Artist Spotlight: Jeanne McKinney

Jeanne McKinney was showing paintings in the exhibition "The Magic Of Monhegan: Seven Women Paint the Island's Charm" at the Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery, Columbus Ohio, from April 1 through April 24, 2015. She 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 2, 2015.

Art Shows to Enter

Massachusetts – “ For Pastels Only…” Entry due April 15. Contact: Florida – “Nature and Wildlife” – Entry due June 1 Contact: Pastel Society of America – “Enduring Brilliance” – Entry due June 16. Contact: for guidelines SW Art magazine – “Artistic Excellence” Entry due July 15. Contact: for guidelines (A chance to have your work published!) 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

Meet the Members

Pat McDannel, Secretary My first formal instruction in art came about during my senior year in high school and I was hooked. I graduated from Edinboro University (then Edinboro State Teachers College) with a BS in Art Education and took my first teaching job in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The job only lasted six months because I was pregnant and in the 50’s most school districts did not want to have their students exposed to pregnant women. My family grew rapidly; I had 4 babies in 7 years so for me teaching was not practical. In the late 60’s, I taught in Penns Valley School District for 2 years. We then moved to DuBois where my husband was an administrator in the DuBois Area School Distric

Program Committee

Kathleen Muffie-Witt, Anne Kenyon, and Virginia Belser are preparing art happenings for our group. Activities being considered are pre-meeting exercises, member-led workshops for members and guests and outreach programs. These types of activities fit very well with the goals of the Society.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help plan the Society’s birthday party on November 8. If interested, contact Marianne Fyda.

Mike Beeman Workshop Update We have 12 registered for Mike Beeman. Our max is 16, so we have just 4 seats left. If we fill the workshop, we will start a waiting list. It would be good to get your registration in soon to guarantee your seat. If you need a registration form, contact Judy Leasure at

Pastel Expressions Update

On May 3rd, members of our pastel society will participate in a paint-out from 2pm-5pm on the grounds of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Ligonier during the “free museum day” there. (However, if anyone wishes to paint all day, they are welcome to do so.) If you would like to take part in this, please email Marianne Fyda and let her know as travel arrangements need to be made.

Meet the Members

Marianne Fyda, President I live in Troutville, a small farm town. Our front yard Is on "Main Street", our back porch faces our neighbors farms, fields, animals, and whatever weather is coming our way. My husband and I have lived here since 1976, our kids grew up here. I grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and benefitted from a wonderful art teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, followed by others in suburban schools. I attended and graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a major in drawing....a totally impractical degree. I also met my husband there in a drawing class. We established an art related business, The Peaceable Kingdom, art supplies and custom

Welcome New Members and Signature Members

New members in 2014- present are: Rachel Avenia, Clare Klaum, Peggy Klinger, Cinda Kostyak, Wendy Snetsinger, Candace Smith, Veronica Turkin, Joanne Turner and Connie VanOgtrop. Congratulations to Virginia Belser for attaining Signature Membership.

Mike Beeman Workshop This year our society will host Wyoming artist, Mike Beeman, for a workshop that will be held from August 7-9, 2015. The workshop will be limited to 16 participants, so be sure to sign up early. The restricted enrollment “for members only” is over and Judy Leasure will now be enrolling interested artists from the surrounding area. Email Judy for details if you are interested in attending this workshop.

Pastel Expressions

There were 40 paintings chosen for the “Pastel Expressions” show which will be held at the Southern Alleghenies Museum this summer from May 1- August 22, 2015. This show is a joint venture between two pastel societies, the Pittsburgh Pastel Art League and the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society. Judges from the CPPS were: Virginia Belser, Kim Gates Flick, Marianne Fyda, Susan Nicholas Gephart, Susan McCartney, Jeanne McKinney and Michele Montes.

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