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  • 09 Sep 2019 9:00 AM | Marilyn Dwyer (Administrator)

    Join us as we honor our Piedmont Pastel Society Founders and Community Partners and celebrate 12 inspiring years of enhancing community awareness and appreciation of the value and beauty of soft pastels; and promoting and providing educational opportunities for our members.  We will raise a glass and toast and mingle with the wonderful members of this great arts organization! Hope to see you there!

  • 05 Sep 2019 10:09 AM | Marilyn Dwyer (Administrator)

    Join Laura for "Driven to Abstraction" workshop in Chapin, SC, Oct. 11-12.

  • 17 Jun 2019 6:46 PM | Marilyn Dwyer (Administrator)

    Message from your PPS Presidents:

    The recent IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Convention was an amazing week of demos, workshops, trying and buying pastel products and most importantly, celebrating PPS members juried into the IAPS Exhibition! PPS Members included in this exclusive show were Judith Cutler, Tracy Ference, Laura Pollak, Anne Strutz and Kurt Weiser. We were so proud to see our Society represented by their talent. Later that week, at the IAPS Exhibition Awards Ceremony, IAPS President Richard McKinley, presented the Prix De Pastel (highest award) to our own, Tracy Ference! We were honored and thrilled to be there as Tracy received this prestigious award. This also qualifies her to receive her Masters Circle designation, one of the most important honors in the international pastel world. (Based on points accrued for acceptances into IAPS Juried Exhibitions and related awards.)

    We also want to recognize PPS member and former Piedmont Pastel President, Kurt Weiser, for his significant contributions as an IAPS Board Member and Workshop Instructor during the Convention. Kurt was attentive to our PPS delegation and introduced IAPS Board Members and several Pastel Society Presidents and members to Patty and Rita. Anne Strutz, also former Piedmont Pastel President, was a favorite at the convention as well; serving not only as a volunteer, but also, as a Featured Artist in the Dueling Demonstrations! Anne had quite a cheering section as she created multiple paintings of Sunflowers in her expressive style using a brayer and other techniques which wowed the audience.

    On Fiesta Night, Piedmont Pastel Society shared a table with our two sister North Carolina Societies; Appalachian Pastel Society and the North Carolina Pastel Society. This table was set up to provide convention participants with brochures and postcards publicizing our upcoming workshops and the 2020 NC Statewide Exhibition. We also conducted a Raffle which entitled 6 lucky winners to receive free memberships in all 3 societies! This Raffle was very successful, unique to our societies, and added new members to our membership rosters! Over 70 artists from all over the world signed up hoping to win this valuable prize!

    In summary, we realized, once again, how very fortunate we are to be involved with such a wonderful Piedmont Pastel Society where members celebrate and inspire each other to continue their artistic exploration of the pastel medium! Thank you for your membership and support of the Piedmont Pastel Society! We hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events!

    See our PPS members paintings and the entire  IAPS 2019 Exhibit.

    Patty Russell and Rita Smith, 2019 Co-Presidents

  • 12 Jun 2019 11:36 AM | Marilyn Dwyer (Administrator)

    Calling All Plein Air Painters! Join Nancy Kennedy on one Thursday of every month for painting in the Charlotte area. Click here for current information on location, time and directions.

  • 17 Jan 2019 9:17 AM | Marilyn Dwyer (Administrator)

    Patty Russell and Rita Smith

    Patty Russell enjoyed a long career in education serving as a teacher and more recently as the Assistant Principal of a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System.  When she retired, it opened opportunities to pursue her interest in oil and pastel painting.  She explored these mediums by taking lessons, workshops and by joining art societies such as The Piedmont Pastel Society.  It was at a workshop with Master Pastelist, Jeanne Rosier Smith, that she met Dr. Rita Smith, who shares the role of PPS President, along with Patty.  She has said, “I always enjoy sitting with Rita at a workshop because she has the latest and greatest pastel accessories, not to mention a fun personality!”

