Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod

New Signature Members

Woodlands, Tom Bailey

Winter's Fading Light, Cindy Crimmin

Member News

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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.


Jory Mason is having an opening reception for her solo exhibition, “ViewPoints” on Saturday, December 17th, 3:00-4:30 at the Helen Bumpus Gallery, Duxbury Library, 77 Alden Street, Duxbury MA. Her show will be up from Oct 28 to Jan. 3.

Time for Dinner, Jory Mason








The PPSCC Signature Committee is pleased to announce that Tom Bailey and Cindy Crimmins have received PPSCC Signature status following a review of portfolio submissions for the annual application process.  

Shelly Eager will be teaching "Plein Air Painting in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico", January 11-21, 2017.

This ten day pastel painting workshop offers you the unique opportunity to paint in this beautiful city with Shelly Eager. Artists of all levels are welcome as we explore the cobblestone streets lined with colorful colonial architecture and experience a full immersion into Mexican culture. Participants will stay at the enchanting and historic Casa de la Noche, a boutique hotel, located within walking distance from downtown San Miguel. Accommodations include beautiful decor, en-suite private bathrooms, access to shared gardens and a delicious and healthy daily breakfast. Casa de la Noche boasts a private art studio reserved for our group to use should participants choose to work indoors.

Day trips include; a visit to the village of Agustin Gonzales to see women’s traditional rug work, Galeria Atotonilco and Fabrica La Aurora, and lunch with a local family in San Miguel. In addition, there will be the option to go on a tour of the nearby historical silver mining town, Guanajuato City, where participants will immerse themselves in baroque and neoclassical architecture. Painting the light of San Miguel will be an experience to treasure. The buildings are charming and colorful, and the action in the streets is ever present. You will find hundreds of painting ideas that will keep you inspired for many years to come.  There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30pm. Please contact Allyson Simes at 978-369-2578 or email for additional information or to register for the trip.

Barbara Jaenicke will be on the Cape for a workshop in Falmouth: The Poetic Landscape in Pastel & Oil, a 3-day Studio Workshop with Barbara Jaenicke, Aug. 9-11, 2016 (Tues/Wed/Thurs) at the Falmouth Artists Guild, 508-540-3304,

Maxene Raymond has exhibited 2 pieces, "Protecting the Kiwi" and "First Hedge" at the Cape Cod Art Association's Master Artists Exhibit.  Maxene also has exhibited 2 pieces, "Imagine " and "Turn Around" at the Cape Cod Art Association's Abstract Exhibit.  Her "Tools of the Trade" was chosen for UArt's 2016 Online Pastel Show.


Maxene has also exhibited two pieces, "Pining", which was awarded an Honorable Mention, and "Nikki at Heritage"in the All Cape Cod at the Cape Cod Art Association.
Shelly Eager was awarded the Ruby honor for Excellence at the Connecticut Pastel Society’s Juried Show Purely Pastel. The show is now open at the Lyme Art Association museum in Old Lyme Ct.  She has been asked to show her work at a pastel show at Gallery 7 in Maynard called “Painting in Pastel”.  The show runs from August 16 through Sept. 24 with an opening reception on Sept.10. 

Concord Art is sponsoring a pastel painting trip to San Miguel de Allende Mexico in January with Shelly Eager as the teacher.  There will be an informational meeting in Sept.  Check the website for Concord Art for more information or call and speak to Allyson Simes.
Shelly will be teaching a 3 day workshop at the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester on Aug. 6,7 & 8.  The topic of the workshop is “Loosening  Up and Getting Unstuck” Check out the website at North Shore Art Association  for more information. 

Making it Fine Art with Ken Elliott

at the Falmouth Art Center

This is a great opportunity for pastelists and oil painters.
Ken studied with Wolf Kahn.

September 16 - 18, 2016

$425.00 members 
$475.00 non-members

Open to artists at all skill levels and media.
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ken will discuss strategies for creating better artworks with a variety of common and creative tools. The workshop will focus on the strategies for making better paintings, going to new places in your work and how to make fine art. Much attention will be given to improving your own artworks and career. Ken will discuss the idea of making strong starts and keeping the way open for more interesting and dramatic finishes. In addition to making art works, Ken will talk about business and promotion, which are necessary to be a successful artist in the marketplace.

