Edmond Arts Association program to feature pastel artist Jude Tolar
EDMOND — Pastel artist Jude Tolar will provide a demonstration of her art during the upcoming meeting of the Edmond Arts Association.
Tolar will demonstrate how she paints with pastels at 7 p.m. Monday at the Edmond Fine Art Institute, 27 E Edwards St.
Tolar spent her childhood in southeast Kansas and Bartlesville, exploring outdoors and drawing indoors. But she set aside drawings and doodling for a psychology degree from Oklahoma State University.
Art followed her, though, and led her to a long career in graphic design/illustration in Oklahoma City and Stillwater. Her first art job was as the staff artist for the Metropolitan Library System. She additionally studied fine arts at the University of Oklahoma and wrote and illustrated children’s books.
In her mid-50s, Tolar turned to pastel painting, working mainly from life and often outdoors. She has become known for her outdoor trees and florals and indoor glass subjects.
Her pastel paintings have won five Best of Shows, plus awards in Plein Air Magazine’s Plein Air Salon and other national and international shows across the United States. Her work has been named to the top 100 pastels of the year three times by Pastel Journal magazine.
When not painting, Tolar gardens, hikes, reads or mows. She lives in Stillwater with her husband, their gardens and a studio full of pastels.
For more information on the artist, go to www.judetolar.com.