Nancy Clausen was juried into the Swannanoa Valley Fine Art League’s member’s show. Both her paintings were juried in and one of them won a third place award. The show is up to the 11th of September. The show is at the Red House Studios and Gallery, 310 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC.
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Nancy Clausen has work on display at the Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain. She is one of 6 artists with 16 paintings there. The show will continue through the end of October.
The Monte Vista Hotel is located at 308 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711.
Nancy Clausen was juried into the Southeastern Pastel Society’s Member’s show at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green Street N.E. Gainesville, Ga. 30501 – it runs until the 8th of June.
Also if anyone is traveling over to western North Carolina… The Appalachian Pastel Society is having a non-juried show at the Jail House Gallery in Morganton, NC. The gallery is located at 115 E. Meeting Street. The show will be up until the 12th of June.
This month and through the end of November, Nancy Clausen will be exhibiting at the Madison Inn at 15 Dixon Rd. and the Monte Vista Hotel at 308 West State St., both in Black Mountain. She is also represented at the AnTHM gallery on 100 West State Street in Black Mountain.
Nancy Clausen was juried into the 21st Annual Juried Art Exhibit with the Blue Ridge Arts Council. The exhibit runs from January 20th until March 1st and is located at 111 E. South Second Street, Seneca, SC. 29678. Another of her paintings was also selected to be on display in their salon.
Nancy Clausen was juried into the Appalachian Pastel Society’s National show at the Hayward County gallery (86 N. Main Street, Waynesville, NC). There will be a reception for the society on Friday, November 5th from 6-9pm during the Waynesville art walk.
Nancy Clausen was juried into the N.E.W. (never exhibited work) show at the Visual Art Exchange in downtown Raleigh with her work “Raging River”. The show opens on September 3rd with a reception for First Friday from 6-9pm and runs until September 23.
See more details and a list of the other participating artists on the VAE website.
Nancy Clausen was born in Albany New York. After marrying her husband, she moved to various places in the southeast, settling in Raleigh, N.C. for 37 years. She and her husband now reside outside of Asheville, NC. She has enjoyed art all her life, but it wasn’t until her mid fifties, after raising their three children, that she was able to pursue her art on a personal level.
She has attended many classes and workshops with local and internationally know artists, among them Luana Luconi Winner Alan Flattmann, Carole Katchen, Albert Handel, Lois Griffell and Bob Rohm, and Margaret Dyer, Ann Templeton and Richard McKinley. She has been inspired by the paintings of Monet, Whistler, Elizabeth Mowry and Wolf Kahn.
During the past years she has been a member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina, Sertoma Artists Association, where she served as President for over two years; The Fine Art League of Cary, and Visual Art Exchange. Currently she is a member of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Art League in Western North Carolina and the Appalachian Pastel Society where she served on the board in various capacities for six years. Nancy is also a member of the Southeastern Pastel Society.
She has won numerous awards including juried shows at Visual Art Exchange, Burlington Art League and the North Carolina State Fair. In the spring of 2007 she was juried into the front gallery of Visual Art Exchange.
Nancy had a solo show at the Women’s Club of Raleigh in December of 2007. In 2008 and 2010 she was juried into the Appalachian Pastel Society’s National Show in Hendersonville and Waynesville, N.C. and in 2009 won 2nd place at the WNC state fair. Just recently she was written up in the Rapid River Magazine. She is currently represented by the AnTHM Gallery in Black Mountain, NC.
Many of her paintings have been inspired by the places she has traveled and are usually painted in pastel, a medium she finds expresses her feelings of peace, serenity and beauty in the places she has been. Her main interest is painting landscapes of the mountains and seashore.
Her work is in private collections in New York State, Virginia, North Carolina and as far south as Mexico.
Nancy hopes to convey her feelings of peace and serenity that she feels as she paints to those who view her work.
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PSNC Member, Nancy Clausen, has a solo show going on now at the Cameron Village Library (1930 Clark Ave. Raleigh, NC) through mid-March.
