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Member Biography

Pat Meras Photo

ARTIST STATEMENT

"It intrigues me how light elevates a commonplace landscape to an extraordinary one. I strive for my paintings to be a lyrical account of that unique fleeting moment in time. My intent is simply to convey an emotional and intuitive response to the mystery and serenity of the landscape in light and shadow. Hopefully, I compel the viewers to interpret my work from their own rich pool of memories, impressions and experiences, and in a little different way each time they encounter it.

For many years my focus was on drawing from a live model. Later I experimented with various printmaking techniques. Then, desiring to return to a more painterly approach, I found pastel to be a wonderful link between painting and drawing. The pastels' ability to maintain an integrity of individual strokes, combined with the liveliness of its colors, foster a passionate poetic language."

A native of Montana, Pat received her BA in Applied Art from Montana State University, Bozeman, which included studies abroad in Italy and Holland. Since then she has studied with numerous well-known artists from around the country.

Limited Editions and Fine Art Reproductions of some of her pastels are being produced and distributed by Grand Image of Seattle (www.grandimage.com). Fine Art Reproductions have been produced and distributed by Winn Devon Art Group of Seattle as well. They are available from their catalogs at frameshops, postershops and galleries, or directly from the artist. Open edition prints are also available on the Larson Juhl Frame Company website, www.artaissance.com

JURIED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

2014

  • 16th Annual Pastel Journal Magazine 100 Competition, Third Place Landscape
  • Nature's Gift of Water, Plein Air WA, American Art Co., Tacoma
  • 15th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA
  • 12th Annual PAL Open Show, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA, First Place
  • NPS Members Exhibit, Allied Arts Gallery, Richland, WA, Juror's Award (Fourth Place)
  • NPS 28th Annual International Exhibition, American Art Company, Tacoma, WA

2013

  • Washington State Parks Exhibit, American Art Co, Tacoma, WA
  • NPS Members Exhibit, Schack Art Center, Everett, WA, Juror's Award
  • 15th Annual Pastel Journal Magazine 100 Competition, Honorable Mention Landscape
  • Pastel Society of America 41th Annual "Enduring Brillliance" New York, NY
  • 11th PAL Open Show, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA Third Place Jurors Award
  • 14th Annual HHM Maritime Exhibit, Gig Harbor, WA Honorable Mention
  • Uptown Show, Gig Harbor, WA, People's Choice Award
  • NPS 27th Annual Open International Exhibition, American Art Company, Tacoma, WA
  • Art of the Run, Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT
  • Western Masters Show & Off The Wall Auction, Heritage Inn, Great Falls, MT

2012

  • NPS 26th International Open, American Art Co., Tacoma
  • Maritime Open, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor
  • National Icons of the West, Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT

2011

  • NPS Members' Exhibition, Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA - Award of Merit
  • NPS 25th International, American Art Co., Bill McEnroe Award
  • 9th Annual Open Exhibition, Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3rd Place
  • Maritime Art Exhibit, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor
  • Chosen as 2011 Gig Harbor Garden Tour Print Artist

2010

  • NPS Members' Exhibition, Blue Horse Gallery, Bellingham, WA
  • NPS 24th International, American Art Co., Tacoma, WA

2009

  • Women Painters of WA at American Art Co, Tacoma, WA
  • Peninsula Art League Open Juried Exhibit, Gig Harbor, WA Painting chosen for showcard
  • WPW Members Show, New Dimensions Gallery, Bellevue, WA
  • NPS Members Exhibit, Blue Horse Gallery, Bellingham, WA
  • Art of Our Mothers, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds, WA

2008

  • Northwest Pastel Society Members' Exhibit, Mercer Island Gallery, WA, Award of Merit
  • NPS 22nd International Open Exhibition, American Art Co., Tacoma, WA
  • NPS First Annual Signature/Distinguished Pastelist Invitational, Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA

2007

  • Northwest Pastel Society Members' Exhibit, Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA
  • NPS International Open Exhibition, American Art Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Women Painters of Washington Statewide Open Show, WA State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle

