A noted Traverse City artist is leading an American delegation of eleven painters to the prestigious Pintores Pastelistas Espanoles International Salon Show in Oviedo, Spain next month.
“Six of these artists are Hall of Fame honorees at the Pastel Society of America in New York. This is a pretty prestigious group,” Bill Hosner tells The Ticker. “I’ve known all of these artists personally for 20 years and this is an opportunity to recognize people I have always admired. From California, Oregon, Colorado, Michigan, Louisiana and New York, these artists make an excellent representation of some of the best pastel painting being created in America today. Their work is the best of the best.”
Hosner was chosen to lead the U.S. group after winning the top prize in a similar exhibition in France in 2009. Others to be featured in the Spanish show include Jason Chang, Lorenzo Chavez, Doug Dawson, Alan Flattmann, Jenny M. Lin, Kim Lordier, Richard McKinley, Elizabeth Mowry, Sally Strand and Duane Wakeham. The exhibition runs Nov. 21 to Dec. 7 in Oviedo, a city of 230,000 in northern Spain.
One of Hosner’s paintings has been chosen for the poster advertising the show. Her Attention, a 2011 work, was painted plein air at Good Harbor Beach and features model Audrey Fierberg of Leland.
Leaving TC on Nov. 7, Hosner will hand carry two paintings from each artist. To avoid taxes, the paintings must be designated for exhibition only and not for sale. Hosner will pack the unframed works, take them on the plane, clear customs, oversee matting and framing in Spain. After the show he will reverse the process and return the works to the painters.
Hosner plans to do his own paintings while in Spain. “I’ll be painting plein air,” he explains. “I want to put myself on the edge, make it a challenge.”
Hosner works in pastels, a medium that is pure pigment with no liquid binder that could cause the surface to darken, fade, yellow, crack, or blister over time. Pastel works from the 16th century exist today, as fresh as the day they were painted.
A Detroit native, he spent seventeen years producing illustrations for the likes of Readers Digest, Field and Stream Magazine, CBS-Fox Video and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
At the peak of a successful career in commercial art, Hosner rededicated himself to fine art painting. He moved to Petoskey in 2005, then to The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and, in 2008, to his current studio on Woodmere Avenue.