May 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

During the recent meeting people discussed the newsletter and thought it would be good to have it come out monthly. I'm willing to try it, but I need help from all of you. First of all, please send in your bios as soon as you can.  Also, send in any art news you think the members would enjoy.

The new website was shown at the meeting..  The Home Page now opens to a slideshow feature.  From May to the end of August, the slideshow will consist of paintings from CPPS members juried into the "Pastel Expressions" show in Ligonier. Some artists haven't yet sent in jpegs of their paintings. If they want their painting to appear in the slideshow, they need to send jpegs of their juried painting/s to with "CPPS website" written in the subject line. 

Important!  The Home Page slideshow will change to Autumn scenes during the months of September and October.  Holiday paintings will be featured in November and December.  In January and February there will be winter/snow scenes.  If you send in jpegs for any of these themes to from now until the end of August, your painting/s will be shown in one or all of the slideshows.  There are also 9 spaces on the Contact Page for showing individual artwork.  There is no set change schedule or theme for these spaces.  Note:  These paintings need not be recent ones.

Some of our members are willing to loan out books from their personal libraries.Therefore, I am adding “Borrow” to the Buy,Sell and Trade box.  If you have books, DVDs, tapes, etc. that you are willing to loan out, please send me the information…item, title with a, short blurb followed by your email address..

The new website was slated to go up today, but our webmaster has to wait for an authorization code.  So, there will be a slight delay.  Marianne will send out an email to everyone when it goes up.  She has sent out the "working site" for your viewing pleasure in the meantime.

Current News

Pastel Expressions Closing Date

The "Pastel Expressions" show at SAMA Ligonier will close on August 23, 2015. There was an error in the original prospectus giving the closing date as the 2nd of August.

Mike Beeman Workshop Update

.We have 12 people registered.  That leaves 4 empty seats.  Those can be filled by either full participants or 1-day participants.  The 1-day fee is $150.

As to the questions one-day registrants may have, Beeman has this to say:  
I use the same approach regardless of what I paint….it’s more about observation and painting shapes than painting fur, feathers and flowersJ

Birthday Party Committee

Judy Wilson, Jen Shuey, and Denise Wagner volunteered to plan an eventful 10th birthday party for the Pastel Society membership.  If you have ideas to share, please contact any member of the committee.

New Webmaster!

Vice-President No Longer in Charge of Website Changes

The CPPS vice-president, is no longer in charge of keeping the website up-to-date.  If you have any news, been juried into shows, won awards, or have something to share, please send the information to Anna Crane, our new webmaster, at with "CPPS Website" typed in the Subject line.  

Education Committee

Anne Kenyon presented an interesting pre-meeting activity that she had seen on Barbara Jaenicke's blog.  We  were challenged to paint an apple using only 20 strokes of color.  The exercise was fun and we all enjoyed sharing the results with the group afterwards. 
Anne also informed the group that  the program committee has been renamed and is now called the education committee, The committee (Anne, Kathleen, Virginia) is working on a variety of activities for our members. .


Meet your Members

Judy Leasure, Workshop Coordinator

Artist Judy Leasure lives in Smethport, PA with her husband, Charles, and a charming Bedlington Terrier named Wills.  Since her arrival, she has actively participated in the arts community in McKean County and nearby surroundings.  In October of 2010 she was juried into the PA Wilds Artisan Trail program.
While she enjoys floral and still life painting, Judy specializes in pet and animal portraits in pastel.  Her work is realistic and she works hard to capture the spirit and personality of her animal subjects.   She especially enjoys working in miniature and has had several of her works included in various miniature shows.
Judy has exhibited at the Apple and Cheese Festival in Canton, PA, the Oil Heritage Art Show in Oil City, PA, and has had works selected for the Annual Juried Art Show at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro, PA, the Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, North Carolina, a juried miniature show in Chambersburg, PA, The Degas Pastel Society bi-annual show, the Pastel Society of North Florida bi-annual show, and a show at the Fredericksburg Center for the Cultural Arts in Fredericksburg, VA.  She is part of the teaching staff at the Sawmill Center for the Arts in the Cook’s Forest and is a Gallery Artist at Artworks at the Depot in Kane, where she has also taught workshops.  She also teaches classes in her home studio and on line using Skype.
In January of 2012, Judy was elected to membership in the Pastel Society of America as a Juried Associate Member.
Today she specializes in pastels and also works occasionally in oils.  Her classes include pastel and colored pencil.  She offers custom pet portraits and other commission work.
Judy is also a parttime resident of Williamsburg, VA, with plans to move there permanently in 2016.  She currently has work in the Gallery at York Hall in Yorktown, VA.


Member  Contributions

Shirley Vogelsong, a founding member of our Society, currently lives in Foxdale Village.  The essay below was written during their writing group and Shirley has given permission for me to share it with you.  When asked, who, past or present, she would most like to  meet, Shirley decided that van Gogh would be her choice.

