December 2016
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Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society

President - Virginia Belser, Vice-President - , 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

2017 Meeting Dates

February 12
May 14
August 13
November 12

Letter from the Editor

I would like to draw your attention to a new monthly column in this newsletter written by CPPS member, Stacy Mayou.  I know you are going to enjoy it!

/:What slideshow themes do you think we should have on the website in 2017? Send suggestions to either Anna or Jill.  Their email addresses are at the bottom of the newsletter. 

As reported before, the slideshow theme on the website for Jan/Feb is Snow/Winter.  Be sure that your jpegs are at least 600-800 pixels in height. Send jpegs to Anna right away.

Reminder!  Pay your dues before December 31, 2016. Dues are currently $30.  Make your checks out to "CPPS".  Mail your checks to: CPPS,  P.O. Box 246, Lemont, PA, 16851.

Change of News deadline :  For this month only, the deadline is December 24

From our President

    • Opportunities:  We have a few opportunities for members to contribute to the organization:
      1. Exhibit/Show committee needs a fourth member to help with planning and errands. For a job description see the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) on our website.
      2. We need a Vice President  right away- again there is a description of what that entails on our website.
      3. For November 2017 we will need a Treasurer as our current Treasurer will have served 5 years and is going to be the Head Docent at the Palmer . The website can give you some information on details as can current Treasurer Susan McCartney.
      4. We will eventually need another recording secretary if Peggy decides not to stay on.
    • Do you love planning? Do you like to meet nationally known pastel artists? If so, please consider the role of CPPS National Artist workshop organizer.  You would assume the responsibilities of contacting artists, coordinating their travel and lodging, securing the venue and making the budget for the event. You work in tandem with the Treasurer for financial issues and the Vice-President assists with marketing. The President does anything from driving the artist around to taping down drop cloths. The event typically occurs annually but we are open to more. If you'd like a partner for this I welcome the opportunity to be involved.
    • Friendly Feedback

      The next session is set for Wednesday, November 30, 3:00-5:00, in the Clubhouse of Springfield Commons in Boalsburg
      As you are driving East past Duffy’s (Duffy's is on your left ) go to the last street on your right at the Heritage Museum, Loop Rd.
      Take a right on Loop, and continue up hill to Rueben Way, first paved road on the right. You will see sign for Springfield Commons. Follow Reuben to Dearing
      and take a left.  You will see community center on your left. 

      Are you interested in participating in a shared booth at Arts Festivalthis summer? If so, please contact me ( . In a nutshell, participating artists would  :
    •  split the regular booth fee of $545.
    •  be juried in through the Zapplication online jurying process (and pay the $35 entry fee).
    • The actual jurying is in mid-February.  “Local” artists may bring in their work to the Nittany Lion Inn the afternoon of the second day of jurying,

Current News

Rochester Art Supply News

Mike, owner of Rochester Art Supply, has informed us that Terry Ludwig has sold his pastel business to his son and the 2017 prices have gone up, up, up!.  So, if you like Ludwig pastels, order them before the end of the year.  He also said that the 90 pc. green set is being discontinued.  Again, if you want that set of grreens, order right away.

Mike also said that his Black Friday offer for the 2 sets of Rembrandt pastels [half price] will hold as long as he has them in stock.  

Rembrandt 120 pc Half stick set

Rembrandt 60 pc full stick set

If you decide to place an order, go to the end of  Stacy's new column to find more good news from Mike

Docent Choice at the Palmer Museum

Susan McCartney and Anne Kenyon are hosting a Docent tour entitled, "Pastels and More", Dec 4 from 2-3pm at the Palmer Museum.  Please meet in the lobby by 2pm December 4; the event will be held in the print room on the the second floor.