History of the Pastel Society of North Carolina
The creation of a pastel society for North Carolina artists was the vision of pastelist and teacher, Lorie Callahan. At the Pastel Society of America’s (PSA) 24th National Open Exhibition, Lorie met with founder, Florence B. Giffuni. Ms. Giffuni, committed to elevating the awareness and recognition of American pastel art, enthusiastically provided Lorie with information to start a small local pastel group. In 1996, along with 11 of her art students, the Pastel Society of Orange County was founded, with Lorie its first elected President. The Society’s mission was:
to provide fellowship and encouragement, promote standards of excellence in the use of the medium and further the education of the general community to the intrinsic beauty and permanency of art created from soft pastels.
Charter members were: Lynda Baddour, Joan Blacher, Lorie Callahan, Linda Guaspari, Alejandra “Lexi” Hernandez, Barbara Lininger (Vice President), Marge Merritt, Louise Pagano (Treasurer), Barbara Spang, Jan Weaver-Turlington (Recording Secretary), Marijane Whiteman, and Betty Mishkan-Zelman. Their first exhibition was held at the Orange County Historical Museum in Hillsborough NC, April 1997.
Between 1996 and 2000 news spread of the budding organization. This was primarily from exposure through local exhibitions, articles in area newspapers and the website at pastelsocietyofnc.com. Artists from surrounding counties traveled to enjoy the company of fellow pastelists, expand their knowledge, skills, and exposure through exhibitions. Soon the group outgrew its name. Vice President Jim Williams, suggested, with unanimous support of the membership, to change the name of the organization to the Pastel Society of North Carolina (PSNC). At his recommendation, the group also joined the International Association of Pastel Artists (IAPS). These formative years helped to build the foundation and format of the society’s meetings that are still used today.
In addition to Lorie Callahan’s influence, new member Herbert Slapo brought his expertise and experience as a board member of the PSA in New York City. He contributed greatly to the improvement of members’ works, offering expert advice during the critique sessions. Artist members at all levels of skill brought in their work at various stages of completion. Honest criticism was given and received by all those participating. As a result, members flourished. They honed their skills and applied the necessary ingredients to make masterful works.
Herb emerged as a leader and was elected President in 1999. Shortly after, Helen Knapp brought order by introducing the group to Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary Law. It was she who created the first Constitution and Bylaws of PSNC. That year Lois Fuchs created the first logo and Chris Kanoy revisited the idea of a newsletter to be called The Artline. Begun by Barbara Spang, the newsletter started publishing during the Pastel Society of Orange County days. It became an important way to document the many happenings of PSNC and members. Chris turned the editorship over to Roger Kaiser in 2004 and the newsletter continued in print until August of 2006.
Early meetings concentrated on fellowship and critiques. In the early 2000s, educational programs and workshops became the emphasis partly due to Helen Knapp’s organizational skills as workshop chair. After organizing some one-day workshops with area art instructors, Helen arranged PSNC’s first five-day workshop with international renowned artists Albert Handell and Anita Louise West.
In 2001 meetings moved from members’ homes to the Carol Woods Community Room in Chapel Hill. This growth move was made possible through the efforts of Betty Zelman, PSNC member and resident of Carol Woods Retirement Community. Thanks to her, PSNC benefited for over eight years by using the Community Room without charge. In appreciation, PSNC made a small yearly donation to the Carol Woods Foundation recognizing the generosity and spirit of the Carol Woods community.
2004 brought organization and structure to the growing society under co-presidents Chris Kanoy and Helen Knapp. They worked to create an active Board that met monthly. Plans and goals were established to give the organization direction. Chris and Helen moved the PSNC into the communication age with their computer knowledge by electronically sending letters, documents and minutes, and contacting members by email. Meeting agendas and minutes were sent out in advance as reminders of upcoming meeting. New member, designer Leandra Ganko, redesigned the website.
A pivotal point in the growth of PSNC came near the end of 2005 when the Board, headed by Co-Presidents Chris Kanoy and Lori White, decided the organization should have a presence at the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. The second generation PSNC logo, designed by Chris and Helen, was printed on a large banner in the PSNC booth. Around the table were several pastel paintings produced by members. New member Donna Slade designed and published the society’s first professional brochure, distributed during the IAPS Convention. PSNC members attending the booth enthusiastically represented the organization. As a result, membership grew to 85 within a few
days of the convention.
