Congratulations to
Fernando Navarro,
PSWC’s 2013 Scholarship recipient.

Membership Show 2014- Best of Show - Dug Waggoner
Membership Show
Dug Waggoner
Best of Show - "55th & Broadway"

2014 Membership Show Winners

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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Pastel USA
THE 28TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL OPEN EXHIBITION

ART CENTER MORRO BAY
835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA

SUBMISSION BY DIGITAL FILE SUBMITTED ONLINE AT: OnlineJuriedShows.com
PSWC Member: 3 for $40 and up to 5 for $50
Non-member: 3 for $45 and up to 5 for $55
A maximum of 2 paintings per artist will be accepted into the show.

2014 CALENDARENTRY DEADLINE: Received by Friday, August 1 2014
SHIPPING DEADLINE: Received by Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
HAND DELIVERY/RECEIVING: Sun. Sept 28, 2014 12:30 - 3:30 pm.
AWARDS JUDGING: Monday, Sept 29, 2014
Clark Mitchell - Awards Juror
AWARDS NOTIFICATION: Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014
EXHIBIT OPENS: Thursday, Oct 2, 2014
RECEPTION & AWARDS PRESENTATION: Sunday, October 12, 2014, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
EXHIBIT CLOSES: Saturday, November 8, 2014
PICK-UP: Sunday, November 9, 2014
AWARDS: more than $10,000 in awards- $1,500 Best of Show. All Awards are named on behalf of donors. No numbered awards will be given (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.)

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Artists' paintings displayed at the top of this page:
Pastels USA Show 2011
Jane Wallis
Best of Show - "Tea Pot Collection"

Pastels USA Show 2012
David Will
Best of Show - "Sweet Dreams"

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 itemInternational Open Shows
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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.


2014 Membership Show
February 27 – April 6, 2014
The Blue Line Art Gallery • 405 Vernon St. • Roseville, CA

For more details, check out the EVENTS page.


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
Atlantic Papers
Terry Ludwig Pastels Great American Art Works