2006

  • NPS 20th Open International, Harbor Gallery, Gig Harbor, WA (NPS Directors' Award)
  • Northwest Pastel Society Special Members' Exhibit, WSCTC Seattle (Award of Merit)
  • WPW Abstracted Landscape Show, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Fourth Annual Peninsula Art League Open Exhibit, Gig Harbor, WA
  • Dakota Art Pastels 2006-2007 Catalog, Cover Contest Winner (Second Prize)

2005

  • NPS 19th Open International, Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA (Best of Show)
  • Northwest Pastel Society Members Exhibit, Ideation Gallery, Olympia, WA (Award of Merit)
  • Third Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition, Gig Harbor, WA

2004

  • NPS 18th Open International, Snohomish County Arts Council Gallery, Everett, WA (HK Holbein Award of Excellence)
  • WPW Members Show, Flamingo Gallery, Renton, WA
  • Second Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition, Gig Harbor, WA

2003

  • Pastel Society of America Curator Series Exhibition, Marquis Gallery, National Arts Club, New York, NY
  • WPW Harbor Gallery Show, Gig Harbor, WA
  • WPW Show at Arts West Gallery, West Seattle, WA
  • NPS Members Exhibit, Roby King Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA (NPS Directors Award and Honorable Mention)
  • NPS International, Art Institute of Seattle

2002

  • Puget Sound Country Exhibition, Stillwater Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Pastel Society of America Signature Members Exhibit, Hanson Gallery, Knoxville, TN
  • WPW Members Show, Burien Arts Gallery, Burien, WA (Northwest Pastel Society Award)
  • NPS Members Show, Flamingo Gallery, Renton, WA (Honorable Mention)
  • NPS International, Harbor Gallery, Gig Harbor, WA
  • "Primary Colors" WPW Exhibit, North Seattle Community College, WA
  • Associated Pastelists On The Web, (Contest Winner)

2001

  • NPS Open International, WA State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle, WA (Diane Townsend Award)
  • "Epic Passages" WPW & Puget Sound Group of NW Painters, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA
  • "Eclectic Visions" WPW, Sidney Art Gallery, Port Orchard, WA (Bellevue Art and Frame Award)
  • NPS Members Exhibit, Firdale Gallery, Edmonds, WA

2000

  • Pastel Society of Oregon National, Umpqua Valley Arts Center, Roseburg, OR (University of Oregon Art Media Award)
  • NPS Open International, Harbor Gallery, Gig Harbor, WA (Dakota Art Award and ADG Printing Award)
  • "Millennium Images" WPW, WA State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle, WA
  • Maritime Fest Art Show, Tacoma, WA (Honorable Mention)
  • Pacific Gallery Artists Annual, Tacoma, WA (Honorable Mention)

1999

  • Western WA State Fair Fine Art Show, (Third Place Drawing Division)
  • NPS Premier Members Show, Alder Gallery, Eugene, OR
  • Pacific Gallery Artists Annual, Tacoma, WA (Honorable Mention)

1998

  • International Association of Pastel Societies Open, Colorado History Museum, Denver, CO
  • NPS Open International, Everett Center for the Arts, Everett, WA (Cheap Joe's Award)
  • Peninsula Art League Exhibit, Gig Harbor, WA (Best of Show Awards, '98, '97 & '95)

 

SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITS, NON JURIED

2014

  • Solo Exhibit, "View From Abroad", American Art Company, Tacoma
  • Solo Exhibit, Full Moon Gallery, Gig Harbor, WA
  • Solo Show, Caldwell Banker Bain, Gig Harbor, WA
  • Gig Harbor Garden Tour Show, Kimball Gallery, Gig Harbor, WA
  • Sidney Gallery Garden Show, Port Orchard, WA
  • Scott Milo Gallery, Five Artists, Anacortes, WA
  • MEET US IN MEXICO, Kimball Gallery, Gig Harbor
  • "Splash," Harbor History Museum Auction, Gig Harbor, WA

