Quincy University’s Gray Gallery, located in Brenner Library, will host the art exhibition Nature’s Palette Pastels, featuring works by Rosemary Buffington, from Springfield, IL. This free exhibition will take place from October 24 – December 2, 2022, and is open to the public.

Buffington’s pastels usually depict nature. She has fondness for flowers, plants, and animals. Many of the paintings in the exhibit are of flowers from her garden or from gardens visited.

            Buffington’s love of pastels started at the early age of eight when a second grade teacher told her parents that she had ability in art. Her parents enrolled her in an art class and that teacher taught pastels. In high school, she had the same teacher who again presented the possibilities found in the medium of pastel.

After teaching art education for 37 years at New Berlin High School, Buffington

retired in 2007.  In retirement the opportunity to work in pastels with the Illinois Prairie Pastel Society was a perfect fit. Now she keeps up her art interests in pastel painting, and setting up the annual art exhibitions at the Illinois State Fair and On My Own Time Exhibit for the Springfield Area Arts Council.

Buffington is also a member of the Prairie Pastel Society, the Water Garden Society for the Land of Lincoln, and a member of the Educational Center for the Visually Impaired Board. In her spare time she does calligraphy and loves to travel.

For more information, contact Gray Gallery curator, Robert Mejer at mejerbob@quincy.edu.

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