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. Become a member today!

See what happened for PSNC in 2014!

Next Meeting: January 17th
Program: TBA

Pastel Paintings From the Mountains to the Sea – 2015 Exhibition

The Pastel Society of North Carolina, the Appalachian Pastel Society and the Piedmont Pastel Society collaborate each year to form an annual statewide exhibition, “Pastel Paintings From the Mountains to the Sea.” Members of at least one of these pastel organizations are invited to enter, even if they do not reside in North Carolina.

This year the exhibition will be hosted by the Pastel Society of North Carolina and will be held at the Art Shop in Greensboro, NC from May 16-June 16, 2015. The juror will be Teresa Saia (teresasaia.com). There will be over $6,000 in awards and a $1,000 Best of Show. Online digital entries will be accepted only and the deadline for entries is March 2, 2015.

“Horizons–Earth Touching Sky” was hosted by the Nature Gallery of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, September 2014.

Featured paintings are by members representing the Pastel Society of North Carolina.

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Digital Entry Help

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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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