Neighborhood Artist Featured at Alabama Museum

Morning Coolness in Bevagna. A pastel by Sandra Burshell



Faubourg St. John neighbor Sandra Burshell will be featured in a show at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art beginning May 21st.



For more information about Sandra and her work, please visit


Featuring the work of Master Pastelists
Sandra Burshell
Elaine Augustine
Carrie Raeburn

Sunday, May 21, 2017 1-3 pm

LOCATION: 511 N. Water Street
Tuscumbia (Muscle Shoals area), AL 256-383-0533

Based in New Orleans, and a renowned pastel painter for 25 years, Sandra Burshell received her artistic formation at the Art Institute of Chicago, the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, a BA Art from Temple University, and a Masters from Tyler School of Art.

Ms. Burshell works with pastel and oil. She paints interiors and figures. Ms. Burshell labels her figures “oil impressionist painterly master tradition”.

Sandra Burshell’s award-winning pastels have been exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, Pastel Society of America, Salmagundi Club, National Arts Club, Lincoln Center, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, San Bernardino Art Museum, Arlington, Madden and New Orleans Museums of Art. Her works have also been featured in the PASTEL JOURNAL, AMERICAN ARTIST, ARTIST’S MAGAZINE, and PASTEL ARTIST INTERNATIONAL, among others, and will be included in the scholarly THE BICENTENNIAL HISTORY OF ART IN LOUISIANA (upcoming).

Her ROOMSCAPES (interiors) have been her major subject matter for years, with forays into the figure, still life, and exteriors, with the main emphasis on chiascuro and atmosphere. Her pastels have been included in recent pastel invitationals at the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH), Abend Gallery (Denver, CO), and Scottsdale Exhibition Gallery. Her works are in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, World Trade Center (LA), Ochsner Clinic, Memorial Baptist Hospital, and Hadassah National Headquarters (NY).

Sandra Burshell is an officer in the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), having been Vice-President from 1994-2006. She attained IAPS Master Circle status in 2011 (to be awarded in 2013) and Master Pastellist status from the Pastel Society of America. She received the Prix de Pastel, the top award, at the recent IAPS juried exhibition (2010). She was one of only 10 honored in the Artist’s Magazine’s “Over 60 Competition” (March, 2012) and won Second Place in the Interior/Landscape Category in the Pastel Journal’s “Pastel 100″ Competition (April, 2012)

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from Wikipedia:

Tuscumbia is a city in and the county seat of Colbert County, Alabama, United States.   As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,423.   The city is part of The Shoals metropolitan area.   Tuscumbia was the hometown of Helen Keller (The little house). It is the location of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Tuscumbia had its beginnings when the Michael Dixon family arrived about 1816. They traded with Chief Tucumseh for the Tuscumbia Valley and built their home at the head of the big spring. From these humble dwellings quickly developed a village known as the Big Spring Community. The men of the community requested that the state legislature incorporate them as a city. The town was incorporated in 1820 as Ococoposa and is one of Alabama’s oldest towns. In 1821, its name was changed to Big Spring and on December 22, 1822, to Tuscumbia, after the Chief Rainmaker of the Chickasaws.

Although shoals on the nearby Tennessee River made the river nearly impassable, a federal highway completed in 1820 provided the area with good access to markets. Tuscumbia soon became the center for agriculture in northern Alabama. A line to the town on the Tuscumbia, Courtland and Decatur Railroad was completed in 1832, and by 1850 Tuscumbia was a major railroad hub for train traffic throughout the South. Tuscumbia became the county seat for Colbert County in 1867.

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