Welcome to the Pastel Society of North Carolina!

The Pastel Society of North Carolina is an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for social interaction and education for pastel artists through meetings, shows, juried exhibitions and other events. We welcome all levels of accomplishment—from beginners to professional artists. Read more about the PSNC’s History here.

Meetings for the society are held monthly on the 3rd Saturday of each of the following months (January, March, May, July, September and November) from 10am – 12pm (unless otherwise scheduled). Meetings will be held at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens (100 Old Mason Farm Road) in Chapel Hill unless otherwise indicated.

See what’s coming up for PSNC in 2014!

powellc_BrilliantlyMovingSeptember 20th Meeting

Ideas, Techniques for Creating Water Scenes, presentation by Chris Powell, PSA

Pastel Society of America signature member Chris Powell will present her ideas, process and techniques for creating a water painting in pastel. Content and composition including lighting, balance, Golden Section, contrast, edges, values and color harmony using the Munsell Color System will be explored. She will demonstrate building texture to express the splash and foam of water. In addition she will demonstrate how to safely transport an unframed pastel painting using a foamboard box and how to stretch Wallis Paper when toning with an acrylic wash.

Be sure to check out Chris Powel’s gorgeous website at: www.powellfineart.com. She is a very accomplished artist and we are all going to benefit from her knowledge and expertise! This is open to the public so feel free to bring a friend.

Herb Slapo awarded PSNC Member Emeritus

The Board of Directors of the PSNC recognize the dedication and unwavering service of Herb Slapo to our organization over a span of almost twenty years. They have voted to award him with the title of PSNC Member Emeritus.

herbslapo-psncAs an early member of the PSNC he was instrumental in changing the organization from the Pastel Society of Orange County to the Pastel Society of North Carolina. Through his participation as president, vice president, treasurer and publicity chair he has helped to shape and grow the PSNC. He is viewed as a mentor and gifted teacher. His critiques over the years have helped many of our members evolve into successful professional artists. His keen eye and gentile approach have become an integral part of the PSNC.

We hope that Herb will be willing to help us continue to evolve in the years to come!

2013 Members Show at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex, NC

Please enjoy this video showcasing pastel paintings by members of the Pastel Society of North Carolina.

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PSNC Photo Depot

All of us have trouble finding good reference photos from time to time, so we have decided to build a repository of copyright-free images donated by our members. Anyone who wishes to participate may bring as many 5x7 or 8x10 color prints of any photo they wish to release permission to use to our monthly meetings. There will be no cost to use the photos and therefore no compensation to the photographer. By sharing in this way, we can all become better artists. We hope you'll contribute to this resource!
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