Friday, June 30, 2017

July Day (Gloucester Coast) 11 x 14 Uart 400 grit 8 Ply board

In Gloucester, Massachusetts they have a famous statue on the boulevard with the caption “They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships” dedicated to those that make their living from the sea, who never returned to their loved ones. People will often wonder what makes them go out in all kinds of weather and risk their lives for so little return. It is love that makes them cast off their lines, tempting fate. We all remember our first love and our greatest love. The mystical powers that love holds over us. That is the story of those who live and battle the sea. They experience that first love each time their boat cuts a wave, they bring in a catch; they mend a net. They risk everything for love! As do all of us. My family comes from Gloucester and I have ventured there often and still do. It is on days like this that I fell in love with the ocean and why I will forever embrace its charm, beauty and fury.

International Association of Pastel Societies Awards Master Circle Recognition to Lynn Artist

Albuquerque, NM — The International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) bestowed upon Lynn, Massachusetts artist Jeff Fioravanti the designation of Master Circle Pastelist at its recent convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 6 – 11, 2017. Master Circle Pastelist is one of the highest honors available to artists working in the pastel medium.

Jeff Fioravanti, grew up in Saugus, Massachusetts and has resided in Lynn for 30 plus years, living near the entrance to Lynn Woods a place he frequently walks and paints. He is a nationally recognized award winning pastel artist, having been published in such publications as National Geographic: The Civil War A Traveler’s Guide, Best of American Pastel Artists Volume II (Kennedy Publications), Who’s Who in American Art and magazines such as American Artist, Pastel Journal, as well as Pastel Artist International.

Fioravanti has often contributed his talents toward the restoration and preservation of our nation’s landscapes and museum collections. Fioravanti is a member of several pastel and other art associations, including being an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association of Gloucester, Massachusetts, as well as a signature artist member in nationall recognized groups like, The Connecticut Pastel Society, Pastel Society of Maine, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Pastel Society of New Hampshire and the most prestigious pastel group in the United States, the Pastel Society of America based in New York City.

Based on networking and sharing, the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) was founded in 1994 as a non-profit organization representing pastel societies worldwide uniting in the common cause to demonstrate the validity and quality of pastel fine art. This coming together of pastel societies provides a strong voice for pastel artists and the luminous medium of pastel.

Fioravanti will soon have a solo exhibit at the Lynn Musuem opening July 5, 2017 and running through December 22, 2017. For additional information on the preservation efforts and artwork of Jeff Fioravanti, please contact him at (781) 595-5961, or visit him online at