Award Winning Artwork from Pastels USA and the PSWC Membership Shows

2014 Membership Show Winners

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Congratulations to
Iris Nani Lee,
PSWC’s 2014 Scholarship recipient.

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Richard McKinley Says...

"As I was cleaning out the studio the other day, I ran across a page from an article I’d saved from a February 2006 issue of Time Magazine. The article, “Twilight of the Bad Boy,” was about artist David Hockney...."

Originally from the Pastel Pointers blog dated March 12, 2012...

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OnlineJuriedMembershipShow

Prospectus Available in November 2014.
Deadline is March 4, 2015.

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Pastel USA
THE 28TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL OPEN EXHIBITION

EXHIBIT OPENS: Thursday, October 2, 2014
EXHIBIT CLOSES: Saturday, November 8, 2014
PICK-UP: Sunday, November 9, 2014

Download the ProspectusDownload the 2014 Catalog

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Artists' paintings displayed at the top of this page:
Pastels USA Show 2014
Linda Mutti, PSWC-DP, PSA
WAKEHAM/SUTHERLAND AWARD -
"Valley Lights"

Pastels USA Show 2014
Gary Huber, PSA
PLEIN AIR MAGAZINE AWARD
"Shortening Shadows, Garripata"

Welcome to the Pastel Society of the West Coast

About Pastel Society of the West Coast

PSWC was organized in 1984 to promote pastel artists and the soft pastel medium.

We offer opportunities for pastel artists through "pastels only" exhibitions in

Highlighted itemMembership, International Open Shows
Highlighted itemInformative demonstrations by recognized pastel artists.

An emailed Newsletter for pastel artists is included with PSWC membership and all pastelists are invited to join. Pastel workshops, classes, exhibitions and pastel related editorial articles can be found in the newsletter.

PSWC members are from all around the US from New York to California.

The Pastel Society of the West Coast is incorporated as a non-profit organization. The PSWC is run completely by volunteer Board Members and others.


PSWC: Brief History and Purpose
by PSWC Founder, Margo Schulzke ©2009

We have focused our attention where we feel it benefits our members most. Artists want to paint, to compete and test their work. And since PSWC represents artists from a wide area, we limit our meetings in order to emphasize quality competitions. We believe the best use of our volunteer force, which resides primarily in the Northern California area, is in providing information via our newsletter and in promoting exhibitions, since there is no shortage of workshops available in this area—without consuming the time and energy of our volunteers. The result of that focus is what many consider the most prestigious annual international open exhibition in the world of pastel, Pastels USA, and the finest membership shows. More...


  Thank you to our sponsers  
Dakota Arts Pastels Jack Richeson & Co. Inc.

University Art

Plein Air Magazine

Atlantic Papers
Terry Ludwig Pastels Great American Art Works
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