Quotes of the Month

"The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic
than to love others."
Vincent van Gogh
sent by Shirley Vogelsong

"Painting is a means of self-enlightenment."
John Olsen 
(I try to keep this in mind when I question my artistic abilities. I am not doing this for anyone but me and painting teaches me much more everyday than I can learn reading a book.)
sent by Stacy Mayou

Thoughts from the Studio

Question From Shirley Vogelsong:   What do other pastelists attach their paper to when they paint? I have been using a canvas (Linda's suggestion from class) but now when using Uart paper and artists tape, it doesn't stay on. The paper is heavier than Canson which does hold ok. I could use Masonite I guess. Just wondered what others used.   Email Shirley if you have a solution for her.

Jill:  The one product that I can't do without is Gloves in a Bottle.  Before I started using this lotion, my fingernails and cuticles would be dry and cracked.  When I use  this product, it no longer happens.

Rather than using fixative on a finished pastel painting, Robert Carsten, during his workshop some years ago, told us how he deals with the loose dusty bits of pastel still on the surface.  He lays a piece of newsprint on a level surface, then places his painting face up on that with another piece of newsprint covering it and finally puts a large piece of glass over everything to create a "sandwich".  He then presses firmly all over so that the loose bits are set in the painting and won't drift downward when framed.  Be sure nothing moves during the pressing process as you don't want a smear in your work!

Milt Trask sent in this tidbit.  "I just noticed in the most recent issue of the Pastel Journal a featured article on Maria Marino.  Maria was in our pastel workshop with Terri Ford out at David Corneal’s facility [McCann Art School] in the woods.  Good artist who made the Journal."

Future Workshops

Bill Hosner Workshop August 2017

William Truman Hosner, guest artist
"Concepts for Painting the Figure in Outdoor Spaces"
August 1/2/3. 2017
Windmere Hall
State College, PA

Members $500. Non Members $530 (includes CPPS membership).
(Price of workshop does not include the model fee)
$ 100 deposit due 1/15/17.
Preference to CPPS members until Jan.15 and then the workshop will open nationally
Minimum # 10 to 15 maximum # participants

The registration form is now posted.on the website.

Other Workshops

Do you have suggestions for future workshops?  Send your ideas to Virginia Belser, our president.   (

New Column:
by Stacy Mayou
A Real Challenge
 In December it is hard to see January coming at us. It always happens, on December 27th we bolt upright in bed at 4:03am, breathing heavy, sweating a little - the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge starts in 5 days and we aren’t ready. So much to do; need adequate supplies on hand, plenty of study images and of course coffee and massive quantities of chocolate.

Then, January 1st, we roll out of bed at 8:35, head pounding, stiff, in a fog. All we can think about is eggs on toast with mayonnaise and cheese - lots of cheese. By 2pm the fog is lifting and we realize we have to go back to work tomorrow; the house is a disaster, half Christmas leftovers, half New Years Eve dishes, and a basket full of dirty laundry. This is when we remember that our 30-in-30 challenge starts today, we go green around the gills and our knees are suddenly a bit weak.

Ok, survived the first few crazy days of January and now we are happily painting one painting a day. Sipping our coffee in one hand and blending pastels with the other. It is kind of nice to make time for ourselves and our art work.

Come on! Get Real! NICE? Is that what you want? NICE?

How about a real challenge this year, really push yourself and your limits. Expand your abilities and your confidence with a painting Marathon! Artist Marc Hanson has done 4 of these challenges, 4 paintings a day for the entire month. In an interview with John Pototschnik ( he explains “Without a doubt the month long painting ‘marathons’ that I’ve done, painting everyday for the entire month, 4 paintings a day, have done the most for my technique, for my outlook on what I choose to paint, and for my endurance as a painter. Those intense months of nothing but painting, all day long, have done more than anything else I’ve done to advance my painting skills. It only makes sense that it would. You have to paint when you don’t want to, when you’re tired, wet, cold, out of ideas, thinking that there’s no way that you’re going to be able to see one more painting, ever. That personal challenge really stretched my chops. I’ve done four of those now, and I would say that with each one I could viscerally feel the steps forward that my painting took.”

