Art league brings international guest
August 25, 2005
Urania Christy Tarbet, the presenter/demonstrator for the Tahoe Art League Wednesday meeting, is an internationally renowned pastel artist. She is the founder/president of the International Association of Pastel Societies, established in 1994. She has also designed a special pastel desk/easel, known as Urania’s Desk.
As a young child, Tarbet was greatly influenced by her famous cousin, Howard Chandler Christy, noted illustrator and portrait artist. Her official art education began at Pasadena College, followed by two years of intense studies at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, and Sergei Bongart School of Art, Santa Monica.
Workshops with nationally known artists Joyce Pike, Albert Handell, Daniel Greene and Claude Ellington served to hone and refine her skills. When she began to paint seriously in 1978, she was honored by the mentorship of two great artist friends, Renold Brown, art director at Fox Studio, and Karl Albert, noted California desert painter.
The French Impressionists have had a definite influence on her work; Monet for his exquisite color and Degas for his keen eye for drawing and composition. Working with pastels gives her the excitement of creating vibrant works that glow from within.
Tarbet holds membership in numerous art and pastel societies and is the recipient of more than 100 ribbons, trophies and cash awards.
Tarbet gives a glimmer of her art philosophy in the following quote: “In this day and age, the world is greatly in need of beautiful paintings to relieve our minds of the daily news and its negative input into our mind and spirits – this is what I hope to present with my work of florals and landscapes – view them, enter them, stay for an extended time, and walk away with peace and joy.”
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Travel and painting throughout the United States and Europe has increased her love for the joy of plein air painting; with most of her major works created from field sketches. Just this summer Tarbet has been painting in France and she is currently giving a workshop in County Clare, Ireland. She will return to her home in Pollock Pines in time to come to Tahoe for the TAL meeting on Sept. 14.
Members, guests and potential new members are all invited to the TAL meetings, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Art Building, 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd., between the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the Senior Center. In addition to the meeting and presentation, there is an art contest each month. The three winning pieces hang at the Chamber of Commerce for the following month.
To learn more about TAL, view the league’s Web site at http://www.tahoeartleague.org or call (530) 577-2604 or (775) 588-3579.