Charcoal and Pastel Shows at Tulare

“Catching the Light in Charcoal and Pastel” has opened at the Tulare Historical Museum Gallery.

This latest exhibit shows 50 works by Visalia’s LaVone Sterling and Ellen Milinich.

“They are both accomplished artists,” said museum curator Chris Harrell. “They have shown together before and each has had pieces in the gallery before.”

Sterling, a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, only began working with pastels as a medium a few years ago.

She attended a pastel workshop with her daughters and was immediately hooked, citing the vibrant quality of pastels.

Her work may be found in public and private collections around the country. Sterling does accept commissioned pet portraits in pastel.

Milinich, whose father was a community college art instructor, grew up in an artistic environment, but it was not until after her children were grown that she applied herself to her craft.

Charcoals are her favorite medium, and pastels secondary.

She says her talent is “God-given” and she is available for commissioned portraiture.

“Light in Charcoal and Pastel” runs through Thursday, October 10. The Tulare Historical Museum, located at 444 W. Tulare Avenue in Tulare, is open Thursday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sundays, September-May, from 12:30-4pm.

For more information visit or call (559) 686-2074.


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