How wonderful to really challenge ourselves, to have to paint when we don’t want to, to have to find subject matter to paint that isn’t comfortable. Image how it would truly advance you as an artist. Now, I am really not suggesting 4 paintings a day, although, I do think that is a great goal. But think for a minute if 1 painting a day is really a challenge for you, is painting the same subject matter you normally paint a real challenge? Does it push your ability; grow your confidence? If after careful consideration of your circumstances and artistic goals you answered yes, then please complete the 30-in-30 challenge, if you answered no or were inspired by Marc Hanson’s personal challenge, then create your own challenge this year. Step out of your comfort zone and see where it takes you. Paint 2 or 3 paintings a day, paint new subject matter, combine drawings and other medium into your daily challenge - the options are limitless!

Start your challenge on January 2nd or 3rd, so you can completely enjoy the holidays. Get your supplies and your studio space ready now, don’t wait until December 27th. May I suggest a trip to the Rochester Art Supply Store to really inspire and invigorate you to take on your challenge.

Walking into the store you are greeted by the smell of canvas and paper, and dust - glorious art dust! The aisles are crowded with tubes, brushes, cans and color, and everything begs to be touched. As you make your way to the back left corner you pass options and opportunity stacked on top of each other. All of the sudden you are standing in front of a room lined with wooden drawers - like the old card catalog drawers at the library - but these drawers aren’t as tall, they are thin, and there are hundreds. Open one and pastels are nestled in foam beds in order of color. One drawer has blues, the next blue/green and so on. On top of the drawers are displays of pastels in every color - colors I hadn’t even imagined. You can buy one stick or one hundred sticks (exception Terry Ludwig, only sold in sets). Rebecca, the young woman patiently helping me, always smiling, answered all my questions, looked up numbers and colors, and found me a small travel box with foam beds for the pastels I purchased.

Although you can shop online and they are more than willing to help you over the phone (800) 836-8940 and through email; it just doesn’t compare to the inspiration that awaits you when you walk through the doors - a little slice of art heaven!  (The full catalog is also on our website under "Resources")

Remember, reward only comes from Practice, Patience and Perseverance.

Side note: If you do plan a trip and there is something specific you want to look at, call ahead and they will have it out and ready for you. The store itself is not large, so easels, for example, aren’t all set out.

If you have any questions or comments about this column, email Stacy at
Editor's Note:  Mike has just told me that he will give free shipping to CPPS members on any order over $50 to the end of the year..  Just write "free shipping per mike" Furniture is excluded from this offer.


A Note from Susan Nicholas Gephart

San Diego will mark my fourth year attending the Plein Air Convention, and being asked to be a pastel presenter is a dream come true. I can’t wait to return to the West and paint the San Diego views. 

My memories from the prior conventions’ presenters still ripple through my mind, with connections to my work and how to be a better artist. As a teacher, I couldn’t wait to get home and implement the techniques and philosophies that had impressed me.

My original purpose for attending was to learn from these masters. The diversity of mediums and options for each day’s schedule were beyond anything I could have planned. There was an open-door policy where we could flow from one track to another, and it impacted my multi-medium-artist learning curve beyond imagination!

What I had not thought about was how huge an impression the Expo Hall would have on me as a multi-medium product demonstrator. The Expo offers an amazing chance to meet the people who make and sell fine art supplies.  Being able to touch, buy, and use a product immediately at PACE’s plein air outings was priceless! 

PACE (the Plein Air Convention & Expo) is so well organized, and flowed without error from my viewpoint. Pre-convention info was available online and linked to my smartphone for planning ahead on my schedule. Beginning with the opening party meet-and-greet, to the morning breakfasts, our needs were addressed. For the early risers, Eric Rhoads’ 6 a.m. Marketing Boot Camp provided ideas and direction for my long-term professional goals to flourish as an artist. I couldn’t write or photograph fast enough! 

My first time I attended I knew no one, but somehow ran into many a friend and made countless new ones. The evening gatherings provided opportunity to meet prestigious artists in conversations.This event, bang for buck, is the best opportunity any artist could dream of and is highly recommended. I plan to be back every year and can’t wait to present as pastel faculty at PACE17!  

If interested in attending, Google Plein Air Convention to register.  Convention is already 88% sold out.


