"Embracing Winter" New Pastels. Meet Kathleen Saturday, Dec 21 from 4-6pm. The specifics of a place, the angles, the alleys, the tiny corners where patches of color flourish, bursting with energy, offer far more than a quick glimpse into a locale. Kathleen Smith is masterful at capturing the sense of a place, because the energy and color depicted in her plein air landscapes resonate far beyond their intimate boundaries. "Pastels became my chosen medium for their immediacy and the purity of colors which were part of my experience in the New Mexico light," Smith says.