October  2015
View this email in your browser

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

For your convenience and possible future painting plans, the webmaster and I have put together a yearly schedule for changing the slide show on the CPPS website. 

November/December - Holiday Themes
January/February - Snow and Winter Scenes
March/April - People/Places
May/June - Spring/Floral Themes
July/August -Favorite Subjects
September/October - Autumn Themes

All themes can incorporate landscape, still life, abstract, portraiture, figurative, etc.  Whatever you envision.  Just send your work to with "slideshow" typed in the subject line.  Be sure that your jpegs are at least 600-800 pixels in height.  Thank you.
Remember that 2016 dues can be paid at the November meeting.  The dues are $30/yr
This newsletter program sends me a report on the % of people who have opened the newsletter.  The first newsletter sent out in March was opened by 92% of the artists in our group and then in August, the percentage dropped, with only 57% of you opening your newsletter.  Last month we recorded 78% opens.  Why am I sharing this information with you?  Because only you can make the newsletter viable for our organization.  You do that by contributing and by enjoying the newsletter when it comes in your email.  If you don't contribute to it, and if you delete it, spam it, or not open it, you are sending the message that you are no longer interested in having a monthly newsletter.  It's your decision.

Paint Out Summary

 Six people attended Paint Out West and one attended Fisherman's Paradise.  It was a beautiful day for painting and was enjoyed by all those present.

Good Spirits Paint-Around 

On September 13, four members of the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society performed a pastel paint-around in support of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania’s Good Spirits fundraiser at Seven Mountains Wine Cellars.  Jennifer Shuey, Kim Gates Flick, Virginia Belser, and Roxanne Naydan each started a painting for 20 minutes, then rotated around to each other’s' paintings for another 15 minutes each, and then finished up on the painting that they started. Collaboration at its best!  And the guests were intrigued.

The four paintings were donated to the Art Alliance for a door prize and three silent auction offerings.  You can see the four paintings on the CPPS Facebook page at

Slate of Officers for 2016

The nominating comittee's 2016 slate of officers is as follows:
Virginia Belser, President
Kim Gates Flick,Vice President
Peggy Klinger, Secretary
Susan McCartney, Treasurer

An Education Committee member is still needed.  Please read the article below for more information.  The election will be November 8, 2015 at the regular meeting.

The Education Committee Wants You!

Do your unique ideas for CPPS keep you up at night?

Are you looking for a meaningful way to contribute to CPPS?

Do you want to work closely in a small collaborative group?

Have you not yet participated behind the scenes with CPPS?

     If so, then please consider joining the newly formed Education Committee.  This 3 member committee is charged with conceiving, planning for and delivering the bulk of CPPS educational and outreach activities. Each year, one member rotates off and a new member rotates in. This cycle allows each incoming member to "learn the ropes" from the other two ongoing members.

If you have questions, please contact any of the current committee members listed below.  click here for the updated proposal:

Anne Kenyon

Kathleen Muffie-Witt

Virginia Belser

November Birthday Party

The committee needs to know who will be attending the meeting/party because they will need a number count to give to the caterers and vendors.  Therefore, they are asking you to RSVP soon if you have not already done so.  RSVPs need to be sent before Wednesday, October 28.  Email

Food catered by Harrison's, a birthday cake, and giveaways are being planned, plus there will be special door prizes for a few lucky winners .

Upcoming WatercolorPastel Workshop
October 17, 2015

This is the first of local workshops organized by the CPPS Education Committee.  The workshop will take place on October 17 at the Friend's Meeting House, 611 Prospect Ave., (not the school by Foxdale) in State College from 9:30-4.  The registration is $50 and that includes all materials.  So, the only things you need to bring are yourself, your lunch and your enthusiasm!  (You need to bring your portable easel, pastels, and a photo for the PM session.)

The morning features Brienne Brown, a local watercolorist, showing how to use a limited watercolor palette to create strong values for an underpainting over which we will apply pastel.  In the afternoon, Anne Kenyon will continue our journey using watercolor for an underpainting on sanded paper in preparation for the final layers of soft pastel.

This promises to be a fun and exciting day.  Sign up soon as registration closes after 10/10/15!  If there aren't 6 or more people signed up with fee paid by then, the workshop will be cancelled.  Click Here for registration form.

Marla Baggetta Workshop in Virginia

Judy Leasure sent information on the Marla Baggetta workshop being sponsored by the Pastel Society of Virginia. November 14-16, 2015 (Veteran's Day weekend).  

The interesting thing about this workshop is that the Society is offering $100 off the original $400 registration price.  You will pay $300 for the workshop and this includes your 2015-2016 membership in the PSV.  As a member, you would then be eligible to enter the PSV show being presented at the US Geological Survey building (entries close 10/21) that will be judged by Marla and prizes will be awarded on Sunday, November 15 before the start of class.  Read more information at

There were a few openings yet as of Friday, September 25, so if interested, act now.

Desmond O' Hagan 2016 Workshop

Desmond O’Hagan will present a 3-day workshop July 22-24, 2016. 
Check out his website to see his work. 

Click here for registration form.  

