off on her own to start her own company. She works with artists in that crossover world of fine art and digital photography to teach them how to better promote themselves.
After raising four daughters, Chris returned to her passion and works in pastels and oils. She is the Past-President of the CT Pastel Society where she also holds Signature Artist Membership. She sits on the Board of Governors of Pastel Society of America and is a Board Member at Lyme Art Association. Chris is also a Master Pastelist Member of the Pastel Society of America, an Elected Artist Member at Lyme Art Association, Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists, and with Academic Artists of America. Other memberships are with CT Women Artists, Salmagundi Club NYC, and numerous other art organizations.
She has won numerous awards including Best in Show Awards at Connecticut Women Artists Juried Exhibit and at the New Britain Museum of American Art and has paintings in private collections throughout New England. Her paintings were chosen by the International Association of Pastel Societies as one of eight finalists worldwide in two of the IAPS cover competitions and placed First in Pastels in the Richeson 75 Landscape Show, WI. Her paintings, “Red on 5th” and “Salt” were chosen as two of Pastel Journal’s Top 100.
She was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle of Pastelists. She was twice juried into PaintAmerica’s Top 100 Artists with shows that traveled the country for two years visiting Galleries and Museums. Chris has been published in Best of American Artists Pastel Edition, Practiqué des Arts (a French publication featuring artists from around the world), American Art Collector Magazine, The Pastel Journal and was honored with the Art Spirit Foundation Silver Medal Award for Excellence in Pastel at the Salmagundi Club in NYC.
Chris and her husband David live in central Connecticut.
There will be an opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. A closing reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.
These and approximately 30 original paintings will be on exhibit at Paris In Plantsville during the month of November. Prints and signed Gicleés will also be available for purchase.
Paris in Plantsville is at 15 West Main St., Plantsville.