Local artist gives back to art world with pastel colors workshop

February 27, 2019

Local artist Marie Marfia hosted the first of two pastel art workshop sessions Tuesday at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.

The second session will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at 10 a.m.

The pastel basic class was the first class Marfia has taught at LACA and the session attracted six artists who spent the two-hour class exploring materials and learning processes of the creating art with pastel colors, including layering techniques.

Marfia, who “fell in love” with pastels in 2011, said the workshop offers her an opportunity to give back to the art world of which she’s been a part for most of her life. She owns The Bonafide Gallery located on James Street.

Mary Case, one of the participants in the Tuesday’s workshop, said she has always wanted to learn the about pastels, adding that she’s learned a lot from Marfia in a short amount of time.

“She is amazing,” Case said. “Pastel is something that I have always wanted to learn and master. Already I have learned so much in just an hour of this class.”

Case said the class has “opened up a whole new world” for her.

LACA Operations Manager Andrew Skinner said it’s a pleasure to host Marfia’s workshop.

“It is great having our local artists teach their own craft to other artists,” he said. “At LACA, we have a wide range of artists who specialize in different aspects of art. Having them share their particular talents with other artists is the great revolving door not, only for the artists who attend our events regularly, but for others who are just entering at the art center as well.”

LACA offers a variety of classes daily and this week is hosting an artist reception for contributors to the “Celebrating Women in the Arts” exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Also on Friday, LACA will host an open mic night at 7 p.m. On Saturday, March 2, the arts center will host the third annual Cajun Night dinner/dance fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m.