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   The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild

The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild

2017 Membership Exhibition

Gallery 21, Spanish Village, Balboa Park

October 25 through November 6, 2017

Congratulations to our
3rd Place Award of Excellence Winner:  Margaret Larlham 

Margaret was awarded Third Place in the Guild’s 2017 Membership Exhibition 

for her soft pastel painting Retired Professor Peter.

About Margaret

Margaret Larlham is a plein air and studio artist with accomplished inter-disciplinary arts career holding Master’s Circle status in pastel medium:

A history of modern art course undertaken at Natal University in South Africa in 1968 had a profound influence on me. Enveloped in a darkened room by (then rare) slide projections of the paintings of European and American masters did much to bring a small town South African girl to awareness of the wide world out there and awakened my interest, drive and commitment to the arts.

Since completing my Master of Arts at Natal University, I have consistently sought opportunities to improve my artistic skills in many workshops, most recently at the Florence Academy of Art and with international plein air groups in Berlin and Croatia. I enjoyed a rich career in the arts, as a dancer, choreographer, director and designer at San Diego State University and Natal University in Durban, South Africa.  At the same time I have exhibited for 20 years at Santa Ysabel Art Gallery and regionally with The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild and the Artist Alliance of the Oceanside Museum of Art.

Margaret has participated in many juried and group exhibitions.  Below is a listing of some of the important exhibitions she was chosen for:


Santa Ysabel Art Gallery:

2016-17 Briar Whisper: Pastel Paintings of the Chaparral 


2012 FLOW 

Mission Trails Preserve, Visitors Centre Gallery:

2012 TRAILS - Exhibition of Landscapes in pastel and oil


 2016 Masters Circle / International Association of Pastel Societies

 2016 Pastel Society of New Mexico, Dick Blick Purchase Award 

 2016       Degas Pastel Society 

 2016       Pastel Society of San Diego, Third Place

 2015       Artist Magazine Finalist, 32nd Annual Competition

 2015       Pastel Journal November Feature in Jamie Markle’s Critique Corner

 2014       First Prize. SDMA Artists Guild Annual Plein Air Show 

 2014       Pastel Society of America, Enduring Brilliance, Holbein Award for Quest

 2014       Pastel Society of San Diego Annual Juried Exhibition, Third Place

 2013       First Prize, Pastel Society of San Diego Annual Juried Exhibition forCisco Kid

 2013       Third Place, Torrey Pines Plein Air Competition for Estuary Mist

 2013      San Diego Art Institute International, Tall Award for Imagine, Portrait of Emily

 2012       First Place, Plein Air Exhibition, SDAI

 2012       Pastel Society of New Mexico, Sponsorship Awards for (Portrait of Emily 

 2012       Most Outstanding Pastel in the October 2012 Online Boldbrush Competition for Ann-Charlotte’s Lake                    

 2012       Outstanding Pastel, Wide Open Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Association


2016 The Drive Home published in Strokes of Genius: Expressive Texture 

2015 Phi Kappa Phi Forum Article

2012 Tangled Light (Pastel) publication in Strokes of Genius 4

2012 Rim Trail Hon Mention in Artist Magazine Online All Media Competition.

2011 Artistic Excellence, Hon. Mention for Santa Ysabel After Rain published in  Southwest Art Magazine, Dec 2011.

About Retired Professor Peter: 

This image, (14x10“) in soft pastel on paper, captures the light at the window and the darkness of the current news swirling through the figure of my husband - Retired Professor Peter.

For more information on Margaret, please visit https://margaretlarlham.com

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