Christine Debrosky: 'Arid Pathways' Desert
Forms in PastelExhibit September 2013

          As an impressionist painter Christine Debrosky's interest in the landscape is not just in merely rendering a particular view, but more about the way light plays across her chosen subject at a particular time of day. Having relocated to Arizona fairly recently from the verdant Hudson River Valley of upstate New York, the contrasting subtle desert hues, exposed earth , and the varied textures and forms of arid plants , at first, seemed otherworldly to her. She quickly set out to complete much work on location, plein air painting often as possible, to become accustomed to her new surroundings.The Arboretum is pleased to host a solo exhibition of her new works and desert landscapes in our visitor center gallery during the month of September.

           Have you ever seen a pastel painting in a gallery or museum, and wondered about just how they are done? Pastel is pure pigment in stick form; Christine finds the dusty, dry material perfectly suitable for rendering the brilliantly illuminated hues of the arid landscape. Debrosky, a pastel master, will be presenting a "meet the artist" informal talk, demo and reception at the Boyce Thompson arboretum on Saturday, September 14, from 1-3p.m.. She will be working on a painting, right before your eyes, with her rainbow assortment of pastel sticks, using the set up that she takes out on location plein air painting. Attendees will be able to meet her, ask questions, and view her work first hand, as it is created, in conjunction with her exhibition of original paintings in the gallery.
This presentation is geared for all generations of art lovers.

           She has exhibited her award-winning paintings extensively across the US and Europe, garnering rainbows of ribbons along the way, with such prestigious groups as the American Impressionist Society, the Oil Painters of America, the Societe des Pastellistes de France, and in numerous solo gallery exhibitions. Her work has been featured in national and international magazine articles, as well as five books on painting. Public collections that feature her work are those of Standard & Poor's, McGraw- Hill, and Pfizer Inc., as well as numerous hospitals, universities, and nursing facilities. Her work has been selected for the sets of "Nights in Rodanthe" , a Hollywood film, and "Hart of Dixie", a popular television show. Since 1995, she has been listed in Who's Who of American Art.
           Recently, she was honored with the selection of one of her Sedona desert paintings chosen as the image for the pastel society of France's exhibition posters , invitations , and billboards for this year's international exhibition. Another milestone this year was induction into the International Association of Pastel Society's Master Circle.

"My work celebrates the rhythm of life in everyday moments transformed by the dance of sun light and shadow," said Debrosky. " I am delighted to share my interpretation of the beautifully varied mosaic of desert life."

         Debrosky's original paintings will be available at prices ranging from $180 to 3250; works chosen for this show range from small pieces six-inches-square to a large 24-by-36 inch work. Tto inquire about specific pieces or else email Christine Debrosky or call the artist at 845-658-9250; see more of her work at
         Boyce Thompson Arboretum is at highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior, a drive of about 45 minutes due East of Mesa. From September-through-April visitors are admitted from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Arboretum closes at 5:00 p.m. May-through-august hours are 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. New exhibits begin each month and may be seen daily during business hours; the Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where our gallery is found. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit.

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Elaine Dube Paintings, December 2012-January 2013

Bud Heiss Paintings, November 2012

Then And Now Historical Photos, October 2012

Paul Landau
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Legumes of Arizona March - May, 2012

Mesa Art League September-October, 2011

Kim Hosey July-August, 2011

Legumes of ArizonaMay-Jun, 2011

Pima College & CACApril, 2011

Jim BurnsMarch, 2011

Kay Cummings
February, 2011

Paul Kinslow January, 2011

Mesa Arts League September, 2010

Rick Cameron April , 2010

Nan Lawrence March, 2010

Barbara Atkinson
February, 2010

Nancy Matus
January, 2010

Barbara Cox
December, 2009

Margaret Whittaker
November, 2009

Artists of the Superstitions
October, 2009

Marilyn Barton
September, 2009

Gila Community College August, 2009

Deborah A. Lee June, 2009

Margie Porter May, 2009

Timm Chapman January, 2009

Paul Kinslow December, 2008

Maggie Leef November 2008

Sharon Sieben October 2008

Nicole Royse September 2008

Judy Bottler Photography May 2008

Bob Estrin Photography April 2008

Mary Isham Watercolors March 200

Susan Strom and Cathy Franklin Lightning Photography February, 2008

Arizona State Parks Plein Air Paintings January, 2008

Carolyn Gray & Connie Thomas December, 2007

Jean Sullivan November, 2007

Sue Cullumber October, 2007

Adriane Grimaldi September, 2007

Mesa Arts League June-July, 2007

Fred Charlton May, 2007

Paul Mudersbach March-April, 2007

Linda Kaiser February, 2007

Edith Kreueger-Nye December, 2006 - January, 2007

Cindy Carrillo October-November, 2006

Bob Rice September, 2006

Bud Heiss July-August, 2006

Mesa Arts League June-July, 2006

Sandy Tracey April-May, 2006

CJ Rider March, 2006

Jessica Green February, 2006

Steve Davidson January, 2006

Don & Carole Schupp December, 2005

Carolyn Gray November, 2005

Martha Burgess October, 2005

Boeing Photographers September, 2005

Lightning Lady Susan Strom July/August, 2005

Mesa Arts League June/July, 2005

Jeanette Bronson May, 2005

Tom Stanley April, 2005

Kathy McClure February-March, 2005

Pam Smyth January, 2005

Tina Faust December, 2004


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