2013

  • Solo Exhibit, Morso, Gig Harbor, WA
  • Solo Exhibit, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA
  • 11th Annual Western MT Plein Air Paintout & Exhibition, Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT
  • Art of the Run, Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT
  • Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour

2012

  • "Splash," Harbor History Museum Auction, Gig Harbor, WA
  • Solo Show, Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA
  • Solo Show, Sidney Gallery, Port Orchard, WA
  • 10th Annual Western Montana Plein Air Paint Out & Exhibition, Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT
  • NPS at East Shore Gallery, Bellevue, WA
  • 10th Northwest Biennial Exhibit, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
  • "Intertwined, Requiem for the Trees," WA State History Museum, Tacoma, WA
  • American Art Company Artists Exhibit, AAC, Tacoma, WA

2011

  • "Intertwined, Requiem for the Trees," Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA
  • "En Plein Air," The Lodge at Mallard's Landing, Gig Harbor, WA
  • 9th Annual Western Montana Invitational Plein Air Paint Out and Exhibition, Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT
  • Columbia Tower Club Exhibit, Columbia Center, Seattle, WA
  • "Inspirations," Women Painters of WA Gallery, Columbia Center, Seattle, WA
  • NPS Annual Signature/Distinguished Pastellist Exhibition, Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA

2010

  • WPW Fall Exhibit, Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Columbia Center, Seattle
  • NPS Signature Pastellists, Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA, Showcard artist
  • Two Waters Arts Alliance Spring Fling, Featured Artist & Poster Artist
  • Trillium Creek Winery, Home, WA, Two Person Show

2009

  • Harbor Gallery, Featured Artist, Gig Harbor, WA
  • Olympic Gallery, Shelton, Solo Show
  • Trillium Creek Winery, Lakebay, WA, 2 person show
  • Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour, Featured Artist
  • NPS First Annual Signature/Distinguished Pastelist Int'l, Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA
  • Whidbey/Camano Landtrust Invitational, Gallery By the Bay, Stanwood, WA
  • Vashon Island Plein Air Paintings, The Hardware Store Restaurant and Gallery, WA
  • Harbor Gallery Plein Air Show, Gig Harbor, WA

2008

  • Trillium Creek Winery, Lakebay, WA, Solo
  • Kimball Gallery, Gig Harbor, WA, "Go Figure"

2007

  • Gallery 10, "Plein Air Painters," Lopez Island, WA
  • Kimball Gallery, Gig Harbor, WA, Featured Artist
  • Esquire Deposition Services, Columbia Bldg, Seattle
  • WPW Membership Show, Arts Council of Snohomish, Everett, WA
  • Two Waters Arts Alliance Spring Fling, Vaughn, WA
  • Open House Gallery, Highlands at Somerset, Olympia, WA

2006

  • Columbia Center Gallery, Columbia Tower, Seattle
  • Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival, Solo
  • Franciscan Hospice House, Tacoma, WA, Solo

2005

  • Whatcom Museum, An Enduring Legacy: WPW, 1930-2005
  • WPW at Unique Art and Framing Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Tacoma Actors Guild, Solo Exhibit, Tacoma, WA
  • Canterwood Countryclub, Gig Harbor, WA

2004

  • WPW Exhibition, Esquire Deposition Services, Wells Fargo Plaza, Tacoma, WA
  • Harbor GAllery Spring Invitational, Gig Harbor, WA

2003

  • Karpeles Museum, Solo Exhibit, Tacoma
  • BON Macy's Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • NPS Signature and Distinguished Pastellists Invitational, Issaquah, WA
  • 2000 & 2003 Open Studio Tour, Gig Harbor
  • 2001,02 & 04,05 University of WA Medical Center, Women's Clinic, WPW, Seattle
    2000-02 Seattle Design Center, Veneman's, Solo Exhibit
  • 2001 "Regional Pastel Artists," Olympic College Invitational, Bremerton
  • 2000 Tacoma Art Museum's Open Studio Tour on the Peninsula
  • 2000 Austin Chase Coffee, Gig Harbor, Solo
  • 1999-01 Tacoma Art Museum's Night of Tacoma
  • 1999 Street of Dreams, Lacey, WA
    Gig Harbor Summer Art Fair Booth
  • 1998 Gig Harbor Cultural Arts Commission Anniversary Gala, featured artist
  • 1998 "Winner's Circle Invitational," Four Artists/1997 First Place Winners, Sidney Gallery, Port Orchard, WA

