March 2016
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Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society

President - Virginia Belser, Vice-President - Kim Gates Flick, Secretary - Peggy Klinger, 
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

The May meeting has been changed to May 1st to accommodate the schedule of Mike from the Rochester Art Supply store.  

Please Note:  Jill Foster's new email address is
Do not send news items to the old address.

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. 
I need member "bios".  I'm out!

Remember!  "People and Places" jpegs need to be sent to Anna for the March/April website slideshow, ASAP!

Current News

Pastel Potpourri

Great News!   Daniel Massad, master pastelist and juror for the Images show,  is planning to attend this event!

On March 25, 2016, the Palmer Museum on Penn State campus will present pastel works from the Palmer Museum's collection. Some of the works selected have never been shown before. Seventeen artists will be represented along with two pieces from unknown artists.   The pastels may be viewed in The Print Study room located on the second floor. The room will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  
Please, mark your calendars now. Plan on attending, bring a friend and enjoy this unique opportunity. 

Also, you may be interested in attending Docent Choice Tours at the Palmer every Sunday at 2:00.   For March, there are only two tours because of Spring Break and Easter.   Dottie Ford will talk on March 13th “Portraits at the Palmer”  and Joanne Bennett on March 20“Secrets at the Palmer”

CPPS Spring Exhibition: Pastel Passions & Beyond

Deadline for inclusion: Monday February 29. 

You must confirm your participation in an email to the exhibit committee chairperson. Contact: Susan Nicholas Gephart at ​ 


Register on web form by: Monday, March 14. (The web form for registration will follow soon and will be sent to only those who have pre-registered)

Deliver: Monday, April 25, 10-5pm 

Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 5:30 to 8p

Pick-up: Monday, June 13

This CPPS exhibition will include plenty of advertising. Look for our announcement in the March State College Magazine. Participating members will be provided post cards, posters, and an on line email to distribute to their friends and clients. You won't want to miss being part of this member opportunity!  Inclusion deadline is Monday, February, 29th! 

You may contact Susan Nicholas Gephart with any questions. or call 814-360-2116

Rochester Art Supply Visit

Mike from the Rochester Art Supply in Rochester, NY  will be at the Best Western Plus with a dizzying array of pastel supplies from 10-2:00 on Sunday, May 1, prior to the quarterly meeting.  He is open to bringing special request items (non-pastel items, special quantities)  if requested beforehand via email :   Save your pennies, bring a friend, discover new materials.

Special Pastel Feature Planned

Hameau Farm Studio Artist Retreat's May 9-14 will have a special pastel feature on Wednesday the 11th of the week long retreat with demos and exploration of surfaces, underpaintings, and pastel application.  Attending artists are welcome to try out the Sponsors' Table, which includes Unison, Jack Richeson, and Sennelier pastels.  To find out more, visit

This year the annual Hameau Artist Retreats', "Artist Gala Reception and Exhibition" is Saturday, May 14, 7-10 pm. . It will feature the plein air works that participating artists created during the retreat. This event is free and open to the public.
To find out more, visit


Future Workshops

Desmond O' Hagan 2016 Workshop

Desmond O’Hagan will present a 3-day workshop July 22-24, 2016.
There is still room in this workshop.  Registration form below.

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

This three-day course will include the following:

A slide presentation and lecture on painting in pastels including people, still life, interiors,  urbanscapes, and landscapes. (Thursday evening.  Attendance is strongly suggested as this is the first part of the workshop)

Discussions on painting materials, surfaces, developing your painting style, and workin methods unique to pastels                                         

Demos emphasizing composition, color, and technique.

Daily individual critiques of students’ works in progress.

Click here for registration form.  

2017 Workshop

The 2017 workshop will be focused on the figure.  Artists being considered at this time include Sally Strand, Bill Hosner, and William Snyder,  The education committee would appreciate your comments and preferred choice.  Email: Anne Kenyon or Kathleen Muffie-Witt or Debbie Decker


Meet your Members

Mary Rohrer-Dann, Artist

I am primarily a poet, playwright, and fiction writer, but art was my first love growing up.  I stepped away from it for a long time.  When I did return, pastels captured my imagination. 

I love the intensity of the colors, and the sensuality of the medium itself.  I love holding pure color in my hands, and the rich textures of pastel paper.  I'm especially interested the the more abstract possibilities of pastels.

Artist Spotlight

Peggy Klinger has an upcoming show in the tearoom at the Bellefonte Museum during the month of March. She will have about a dozen works of which (sadly) only one is a pastel. The museum is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4:30. The First Sunday reception will be on March 6th.

New and Signature Members

No new members at this time.
To earn signature status within CPPS, see #4 in by-law summary below.  Also highlighted in the summary are membership regulations that need to be noted.

February Minutes

The minutes from the February meeting haven't been approved.  Please read the minutes for accuracy and have additions or corrections ready to share at the May 1 meeting.  Click here for the minutes from the February meeting

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 Resources 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.
Also note: group emails are sent out by the president and not individual members. 
A complete set of by-laws can be read on the CPPS website.
 Welcome to the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society

Art Tidbits

Enjoy this interesting video link sent in by Susan Nicholas Gephart:

Jean Stern has been a Feature PACE Stage Lecturer each year at the plein air convention.

Some comments by Anna Wainright from the February 20216 Pastel Journal,

"I don't easily absorb information and instruction from books, workshops or teachers, but with pastels, I had all of the colors, values, and hues I could have asked for at my fingertips.  I didn't have to learn how to mix color because they were already made for me.  All I had to do was pick them out and accumulate them like little jewels of color.  The immediacy of the medium was just what I needed."

"Pastels taught me which colors were harmonious and how a neutral color can make a brilliant color sing."

"I didn't understand many concepts until I worked with pastels and they happened on the paper in front of me.  My work is almost a response to the pastels."

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

Pastel Society of Colorado - Mile High International Pastel Exhibition - Entry due April 8, 2016. Contact: 
SAMA Ligonier - Biennial 2016.  Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2016.
For more information regarding the submission process, please contact Scott Dimond, Curator; or  Bev Hartnett, Registrar, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, PO Box 9,  Loretto, PA 15940 or via e-mail at: or has an array of art shows that our members are eligible to enter.  The Great Lakes Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of Colorado are two of the pastel shows listed there.  Plus the International Association of Pastel Societies should have their listing up by now.  Check it out.

Woodson Art Museum - Birds in Art - Deadline April 15. 2016.  Contact:

Pastel Society of America - Enduring Brilliance.  Entry due June 14.  Contact:
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