Artist Ellen Pierson will be showing over 30 pieces of original pastels at Café Beethoven, 262 Main St., Chatham. Café Beethoven will host a meet the artist reception on Sunday, May 2nd from 4 to 6 p.m. The paintings will be on display until June 6th.

Ms. Pierson, a long time resident of Chatham, is an experiential painter who is inspired by light, color and water as they appear in nature. Lakes, oceans, trees and seasonal colors appear in her work, along with figures. She notes that the pure color pigment in soft pastels is what drew her to this medium. She states that her instructor, Dannielle Mick of Lakeside Art Studio, has influenced her effort to progress in this medium.

Ms. Pierson's pastels have been shown at the Mayo Center for Performing Arts in Morristown, and in the Art League of the Chathams' exhibits.