November Minutes

These are the minutes from the November meeting.  They have not yet been approved. They will be voted on at the meeting in February.  
CPPS  Quarterly Meeting
Nov. 13, 2016 at Best Western Plus,
State College, PA
At 1:30  p.m. President Virginia Belser called the meeting to order.  Copies of the August  meeting minutes, the treasurer’s report, and the agenda were provided.  An attendance list was floated for those present to sign. Attending were Kathleen Muffie-Witt, Debbie Decker, Anne Kenyon, Roxanne Naydan, Connie Van Ogtrop, Susan Nicholas Gephart, Suzanne Desarbo, Judy Wilson, Stacy Mayou, Candace Smith, Virginia Belser, Susan McCartney, Peggy Klinger.

The minutes of the August meeting were approved, as motioned by Candace Smith and seconded by Roxane Nayden.

The treasurer’s report was accepted.  Debbie Decker moved to approve, seconded by Judy Wilson. It was noted that though we need 13 students to break even for the next workshop we can cover the cost as long as we get 10 students.

Welcome was extended to new members Diane Harkleroad and William Sweeney.

In Unfinished Business:

The exhibit committee (Excom) has completed their operating procedure and will add it to the website. They plan on two shows for 2017, one in the Frame Shop for October and one in the Station Gallery in Lock Haven (Clinton County Arts Council) in August. The latter will be a juried show. Dates for the juried show will be Aug. 11 through Sept. 3 with a reception on the 11th from 6 to 9. The jury procedure is out of our hands and typically the gallery handles hospitality but we can contribute to that if we choose. Question was raised about workshop stuff allowability, off-the-cuff answer is to be guided by the IAPS rules, i.e. probably not.  Suzanne DeSarbo has joined the Education committee and the group welcomes her to that role.

Virginia made an appeal for a member to handle the national level workshop independently of the Edcom. It was suggested that the planning might be more spontaneous for this?

Regarding store credit at Rochester Art Supply, it was proposed that members acknowledge their affiliation with CPPS and the resulting store credit which accrues to the group be subject to a use to be determined by the board. Planned uses might be prizes or other incentive. The information will have to be e-mailed or called in to the store after the order is placed as there is no mechanism on-line to include it in the order. 

Susan McCartney moved to approve this plan, seconded by Connie Van Ogtrop.

Virginia shared the survey results from last year which seem to confirm the group’s direction.

The International Paint-out at Rhoneymeade was attended by approximately 15 artists from the area. Not all were CPPS members.
In New Business:

CPPS is considering a group booth at the Arts Festival; if interested please contact Virgina. If four members participate, each would have a 6x6 space, would share the booth fee of $545, and would have to be juried in through Zapplication (with a $35 entry fee.)  The actual jurying  takes place in mid-February and is done digitally. However local artists may bring in their work to the Nittany Lion Inn the afternoon of the second day of jurying.

Newsletter—please contribute! 80% of subscribers read the November edition by Nov. 3.

Website—also  please contribute!  Per (new member) Stacy, this is very important; it’s how she found us.

Susan will allow monthly payments toward the Hosner workshop.

Suzanne has volunteered to audit the books.

Sue Gephart asked about availability of the Pastel brochure that is size of a postcard? Virginia has a stack and will bring to them to the next meeting.

Re the election? We need a VP immediately, no volunteers or suggestions were brought forward. The secretary and treasurer will stay another year.


The next Friendly Feedback will be held November 30 from 3 to 5 pm at the Community Center at Springfield Commons.

Virginia adjourned the meeting.

Following the business meeting, Kathleen showed an instructional video.
Respectfully submitted; Peg Klinger

New Members

We are pleased to welcome Bill Sweeney from Garnet Valley, PA to CPPS.

Art Shows to Enter

New Orleans Art Association - Deadline December 15, 2016 - Prospectus at

Arizona Pastel Artists' Association - Deadline March 7, 2017 - Prospectus online at

Pastel Society of America - Deadline June 13, 2017 - Prospectus at www.pastelsocietyof  
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