 

Pat Meras
Port Orchard, WA

(253)857-5081
www.patmeras.com
www.patmeras.blogspot.com

patmeras@wavecable.com

 

Horseshoe Lake Paradise Farewell
Horseshoe Lake Paradise Farewell - pastel


 

 

Green Transportation
Green Transportation - pastel

 

 

Montana Spring Thaw
Montana Spring Thaw - pastel

 

 

 

Whidbey Island Twilight
Whidbey Island Twilight - pastel

 

 

 

15/BokChoyRhubarbSwissChardBeets
BokChoyRhubarbSwissChardBeets - pastel

 

Treasure Hunters
Treasure Hunters - pastel


All Artwork Copyright
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

  • Judge, Helen Norris Open, Sidney Gallery, Port Orchard, WA
  • Juror, Western Washington State Fair Fine Art Exhibit
  • Tacoma Actors Guild Art Exhibitions Coordinator
  • Demonstrating Artist, Grand Opening, Tacoma Art Museum
  • Guest Artist, Demonstrator, School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley, Minnesota
  • Art Docent Instructor,Interurban Center for the Arts, Green River Community College
  • Coordinator & Art Docent, Art Awareness Program, Milton Elementary School
  • Volunteer Art Teacher, Fife/Milton School District
  • Judge, Demonstrator, Western WA State Fair Fine Art Show

PUBLICATIONS

  • Pastel Journal Magazine, Pastel 100 Competition, Apr 2015 issue
  • Pastel Journal Magazine, Pastel 100 Competition, Apr 2014 issue
  • Washington En Plein Air Volumes I,II,III,IV & V, Plein Air Painters of WA
  • Poster Artist for Blue Willow Lavender Farm Festival, Key Peninsula
  • Painting chosen to advertise the Gig Harbor Garden Tour, 2011
  • Best of America Pastel Artists, Volume 11, 2009 Kennedy Publishing
  • Celebrate The Key Peninsula, 2009 Key Peninsula News
  • Key Peninsula News, Jan 2008, "Key Peninsula Artist Has Worldwide Acclaim"
  • Peninsula Gateway, Sept 2007, "Painting Outside the Box"
  • Painting chosen for 2007 Kitsap Arts and Crafts Festival Commemorative Poster
  • Daniel Smith Reference Catalog 2005-2006, painting included in pastel section
  • An Enduring Legacy, Women Painters of WA, 1930-2005, painting included
  • Pastel Artist International Magazine, Master Pastel Artists of the World/US Showcase, May/June 2002
  • Pastel Journal Magazine, Patricia Meras: Painting Dreamy Landscapes, July/Aug 2002
  • Montana Skechbook
  • Cassette Cover Illustration, Trinity Musican Group

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

  • Beatrice Community Hospital & Health Center, Durango, CO
  • Swedish Hospital, Issaquah, WA
  • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle
  • Peninsula Library, Gig Harbor, WA
  • Tacoma Public Library
  • McFarland Cascade, Fife, WA
  • Ursaline Academy, Great Falls, MT
  • Havre County Public Library, Havre, MT

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Plein Air Washington
  • Pastel Society of America, Signature Member
  • NW Pastel Society, Signature Member
  • Women Painters of Washington
  • Peninsula Art League

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

  • American Art Company, Tacoma, WA
  • Women Painters of WA Gallery, Columbia Center, Seattle, WA
  • Sidney Gallery, Port Orchard, WA
  • Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT

 


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