Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod

New Signature Members

Woodlands, Tom Bailey

Winter's Fading Light, Cindy Crimmin

Member News

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Join our own past president and award winning artist, Shelly Eager for a life changing painting experience in Italy from June 1 to 8, 2019.  

Our base for the week will be the extraordinary town of Piegaro in Umbria, for centuries the center of the glass blowing industry in Europe.  We will stay in the original 13thcentury factory, now renovated into an outstanding hotel with private apartments for our artists.  Each day will include trips to local hilltowns for painting, fabulous meals, instruction and critiques.

We will visit the Unesco world heritage site of La Foce Gardens, have an Italian cooking lesson, and experiment with glass fusion. Shelly will be accompanied by AnneEmerson, an accomplished pastel artist in her own right, member of the Copley Society, who will provide instructional backup and logistical support for the workshop.

The cost of the trip is $2800 and there are two spaces left. Spouses welcome for an additional $1000.  Airfare not included.  Please contact Anne Emerson ( for more information.

Crossing the Arno, pastel by Shelly Eager


David Kelley recently had two pastels selected by jury for display by the following pastel societies: "Windy Greenpond" at the UConn Art Gallery in Stamford, CT. from October 18 to November 19, 2018. The Degas Pastel Society selected "Navajo Dream" for the 17th Biennial National Exhibition to be held at the Hammond Regional Arts Center in Hammond, LA beginning October 27. David's pastel "Japanese Garden" was awarded first place for pastels in the annual New England Exhibition at the Cape Cod Art Center, from a large group of national entries onview through November.

Gary Ozias is very pleased to have been juried into the 46th Annual Pastel Society of America National Open Exhibition in New York. This prestigious exhibition will hang in the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club from September 4 through September 29. 

Shelly Eager will be teaching 2 workshops this summer, one on the North Shore and one on the South Shore.  

North Shore Art Association, 11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester MA.  August  4 & 5. “Painting with Expression… Forget the Details!” Sign up at

South Shore Arts Center , 19 Ripley Rd, Cohasset, MA. August 11 & 12.  “Painting with Expression… Forget the Details!" Sign up at:

Many of us seem to get so caught up with details. Our lives are run by details. But our paintings should not be. Spend two days with Shelly Eager learning ways to let go of the details and paint the impression of a scene with expression. There will be many loosening up activities and practical tips on how to let go of all the tightness we tend to paint with. You will feel freer and more energetic by the end of this course.

Margot Kimball has a large collection of pastels, including most of a Deluxe Wooden Box Set of 525 soft pastels by Sennelier, that she would like to sell. If you are interested, please call her at 978-760-4429

PPSCC members Cynthia Crimmin, Dave Kaphammer, Maryann Mullett, Diane Reed Sawyer, and Janet Schwartz will be part of "Making Our Mark", an exhibition of work by six New England artists which will be on view from April 7-29, 2018 at The Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St. Worcester, MA.  A Public Reception will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, with live music by jazz trio Too Human, and light refreshments.

While the artists share many of the same materials, their use of color, form, and mark-making is both distinctive and powerful. Through their art the artists may also tell a story, make a statement, or share a perspective that is uniquely their own. The result is an exhibition rich in contrast and connection.

"42nd Street." a pastel painting by David F. Kelley was just honored again by acceptance into the 32nd IAPS Juried Exhibition.  "42nd Street" was also accepted last summer into the PSA Exhibition held in NYC where it also won an award.  The American Art Company Gallery in Tacoma, WA will hold this exhibition from March 16th to April 30, 2018 and the reception and opening will be held on April 7-8, 2018. For more information, please contact David or IAPS.

Kelly Milukas will be hosting Jeanne Rosier Smith in a special workshop in in September: 4-day Coastal Waters Pastel Workshop & Retreat.  This is a wonderful opportunity to paint with Jeanne on Rhode Island's beautiful Sakonnet Point. Part en plein air and part in studio, this workshop allows for the best of both at a waterside lodging location where we’ll have access to crashing waves, harbor, dune and marsh scenes just steps away. You'll find details and registration here.


Janet Schwartz and Margaret Nowak invite you to the Falmouth Art Center, 137 Gifford St. on Friday, November 3rd, 4-6 pm for the opening reception. of their exhibit "Reunion".  Margaret and Janet are celebrating
their multi-decade friendship and parallel paths as painters, intersecting at this point in time.  Janet will also be conductin a workshop there in November.  Please contact the Falmouth Art Center for more information.

David Kelley has been busy showing his work around the country. His painting “42nd Street" was recently juried into the 45th Pastel Society of America's annual exhibition which is on display in September at the Grand Gallery of the National 

Forty Second Street, David Kelley Arts Club in New York City.  David painting "42nd Street" is a prize winner of the "Pastel Societies of the Midwest Award." He also won "2nd Prize Pastel" in the annual National Exhibition at the Cape Cod Art Association. Lastly, David's "Florence c1432" won an honorable among an outstanding collecon of juried artwork in the Falmouth Art Center's Summer Open Juried Exhibition, which runs until September 25th. (Right: "42nd Street".)

Heidi Mayo and her students at the Top of the World Studio Gallery invite you to their 9th Annual Art Exhibit and Silent Auction at Bramhall’s Country Store in Plymouth.   

Opening reception on Friday, May 19, 5-7:00 P.M.

WHERE: Bramhall’s Country Store, 2 Sandwich Road, Plymouth, MA 02360

WHEN: Opening reception, May 19, 5-7:00 PM. Exhibit runs through June 16, noon – 6:00 daily 
At the May 19 reception, a silent auction of horse and pig art generously donated by the artists will benefit Black Feather Horse Rescue whose mission is to find and care for abused and neglected animals, especially horses, and provide a happy and healthy life for them.

On behalf of Ed Chesnovitch's students and friends, I would like to extend congratulations to Ed for receiving an Honorable Mention in The Pastel Journal's "Top 100". Ed's glorious painting titled "Dervish" can be found in the April issue in the Abstract & Non-objective category. This piece is part of a series of pastels and oils titled "Phragmites". This honor is well deserved. -- Beth Laidlaw

Maureen Spinale is pleased to offer the PPSCC membership a blog that she wrote explaining her exciting and sensitive approach to painting trees, her Guardians of the Earth.  Please check out the link provided for a peak into her thoughts about trees and how she portrays them.