August 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

I need help from all of you.  Please send in your "bios" as soon as you can or the "Meet Your Members" column will be discontinued. 

Important!  The Home Page slide show will change soon to Autumn scenes during the months of September and October.   When you send in jpegs to, please write "CPPS website" in the subject line along with the word, Autumn.. There are also 9 spaces on the Contact Page for showing individual artwork and some new work is needed.  There is no set change schedule or theme for these spaces.  No one has yet sent in jpegs to Anna, so if you truly want variety and an updated website, it's up to you.

Memorial   Susan Nicholas Gephart wishes to thank the Society for the condolences card and the  memorial given by the Society in remembrance  of her father and past society member, Tom Nicholas.  Susan will use the memorial to fund full scholarships for students attending the Hameau Retreat either this fall or next spring.. 

Current News

"Pastel Expressions" Closing Activity

 On August 20, CPPS president, Marianne Fyda, will give the closing demonstration and talk for the participants at the Al'Art Luncheon at SAMA Ligonier.  Members of PPAL gave pastel demos at the June and July luncheons.

The show will close on August 23.. Pickup dates for artist work are August 25-27, 2015.  Marianne announced at the meeting that Suzanne DeSarbo is willing to pick up paintings, but people need to email her to make arrangements beforehand. 

Mike Beeman Workshop Update

It was announced at the meeting that the Mike Beeman workshop is full.  If you are interested in participating for only one day, please check with Judy Leasure to see if that possibility still exits.

Margaret Evans Workshop Update

At the present time, there are 4 people signed up for this workshop.  Click here for workshop registration form.

Birthday Party Committee

The committee asked for a budget for the event.  The treasurer will put together a possible budget.  Input was also asked for the types of favors and food and drink the members would prefer.  If you have suggestions, please email Judy Wilson or Jen Shuey.

Education Committee

The Education Committee's proposal was accepted by the members present and the committee will immediately begin  implementing the 4 key features.  The committee will be assuming responsibility for our major annual workshop/s featuring a nationally known artist and will work with Judy Leasure,our current workshop coordinator. so that the transition goes smoothly. 
Plein air Paint Out

Marianne and Pat will once again host the Plein Air Paint Out West on Friday, September 11 from Marianne's home in Troutville.  They will also provide lunch, snacks, and drinks.  Rain date is September 12.  Some members have plans to paint with other groups.  A Paint Out in the State College Area is being planned, but there is no information at this time.

Meet your Members

Donna Mitchell, Artist
 1210 Stratford Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013
Donna Mitchell is an artist who works primarily in the pastel medium. She has been rooted in traditional realism since her early days of childhood.  Her subjects are very diversified, yet she is most passionate toward portraiture of both people and pets.  She creates custom commissioned portrait paintings from life and/or from reference photographs. With a lifetime of painting experience, Donna assures that she will define your subjects with the distinct qualities and character that is unique to your loved ones.
Donna is a resident of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  She has worked as a professional artist for twenty-five years. In former years, she extensively studied portraiture under the instruction of renowned portrait and figure artist, Karl Foster. Today, she continues her education by studying with some of the finest internationally renowned portrait and figure artists, including Daniel E. Greene, Wende Corporale, William Schneider, Margaret Dyer and Christine Swann.
Donna’s exhibit participation in local group, juried shows and galleries are innumerable. Donna frequently exhibits solo. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including several Best of Show awards, Finalist in two International Competitions and an Instructor of the Year Award.
As an instructor of pastel painting at the Art Center School & Galleries in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Donna works with beginner and advanced students from ages 15 to senior adult. She also instructs workshops, private lessons and offers custom framing to portrait clients from her home studio.
She is a member of the Portrait Society of America; Pastel Society of America; Central PA Pastel Society; Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, Art Center School & Galleries, Mechanicsburg, PA; Carlisle Arts Learning Center, Carlisle, PA; Perry County Council of the Arts, Newport, PA; Valley Art Association, Hagerstown, MD; Wednesday Morning Portrait Group, Hagerstown, MD; and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD.
Donna is represented by Art & Soul Gallery, Lemoyne, PA; Gallery 50, Waynesboro, PA; and Perry County Council of the Arts Gallery, Newport, PA. She also has online presence in Saatchi Art Gallery and the Canine Art Guild. 



Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society
April 26, 2015 meeting

The quarterly meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society was held on Sunday,
April 26, 2015 at the Best Western Plus, Premiere Drive, State College, PA
. In
attendance were: Milt trask, Joan Engle
, Judy Wilson, Debbie Decker, Jill Foster,
Pamela Cistaro, Jennifer Shuey, Denise Wagner, Mary Rohrer-Dann, Kim Gates Flick,
Anne Kenyon
, Marianne Fyda and Pat McDannel.

Prior to the business meeting:

Anne Kenyon of the Program Committee, presented a pastel activity, "The 20 Stroke
Apple", based on an exercise by Barbara Court Jaenicke

We all had fun, and learned to make our strokes a bit more concise.

