Pastel Society of New Mexico Show 2016

PSNM has held a national juried exhibition annually since 1991. Over the years the show has come to be regarded as one of the best in the USA, attracting artists from states across the country, as well as Canada and Europe.
Judge for 2016 show was Casey Klahn, and the jurors were Jen Evenhus, Gil Dellinger and Janis Kredick.

First Place – John Philbin Dolan
Second Place – Bonnie Williams
Third Place – Rita Kirkman
Fourth Place – Marilyn Drake

The Pastel Society UK – Annual Exhibition 2015

Jan Munro - Red Chair and Apples
Jan Munro – Red Chair and Apples

The Pastel Society’s 116th Annual Exhibition is open at the Mall Galleries.
I never understood the connection between the award category and the sponsor names and thus I’ll skip the award names. To see the awarded works check the gallery below.
Mike Clapton,
Michael Norman PS,
Felicity House PS,
Joanne Last,
Caroline Bays PS,
Jan Munro,
Tony Allain
Matthew Draper PS,
Christine Watson,
Jenny Smith,
Melodie Cook,
Barry Freeman,
Richard Turner,
Liz Balkwill,
Jaana Fowler,
Qiaoxi Chen.

For the extensive exhibition report please check Making a Mark blog.

Rae Smith in PSA Hall of Fame

Rae Smith "Into the Light"
Rae Smith “Into the Light” 19″x25″

Rae Smith, elected Master Pastelist by The Pastel Society of America in 1997, is their 2014 Hall of Fame Honoree. She has exhibited her pastel and oil paintings throughout the United States, as well as Japan, China, France Italy, Russia, Taiwan and Canada. Rae has been following her painting passion for most of her life, using so many different media or combinations, from pen and ink to water color, oils and pastels, at times specializing in one medium or another. Her work has sometimes been abstract (very large watercolors) and then at other times, more realistic, but always her very own impression of a place, time, or figment of her imagination. There was a time that all of her works were of, or included people, but when she moved to the country, Nature took hold of her, and she began to specialize in Landscape painting and the pastel medium.
“My painting is all about emotion, mood and atmosphere. I am always looking for the ‘out of the ordinary’ feeling in a composition. At times my paintings have been described as spiritual and I would hope I am able to express myself so that one who views my work is touched.”

The Pastel Society UK Open Exhibition 2015

The Pastel Society Digital Pre-Selection closes on December 5th 2014! Go to and submit your entry!
Pre-Selection Notification: 12 December 2014.
There are a number of prizes and awards available to win, including: NEW for 2015: £5,000 Zsuzsi Roboz Prize for artists aged 35 and under.
Minimum price: £300

Enjoy the gallery of works from 2014.

Newsletter: the Pastel Scribbler, Feb 2013

Mario Vukelic Physalis blue
Mario Vukelic “Physalis blue”

The Pastel Guild of Europe announced the winner of the Winter “Get Dusty” Challenge. I’m happy and honored that this time it is me. You can follow my art journey at my new blog Colored by Mario.
The latest beautifully redesigned Pastel Scribbler is bringing a few interesting articles for pastel artists.

  • Get Dusty Winter Challenge results
  • Meet Get Dusty Winner Mario Vukelic
  • Workshop experience with Elizabeth Blass
  • You are the boss!

You can find old issues here and you are welcome to subscribe at the bottom of the PGE home page.

Michele Poirier-Mozzone, IAPS 21st Web Show Winner

The International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) organized twenty-first juried web exhibition. It is officialy on display from December 15 2012 till June 15, 2013, but unofficially much much longer.
Jurors of Selection were Barbara Courtney Jaenicke, Aaron Schuerr, Jeanne Rosier Smith, and the judge of Awards was Marla Bagetta.
To see the winning paintings click on the artist name.
1. Michele Poirier-Mozzone
2. Nancy Nowak
3. Barbara Benedetti Newton
4. Sandra Burshell
HM Julia Patterson
HM Gail Sibley

ASPAS 1st Online competition 2012

Aurelio Rodriguez "Crisis"

Aurelio Rodriguez "Crisis"
Aurelio Rodriguez “Crisis”

The Pastel Society of Spain (ASPAS) has uploaded the images from the ASPAS 1st Online Competition held during Oct/Nov 2012.
Follow the link to see the awarded painting and all content finalists. Click on the artist names below to see winning paintings.

Grand Prix Aurelio Rodríguez
Landscape Eugenio Mayor
Still Life Aurelio Rodríguez
Animals and Plants de Isabelle V. Lim
Portrait Rubén Belloso and Aurelio Rodríguez
Other Aurelio Rodríguez

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