Initially scheduled in Saint-Léonard from March 7 to 22, 2020,

The fourth Biennial "Pastel d'Opale"

ended prematurely on March 15.


The health crisis linked to Covid 19 greatly disrupted the holding of the fourth edition of our biennial.
- Our guest of honor, the talented Brian Bailey, was unfortunately unable to travel from the United States. On the other hand, his paintings were present.
- 12 countries were represented: the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Greece, Russia, the island Maurice, presenting 204 pastels.
- Brian Bailey offered us five pastels including “Listen”, Grand Prix of the “Master Circle” at the IAPS (International Association of Pastels Society) convention in Albuquerque (New Mexico) in June 2019.
- With only 8 days of exposure and in a rather traumatic health context, we still totaled more than 1000 visitors.
- Of the 6 workshops offered at the start, we were only able to provide that of Patrick Henry in the first week.
- The demonstrations scheduled until Saturday 14 took place normally, in particular at Nausicaa on Monday 9 and during the week preceding the opening.
- As always, in parallel to the biennial, the "Pastel d'Opale" workshop organized its annual exhibition in the salons of the Town Hall of Saint-Léonard; the 28 exhibitors presented 86 pastels.
- Thanks to the generosity of our partner Sennelier and the materials provided by our various sponsors, we awarded 10 prizes worth more than € 3,000. We also rewarded the Pastel d'Opale workshop with 3 prizes. The award jury was made up of Stéphanie Portal, journalist for the magazine "Pratique des Arts", and three of the winners of previous editions: Pascale Peterlongo, Sylvie Poirson and Catherine Hutter.