Jill Foster presented a view of the new Newsletter and CPPS Website which she and
Anna Crane have developed. Anna will be the new webmaster, and will assist Jill with
the monthly newsletter.

The business meeting was opened by President Marianne Fyda. The secretary's report
was accepted as was the treasurer
's report, which had been sent out via email due to
Susan McCartney"s absence at the meeting.

IN UNFINISHED BUSINESS Marianne provided some final details on the Pastel
ions Exhibit in Ligonier. Several people plan to demonstrate on May 3. Anne
Kenyon and Susan Nicholas Gephart offered to transport anyone who wanted to attend.

MIKE BEEMAN workshop now has 12 registrants and 1 or 2 day participants will be
. It was noted that we are drawing people from a much wider area than
before. The dates for the workshop are August 7-9. Final payment is due by July 15.
There have been some requests from participants for room sharing. Contact Judy
Leasure or Marianne Fyda if you are interested in sharing.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE is now known as the Education Committee. It consists of
Kathleen Muffie-Witt, Anne Kenyon and Virginia Belser
. Anne gave a report and
suggested that committee members should rotate one member off and one new
member on each year
. They need feedback from members as to content of programs.

A NEW WORKSHOP CHAIRMAN is going to be needed as Judy leasure is leaving the
. Judy has offered to assist the new chairman in the items necessary to organize a
workshop. (Please note! Judy is still with us and doing a
great job, but she is moving to
, VA ... She will train her replacement!!!!!).

IN NEW BUSINESS- Jill was thanked for the work she has done on providing a new
format for our newsletter
. Jill will provide a newsletter monthly. Anna Crane will be our
new webmaster and will be paid an hourly wage for the website. Kim Gates Flick made
the motion to pay Anna $15 per hour, and added, that we should set a time to evaluate
her performance and her pay and bring it in line with what we were paying Karl Leitzel.
The motion was seconded by Milt Trask and carried.

CPPS LIBRARY was discussed. If you would like to borrow an item from the library
please contact Susan Nicholas Gephart so that she will bring it to the next meeting.
This will save money and effort on using the postal system to dispense items.

CPPS BIRTHDAY COMMITTEE will be made up of Judy Wilson, Jen Shuey and Denise

NOMINATING COMMITTEE for 2015 will be chaired by Denise Wagner. You may
volunteer or others will be appointed.

INTERNATIONAL PAINT OUT - Paint Out West! will be in Troutville, East will be in State
College. Marianne and Pat will provide food, etc for West, Denise Wagner will organize
for State College
. The dates are September 11, 12, 13.

WISH LIST ideas should be shared at the next meeting.

NEW SHOWS- Debbie Decker is looking into a show at SAMA in Altoona. Judy Wilson
has some contacts and will report as needed.

Presently Denise Wagner has her show at State College Framing and Art, Marianne and
Anne in the Bellefonte Art Museum

Mary Rohrer-Dann announced a program at Webster's, with a post card handout: "The
Things We Know", "to explore a snapshot of women's lives with insights written by
women, the d
iary of our hurly burly years."

Jen reported that she will move to her new job with the Central PA Festival of the Arts
ry soon.

The next meeting will be held on July 26 so as not to conflict with the Beeman

Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Pat McDannel

Artist Spotlight

 Susan Nicholas Gephart will be teaching a one-day adult en plein air pastel and oil workshop at Millbrook Marsh on August 15, 2015.  She will also be teaching at Hameau in October.   She will be sharing  supplies (pastels) with the participants that were provided by the national art companies that sponsor Susan as a dedicated workshop instructor.   Contact Susan if you are interested in attending either of these workshops.

Marianne Fyda's painting, "Elements 5", has been accepted into the Pastel Society of America's upcoming show in New York City.  The show, Enduring Brillance", will run from September 8-26, 2015.  We were told at the meeting that her last year's entry had won an award and had also been sold.  Congratulations!

Jeanne McKinney's painting "Long Lane Vista - Amish Farm" was accepted into the Shirt Factory Gallery Adirondack National Pastel Exhibition 2015 in Glen Falls, New York.

Welcome New Members and Signature Members

Welcome to our new member Marilyn Bok from Sayre, PA.

See #4 below for information on how to attain Signature membership in CPPS.

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.NEW!
This is a book about painting portraits..

Contact:  to check out any of these materials. 

Buy, Sell, Trade or Borrow

For Sale:  Don’t miss this deal!
71 lightly used pan pastels plus applicator sponges and handles, empty jars and a stack of lids for only $100+shipping costs  These materials originally sold for approx $345  (Save on shipping by having the materials delivered at the Mike Beeman workshop.)  If interested,  email Judy Leasure

Art Shows to Enter

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:


Meeting Dates

November 8, 2015 (10th birthday party)

Best Western Plus,
Premiere Drive,
State College, PA

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