Marla Baggetta Workshop in Virginia

Judy Leasure sent information on the Marla Baggetta workshop being sponsored by the Pastel Society of Virginia. November 14-16, 2015 (Veteran's Day weekend). The interesting thing about this workshop is that the Society is offering $100 off the original $400 registration price. You will pay $300 for the workshop and this includes your 2015-2016 membership in the PSV. As a member, you would then be eligible to enter the PSV show being presented at the US Geological Survey building (entries close 10/21) that will be judged by Marla and prizes will be awarded on Sunday, November 15 before the start of class. Read more information here. There were a few openings yet as of Friday, Septem

Watercolor and Pastel Workshop

This is the first of local workshops organized by the CPPS Education Committee. The workshop will take place on October 17 at the Friend's Meeting House in State College from 9:30-4, The morning features Brienne Brown, a local watercolorist, showing how to use a limited watercolor palette to create strong values for an underpainting. In the afternoon, Anne Kenyon will continue our journey using watercolor on sanded paper in preparation for the final layers of soft pastel. The registration is $50 and that includes all materials. So, the only things you need to bring are yourself, your lunch and your enthusiasm! (You need to bring your portable easel, pastels, and a photo for the PM sessio

Birthday Party

The committee needs to know who will be attending the meeting/party because they will need a number count to give to the caterers and vendors. Therefore, they are asking you to RSVP soon if you have not already done so. RSVPs need to be sent before Wednesday, October 28. Email Food catered by Harrison's, a birthday cake, and giveaways are being planned, plus there will be special door prizes for a few lucky winners

Education Committee

Do your unique ideas for CPPS keep you up at night? Are you looking for a meaningful way to contribute to CPPS? Do you want to work closely in a small collaborative group? Have you not yet participated behind the scenes with CPPS? If so, then please consider joining the newly formed Education Committee. This 3 member committee is charged with conceiving, planning for and delivering the bulk of CPPS educational and outreach activities. Each year, one member rotates off and a new member rotates in. This cycle allows each incoming member to "learn the ropes" from the other two ongoing members. If you have questions, please contact any of the current committee members listed below. Click he

Slate of Officers for 2016

The nominating comittee's 2016 slate of officers is as follows: Virginia Belser, President Kim Gates Flick,Vice President Peggy Klinger, Secretary Susan McCartney, Treasurer An Education Committee member is still needed. The election will be November 8, 2015 at the regular meeting.

Good Spirits

On September 13, four members of the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society performed a pastel paint-around in support of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania’s Good Spirits fundraiser at Seven Mountains Wine Cellars. Jennifer Shuey, Kim Gates Flick, Virginia Belser, and Roxanne Naydan each started a painting for 20 minutes, then rotated around to each other’s' paintings for another 15 minutes each, and then finished up on the painting that they started. Collaboration at its best! And the guests were intrigued. The four paintings were donated to the Art Alliance for a door prize and three silent auction offerings. You can see the four paintings on the CPPS Facebook page.

Artist Spotlight - Anne Kenyon

"Anne Kenyon-Recent Pastels" September 1-September 26 at Gallery Shop Pike St. Lemont, Pa 16851 There will be a demo and closing reception Saturday, September 26 from 11am-3-pm

Newsletter Announcement

I have noticed over the past few months that some members haven't bothered to open the newsletter. That leads me to wonder if they aren't interested or if the newsletter has gone into their "spam" box for some reason. If you aren't interested in receiving the newsletter, please let me know at and I'll remove your name from the mailing list.

Art Shows to Enter

Arkansas Pastel Society - Entry due September 1. Go to Connecticut Pastel Society - "Renaissance in Pastels" - Entry due September 1. Contact: 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

Buy, Sell, Trade, or Loan

Still 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 at

Welcome New Members

We are most pleased to welcome 3 new members to our Society. They are: Barbara Miller, from Annapolis MD Laurie Cherry, from DuBois, PA Lisa Regopoulos, from Fitchburg, MA

Artist Spotlight - Jeanne McKinney

Jeanne McKinney's painting, "View of the Kent House, Monhegan Island, Maine" was accepted into the Degas Pastel Society's 19th Membership Exhibition held from September 5th through September 26th at Place Saint Charles, New Orleans, LA. Also, Jeanne's painting "Gull Rock" was accepted into the 2015 Maryland Pastel Society's "Shades of Pastel" Biennial National Juried show. The exhibition will be held from October 5 -28th, 2015 at the Hill Galleries on Capital Hill in Washington DC at the site of the Old Naval Hospital. The painting "Spring Splendor On The Little Juniata River" by Jeanne McKinney was accepted into the 2015 Art Alliance Juried Show.

