Girls on Art: A Passion for Pastels

The Jaffrey Civic Center is delighted to host a pastel exhibit featuring artists, Karen Israel, Maryann Mullet, and Pam Short. The exhibit runs from May 23 through June 25thin the upstairs Cunningham Gallery. An Opening Gallery Reception will be held on Friday, May 27th from 6-8 pm in the gallery and will include Scott Mullett playing the saxophone accompanied by Draa Hobbs on guitar. We hope you can join us.


About the Artists:


Karen Israel

A nationally recognized award-winning painter, holds Master Pastelist status in the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her work has been published in the Pastel Journal where she has twice won Third Place in the Portrait and in the Wildlife Categories of the Pastel 100. Karen has established herself as an accomplished artist through elevated status in professional art associations and through teaching and live demonstrations.  Karen is Signature Member and President of the Connecticut Pastel Society. Her work can be found in many private and public collections in the United States and Canada. Karen has had work exhibited at several museums and galleries in Connecticut and New York City, including the Salmagundi Club, The National Arts Club, The Slater Memorial Museum and the New Britain Museum of American Art.


Maryann Mullet

A Dublin resident, Maryann initially worked in graphic arts and illustration, switching to pastel painting six years ago.  Her inspiration comes from nature, whether it be close-up views of flora, luminous berries and vegetables, or birds and animals. She has won numerous awards for her paintings and has been published in national magazines.Painting feeds my soul. It relaxes me yet challenges me. It makes me feel complete. I am blessed to be able to paint and I’m enjoying the journey.” Maryann’s paintings can be viewed at


Pam Short – Artist Statement

“Painting gives me a sense of freedom and peace whether I’m outside with nature or in the studio painting a memory. I find inspiration in almost everything from the mountains to the ocean, farm to the city, snow to sand, pets and more.   There is beauty everywhere if we choose to see it. The list is endless.  I am drawn to light, shadows and atmosphere. When I choose to paint something, it’s moved me in some way or another. I hope that my work will awaken an emotion in the viewer as well.” Pam Short


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