In the years following the participation at IAPS, PSNC progressed through the vision and leadership of those who volunteered their time. In late 2005, Chris and Lori began planning for the First Open Juried National Show held at the gallery of the Alamance County Arts Council in Graham, NC. In addition to Chris and Lori, the planning committee consisted of Herb Slapo, Helen Knapp, Toni Lindahl, Leandra Ganko and Jim Williams. Through their efforts and the PSNC members, 53 artists were juried in and judged by juror Jack Pardue. PSNC honored selected artists with over $5000 in awards, and over 100 people attended the opening reception on a snowy evening in February 2007. The treasury benefited from the proceeds generated by show entrants. The increased monies allowed PSNC to concentrate on professional programs and compensate presenters.
2008 brought new President Laurel Parker continuing the tradition of offering formal programs at each meeting. Member exhibitions, critiques, and periodic workshops were continued. The artwork of members reflected the knowledge and skills gained from the educational programs and critiques. Laurel established as one of her goals that PSNC acquire a nonprofit status. Through Nancy Clausen, nonprofit status was achieved.
In 2009, newly elected President Mandy Roeing brought a youthful and fresh approach to the 13-year-old society. The youngest president to date, Mandy was responsible for arranging the PSNC Online Shop with Café Press, the internet site.
Those visiting the site could now purchase various products featuring the art of PSNC members as well as fun and useful gift items geared toward artists. During her tenure, Mandy envisioned a joint exhibit with other regional pastel societies and worked closely with David Boone, Vice President, to ensure that instructional and informative programs be given top priority. Toward the end of the year, a crisis arose when Carol Woods informed PSNC that the Community Room would no longer be available for meetings.
New President Luana Winner and continuing Vice President, David Boone, began searching for a new meeting location in early 2010. With her connections in the art world and David’s assistance, meetings were moved to the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh at the start of 2011. Under Luana’s direction, PSNC moved forward and attracted new members who could attend a meeting and visit the museum’s art collection afterwards.
Luana’s professional expertise and reputation promoted the advancement of the pastel society even further. She worked to bring the PSNC to a new level, from local to a statewide professional society. During her tenure, the board began updating the PSNC Constitution and By-laws. PSNC secretary, Roxanne Lorch, directed the project for a new contemporary logo with designer Leandra Ganko.
An alliance was forged in 2011 between PSNC and the state’s three regional pastel societies. Mandy’s original idea became Luana’s mandate when the first statewide exhibition started taking shape. Chairperson Patricia Savage contacted each society promoting the idea and the Statewide Advisory Council was established. Representatives from the Appalachian Pastel Society, Piedmont Pastel Society (PPS) and Coastal Pastel Society (CPS) met with Patricia and established guidelines and planned the format for future exhibits. Primary being that each organization will rotate the responsibility of hosting a statewide annual exhibition. PSNC members Toni Lindahl, Wendy Musser, Donna Slade, Nina MacDonald, Leandra Ganko, and Anne Kiefaber generously helped in the planning of the 2012 Statewide Pastel Exhibit event.
Patricia Savage was elected president for 2012. One of her goals is that PSNC continues to collaborate with the other regional societies in promoting the beauty of pastel paintings and artists throughout North Carolina. Each organization will rotate the responsibility of hosting a statewide annual exhibition. As with all past presidents, Patricia’s intent is that objectives be met.
Soon after her term began, it became clear that in order to offer the popular hands-on pastel demonstrations during chapter meetings, a change in venue was needed. Mandy Roeing and Patricia explored various possibilities. The light open space at Chapel Hill’s NC Botanical Garden provided the best option. In early 2012, meetings were moved from the museum to the new location.
PSNC hosted the first exhibit titled “On Common Ground: Pastel Paintings from the Mountains to the Sea” June 1-30, 2012 at Bev’s Fine Art Gallery, Raleigh. Over $3000 in awards was distributed to artists selected by juror Marla Baggeta. Two hundred and ten paintings were submitted and one hundred and ten pieces were accepted. In conjunction with the exhibit, Marla also taught two workshops.
During the spring and summer, the society’s first official history was researched and written by Historian Chris Kanoy.