Artist Spotlight

Marianne Fyda's painting, "The Elements 6" is in the Art In Common:  Artists in Our Midst 2015, Exhibit in SAMA Altoona from approx Sept.18- Jan. 16, 2016.
Susan Nicholas Gephart will be part of the Art Alliance of Central PA "2015 Studio Tours", at her home, Nicholas Studios, located at 351 E. bishop St., Bellefonte, PA 16823.
This event runs Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18.  Brochures available at The Alliance in Lemont. 
Susan has set the 2016 dates for Hameau Farm Studio Artist Retreats:
May 9-14, 2016
"a la carte and Art" exhibition and Open house, Saturday, May 14, 7-10 with Richard Sleigh and friend for music.
October 6-9, 2016


Member Contributions

Diary notes of Marianne Fyda,  CPPS President
from the PSA show in New York City

It was an honor and a  thrill to have a painting in the Pastel Society of America (PSA)  
 “Enduring Brilliance 2015” Exhibition at the National Arts Club (NAC) in NYC.
Just visiting the NAC is neat because it’s located in an amazing Victorian mansion,
 and it’s also full of vintage art and a great variety of today's pastel painting legends,
(as well as those of us who would like to be). 
No prize this time, just the joy of having my painting in the show!
Thursday, September 17, 2015
We, (my husband, Gene, and I), arrived in NYC via our car on I-80, to the NJ Transit Train from Denville NJ to Penn Station and the rest of the way on subway. (Not exactly what we are used to!).  We checked into our hotel and visited our family, Paul, Marcy and Henry.
Friday, Sept 18, 2015
We enjoyed the John Singer Sargent Show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday am.
Went to the PSA Gallery Talk with Richard McKinley at the NAC Friday pm.
(We were joined there by our family.  What a treat! )
Richard talked about as many of the 180+ paintings as possible in less than 1 hour.  “WOW!"
Saturday, Sept 19, 2015 AM
We went to the PSA “Candy Store” of art supplies,  (Talked with Mike from Rochester!)  I took advantage of the free portfolio review offered to Associate Members of the PSA.  Maceo Mitchell gave me a delightful 20 minutes of encouragement , MOST HELPFUL!
I also got a chance to meet Duane Wakeham, who is a master pastelist and author of
A Guide to Drawing, we had a great discussion on the importance of drawing and learning the basics. GREAT CONVERSATION!   
In the PM. we  babysat for Henry, so Paul and Marcy could enjoy some free time.
Sunday, September 20,
 We spent the day in Central Park with family, and attended the dinner and met more artists.
Maria Marino who attended our CPPS Terri Ford Workshop sends her regards,
Maria is a PSA signature member and member of the PSA Board of Governors.
I have lots of photos to share, and I had lots of fun.

Meet your Members

Jeanne McKinney, Artist

Jeanne Black McKinney was born in Buffalo, New York. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Art. She also studied at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and with private teachers, in classes and workshops. 

Jeanne’s earliest artistic influence came from her Grandfather, the Baltimore artist, Edward S. Black. She grew up surrounded by his beautiful paintings and fondly remembers him making drawings for her and her brothers when they were very young. 
After raising her five children, Jeanne has returned to painting. Her work reflects her intense interest and appreciation in the natural world as she paints plein air landscapes and organic still lifes. Painting outdoors seems natural to her as she also enjoys hiking and flyfishing in Central Pennsylvania and beyond.

Jeanne’s professional affiliations include Juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America, Associate Member of American Women Artists, Signature membership in the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, and memberships in the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, the Art Association of Harrisburg, Art in Common of Centre County, the Artist Registry of the Bellefonte Museum for Centre County, the Pastel Society of New Hampshire, the Degas Pastel Society and the International Association of Pastel Societies. 

Jeanne has studied in painting workshops with Richard McKinley PSA, Robert Carsten PSA, Maggie Price PSA, Elizabeth Apgar Smith PSA, Susan Ogilvie PSA, Master Pastelist Judith B. Carducci PSA, Terri Ford PSA, and Kim Lordier PSA. 
Jeanne exhibits her paintings in juried national and regional exhibitions. Her work can be found at The State College Framing Company and Gallery in State College, PA, Faustina’s Gallery in Lewisburg, PA, The Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center in Millheim, PA, in private and corporate collections, and on her website:

“I feel blessed to live in such a beautiful area, surrounded by mountains to explore, streams and rivers to fish, and an abundant source of inspiring landscape to paint. I hope to interpret in my work, for others, that which moves me when I view the land.”


Welcome New Members and Signature Member

No new members at this time.

No new Signature members at this time.  See #4 below to learn how to qualify for 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  still missing
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 Creevey(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  added recently
Discovering/Recovering your creativity
PAINTING WITH PASTELS by Maggie Price  added recently
Techniques to master pastels

To check out any of the above, contact Susan Nicholas

Buy, Sell or Trade

 For Sale:  What a deal!  Still Available - Seventy-one (71) lightly used (some brand new) pan pastels plus applicator sponges and handles, empty jars and a stack of lids for only $100+shipping costs  These materials originally sold for more than $345.   If interested, email Judy Leasure


Art Shows to Enter

Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club   Women only. Deadline: October 9th  All 2-D media.  Prospectus: 

Miniature Competition.  Waco, TX.  Deadline: November 1.  Prospectus:

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

Visual Arts Center.  Florida.  Deadline:  December 4th.  Prospectus: 
Send Newsletter items to
Send Website items to
Copyright © 2015 Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp