April 2015
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Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society

President - Marianne Fyda, Vice-President - Kim Gates Flick, Secretary - Pat McDannel, 
Treasurer – Susan McCartney, Newsletter Editor – Jill Foster, Resource Officer  – Jill Foster
To promote fellowship among members,
To raise public awareness of pastel as an artistic medium,
To enhance creative painting with pastels,
To offer educational activities that foster growth among members

Current News

Letter from the Editor

I am just learning how to use this newsletter program, so there will be nothing elaborate this year… just text.  Send me any news you have about your accomplishments or anything art related that you think would be of interest to the Society members.
All members will be highlighted in the Meet Our Members section at one time or another and will need to submit a bio.  When you read through what Marianne wrote for her bio in the last newsletter, you will get an idea of what to include in yours.  It doesn't have to be just like hers.  Use hers as a guide. Maybe you already have something on your website…use that.  When you complete your write-up, send it to me and I will put it in a file for future use.  Please don’t put this off.  You do have a little time, though, as the officers will be featured first.
At this time, I am thinking about publishing the newsletter in the months between meetings… March/April, June/July/ September/ October.  My thoughts were that this would be a way to have continuity throughout the year.  I’d like to know what you think.
If you have any suggestions as to how to improve the newsletter by adding or subtracting sections, please let me know.
Jill Foster

Pastel Expressions Update

On May 3rd, members of our pastel society will participate in a paint-out from 2pm-5pm on the grounds of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Ligonier during the “free museum day” there.  (However, if anyone wishes to paint all day, they are welcome to do so.)  If you would like to take part in this, please email Marianne Fyda and let her know as travel arrangements need to be made.

Mike Beeman Workshop Update

We have 12 registered for Mike Beeman.  Our max is 16, so we have just 4 seats left.  If we fill the workshop, we will start a waiting list.  It would be good to get your registration in soon to guarantee your seat.  If you need a registration form, contact Judy Leasure at

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help plan the Society’s birthday party on November 8.  If interested, contact Marianne Fyda.

Vice-President in Charge of Website Changes

Kim Gates Flick, vice-president of CPPS, is now in charge of keeping the website up-to-date and will be sending information to our webmaster, Karl Leitzel once a month.  If you have any news, been juried into shows, won awards, or have something to share, please send the info to Kim.

Program Committee

Kathleen Muffie-Witt, Anne Kenyon, and Virginia Belser are preparing art happenings for our group.  Activities being considered are pre-meeting  exercises, member-led workshops for members and guests and outreach programs.  These types of activities fit very well with the goals of the Society.

Minutes from February Meeting

Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society
Meeting Minutes February 8, 2015
At 1:30 pm the program committee consisting of Kathleen Muffie-Witt,
Anne Kenyon, and Virginia Belser presented an activity for all participants .
Members had been instructed to bring supplies in order to create a small
pastel painting focusing on values. The activity was well-received.
At approximately 2:15pm, President Marianne Fyda opened the meeting. In
attendance wereVirginia Belser,Susan McCartney,Anne Kenyon, Debbie
Decker,Joan Engle, Susan Nicholas-Gephart, Denise Wagner, Judith C
Wilson, Jill Foster, Jennifer Shuey,Kathleen Muffie-Witt, Peggy Klinger, Pat
McDannel, Kim Gates Flick, Candace Smith, Alice Kelsey, Connie
VanOgtrop, Marianne Fyda
Secretary’s report was accepted with some spelling errors noted.
Treasurer’s report was filed for audit, noting a balance of $6511.14.
The winter paint-in saw 8 or 9 painters including 2 watercolorists who
enjoyed pot luck lunch along with painting.
There have been 40 paintings chosen from PPAL and CPPS members to
hang in the Pastel Expressions show which will be in Ligonier at Southern
Alleghenies Museum this summer. Judging for CPPS were Virginia Belser,
Kim Gates Flick, Susan Nicholas-Gephart, Susan McCartney, Jeanne
McKinney, Michele Montes and Marianne Fyda. Virginia Belser acted as
hostess for this activity.
Marianne reminded us that we have a Facebook page which can be linked
from our website. Members are encouraged to contribute to the entries there. This would be a perfect place to share info about workshops attendedoutside our group.
Volunteers for demo painting are needed for Ligonier. Please let Marianne
know if you can do this. Suzanne De Sarbo volunteered to transport
paintings and Susan Nicholas-Gephart offered to to transport members to
attend the reception on May 3rd 2015.
In new business it was noted that Kim Gates Flick will collect information
and send it on to Karl Leitzel to update our website. This should appear
Jill said she would look into new APS for newsletter.
Program committee needs data on past member lead workshops and
Interest. Some felt member led workshops would be better presented as
programs before meetings.
The Mike Beeman workshop will be August 7 through 9 from 9:30 to
4:30.Six people have signed up so far, we need a minimum of 10
participants and have a limit of 16. Total cost is $380 a deposit of $100 due
at registering ,final payment due July15.
Judy Leasure who has been handling much of our workshop planning will be moving out of area but has offered to work with someone to prepare for a transition of that responsibility.
Since we won’t be having our Candy Store this year, Marianne suggested a
bulk order to The Fine Art Store. She also said a trip to Rochester may be
Since CPPS will be celebrating our 10th year ideas were
solicited from members. We should plan to celebrate in November.
Marianne also asked members to consider what they would like the
organization to do. Make up your wish list.
Next meeting will be in May instead of April as it has been in recent years.
Meeting was adjourned at 3:15 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Pat McDannel, Secretary

Meet your Members

Pat McDannel, Secretary

My first formal instruction in art came about during my senior year in high school and I was hooked.   I graduated from Edinboro University (then Edinboro State Teachers College) with a BS in Art Education and took my first teaching job in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The job only lasted six months because I was pregnant and in the 50’s most school districts did not want to have their students exposed to pregnant women.

