Bettendorf Gallery Launches  New Event “First Friday @ Beréskin” Series

Bettendorf, IA (August 3, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) 

First-Time Event Features Debora L. Stewart, Award-Winning Pastel Artist

Part of gallery owner, Pat Bereskin’s, mission is to promote art to the Quad City community. “I wanted to bring in artists to expose the community to all different types of art”, says Beréskin. “I want to create an art experience for my customer where they can meet and interact with artists and their work”.  The gallery has future exhibits scheduled by award-winning artists from all over the country.

Bereskin plans on holding a new artist reception each first Friday of the month where the exhibiting artist will be at the gallery, hold an art talk and be available for questions while they exhibit their work. Guests can enjoy refreshments and music while they view the new exhibit. Some artists will also hold classes or seminars in conjunction with their exhibit.

August Exhibit “Return to the Garden” by Debora L. Stewart, Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Master’s Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies will be featured during the gallery’s “First Friday” event. Her pastels have won awards from Pastel Journal Magazine, International Artist Magazine and the Pastel Society of America.  Her work has been included in many national and international juried exhibitions.  She exhibited in the pastel invitational exhibit Pastel en Perigord, St. Aulaye, France July of 2016.  She has also been a featured artist in the French magazine Pratique des Artes July 2018. The event will be held on Friday, August 3 from 5:50 to 7:30 with an art talk at 6 p.m.  Stewart is a sought after instructor by pastel societies, art guilds and schools. She will hold a seminar on August 4th and 5th. Students can attend one or both days. Visit for more information or to register. The show opens on July 28 and runs through September 1st .

Debora L. Stewart  - Artist Statement
Drawing is the foundation of all I do.  I love the act of drawing and making marks on paper.  I have always drawn flowers and plants and continue to keep sketchbooks of garden drawings.  I use these drawings in my abstract pastels and paintings on canvas.  Inspiration for color often comes from walks through a park, garden or neighborhood.  I travel a lot and am inspired by the various environments that I see.  What I see and experience creates an impact, which later comes out in lines and colors.  Much of my process involves journaling, visualizing, recording ideas into a sketchbook and creating small studies before I begin a larger piece.  I work with both soft pastel and acrylic mixed media on canvas.  I am very passionate about the medium of soft pastel.  Pastel has allowed me to work quickly and intuitively which has helped me develop an abstract style.  Soft pastel is a brilliant medium that creates a luminous appearance.  Painting on canvas brings another dimension to my work.  I love working large with various brushes and mark making tools.  I often begin an acrylic painting after finishing a pastel.  The colors and mark making of the pastel often inspire the painting on canvas.  Most of my work reflects nature and gardens.  The garden is symbolic of emergence, growth, change and the fleeting beauty of life.

For additional information on the exhibit and class please contact Pat at the gallery, 2967 State Street, Bettendorf or

Beréskin Fine Art Gallery and Studio represents twenty two full time artists along with rotating guest artist exhibits. They offer classes for all ages and skill levels through the gallery and Mrs. B’s School of Art. Their goal is to provide the community a warm and friendly environment conducive to collaboration and learning about art.

Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy • 2967 State Street • Bettendorf, Iowa
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