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It is my pleasure to announce that a second pastel of mine has been accepted into the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art, donated by myself through the PSA Legacy Collection in honor of Flora B. Giffruni, 2014.

Flora, a fine pastelist in her own right, was a good friend of mine. In 1972 she founded and was president of the Pastel Society of America NYC. The Pastel Society of America is located at 15 Gramercy Park South (the old Samuel J Tilden Mansion). Flora also, thru her generosity, gifted the Butler Institute of American Art a gallery specific for Pastel only.

When Flora and I spoke last, she urged me to contact the director, Dr. Louis Zona. I did so, and my contact and conversation with Dr. Zona allowed us to settle upon the dates for a pastel retrospective for yours truly.

My Pastel Retrospective at the Butler opened September 9th and closed November 18th 2007. At that time I visited the Butler and was thrilled and inspired by their permanent collection of American artists. I was delighted when my first pastel “The White Pine” was accepted into the collection.

The Butler Institute of American Art, located on 524 Wick Avenue in Youngstown, Ohio, was the first museum dedicated exclusively to American Art. Established by local industrialist and philanthropist Joseph G. Butler, Jr., the museum has been operating pro bono since 1919. Dedicated in 1919, the original structure is a McKim, Mead and White architectural masterpiece and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places .

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The White Pine
by Albert Handell
Collection of the Butler Institute of American Art
Pastel 21×27
Painted on location and in the studio, Woodstock, NY

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Mountain Stream
by Albert Handell
Collection of the Butler Institute of American Art
Pastel 21×27
Painted 1972 on location Woodstock, NY

The wonderful feedback I’m receiving:

Hello Albert,
Congratulations on the acquisition of your second pastel into the Butler Institute of American Art! It is beautiful. I was fortunate to have seen the retrospective you speak of and as I relayed to you in an e-mail message shortly after, I was spell bound. You have and continue to be an inspiration to me as I joyfully continue to pursue my work tirelessly in my beloved pastel medium. Best to you and your loved ones during the upcoming holidays.
Patrick Thomas eriacta