November 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

Letter from the Editor

Remember to pay your dues at the November 8th meeting and definitely before December 31, 2015. Dues are currently $30.  Make your checks out to "CPPS".  (Give your dues to Anne Kenyon at the meeting as Susan won't be there.)  If you can't attend the meeting, mail your checks to: CPPS,  P.O. Box 246, Lemont, PA, 16851.

The slideshow theme on the website for November/December is Holidays.  So if you have any paintings depicting holidays from November through December, please send them to Anna now and indicate "slideshow" in the subject line.  The theme for Jan/Feb is Snow/Winter.  Be sure that your jpegs are at least 600-800 pixels in height.  

I have received many comments telling me how much people enjoy reading the "bios" of members.   That being so, if you haven't already submitted your "bio", please send me one soon.  I have one "bio" left for the December newsletter and if the column is to continue, I will need more right away.

Reminder: News deadline is the last Saturday of the month.  That deadline gives me Sunday to finish up details on the newsletter before it is ready to be sent out on Monday. 

Current News

Request from Education Committee

The committee would like members to consider donating unused  pastels, pastel papers, easels, storage boxes, etc. These materials would then be available for members to use when giving public demonstrations, pre-meeting activities and other hands-on events we hold. 

For your convenience, you may bring your donations to the November 8th meeting and give them to Virginia Belser, Anne Kenyon or Kathleen Muffie-Witt.  Please have the materials in a box or bag for ease of carrying and storing.

Thank you, Candace, for the nice selection of pastels you donated!

Request for Audit Volunteers

Marianne Fyda needs two volunteers for our annual audit of the books.  If you can help with this, please email Marianne.

WatercolorPastel Workshop Wrap up

Six people attended the recent workshop "Watercolor and Pastel" sponsored and organized by the CPPS education committee and featuring award winning watercolor artist Brienne Brown.  Brienne, who recently won an award at the "Easels in Frederick" Plein Air event and is featured in an article in November's Plein Air magazine, conducted a paint along for the participants.  Brienne emphasized the importance of values and the use of colorful greys in creating a believable painting.  She demonstrated how to control the amount of pigment and water to achieve the desired effect. Learning to judge the pigment to water ratio from thin, runny "tea" to thick "butter" allows for the value range and control evident in her paintings.  Brienne was a dynamic teacher and offered much useful information on painting, applicable across media.

After lunch, Anne Kenyon demonstrated using watercolor as an underpainting on Art Spectrum Supertooth paper and discussed the possibilities of adding pastel to the watercolors created in the morning. Participants worked on their paintings in the time remaining and hopefully left the workshop with new skills and possibilities for future paintings. 

by :Anne Kenyon, workshop coordinator

Future Workshops

Desmond O' Hagan 2016 Workshop

Desmond O’Hagan will present a 3-day workshop July 22-24, 2016.  Don’t forget to register if you are interested in taking the workshop.

On January 1, 2016, registration will open up to the public at large and information will be sent to nearby Societies. 

Registrations for one-day attendees will be considered only after the  break-even number for full workshop attendees has been reached.

Click here for registration form.  

2017 Workshop

The Education Committee has assumed the role of coordinating future workshops

 From now on, all workshop instructor suggestions should be submitted to members of the committee.  Members at the present time are: Virginia Belser, Anne Kenyon and Kathleen Muffie-Witt.  The Education Committee welcomes your suggestions.

The 2017 workshop will be focused on the figure.  Artists being considered include Sally Strand, Bill Hosner, William Snyder, Mary Beth McKenzie, and Lee Colie-Wright


Meet your Members

Virginia Belser, President-elect
Virginia Belser has engaged with art ever since she can remember…. from Saturday classes at the local university to having her own cubby in 3rd grade for storing her art. High school experiences included first forays in life drawing and learning the medium of oil paint.
Majoring in watercolors in college, Virginia’s senior thesis focused on the tension created by trying to describe vast space while using a minimum of painterly details.
She first discovered the medium of pastels in the mid 1990’s. After a painting hiatus while she focused on raising her sons, she returned to pastels in the mid 2000’s.  During those years, as her young boys were still a priority, her painting time occurred mostly on vacations or during intensive workshops. A two year stint in coastal North Carolina provided Virginia with a great deal of engaging landscape challenges.
Virginia is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of North Carolina and the Wilmington Art Association.
She has shown and sold her work in several juried exhibits in both the central Pennsylvania area and the southeastern coastal North Carolina including:
  • Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC), Carlisle, PA (June 2015 exhibit)
  • Pastel Expressions, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art- Ligonier, PA (April – August 2015)
  • Lynden Gallery, Elizabethtown, PA (September, 2014- present)
  • State College Framing Company & Gallery, State College, PA (Feb. 2014 – present)
  • Carolina’s Got Art, juried exhibit in Charlotte, NC (April/May 2013)
  • Airlie Moon shop, Wilmington, NC (summer 2012- present,)
  • Dual artist exhibit in the MC Ernie Gallery, Wilmington ,NC (Nov.- Dec. 2012,)
  • Figments Gallery,  Wilmington, NC (spring 2012-summer 2013)
  • Ricky Evans Gallery of Southport, NC (spring 2012-summer 2013)
  • Cary Gallery of Artists Small Treasure show (April, 2013, Cary, NC)
  • Wilmington Art Association Azalea Festival show (2012 and 2013)
  • Awarded best in medium at WAA Azalea Festival show in 2012
  • Group exhibits with the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society  - 2007, 2008,  2009, 2010,

Member Memorial

There will be a Memorial at Faith Church in Bellefonte for CPPS member, Tom Nicholas, Susan Nicholas Gephart's, father. 
Light refreshments will be served after. 
Thomas Claude Nicholas, Jr.
Born: November 16, 1926
Died: June 28, 2015
Memorial: November 14th, 2015, 2:00 pm,
Location: Faith United Methodist  Church
Address: 512 Hughes St, Bellefonte, PA 16823

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 newsletter editor
  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.  Complete set of by-laws can be read on the CPPS website.  Welcome to the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society

Lending Library

DVD - A Studio Session with Richard McKinley2-disc set - not available
DVD – In The Cedar Grove At Point Lobos by Albert Handell
DVD – Early Spring 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.
THE POWER OF PASTEL by Christine Swann  
This is a book about painting portraits..
Includes a memoir written by his sister-in-law
THE ARTIST'S WAY by Julie Cameron 
Discovering/Recovering your creativity
Techniques to master pastels

Art Shows to Enter

Hudson Valley Art Association,  Deadline: November 22.  Prospectus:

Visual Arts Center.  Florida.  Deadline:  December 4th.  Prospectus: 
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