"Pastel Impressions" Show at Malaga Cove Library - July 2017





--Public is invited to opening reception July 8th--

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. – A group show featuring selected works from The Pastel Society of Southern California (PSSC) opens with a public reception July 8, 3-5 p.m. at the Malaga Cove Library, 2400 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates, and continues through July 29.


The show features original paintings by nationally recognized pastel artists, as well as local PSSC members from the South Bay and the greater Southern California area. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, Noon to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;with other hours by appointment. Most of the artwork is available for purchase.

The community is also invited to hear a free talk on the “Art of Pastel” by Otto Stürcke (www.sturckestudio.com) during the opening reception. For more information call the Library office at 310-377-9584. 

​The Pastel Society of North Carolina Exhibition


The Pastel Society of North Carolina Online International Juried Pastel Exhibition, Pure Color, is now open for submissions.

Is Proud to Host

An Online International Juried Exhibition of Pastel Paintings

September 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017
Juror of Selection and Judge of Awards:  Lyn Asselta

$1000 in Cash Awards

First Place -       $500
Second Place -  $250
Third Place -     $100
Honorable Mentions – 3 at $50 each

The Pastel Society of North Carolina is proud to host Pure Color…
An Online International Juried Exhibition of Pastel Paintings. This is an online-only exhibit and will be published on the online Juried Shows website and the PSNC website www.pastelsocietyofnc.com

This is an International Exhibition. You do not have to be a member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina to enter. This Exhibition is for soft pastels only. No oil pastels will be accepted.

Participate in this unique opportunity!
Save the expenses of Framing, Shipping Materials, Shipping Expenses and Shipping Agents!
This is an excellent venue to have your work shown at a fraction of the costs!!!
There are no commissions on Sales.

 Lyn Asselta
Is a widely recognized pastel artist, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA),  a Master Circle recipient of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), and a member of the Salmagundi Club.  She is the founder of the First Coast Pastel Society (FL),  a Member of Excellence of the Southeastern Pastel Society, and is also a member of the American Artists Professional League, and the Eastern League of Professional Artists. In 2009, Lyn had the honor of being an Artist in Residence for the National Park Service in Acadia National Park in Maine.  Her work was recently featured in the February 2016 issue of Pastel Journal and her painting, “Blue Morning, Crescent Beach,” appeared on the cover.


Online Entry Opening -      June 1, 2017
Online Entry Deadline -     August 9, 2017
Notice of Acceptance -        August 18, 2017
Online Show Goes Live -    September 1, 2017
Online Show Closes -          September 30, 2017 

CLICK HERE to Download Prospectus 



RPVtv Interview

Thank you to Mark Doddy and RPV-Television for this in-depth coverage of our pastel society and 8th Annual Members' Exhibition! Hope you enjoy it. Also thank you to Bernard V Fallon for making it happen! What a great time to be part of PSSC!


Sally Strand Workshops - June, September & October 2017




Sally Strand
The Color of Light Workshops


Focusing on color and light, Sally discusses optical mixing of layered color and how to truly see and identify color, especially subtle color. The effects of light on color, composition, and perception, as well as use of different types of light are explored. Painting from costumed models and still life, each student receives individual attention and critiques. Demonstrations, lectures and a slide show are designed to give students tools to achieve intensely beautiful color.

Sally Strand, a Master Pastelist, was inducted into the Hall of Fame, the highest commendation of the Pastel Society of America, NY .

For more information: 949-493-6892 info@sallystrand.com or www.sallystrand.com


IAPS Convention
One-Day Workshop: Thursday, June 8, 2017
One-Day Workshop: Friday, June 9, 2017
2:00–4:00 pm, 2-hour Demo: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Susan Webster

MidAmerica Pastel Society
3-day Color of Light workshop
September 29 – October 1, 2017
MidAmerica Pastel Society
Merriam, Kansas
Contact: Beverly Amundson

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
5-day Color of Light workshop

October 4–8, 2017
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Contact: Leigh Rodante
904-280-0614 ext 203

Here is additional info regarding exhibitions Sally is participating in:

Sally Strand's painting, Neighbor, Backyard is included in the juried exhibition, Artist Alliance at the Museum 2017, at the Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside, California. The exhibition runs until August 27, 2017.

Sally Strand is exhibiting two paintings, Window, and Orange Branch at the 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition of the California Art Club. The exhibition, at the Autry Museum of the American West runs through April 30, 2017.

The May issue of The Artist's Magazine has an insightful article about Sally Strand. “The Moment In-Between,” written by Robert Carsten, chronicles the heart-felt changes and struggles in her personal art journey of the last few years.


2-Day UART Workshop with LaVone Sterling - May 2017

“The Magic Light Brings to the Landscape“

2-Day UART Workshop with LaVone Sterling

Location: Three Rivers Memorial Building, Three Rivers, CA
Date: Saturday May 20 – Sunday May 21 2017
Time: Saturday May 20 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Sunday May 21 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Instructor: LaVone Sterling
Medium: Pastels
Skill level: Beginner to advanced
Number of Workshop Days: 2
Price: $225.00
Students: 6-12

Join LaVone Sterling for a two-day workshop that will focus on capturing the light and creating mood in your pastel landscape on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper. By using various underpainting techniques, we will discover the potential in a finished work. On day one, in the morning LaVone will demonstrate painting trees, grass and mountains. In the afternoon, students will work from photos in the studio. On the second day of the workshop, after meeting at the studio, we will paint en plein air. The last hour of the second day, we will meet back at the studio and LaVone will critique your work.