A Visit With Vincent van Gogh
by Shirley Vogelsong
Time Machines have always fascinated me. It would be a thrill to climb in one, check the destination, and bravely push the button that would transport me back to the late 1880s to Arles, France. My dream would be to meet Vincent van Gogh. I’m sure he would be quite surprised to see me appear before him and want some answers.
I imagine I could probably find him from dawn to dusk out in the countryside at his easel busily painting the wheat fields, wearing a straw hat to shade him from t he hot sun. Or maybe in his room doing another self portrait. How in the world can a person paint so many self portraits of himself? I certainly would ask him that.
 What a thrill it would have been to sit beside him as “The Starry Night” was born, although he painted that when he was in an asylum at Saint-Remy in 1889. I’m not sure I would be comfortable there. I would like to ask him about his first painting of “Starry Night Over the Rhone” and what gave him the foresight of painting the reflection of artificial light from Arles, in the river making your eyes move around the painting and keeping you visually involved. I understand that this was new to the time period.
He chose such brilliant colors at this stage of his life and I would certainly ask him how he can paint so freely his broad strokes and be so loose. I find it hard to do that and tend to tighten up and be more contained. It would be exciting if he would sit down and give me a few tips on how to lighten up and really put some passion into a painting.
When I was in my 40’s, I found a copy of his windmill painting, titled “Le Moulin de la Galette” in a magazine, and framed it. I felt elated to have a “painting” of Vincent’s hanging on my studio wall. Recently I discovered he did at least six paintings of the same windmill in different settings.
Another favorite painting of mine is “The Bedroom,” created in Arles. Maybe this is due to the artwork’s simplicity, or the bright colors he used. But I think it is because I can picture him there, sleeping, after a tiring day of painting in the fields. He seems more human in a setting like that.
Van Gogh was quite prolific, painting over 2000 artworks, consisting of around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches. The sad fact is that he didn’t become famous until after his death. In his lifetime he sold only one painting, for 400 francs--”The Red Vineyard”--to Anna Boch, a painter and art collector. Now his work sells for millions of dollars.
He would be surprised to hear how well his paintings were selling. I would be delighted to tell him that his portrait of Dr. Gachet’s sold for $82.5 million. He would think I was some crazy person talking nonsense. If only he knew how well his paintings are loved and admired.
If I asked how he managed to paint all that he did in his short life span, his answer would be, according to a letter written to his brother Theo: “The work is an absolute necessity for me. I can’t put it off, I don’t care for anything but the work; that is to say, the pleasure in something else ceases at once and I become melancholy when I can’t go on with my work. Then I feel like a weaver who sees that his threads are tangled, and the pattern he had on the loom is gone to hell, and all his thought and exertion is lost.”
I reluctantly get back into the Time Machine, and head back to 2015, humbled and awed. I hope some of Van Gogh’s talent has rubbed off on me during this short visit. I so want to be able to paint sunflowers like him. Or even better, to use his gifts as inspiration to continue doing what is “an absolute necessity for me,” as well.

Artist Spotlight

Jeanne McKinney was showing paintings in the exhibition "The Magic Of  Monhegan: Seven Women Paint the Island's Charm" at the Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery, Columbus Ohio, from April 1 through April 24, 2015

She is showing a painting in the Art Association of Harrisburg's 87th Annual International Juried Exhibition from May 15 through June 18, 2015.

She is also showing a painting in "Pastel Expressions" - Joint Exhibition of Central PA Pastel Society and the Pittsburgh Pastel Artist League at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Ligonier, PA. The show runs May 1 through August 23, 2015.

Judy Leasure has been juried into 5 major pastel shows since 2012.  She also has a painting in the 2015 "Pastel Expressions" show at SAMA Ligonier.

Welcome New Members and Signature Members

Welcome to our new member Deborah Haaf from Breinigsville, PA  18031.
Congratulations to Pat McDannel on obtaining Signature membership in the Society.  Pat obtained the required "proofs" a while back, but did not receive recognition of the fact on our website.  This oversight has been corrected on our new website.

Congratulations also go out to Judy Leasure on recently obtaining Signature membership in the Society.

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 webmaster.
  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.  Also note: group emails are sent out by the president and not individual members.
Welcome to the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society

Lending Library

DVD - A Studio Session with Richard McKinley2-disc set  Who has this set checked out?
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
THE POWER OF PASTEL by Christine Swann.
This is a book about painting portraits..

Contact:  to check out any of these materials. 

Buy, Sell,Trade or Borrow

For Sale: One box of 72 Faber-Castell half sticks for $22  This is a small compact selection of colors ideal for en plein aire or for those pre-meeting activities.

Art Shows to Enter

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

Maryland Pastel Society -  "Shades of Pastel" - Entry due July 15.  Contact:

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

Allied Artist of America - Entry due July 18 -

Connecticut Pastel Society - "Renaissance in Pastels" - Entry due September 1.  Contact: 

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

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

Best Western Plus,
Premiere Drive,
State College, PA

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