Register on line at or call (508) 540-3304.The Falmouth Art Center is located at 137 Gifford Street in Falmouth.

Betsy Payne Cook is offering several opportunities this Spring.  Paint at the Sandy Neck Beach "Halfway House” with Betsy for a day of plein air instruction, painting, exploring and relaxing in this very special setting on the dune and marshes of Sandy Neck Beach on Cape Cod!  Three dates to choose from for Spring 2016:  Saturday April 30th, Saturday May 21st and Monday June 6th. The cost is $90. For more details:

"Step Outside" is Betsy's   plein air workshop at Cape Cod Art Association on Saturday May 14th  9:30-3:30 $110- members, $130- for nonmembers.  For more details:

Debora L. Stewart is coming to South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA, for a three day workshop, July 22-24, 9:30-4:00: (Course #504) Creating Abstract Imagery in Pastel

Abstraction is a shift in focus. In realistic work we have a road map based on what we are looking at and it is in front of us. In abstraction we must tear ourselves away from what we see and it becomes another way of expression. It is an internal dialogue with our own personal frame of reference.

For more information on this workshop and to register, go to South Shore Art Center under "Visiting Artists".

PPSCC President Ed Chesnovitch will be teaching a one-day workshop, "Pastels with a Punch... The Power of a Notan!"
at the Falmouth Artists Guild on Saturday, March 12, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Notan is a Japanese term referring to the relationship or pattern of the dark and light in a composition. Creating a strong notan dramatically increases the likelihood of creating a strong composition. With a notan, you find the essence of your painting in the design. It’s also extremely useful in making a very complex subject more manageable.  For a complete description of this workshop and to register, 

Ed will also be teaching a 2 day workshop, "Experimental Pastel Master Class With Ed Chesnovitch" at the South Shore Art Center, April 30th & May 1st, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30-3:30 at the South Shore Art Center.  For more information and to register, go to

Jeff Fioravanti shared wonderful news with us. He received  a letter from Paula Ford of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) congratulating him for being named to the Master Circle. This is indeed an honor. To receive Master Circle status one has to obtain five points either  by acceptance into an IAPS sponsored exhibition and/or by receiving an award while participating in said sponsored exhibition. Each acceptance and award is worth one point.  What an honor, Jeff, and we are very happy for you and proud of you!

In addition, the  painting "Burnside's Bridge"  by Jeff Fioravanti will be included in the following National Geographic The Civil War: A Traveler's Guide.  You are on a roll Jeff!

November 2015

Eileen Casey received the Terry Ludwig Pastels Award for "New England Peek" from Juror of Awards, Stan Sperlak at the Pastel Society of New Hampshire's 7th Annual "It's Pastel!" National Exhibition reception. Her painting "Poetry in Motion" is showing at the exhibit through November 27, 2015 at the Discover Portsmouth Center in Portsmouth, NH.

In other exhibits, Eileen's "Birch Glow", was selected as Best in Show at the 48th Annual Pembroke Arts Festival, Pembroke, MA, this past August and "Among the Trumpet Vines" was awarded Best in Show at the 60th Annual Arts Festival, June 19-21, 2015, Cohasset, MA .

October 2015

Ellie Freedman's painting Chasing Daylight was selected for the Cape Cod Art Association's recent online Easel Art Exhibit.

Chasing Daylight by Ellie Freedman

August 2015

Lyn Diefenbach will be teaching a workshop, "Floral Portraits" in May, 2016 in Londonderry, NH, sponsored by the Hollis Arts Society. For more information contact Mary Ellen at or (603) 233-2117.

Doug Dawson wil be teaching a workshop in September at the Falmouth Art Center.  For information and registration, go to Falmouth Artists Guild.

July 2015

Tom Christopher will be teaching a Pastels Workshop at the Falmouth Artists Guild in October. 