PSNC will continue its quest for artistic growth through education. It is committed to promoting standards of excellence, professionalism, and fellowship with other artists statewide.
This narrative documents the founding, major events and significant changes of the Pastel Society of North Carolina between 1996 and 2012. The information used to generate this report was derived from review of the minutes and other pertinent historical records, interview of key individuals and personal recollection. Though I chose to describe the history using the tenure of each president, I want to emphasize that the accomplishments and achievements of the PSNC are shared by all who have served as officers, chairpersons and committee members. It is those individuals who have collectively provided the leadership and direction that has contributed so greatly to the nature of this society.
I wish to thank Lorie Callahan, Louise Pagano, Marijane Whiteman, Helen Knapp and Herbert Slapo who provided their time and support and, in many cases, missing papers instrumental in helping me create this historical overview.
Written by Chris Kanoy, Past President and Historian PSNC, September 2012
Approved by the PSNC Board on August 31, 2012
Congratulations to our following members on their accepted work to the Pastel Society of North Carolina’s “Winter Exhibition” hosted by Ambleside Gallery. The show will run from February 4-25, 2011 with an Opening Reception on Friday, February 11th from 6-9 pm.
Frances Baker – The Race, The Long Day is Over
Chris Berndt – South End at Pawleys, Dunescape
Nancy Clausen – Winter Sunset, Blue Ridge Sunset
Addren Doss – Mountain Orchard, Fisher Park Sentinel
Lolette Guthrie – Sunrise, Blue Barn
Lindesay Harkness – Spring by the Stream, Pink & White Roses, Louis Painting by the Lake
Judy Harron – Blackberry Bramble, Hedgehog Cactus
Betty Hendrix – The Pembroke, Pawley’s Creek, Island Cedar
Vinita Jain – Melody, Dancing Waves
Ann Kiefaber – Pere Jaoeune’s ship, Soft Afternoon
Wendy Lawless – Umstead Retreat
Toni Lindahl – Orchard Apples In A Basket, Iris Interlude, Floral Abstractions
Roxanne Lorch – Thinking Of…, Picabo
Leigh Rodenbough – Highlands Woods In Spring, Guilford County Barn
Mandy Roeing – Bend in the Road, Beach Walk
Patricia Savage – Spiny Snow Cushions, Afternoon Spread
Donna Schultz – About Waiting to go on
Herb Slapo – 1, 3
A Hunter Taylor – Canopy Branches
KB Troxler – Swan, Red Tree
Dan Vaughan – Morain Stream/RMNP
Kurt Weiser – Property Line, Heading Home, Climbing Vine
Kim Werfel – Regal, Vroom
Lori White – Umstead Park, Francis Marion Canoe Launch, Elodie Farm Goat
Kathryn Wilson – Table for One, Home At Last
James Williams – 2nd Night
The 2019 PSNC Board
President – Dr. Jane Steelman
Vice-President – Yvonne George
Secretary – Dorothy (Diff) Whitmore
Treasurer – Anne Kiefaber
Past President – Laura Pollak
2019 PSNC Committee Chairs
Historian – Toni Lindahl
Programs – Kathryn Troxler & Emily Thompson
Exhibitions – Janet Burgess, Donna Schultz, Emily Story, Eileen Wilhem, Donna Chester
Hospitality – Eileen Wilhem
Publicity – BF Reed
Membership – Phyllis Leistikow
Workshops – Nina McDonald, Barbara Steinacker
2021 Statewide Chair – Annette Kirk, Patricia Savage
Nominating – Kathy Pruett
2021 Statewide Awards – Open
2021 Statewide Juror/Workshop – Open
Diana Coidan, PSA-S
Judith Cutler, PSA-MP
Mary Villon De Benveniste
Mary Kay Holterman
Jeanne M. Johnston
Toni Lindahl, PSA-MP
Eveline Miller, PSA-S
|Patricia Savage, PSA-S
Donna S. Schultz
A Hunter Taylor
Anne Van Blarcom Kurowski
Melissa S Walker
Lori D White, PSA-S
Dorothy (Diff) Whitmore
Richard D. Wilson, Jr.
Luana Luconi Winner
Luana Luconi Winner, Master IAPS Circle recipient – Honorary Lifetime Member