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Ayer Library offers Impressionist-style pastel workshop


AYER — Ayer Library will host award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack’s all-new workshop: “Pastel Paint like the Masters: Sublime Sunflowers,” on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This pastel painting workshop serves sheer beginners to advanced adult artists and is free and open to the public. Seats may fill quickly, so please call 978-772-8250 or stop by Ayer Library to pre-register.

Quickly learn how easy pastel painting is from Maichack’s long experience teaching pastel techniques. All strokes and techniques to produce an Impressionist pastel painting are shared: scumbling, blending, slurring, feathering, layering, fracturing and broken color, and master an effect many artists prize, Impressionist Shimmer.

As always, all will keep their pastel paintings and use hundreds of his professional-grade pastels, paper, and materials. Maichack’s workshops have been so well liked many libraries and senior centers have booked and rebooked him. This will be his sixth visit to Ayer Library, and the workshop is filled every year.

“Many patrons attend year after year. Others try drawing for the first time. Everyone takes home a beautiful piece of art they have created themselves. Greg is knowledgeable, supportive, and an excellent teacher,” said Julie Mason Lacey, assistant director.

Maichack lives in Holyoke. He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels and is the winner of the Award of Merit from the Bennington Center for the Arts: Impressions of New England Show 2003, and Savoir-faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society.

As well as his portraiture, his still lifes and landscapes are represented by galleries from Kennebunkport, Maine to San Francisco, California. Maichack is accepting requests to do portraits and various commissions to do pastel paintings. Please call (413) 532-3667 or e-mail Mr. Maichack at Visit his new web site at

Maichack is a faculty member at the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle in Springfield, MA, and also teaches at Greenfield Community College in their adult continuing education department.

“This project is supported in part by a grant from the Ayer Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”

The Ayer Public Library is located at 26 East Main St.