Award Winning Artwork from Pastels USA and the PSWC Membership Shows

2016 Pastels USA Show Winners

2017 Membership Show Winners

Accepted Juried Artists-Artworkpdf

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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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Pastels USA 31st Annual International Open Exhibition


Click Here to Download the Prospectus pdf

Exhibit dates:
NOTIFICATION: Sent out Friday August 11, 2017
RECEPTION: OCTOBER 21  1:30 to 3:30  Awards given at 2:00

HAND DELIVERY:  SEPTEMBER 16  12:30 to 3:30

Shipping Agent instructions in the acceptance letter.
Shipping to Agent August 29 thru September 5

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Artists' paintings displayed at the top of this page:
2016 Pastels USA Show
Elkhorn Quiet by Dug Waggoner
Wakeham/Sutherland Award

2016 Pastels USA Show
"Inlet" by Ann Sanders
Best of Plein Air Painting Award (Plein Air Magazine)

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. Today, PSWC is the 2nd most recognized pastel society.

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

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

Benefits of membership include: an emailed Newsletter for pastel artists with pastel related editorial articles, pastel workshops, classes, exhibitions and access to our members only group Facebook page.Click here for the PSWC Newsletters.

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

Endowments and bequests are welcome please contact our President.

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...

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