Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 1, 2006) - A variety of styles, expressive colors and versatile techniques will be presented in an exhibit featuring the Pastel Society of America’s (PSA) “Directors Exhibition” at John Brown University’s Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on display in the Art Building on JBU’s main campus from Wednesday, Feb. 8 through Friday, March 3. The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Art Building lobby. This exhibition features a selection of works by members of the board of directors of the Pastel Society of America, a group of prominent artists who have reached the pinnacle of their professional careers and have received national recognition for their work. “It is significant that JBU is hosting an exhibit of such high quality works by current pastel artists. JBU is one of only three venues where the exhibit is scheduled to be displayed,” Charles Peer, professor of art and signature member of the PSA said. “This show originated in New York City, where it received wonderful reviews, and then moved to the Butler Institute in Youngstown, Ohio, a partner institute with the Pastel Society of America. After its time in JBU’s gallery it will be returned New York.” The PSA has been honored with exhibitions in France, Italy and St. Petersburg, Russia. Founded in 1972, the society is the oldest and most prestigious pastel society in America. The PSA is largely responsible for the current renaissance of pastels in American art. “Pastel is powdered pigment, rolled into round or square sticks and contained by methylcellulose, a non-greasy binder,” according to the PSA’s Web site. “It can either be blended with finger and stump, or left with visible strokes and lines.” Regular gallery hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibition is free and open to the public.