Inside the studio or out of doors, LaVone will give each student individual instruction and help. Three Rivers should be blanketed with wildflowers, streams and rivers this May. It is a beautiful location nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the gateway to Sequoia National Park. This will be an exciting place to paint!

UART will provide you via email with a full list of materials before the beginning of the workshop.

Check out LaVone’s paintings at www.lavonesterling.com/

Click to Register

The South Bay Beer & Wine Festival - May 2017

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Sunday, May 21, 2017,
Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates
noon to 5:00 p.m

Dear Artist Applicant:
The El Segundo, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and South Bay Sunrise Rotary Clubs present the Fourth Annual South Bay Beer, Wine and Art Festival featuring many wineries, breweries, restaurants, artists and entertainment, plus a silent auction and opportunity drawing. Our guests are from Torrance, El Segundo, the Beach Cities, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, San Pedro and surrounding South Bay and Harbor area communities.

The South Bay Beer, Wine and Art Festival is a major fundraising event. The event will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates from noon to 5:00 p.m. The Festival starts at noon for VIP ticket holders. General admission will begin at 1:00 p.m. We are expecting over 2000 visitors.

We are doing something different this year. Based on some of the feed back from last year we are locating the artist’s booths throughout the other beer, wine and food vendors. This should keep a fairly active crowd right in front of your booths. You should expect a very receptive crowd at this event for viewing and appreciating your art.

Please find attached a participant application for the 4th annual South Bay Beer, Wine and Art Festival. We have only 20 artist spaces for this event.We will accept applications on a first come first served basis. As we receive your applications and you are approved you will be included in the show until all spaces have been filled. We invite you to submit an application for consideration.

We will review and consider all applications (including photos of your art and exhibit space) to ensure the quality of our event, and advise applicants whether or not they have been accepted into the show.

If you have any questions or need further information, please fee free to contact me at 310-373-5450 Studio, or 310-714-2108 cell, or e-mail at cmsdesignphoto@aol.com.

Thank you!
Christopher Stillians, M.Photog.Cr.
Beer and Wine Festival Art Show Committee Chair

Application deadline is April 15


BeerWineArt Show Application_2017.pdf


Pastel Workshop with Alain Picard in Charleston, SC - JAN 19-21, 2017


Dear fellow artists,

My name is Cecilia Murray, and I own the Cecil Byrne Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina. The gallery is home to several well known pastel artists, such as Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Mike Beeman, Jeanne Rosier Smith, and Alain Picard.

 I'd like to share with you that I'm hosting a wonderful studio landscape workshop with acclaimed artist Alain Picard.

The workshop will be held on the second floor of the gallery at 140 East Bay Street, with ample room and natural light. Limited to 18 students, it will run from Thurs - Sat, January 19 - 21, 2017, from 9:30 - 4:30 pm each day. You will be able to leave your easels and materials in the gallery each evening.  $375 per student.

Please don't hesitate to call with any questions. The gallery phone is 843-312-1891. I am a pastel artist as well, so I'm happy to help! I am hoping to plan some time with artists who arrive early to tour some of the wonderful galleries that Charleston has to offer. We were just named #1 city in the world by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Hotel rates are quite reasonable in January, and there are seats available in the best restaurants, so it's a great time to come visit!

The suggested materials list from Alain Picard will be sent after you register.

I'll attach the full information below, and here is a link to the workshop on the gallery website:


Please kindly share this with the artists in your pastel society who might be interested.

Kind regards,

Cecilia Murray







Download the flyer here!

Clark Mitchell Workshop at Art Center Morro Bay

From KC Caldwell, President Morro Bay Art Association:

I wanted to give my fellow PSSC members a heads-up about the Clark Mitchell workshop in October.  Morro Bay Art Association is hosting PSWC's Pastels USA 30th Annual International  Open Exhibition.  http://www.pswc.ws/html/events.html 
Clark's workshop at Art Center Morro Bay coincides with the PSWC artist reception in our gallery.  The reception takes place on the last day of the exhibit.  We're also hosting a photo outing the afternoon before his workshop so that people can make a nice weekend of it - and go home with lots of material for future paintings.
I've attached our flyer, registration form, and Clark's materials list.
Thank you, KC Caldwell


WHAT: Clark Mitchell Pastel Painting Workshop
WHEN: October 28 & 29, 2016 9am-4pm
COST: $225.
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442
CONTACT: KC Caldwell 805-540-1479 or email


Download Workshop Flyer, Registration Form and Materials List.

The Color of Light Workshops with Sally Strand in 2016

Focusing on color and light, Sally discusses optical mixing of layered color and how to truly see and identify color, especially subtle color. The effects of light on color, composition, and perception, as well as use of different types of light are explored.

