June 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. Please send in any art news you think the members would enjoy and also send me your "Meet your Members" bios as soon as you can. 

"Pastel Expressions" artists - 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 for all!  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 of the year, your painting/s will be shown in one or all of the slideshows.  Please write  CPPS website followed by the theme of the painting in the subject line of the email.  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.

Also know that even though the headings in the Current News section may remain the same, I always try to update and change the information so that there is something new to read in every issue.

Some of our members are willing to loan out books from their personal libraries.Therefore, I am adding "Loan" 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 with the item, title and a short blurb followed by your email address..

The new website was slated to go up the beginning of May, but our webmaster had to wait for an authorization code.  Please read the information about the website in the Current News section.

Current News

May 3rd Paint Out at  SAMA Ligonier Valley

On May 3rd, SAMA of Ligonier Valley was a participant in the local Museum Day.  At that time, a joint paint out with CPPS and PPAL was held on the museum grounds and it was a lovely day for plein aire  painting. The event was well attended by the public and there was a lot of interest in the pastel painters and the show.  Attending from PPAL were Patricia Young, Rita Kambic Haldeman, Diane Grguras, Marian Sallade, Karen Frerrick and Nan Hought.  Anne Kenyon attended from CPPS.

Mike Beeman Workshop Update

The Mike Beeman workshop is fast approaching.  We still have 4 seats available.  If you need information or the registration form, check the website or contact Judy Leasure  One bit of information you need to be aware of is that the hotel is sold out for that weekend, so if you have not registered and cannot commute you will need to stay at a nearby hotel. 

Mike will be doing a demo on Thursday evening, August 6, from 7 to 9 in the breakfast lobby of the Best Western University Park.  Everyone is invited to attend.  We will also be planning to take him out for dinner as a group on Saturday night and all members who wish to come along are welcomed.  More information on the dinner will follow.

New! Margaret Evans Workshop - November 6 & 7, 2015

Margaret will be here to help celebrate our birthday month.  She will present a 2-day workshop on Friday and Saturday.  Because of the time of year, this will be a studio workshop so start collecting some wonderful reference photos to work from.  The cost of the workshop is $300 for the full two days or $175 for a one day registration.  The information sheet and registration form will be available soon. 

The decoration on our birthday cake is that Margaret will join us for our meeting on Sunday, November 8, where she will do a demo.  She is going to donate her demo piece to the society and we are planning to see that one of our members will become the fortunate owner of this piece.  The selection method has not been decided yet, but you must be present if you want an opportunity to take this wonderful painting home (I know it will be wonderful because I have taken several of her workshops and have seen her demo pieces).  Click here for registration form.

If you have questions about this workshop, contact Judy Leasure

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 CPPS Website

The website address had to be changed.  It now ends in a dot com (.com) rather than a dot org (.org).  The new web CPPS web address is 

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

Susan McCartney, Treasurer

I am treasurer for this great group.  I guess it was sort of natural for me to become treasurer since I have a Business Degree from Bucknell.  My business experience includes owning a needle point and knitting yarn shop; where I designed sweaters and needlepoint canvases.  I have worked in the commercial real estate business and finally as County Commissioner in Mifflin County for eight years.  I have two daughters also Bucknell grads and two grandsons.  Porter will be starting University of Kentucky in the fall and CJ is currently a freshman in high school.  CJ has been making art since he as 8 years old and Porter is starting to paint.  Both boys frequently send me images of their art work.  Great fun for Grandma!!
My first experience with drawing and painting was at Bucknell but because I was not an art major the Prof was anything but encouraging.   So……about ten years later my husband with the encouragement from an artist friend, gave me an easel, canvases and many paints and brushes for Christmas.   So I became what I call a “recreational artist” only in it for my own enjoyment.
I took many classes in California and Ohio. After retiring, I took classes in the “Go 60” Program from PSU and then really began enjoying my hobby and working in pastels.  Kim Gates Flick was one of those instructors and she suggested I join CPPS.  What a great group of artists!!!
I like painting from old photos that my dad took in his early years as a poultryman and those wonderful family photos from the 50’s.  I am a bit nostalgic.  I also like painting animals.
I keep busy by giving tours at the Palmer Museum as a docent.  The professors direct the subjects for the tours; I have had some fun times with the students.  These tours range from the topic of “heart stopping romance” to works built around “found objects” or the latest new thing.  A perk for being a docent allows me to audit art history classes, which I really enjoy.   This coming year I will become part of the executive committee for the docents. 
Somewhere I read a person may have as many as eight careers in their life.  My final “career” is art in its many forms and loving every minute of it. 


Member  Contributions

This poem was written by a student of Marianne Fyda.  Marianne has submitted it with permission of the poet, Lisa Lepovetsky.

“The Boating Party” By CASSATT

Looking directly into his eyes
she feels the pull, ache
of his hands on the oars,
the pressure of yellow wood
in his arch, the harsh tickle
of his old wool cap black with
chimney dust and sweat.
A feathering of spray
on her naked nape dries quickly
in a refreshening breeze,
she trembles slightly from the chill.
She wishes he would pull
the bunched jacket from his
thick sweatered middle.
His eyes reflect lapis from the lake.
Her eyes, dark, water in the wind.
The child’s legs rest heavily
between her thighs, swinging,
swinging with the boat’s motion.
A tear snakes down her cheek
and suddenly she wants to go home.


Artist Spotlight

Susan Nicholas Gephart was juried into 'The 2015 Plein Air Camphill competition that took place the last of May. 

In June, Susan Nicholas Gephart will be returning for her 6th year teaching teens in grades 6 to 12  pastel, plein air sketching, and watercolor at Millbrook Marsh during the "Painting in Nature Art Camp", June 15-17

The national art companies that sponsor Susan Nicholas Gephart as a dedicated workshop instructor are: Gamblin Artist Colors, Unison Pastels (including the Albert Handell Landscape box), and dozens of Jack Richeson supplies for all mediums. 

Marianne Fyda now has paintings showing in the Bellefonte Art Museum, Schlow Library, the HUB at Penn State and in the "Pastel Expressions" show at SAMA Ligonier Valley.

Jeanne McKinney 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 Pamela Cistaro from State College.

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 the pull down menu.
  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 and 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.  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.  NEW!
This is a book about painting portraits..

Contact:  to check out any of these materials. 

Buy, Sell, Trade or Loan

Will loan DVDs by M. Katherine Hurley, Bob Rohm (water), Dick Ensing, Greg Biolchini, Ann Templeton, Liz Haywood-Sullivan(water and skies) and Deborah Secor (shadows).Contact Jill at 

Art Shows to Enter

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

 If you click on the following in Marianne's May 21st email  UArt 2015 Online Pastel Competition, you will find all the contest information including prizes, award notifications, eligibility, requirements, and entry fees for the online UArt juried competition..Competition closes at midnight June 30th.

The Chicago Pastel Painters' Exhibition - Entry due July 1.  Contact: www. 

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 -

The Pastel Society of the SW - Entry due August 5.  Contact:

Arkansas Pastel Society - Entry due September 1.  Contact: 

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

Pastel Society of New Hampshire - Entry due September 5.  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 (off Shiloh Road)
State College, PA

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