The Chesterton Art
Center will host the Opening Reception for Mary Ann Pals and Larry Jensen on
Sunday, October 6, from 2-4 p.m.
The exhibit titled,
"In Our Nature" will showcase pastel pieces by Pals, and mixed media works
by Jensen, all with a nature theme. The show will hang at the Art Center
from October 3 through October 30.
Mary Ann Pals, of
Chesterton, is a pastel and charcoal artist. She regularly exhibits her work
in area, national, and international shows and art fairs. She is a member of
two nationally recognized pastel societies: Great Lakes Pastel Society and
Chicago Pastel Painters. Pals has also received Master Circle status from
the International Association of Pastel Societies. In 2008, she was honored
to have her pastel painting of a Lake Michigan sunset chosen by Indiana's
Lieutenant Governor to hang in the Indiana Statehouse for one year. In 2013,
she had a drawing published in the highly acclaimed art series, Strokes of
Genius 5, and in 2018 she received Fourth Place in the Animal/Wildlife
category of Pastel Journal magazine's Pastel 100 competition.
teaching drawing and pastel painting to adults and teens. Artwork is her
passion. She enjoys creating lifelike scenes that depicts natural beauty.
She has traveled extensively with her family across the US, hiking, bird
watching, and taking lots of reference photos. Her frequent travels provide
her with a rich library of visual images and memories. “Nature says it best.
I just embellish the tale,” Pals said.
first wood project was a small barn his father taught him to build using
orange crate slats. Later, he was given a Gilbert chemistry set, and his
grandfather helped him build a table on which to do his stinky experiments.
In junior high all boys were required to take shop classes, one of which was
woodworking. There he used a lathe to make handles for a foot stool. These
skills lay latent until his late twenties when Larry met his future wife and
they went to the Smoky Mountains. There he scavenged a walnut board scrap
from a dulcimer maker and fashioned a table for her, a present which she
about 1994, while visiting a longtime friend in Milwaukee, Larry was asked
if he would like to buy an old (circa 1934) lathe for a mere $100. That
began Lars’ career of woodturning. Recently he has merged wood and epoxy
resin tinted with colorful, texturous powders (blue corn meal, coffee
grounds, pastel chalk). In 2009 he was accepted as the IN Dunes National
Lakeshore’s Artist-in-Residence. For the required exhibit he created the
book, Turning Timbers, showing art turnings from 41 trees indigenous
to the National Lakeshore. Now, in 2019, he has created a companion book,
In My Nature, using the same format as the original - 41 trees, plus
reception, Mary Ann will do a pastel demonstration of a fall scene using
Ludwig Pastels. Larry will have show 'n tell with samples of the various
woods he incorporates into his work, along with a copy of his latest book.
The Chesterton Art
Center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton. For a full list of upcoming
events, please see the website at