Golden State Splendor Art Show - Santa Paula - July-November 2017

Golden State Splendor by the California Art Club

July 15, 2017 through November 5, 2017
Santa Paula Art Museum
117 North Tenth Street, Santa Paula, CA. 93060

After the opening, the regular admission drops down to only $7 for general public, and $5 senior price!

The California Art Club was established in 1909 by early California Impressionists or plein air painters, and is recognized as one of the oldest, largest and most active leading professional art organizations in the world.

All of the exhibiting artists are members of the California Art Club. They include Peter Adams, Reza Alhosseini, Suzie Baker, Jannene Behl, Nanette Biers, Catherine Bobkoski, Michael Bowes, Catherine Boyer, Linda Brown, Marcia Burtt, Larry Cannon, Val Carson, Shannon Celia, Christopher L. Cook, Don Crocker, Raymond Cuevas, Laura Culver, Steven Curry, Chick Curtis, Karl Dempwolf, Bridget Duffy, Lee Edwards, Bernard Fallon, Mark Farina, Kathy Gillis, Meisha Grichuhin, Joel Heger, Carolyn Hesse-Low, Debra Holladay, Robert Impellizzeri, Pamela Ingwers, Michelle Jung, Linda Kidd, Chuck Kovacic, Paul Kratter, Simon Lok, Lisa Mozzini-McDill, Don Munz, Michael Obermeyer, Terumi Paganini, Davis Perkins, Gail Pidduck, Anette Power, Richard H. Probert, Robin Purcell, Mardie Rees, Jeff Remmer, Junn Roca, Dan Schultz, Frank Serrano, W. Jason Situ, Tara Sood, Wayne Waller, Laura Wambsgans and Marilyn Wear.

Participating PSSC Members are highlighted :-)

Lorenzo Chavez Workshop - Ojai - October 2017

Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment

Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment


October 27, 28 and 29, 2017

Good Morning All,

We have one opening left in the Lorenzo Chavez workshop and we'd like to have at least 2 people on the waiting list in case of any last minute cancellations.  If you've already registered please share this information with your artist friends who may be interested in joining us.  If you haven't registered yet and would like to do so, please visit the SCAPE website and register ASAP.  The final registration date is August 16th and if we don't have a full roster at that point we'll be forced to cancel the workshop.  

Here is some exciting news for non-SCAPE members!  The fee for SCAPE members to attend the workshop is $410 and non-SCAPE members will pay $460.  The additional fee entitles you to a SCAPE membership through December 31, 2017!  You'll be eligible to attend any SCAPE sponsored event, some of which are free (e.g. Paint-outs) or, pay a reduced fee because you'll be considered a SCAPE member!!  This is brand new this year!

Here are the workshop details:

Oct. 27 - 29, 2017
Location:  Bert Collins' studio  1545 Cuyama Rd. Ojai, CA
Hours:  9 - 4 with an hour for lunch

Please consider enrolling now AND please share this information with others!  The workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced pastel artists.  Lorenzo will be teaching in studio as well as plein air.

See you in October!

Lynn Humphrey
SCAPE Workshop Coordinator

"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 ( 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

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 or


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

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

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. 
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 or

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

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