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Pastel workshop Feb. 12 with artist Gregory J. Maichack.

OXFORD -- The Oxford Public Library, Main Street, will host pastel artist Gregory John Maichack's workshop, "The Scarlet Poppies: Pastel Paint Like Georgia O'Keeffe,'' from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12. This workshop is for adult beginners to advanced artists and is free. Registration is required; call (508) 987-6003, ext.3 or stop by the library's first floor circulation desk.

Mr. Maichack will provide insight into O'Keeffe's life and painting methods, demonstrate how to use pastels (as participants follow along), and coach participants as they attempt their own pastel paintings in O'Keeffe's style. Mr. Maichack provides all materials, including professional grade papers and hundreds of pastels.

"It's amazing to see adult beginners side-by-side with advanced pastelists enjoy and benefit from this deeply researched program,'' said Mr. Maichack, who has presented hundreds of similar workshops in pastel focusing on other artists' techniques, from daVinci to Monet to van Gogh.

Mr. Maichack, nominated twice for a Massachusetts Gold Star Program Award, will also display his original pastel artwork to illustrate his talk.

Mr. Maichack's workshops have been so well-liked, many libraries and senior centers have booked and rebooked him, often twice a year.

"What I heard through students' comments reflects a teaching style that is rare: Encouraging, positive and constructive, with information given in a style that students find approachable, accessible, and clear,'' wrote Melinda George-son, director of education at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Artist Gregory John Maichack lives in western Holyoke. He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels, and 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. He was commissioned by Westfield State College to paint the pastel portrait of the past college president, Dr. Frederick Woodward, which was unveiled at the dedication of the Woodward Center. He has been in many national juried shows and has been awarded hundreds of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants.

His still lifes and landscapes are represented by galleries from Kennebunkport, Maine, to San Francisco, California. Mr. Maichack is accepting requests to do portraits, and other commissions for pastel paintings. Call (413) 532-3667 or email Visit his new website at

Maichack is a faculty member at the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle in Springfield and at Greenfield Community College.

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