Painting from costumed models and still life, each student receives individual attention and critiques. Demonstrations, lectures and a slide show are designed to give students tools to achieve intensely beautiful color!

Sally Strand, a Master Pastelist, was inducted into the Hall of Fame, the highest commendation of the Pastel Society of America, NY.

For more information: 949-493-6892
info@sallystrand.com or www.sallystrand.com

Workshop Schedule

October 6–15, 2016
Domaine du Haut Baran
LotValley,  France

Paint-With-Me and Mentoring Workshop. Paint the Color of Light in the
luminous countryside and medieval villages of the Lot River Valley,
southwest France. With essential painting instruction as well as
personal mentoring, the workshop will be open to painters of all
mediums. Personal mentoring will help you explore ideas and goals for
your work.

Contact: William or Rosalie Haas,  513-533-0511


Download flyer


November 1-5, 2016
Pastel Society of Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi

Contact: Julia Sherwood


A Special Offer for PSSC Members

A message from Mike Mahon about his three day workshop at Bowers Museum!

Bowers Museum will be happy to grant members of the PSSC the membership rate of $300 for the 3 day workshop which is May 11-13.
There are a couple of extra events provided by the museum at the workshop that will make it a special event. You can read about it on their workshop description.
Also, anyone that takes both the 3 day workshop and Saturday afternoon PSSC workshop will receive one of my $75 giclée prints as a thank you from me. Anyone that is interested needs to register right away.

Mike Mahon

Tuition Free Pastel Painting & Drawing class

Dear Pastel Society of Southern California,

You may be interested in knowing that I am teaching an ongoing tuition free Pastel Painting & Drawing class in Malibu.
It is being offered to the community through Santa Monica College/Emeritus College and Malibu Parks and Recreation.
This class is open to artists of any level in Pastel Painting & Drawing. The class includes; indoor sessions and outdoor sessions, pastel demonstrations, individual attention and friendly constructive critiques.

This tuition free class meets Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:45pm at Malibu Bluffs Park, Michael Landon Community Center at the intersection of PCH and Malibu Canyon Rd., Malibu, across the street from Pepperdine University. Feel free to come by during class hours. Just contact me through my email in case we are painting plein air at another location.

For more information and registration go to:
The class is listed in the catalog as ART E15 DRAWING, section #9711, Instructor: Trentham, Bruce.

For general class information I can be contacted at bmtrentham@charter.net

Happy Painting,
Bruce Trentham
Adjunct Faculty- Emeritus College - Santa Monica

Demo With Richard McKinley at Destination; Art - April 1st


Good News! Richard Mckinley (our favorite instructor for pastel & Oil) will do a demo on April 1 (after his three-day workshop) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Destination: Art Gallery!  The tuition is: $30 payable by check to: Destination: Art. 

I am giving you notice of this great opportunity so the first 25 people who send me their check will be participating in a most enjoyable event.   You should email me of your intent so I can hold a spot for you.

We are also going to offer a box lunch from Red Car Brewery for $10.  There will be two sandwich selections and one Red Car Salad.  I will send the menu to all who sign up for the demo so you can decide if you want that option.

Send your check for $30 made out to:  Destination: Art, on the memo line put:  McKinley Demo and send to:  Suzanne Kuuskmae, 411 Pearl St., Redondo Beach, CA90277.  Let me know right away as it will fill up fast.

Suzanne Kuuskmae, Programs

Alain Picard Workshop Volunteers Needed - March 2016

 Do you have any free time during

March 7th thru 11th?

Volunteer to help at the Alain PIcard Workshop!


Each of the volunteers will have a wonderful opportunity to sit in and observe during a workshop at no cost to the volunteer.



The main area of assistance is to set up the continental breakfast table in the morning and to order and pick up lunches for the participants from local restaurants. The maximum time would be for the approximate three morning hours of the workshop day. No other tasks and no clean up will be expected. We usually start at 9:00 and break for lunch at 12:00 noon.



  •    Workshop assistance ½ day max. 1 to 5 days?
  •    Great opportunity at no cost to sit in on sessions.
  •    Set up food tables for morning session
  •    Pick up lunches from local restaurants


To sign up contact Arturo Fribourg at fribourgarch@aol.com

Pastel Painting News from Destination: Art

  • Fran Nichols - Wednesday, February 17, 10am - 3:30pm -- $70

  • Bernard Fallon - Saturday, February 20, 9:30am - 4:00pm -- $85

One of our favorite pastel instructors, Fran Nichols, has agreed to teach a workshop one day a month at Destination: Art; the first one will be Wednesday, February 17 from 10 - 3:30. Tuition will be $70.  She will set up a date in March in the next few weeks.  Let Sue know if you wish to sign up,

Also, on February 20 we have Bernard Fallon doing a workshop from 9:30 - 4:00, $85.  He will emphasize learning about Cools and Warms as well as give basic instruction to those pastelists just beginning in the art.  This is meant as a follow up to the class that Margaret taught several months back on pastel basics.  

Let Sue know of your interest at kuuskmae@verizon.net .