The Gallery at Stonehedge will be hosting a display of the pastel and charcoal portraits of Linda Wingo Christman, a Towamensing Township artist.

The exhibit will open Nov. 27, with a reception from 6:30-9 p.m.

Many of Christman's portraits are of Indians because she finds their character and history, as shown in their faces, to be fascinating.

She has just completed a portrait of a friend who visited last summer. She took a photograph and used that to complete the pastel.

She also does dog portraits and has recently finished one of a golden retriever.

Pastel work can be done on various textures of board, each one of which gives a different quality to the work. Among them, one has the feel of a fine sandpaper while another has the smoothness of velour.

Christman had a picture of a house on the easel, but said she prefers people as the subject of her pictures.

St. Joseph's Church, Jim Thorpe, recently installed a triptych painted by Dana Van Horn, one of Christman's instructors.

Christman began taking art classes while attending Texas A&M as an art and history major, and eventually graduated with a master's degree in public administration from San Jose University. The art classes provided relief as she doodled her way through public meetings.

She moved from Texas to Northern California and then to Carbon County, where she and her husband Roy live on a small preserved farm.

Christman studied at the Barnstone Studio and presently is at the Baum School of Art in Allentown.

"San Francisco was a fun place to be in the '60s," said Christman, adding that she did not participate in the hippie movement.

To reach Stonehedge turn at the light at what had been Leiby's Restaurant on Route 309. If traveling north on Route 309 it will be a right-hand turn. Stonehedge will have its first tree-lighting ceremony of the season on the same night.