Award Winning Artwork from Pastels USA and the PSWC Membership Shows

2015 Membership Show Winners

Accepted Juried Artists-Artworkpdf

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

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Pastel USA
PSWC's 29th Pastels USA 2015:
Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
July 2 to Sept. 13, 2015

Reception date: August 15 at 1:30pm

Download the ProspectusDownload the 2014 Catalog

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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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Artists' paintings displayed at the top of this page:
2015 PSWC Membership Show
Aaron Schuerr
"River Glow"

2015 PSWC Membership Show
Signature-DP Awards
Vianna Szabo
"The Stroll"

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

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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. 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.

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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