My family grew rapidly; I had 4 babies in 7 years so for me teaching was not practical.  In the late 60’s, I taught in Penns Valley School District for 2 years.  We then moved to DuBois where my husband was an administrator in the DuBois Area School District.  There were no teaching jobs available in art, but a group of young mothers were looking to start a pre-school program.  It was a first for the area.  I had been thinking along those lines myself, so I was delighted to be responsible for creating a program for 3 and 4 year olds, which I named PAINT and PLAY SCHOOL.  I was teacher/director there until we moved to Philipsburg.  Shortly after we arrived, the YMCA was looking to set up a similar program, so I did theirs, also.  After 11 years, I decided to move on and went to work for the Centre County Office of Aging where I was a senior center director for 4 years and then moved into program director at the main office in Bellefonte.

My degree in Art Education provided a good background for all my work-related accomplishments, but painting skills had to be developed on my own.
When I lived in Philipsburg, I worked with Chuck Hall of Coburn in oil and pastel and developed some watercolor skills on my own.

After I retired in the early 90’s, I began painting seriously.  That is not to say I had ever ignored my creative side.  Over the years I had become an accomplished seamstress and loved creating in the kitchen and decorating my home.

When I became a member of Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, I was able to take advantage of the expert instructors who have been provided to us through this great organization.  The interactions with members of this group continue to provide inspiration and motivation.

I now live in Du Bois, Pennsylvania in a lovely retirement village where I have my own cottage which includes a studio. I have freedom to paint, read, create or just enjoy my family and the beautiful countryside that Pennsylvania presents season after season.

Welcome New Members and Signature Members

Welcome to our new member, Donna Mitchell from Carlisle, PA.
Congratulations to Anne Kenyon on becoming a Signature Member of the CPPS.  

See #4 below for information on how to attain Signature membership.

By-Law Summary for New and Current Members

  1. Read the by-laws as they are the rules that govern the Society.  The by-laws can be accessed by clicking on the Member Resource button on our website Home page.
  2. Ask for a current membership list from the president or the treasurer.
  3. There is a 2 month wait before a new member can exhibit with the Society.
  4. Signature membership is attained by having three different paintings being juried into three different shows over a three year period.  As soon as your dues are paid, you are considered a full member and the three year period begins.  Save proof to submit to the president (acceptance letters, show brochures)
  5. Dues are to be paid in November and no later than the end of December.
  6. Meetings are at 1:30 pm the second Sunday in February, May, August and November.  Meetings are currently held in the Best Western Plus, Premiere Drive, State College, PA
  7. Paintings for shows must be properly wired, have a neutral mat and be at least 80% pastel.
  8. Any news you have about yourself being juried into shows or having shows, please share by emailing the vice-president.
  9. The Society email list is confidential and should not be submitted through forwards, etc. to outsiders.
  10. Elections are held during the November meeting.
The above list is a brief summary of some of the by-laws to help you get acquainted.
Welcome to the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society

Lending Library

DVD - A Studio Session with Richard McKinley2-disc set
DVD – In The Cedar Grove At Point Lobos by Albert Handell
DVD – Early Spring by Albert Handell
DVD - Mystery Falls oil  demonstration by Albert Handell
Very good book ranging from beginner to advanced methods and techniques
PURE COLOR (autographed by Robert Carsten)
A compilation of the best of pastel paintings.
THE PASTEL BOOK by Bill Creevy(autographed by Bill Creevy)
This book covers materials, techniques, strokes, values, etc


Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale: One box of 72 Faber-Castell half sticks for $22
If you have anything related to art that you would like to advertise in this column, please email  using the format above.

Art Shows to Enter

 Massachusetts – “ For Pastels Only…” Entry due April 15.  Contact:

Florida – “Nature and Wildlife” – Entry due June 1  Contact:

Pastel  Society of America – “Enduring Brilliance” – Entry due June 16.  Contact:  for guidelines

SW Art magazine – “Artistic Excellence”   Entry due July 15.  Contact: for  guidelines  (A chance to have your work published!)

International Artist - the magazine's editor wrote that the magazine was always looking for new artists to feature and if any artist would like to be considered, contact: Joshua Rose


Meeting Dates

Meetings will be held at 1:30pm
Best Western Plus,
Premiere Drive,
State College, PA

April 26, 2015 (new date)
July 26, 2015  (new date)
November 8, 2015 (10th birthday party)
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