Member Contributions

Betty Gobeille was invited by CPPS President, Marianne Fyda, to attend the Presidents' Forum at the IAPS Conference in Albuquerque, NM as a CPPS representative. This is a partial report. INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PASTEL SOCIETIES There are many changes coming to the international Association of Pastel Societies - both in the scheduling and the way the IAPS organization can help the individual societies. The Forum was scheduled for all day Thursday, June 4th, 9 am - 3 pm. They had a new format - we would break into 8 small groups of 6 or 7 and discuss one of the topics sent out earlier. I photocopied CPPS's by-laws and membership information to use in the discussions. All tables would

Meet the Members

Marilyn Bok, Sayre PA Marilyn Bok does not have a formal art education background. In 2001 she took her first drawing and painting lessons from Gary Watson, who is a portrait artist and former illustrator with thirty-nine years of professional experience. She has taken workshops from such artists as Daniel Greene (one week portrait workshop), Alain Pickard (one 2-day and one 3-day portrait workshop), and Robert Carsten (3-day landscape workshop). She has attended two IPS meetings where she has participated in workshops presented by Judith Carducci, Richard McKinley, Albert Handel and Doug Dawson. In addition, she participated in a one week painting workshop held in Oaxaca, Mexico put on

International Plein Air Paint Out

Once again the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society will take part in the International Plein Air Paint Out. We will be joining artists from all over the world as we participate in this special annual September event . Marianne Fyda and Pat McDannel will once again host the Plein Air Paint Out West onFriday, September 11 from 10-4 at Marianne's home in Troutville. They will also provide lunch, snacks, and drinks. Rain date is September 12. Denise Wagner is planning the State College Paint Out at Fisherman's Paradise from 10-4 on September 11 with a rain date set for the 12th. Route 150 (Benner Pike) will take you to the the light where you turn to enter Fisherman's Paradise. For more

Birthday Party Update

The party will be on Sunday, November 8 at our usual 1:30 – 4:00 time frame. RSVPs will be due on Wednesday, October 28. We are planning food, cake, and giveaways to all who attend, and special door prizes for a few lucky winners. Come celebrate with us! Invite a new friend!!

Education Committee

The Education Committee has decided to meet monthly on the second Thursday of each month. If anyone has suggestions, contributions or ideas,please send an email note or attend our work session. Contact: Virginia Belser, Anne Kenyon, or Kathleen Muffie-Witt

"Pastel Expressions" Wrap Up

The “ Pastel Expressions” Exhibit at SAMA Ligonier was a great success. PPAL and CPPS produced a fine array of paintings for this exhibit, and juried it well. SAMA did a beautiful job of displaying our work and promoting it online and with their very informative brochure. I felt greatly honored to be asked to give a brief talk at the Lunch a l’Art event on Thursday, August 20. I talked about pastels and why they are such a captivating medium: how well they interact with other mediums, how wonderful it is to draw with color, how the drawing becomes a painting, and how instantly gratifying it can be to place those beautiful color strokes on the paper. I came with lots of supplies, papers

Desmond O' Hagan 2016 Workshop

We are privileged to have Desmond O’Hagan present a 3-day workshop July 22-24, 2016. Like Mike Beeman, Desmond does not often travel to the east coast to teach. We have received a number of very positive recommendations from people who have had the privilege of taking a workshop with him or sitting in on one of his presentations. Check out his website to see his work. It is exquisite. Click here for registration form.

Mike Beeman Summary and Participant Comments

The Mike Beeman workshop was a great success. It is a testament to how good Mike was as an instructor that we had one person who was scheduled for one day and after the first day, she changed her registration and stayed for all three days. He shared a lot of really good information and some wonderful paintings came out of the workshop. We were pleased to have several people who came from out of the area, including New Jersey, Maryland, and Massachusetts, because Mike doesn’t travel to the east coast very often. Everyone enjoyed the weekend, we had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Denise Wagner had this to say. "I was at the Mike Beeman workshop and I thoroughly enjoyed it. He is an e

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