    When Patty Russell was invited to take on an important leadership role with the PPS Board, she was reluctant.  “I’m no expert!” she said.  But when the idea of sharing this role with her friend and fellow pastelist, Rita Smith, came along, she knew it would be an enjoyable and meaningful collaboration.  

    Dr. Rita Smith picked up “the chalk “ three years ago and fell in love with pastel’s color and immediacy.  Newly retired, Rita spent 35 years in corporate senior executive roles. Most recently, she was an associate professor at UNC Charlottes Belk College of Business. Rita hopes that her business and leadership experience will offset her relative pastel novice status. She is thrilled to be working closely with her workshop Buddy, Patty Russell.  

  • 13 May 2017 7:40 AM | Deleted user

    artGuide Magazine - 

    Click here to go to blog post about our exhibition

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  • 02 Feb 2017 7:47 PM | Deleted user

  • 27 Aug 2016 12:49 PM | Deleted user

    2016 Statewide Pastel Exhibition

      On Common Ground

    Hickory Museum of Art - May 21 - August 21


    Reception May 21 - 6:00 pm to 8:00pm

    Elizabeth Mowry, PSA - Juror

    Click here for List of Winning Artists

    Lily Pads by Maggie Whitney - 2015 Grand Prize Winner

    Congratulations to our PPS members invited to this Exhibition

    Kate Bergquist 

     Woodland Edge - Along The Fenceline

    Malia Bryngelson

    Happy Camper - In From the Outback

    Judith Cutler


    Terry Davis

    Twilight through the Mist

    Jay DeChesere

    Keffer Oak - Hold On There!

    Michael Ericsson


    Jeannie Gilland

    Golden Glow

    Anthony Hedrick

    Full English Breakfast, Burford, Cotswold, England

    L. Hudson-Tolles

    The Pony Warriors:  After Battle

    Nancy Marshburn

    Requiem in Blue - Soulful Blues

    Pam Neighbors

    Sweet Dreams - Early Dance

    Diane Pike

    The Wren

    Laura Pollak

    Coastal Quiet

    Kurt Weiser

    Valley Ridge (Diptych) - Climbing Vine

    CLICK HERE for prospectus 

  • 27 Jul 2015 4:27 PM | PPS Admin

    Announcing our 2015 Members Exhibit.

    "Piedmont Pastel Society Third Annual Calendar Show"

    We will showcase Piedmont Pastel Society members for their individual style. All members are encouraged to enter work with any subject matter for a non-juried exhibit at the McDowell Arts Center, 123 McDowell Street, Matthew NC 28105 on October 4 to November 7, 2015. 

    Click 2015-PROSPECTUS-calendar-show.pdf to download PPS 2015 Member Show Prospectus                             "Pumpkin Hollow"

                                                                                          by Nancy Marshburn

                                                                                             2014 Calendar Winner!

    Last year our calendar was sold internationally! This is great publicity for our society and each member!

    Please contact Exhibit Chair, NICKI SHISHAKLY,

    if you have any questions.

  • 15 May 2015 9:14 PM | PPS Staff (Administrator)

    PPS took 2 of the top awards for the 2015 Statewide Exhibition! 

    First Place went to Walter Stanford for “King of South America”

    Second Place went to Diane Pike for “Evening Grosbeak”.

    Product Award recipients were as follows:

    Walter Stanford, “The Eagle Owl”

    Anthony Hedrick, “Butchers Morning Off, Aix en Provence”

    Judith Cutler, “Maple Seeds #8”

    Nancy Marshburn, “Boys and their Toys”

    Laura Pollak, “Through the Arches”

    Kurt Weiser, “Valley Morning

    Nancy Marshburn, “Radish Family”

    Deb Rasberry, “Looking Back”

    Malia Bryngelson, “Grab a Bite”

    Verna Hash, “Martha”

    Regina Burchett, “Higher”


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