September 25-27, 2020
ZOOM daily 10:00AM – 2:30PM EST
Very often, artists find themselves stuck and unable to move forward—and completely dependent on creating art through copying reference photos. Trapped in this comfort zone, some artists want—but are unable—to free their art to explore new modes of expression. The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate and explore alternative and exciting ways of creating with pastels more bold, expressive, and abstracted art that taps into our imagination and visual memories. Artists will hopefully take with them a renewed confidence and excitement to approach art-making differently, experiment and become empowered to take more risks, and tap further into their imaginations!
Maximum number of participants: 12
10:00AM – 10:30AM: Welcome and Introduction
10:30AM – 12:00PM: Expressionism and Abstraction:
Exploring great works by contemporary artists (various media) from all over the world with an interactive analysis and discussion of the primary elements of masterful composition in abstracted art—line, shape, color, value/texture, notan.
12:00PM – 12:30PM: Break
12:30PM – 2:30PM: Continuation of morning session with focus on secondary elements of composition in abstracted art with examples from contemporary art
*Movement and dynamism
*Pattern, rhythm, and repetition
*Balance and equilibrium
*Unity and harmony
*Dominance and emphasis
*Contrast and opposition
*Variation and gradation
*Space, plane division, and depth
10:00AM – 11:00AM: Demo on how to create an abstracted still life without reference photos or still life set-up.
11:00AM – 12:30PM: Artists paint their own abstracted still life (1 or more) based on Day 1 inspiration plus demo.
12:30PM – 1:00PM: Break.
1:00PM – 2:30PM: Group discussion and critique of paintings with suggestions of how to move forward.
10:00AM – 11:00AM: Demo on how to create an abstracted landscape from childhood memories/ imagination.
11:00AM – 12:30PM: Artists paint their own abstracted landscape (1 or more) based on Day 1 inspiration plus demo.
12:30PM – 1:00PM: Break.
1:00PM – 2:30PM: Group discussion and critique of paintings with suggestions on how to move forward.
Artists will require the usual set of materials needed for PSA workshops plus water colors or acrylic paints for underpaintings. Paper of your choice not to exceed 40 x 40 cm.
Cost for this four-day workshop:
$350 for PSA members
$385 for non-members
For the first time in its 48-year history, Pastel Society of America’s Annual Exhibition 2020 will be held online. It will not have a physical presence in the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club (NAC). The Gallery of the NAC, where the exhibition has been held for all of PSA’s history, is understandably closed to the public until further notice.
All $40,000 in awards will be distributed as planned with selections made by our esteemed awards juror Marjorie Shelley, Metropolitan Museum of Art conservator and pastel expert. New awards totaling $5000 have been given anonymously by a first-time donor.
Our popular gallery events – the gallery walk-through and reception, Materials Fair, and Annual Dinner – are all canceled at this point, but we are currently in the planning stages for online events. Announcements with more information will be forthcoming.
We ask for your understanding during this very difficult time. It’s up to all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone, including young and healthy people, should avoid large gatherings. Stay up-to-date with public health guidelines from the CDC. And, look forward to more PSA communications about online activities.
The prospectus for The Pastel Society of America 48th Annual
Exhibition Enduring Brilliance! 2020
has been updated on ShowSubmit and the PSA website.
See the updated prospectus by clicking on these links.
Master Pastelist Gallery Submissions
We are updating the Master Pastelist Gallery on the PSA website. If you are a Master Pastelist and would like to be included, please email the information below to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Include 3 images. Images should be 300 dpi resolution with the longest side 1200 pixels.
• Files should be saved as last name_first initial_title. Example: Wright_J_Sunflowers.jpg
• Include a short bio of approximately 200 words.
• Include your website link.
We hope to update the Master Gallery as often as possible, but please be patient — we have more than 140 Master Pastelists!
Email the above information to:
This exhibition features works by some of the nation’s premier pastel painters drawn from the society’s Annual Exhibition, held at The National Arts Club, in New York City.
Butler Institute Hours
Tuesday – Saturday 11 AM – 4 PM
Sunday noon – 4 PM
The Butler Institute of American Art
Starting January 1, 2020, individuals may apply for Associate or Signature membership status one time only per year. Multiple applications during a 12-month period will not be considered by the membership committee.
Proxies for the election of the 2020 Class One Board of Governors, along with membership invoices for yearly dues, are now in the mail to all 1,320 current members of the Pastel Society of America. Once more, the Board of Governors has extended voting privileges to Associate members. We appreciate and encourage the participation of the entire society in choosing its leadership.
All Governors are volunteers who generously contribute their time, skills, and funds in support and promotion of artists who work in soft pastel.
Your modest membership payment supports the society’s essential expenses, such as rent for facilities at The National Arts Club, the salary for our partime administrator, and the office administrative expenses for the Annual Exhibition and for education programs.
When your dues payment is processed, each member in good standing is automatically added to the website’s public record of official PSA membership. Don’t lose your place on the members roll of America’s oldest pastel society.
After 11 years of dedicated service, Leslie Lillien Levy PSA-MP (left) has resigned from the PSA Board of Governors to devote more time in her home community of Kent, Connecticut, to a family experiencing an emergency humanitarian crisis. Leslie writes, “My involvement with this family, as well as my heavy participation in local, state, and national politics prompted me to reexamine and rank my priorities. During the 11 years I have been on the board, I have had some of the most rewarding experiences in my life. You’re all my family, and it is a difficult decision to leave the nest. I plan to continue painting and will help my replacement with the transition.”
During her tenure, Leslie served on the board’s executive committee as corresponding secretary. In addition to organizing receiving at the PSA Annual, Leslie utilized her managerial experience in national network advertising to apply a professional approach to PSA’s communications. One of Leslie’s initiatives was the creation of the PSA eblast program.
As PSA president, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Signature member Kristin Divers to the PSA Board of Governors. Kristin will fill the Class 2 seat vacated by Leslie Levy before the end of the current term. Kristin’s vision of community building as life-long vocation makes her a natural to take on the society’s communications program, including eblasts, as the first of her board responsibilities.
Kristin’s formal education was in studio art and art therapy. Over the years, she took (or taught) an occasional art class, mostly in drawing technique. In 2000, she took her first pastel class. She was hooked, and started to focus studio time on pastel work. She has sporadically taken workshops around the eastern US from contemporary pastel artists she admires, focusing on growing her mastery of this wonderful medium. She lives in Pittsburgh, but spends significant time in New York City.
Thank you Leslie for the many years of innovative, unselfish, and enthusiastic service to PSA. We extend a hearty welcome to Kristin as she begins her tenure on the PSA Board of Governors.
SEPTEMBER 3 – 28
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB
15 Gramercy Park South, NY, NY
Friday, September 20
Gallery Tour & Reception 6-8 pm
Commentator: Richard McKinley PSA-MP, HFH
Open to public — free of charge
Saturday, September 21
Materials Fair 10am – 4 pm
Portfolio Reviews 11 am – 1 pm
Sunday, September 22
Awards Ceremony 4 pm
Annual Dinner and Raffle Drawing 6:30 pm
Saturday, September 28
Deborah Quinn-Munson PSA 1-3:30 pm
Free of charge