Message from the President - March, 2014

Spring at Last!

I was beginning to think that it would never come, but it always does. Some, perhaps many, of the members of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire are unaware that in order to achieve non-profit status, the charter members had to develop a meaningful mission statement. We try to carry out that mission statement every year.

Every so often, we like to share this mission with the membership. It reads:

The Pastel Society of New Hampshire shall be operated solely for educational purposes and in accordance with the mission statement of the organization:

to set standards of excellence and to encourage the use of soft pastels;

to unite pastelists through membership in the society;

to establish pastel as a separate category in major art exhibitions;

to focus attention on the renaissance of pastel and to educate the public regarding the permanence and beauty of the medium;

to offer workshops, critiques, classes, demonstrations and scholarships as part of our educational program;

to offer a vehicle of communication for exchange of news and ideas through our web site and our publications;

to hold member’s shows at appropriate gallery locations;

to culminate the year’s activities with a national annual juried exhibition open to members and non-members.

How do we accomplish all this? Some goals are obvious: the Members Show, the Juried Show, the demonstrations at our members meetings, workshops, and our trade show which allows artists to purchase a range of materials usually found on line or in catalogs and in fact, reaches out to all pastelists, not just members.

Outreach is another, less obvious activity that we pursue. One event a few years ago included students from a Portsmouth middle school art class and artists who accompanied them and their teacher to the annual juried show, “It’s Pastel!” The artists described the attributes of some of the paintings in the show, discussing their finer points of pastel painting. they also visited the class and did demonstrations. This year Cathy DiPentima is the chair for Outreach.

On another note, the board has been discussing having one day workshops during the winter and wondered if members would be interested. These would be scheduled on a Saturday (perhaps with a snow date Sunday if the artist were available). Instructors would most likely be local, from New England, due to the expenses of travel.

Please email Roger Block, our workshop chair, at or me with your thoughts, suggestions and whether or not you might attend a one-day workshop. Give us an idea of what you would like to learn, keeping in mind it would be one day; which artist-instructor would interest you, and venues. WE NEED YOUR INPUT!

Pat Dubois  Email:

May 2014 PSNH Newsletter

Robert Carsten Workshop

It’s Pastel prosopectus

The Fine Art Store now offers Rebate Program for PSNH Show Awards

The Fine Art Store, who brings us our Trade Show each Fall, is now offering a reward program to accrue money toward prizes given by PSNH at our exhibitions. The company will set aside 5% of every sale made to any member of the Pastel Society of NH. At the end of the year, our organization may request gift cards in the amount of the rebate. For instance if we have $250 in rebate, we can request one gift card for $250 to be used as an award for a society show or perhaps 5 gift cards of $50 to raffle off.

The process is simple. When placing an order with just type in PSNH in the “Order Notes” section at the end of the order. This offer will run from now until October 31st, 2014. To help jump start this program, the company has a special offer of $5 off your next purchase of $25 or more – just type in NHlovespastels on your next order.
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