Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod

Webster Street Bog House
by Donna Rossetti-Bailey

Ella Rea Floating
by Jory Mason

by Carole Chisholm Garvey

Announcing the 2017 Signature Membership Exhibition

PPSCC invites you to attend the opening reception of

“For the Love of Color” -The Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod Signature Membership 2017 Exhibition 

The pastelist’s special passion is color. The pure touch of pigment to paper, the seductive array of beautiful sticks laid out like candy at our fingertips, draws every pastelist to this direct, sensuous medium.  Color evokes mood—whether subtle or strong--and this exhibition celebrates the extensive range of the Signature Pastelists of the PPSCC.

Join us at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis MA on Thursday March 23rd, from 5:30-7:00 pm for an opening reception.  Free admission the night of the opening.

For the Love of Color” will be on display from March 16th – April 30th

For Signature Members about the entry process:
Timeline for the PPSCC Signature Exhibition “For the Love of Color”
at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis MA
Full prospectus can be viewed at

-Online entry opens on Feb 1st with Online Juried Show

-Online entry closes on February 22nd

-Notifications of acceptance sent out via Online Juried Shows by March 3rd.

-Drop off of artwork on Sunday March 5th and Monday March 6th 12:30 – 4pm. Other dates to drop off are acceptable but artwork dropped off and shipped must arrive no later Thursday, March 9th. Please be prepared to ship out upon receipt of acceptance notification.

This timeline is tight due to a change in the CCMoA calendar, moving our exhibit earlier than originally scheduled.

-During the exhibition dates, David Kaphammer will provide a demonstration and Barbara Stone will provide a docent tour of the exhibit. Dates to be determined.

-Opening reception is on Thursday evening March 23rd 5:30-7pm.

-Show closes on Sunday April 30th.

-Pick up of artwork will take place on Sunday April 30 3-5pm and Monday May 1st. 10- 3pm. 

-Shipped paintings will be handled by CCMoA.



BEST IN SHOW: Laurinda O'Connor. River's Edge
“River’s edge" has been fearlessly painted. Strong simplified shapes and exquisite unexpected colors work marvelously together. This painter knows when to stop, allowing the viewer to discover exciting hidden gems.

First: Grace DiMauro. Autumn Reds
This painting makes a statement across the room and gets even more exciting the closer you get to it. Strong, bold, unusual color makes this piece stand out along with the distinctive, delicious mark making.

Second: Andrew Anderson-Bell. Island Hillside
The blue trees sing. I love seeing parts of the dripping underpainting and that the entire piece looks so fresh and unlabored over. Strong composition and values make this a winner.

Third: Ed Chesnovitch. Color Study # 315
This little treasure refuses to be ignored! Vibrant colors and a bold, simple, strong composition keep me coming back to it over and over again. It fascinates me from a distance and then rewards me further up close with those energetic confident strokes.

Honorable Mentions:
RIta Berkowitz. Weathering the Storm
Fantastic mood piece. Love the sense of hope entering the dark sky. Great restrained use of color. Strong composition from a distance and then some unexpected playfulness when seen up close.

Christine Bodnar. Lobster Cove
Very strong graphic statement. Love the minimal use of color combined with highly contrasting values. Great energy with distinctive juicy mark making!

Eileen Casey. Bog Light
This little piece glows. Great composition with exquisite colors and a beautiful presentation.

Eileen Casey. A Pretty Good Moment
Who could’t love the nest? Gorgeous colors, distinctive technique, and perfect composition round out a lovely little painting.

Jane Eccles. Bay Beach Walk
Simply gorgeous color harmony. It makes you want to walk down that warm path. Perfect use of atmospheric perspective.

Barbara Farchione. Morning Sunrise
This painting keeps grabbing my attention. It evokes such a warm and peaceful mood. I love the almost lost edges between the sea and sky.

Susan Kerrigan. Quiet Moment
An appealing subject with lovely use of a limited harmonious palette. Strong value range and superb composition with confident mark making.

Barbara Quinn-Grasso. Bog Bees
Superbly painted. Great color harmony achieved with letting the warm under color show through. Perfect composition with colorful focus on the hives.

Diane Sawyer. The Conversation
Refreshing piece! Fantastic subject matter executed with a strong confident hand. The clean bold rendering of the figures is superb.

Jeanne Rossier-Smith. Looking Up!
“Looking up” pulls you in from the back of the room. It appears simple until an up close view reveals masterful rendering and depth of color. I can almost feel that little wispy cloud moving across the sky.

Jurors overall impression:
A very impressive show! Without hesitation, I would be proud to hang most of them in my home. I had to be very selective due to the high caliber of masterful works. I get especially excited seeing all of the members who are pushing boundaries and adding their own creative vision. There are some gorgeous abstracts and many attention grabbing compositions. 

Two personal tips: First, when judging realistic figurative work, I am critical about anatomy. If 90% of it is well executed but something looks off, I had trouble selecting it. Second, although subjective, I feel a few pieces would have benefited from different framing. The final presentation should not be overlooked.

The PPSCC is a very talented group of supportive fantastic individuals. I want to thank you all for the honor of being your juror.