Pastel Painting...Exploring Textures

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM . October 17 - 19, 

$425.00 members of Falmouth Artist Guild
$475.00 non-members

Tom Christopher is this year's winner of "Best in Show" at the 2015 International Association of Pastel Societies. He will begin each day of the workshop with a demonstration of pastel painting using various techniques for underpainting on gator board and UAart sanded paper. The attending student artists will then receive instruction on preparing their own textured surface for pastel painting. Throughout the workshop, the artists will receive instruction on plein air painting as well as studio techniques. River Trail by Tom Christopher

The students are encouraged to bring photographs as well as plein air sketches to use as reference material. The instructor will also have photos for reference use. Tom Christopher is careful to set aside sufficient time each day to provide individual instruction for all student artists. Students are also encouraged to bring previous works for personal critiques and instruction.

If weather permits, the class will spend an afternoon painting en plein air.

Tom Christopher of Eldora, Iowa has been fortunate enough to study under the guidance of several well-established professional landscape artists including: Albert Handell, Marc Hanson, and Kim Lordier. For the past several years he has worked primarily in pastels and oil paints. He plans “to continue to explore these two mediums and look forward to many more years of painting and conducting workshops.” Tom Christopher is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a Charter Member of the Pastel Society of Iowa. In 2014 he was featured in Plein Air magazine and also won the Terry Ludwig Award with the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

To register: Falmouth Artists Guild

June 2015

Linda Armstrong's painting "March Snow" received the Pastel Society of America Award at the Salmagundi Club Non-Member Painting and Sculpture Exhibit, May 26 - June 5, 2015.  She has also been elected to membership in the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.

Betsy Payne Cook will be offering several classes over the summer. “Step Outside” is a plein air class on Tues. mornings 9-11:30 for 4 weeks. There are two sessions: July 7-28 and August 4-25. “Pastels: Beginner and Beyond “ will take place on Thursdays  2:00 – 4:30. There are two sessions: July 9-30 and August 6-27.  She is also offering a “Painters Class for all Mediums" on Thursday evening 5:30-8:00. There are two sessions for 4 weeks each: July 9-30 and August 6-27. All of the above classes take place at the Falmouth Arts Center, 137 Gifford Street, Falmouth MA.

Betsy will also teach a "Pastel Painting Class on six Tuesday afternoons, 2:00-4:00, July 14 - August 18 at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth.  Please contact Betsy with any questions at

Neil Drevitson, one of the first members of PPSCC, was invited to have a one man retrospective show at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis.  It  opened to the public on May 2nd, and the reception to meet the artist was May 7th. More than 200 people attended. The show continues thru July 5th.  There are 36 paintings in the show.


Maxene Raymond is proud to announce that two of her pieces got into
national juried shows.  "(C)old Cape Cod" will be shown at the "For Pastels Only" exhibit sponsored by the PPSCC.  The opening is at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod on June 20 6:00 - 8:30.  The show runs from June17 - July 12.

"Acadia" can be seen at The National at theCape Cod Art Association July 16- August 24, 2015 Reception July 16, 2015. 4-6 pm.

May 2015

UART is proud to announce its 2015 Online Pastel Competition. Now accepting entries thru June 30, 2015. Award winners will be notified on July 21st. Liz Haywood-Sullivan will be jurying the contest.

For info go to

Ed Chesnovitch's summer pastel classes are sure to fire up your imagination!  Go beyond your comfort zone, create a more expressive sense of atmosphere with color and light and gain confidence with pastel.  Classes are held at Cotuit Center for the Arts, Falmouth Artists Guild, Cape Cod Art Association and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Contact Ed at for class information.

There will be a Group Show: "Connected" Four Women, Three Generations of Art: Joanne M. (Jo) Ball, Barbara Bemis Adams, Joanne Talbot Quinn, Joanna Quinn, June 3-27, at the Old Firehouse Gallery, Main St. Orleans, MA

Gallery open: Fridays, 5-8pm w/music. Saturdays and Sundays, 11-4pm, w/working artist. Opening Reception: Sat. June 13th 4-6pm

Jeanne Rosier Smith has some exciting news to share as well as some workshop offerings. She is a finalist in the International Artist Magazine Seascape competition, June/July issue, and a Finalist in the 2015 Art Renewal Center Salon.  Her work will be featured in an upcoming article in the July issue of Cape Cod Home.

Sudbury Summer Workshops at Jeanne Rosier Smith Pastel Studio,131 Bent Road, Sudbury MA

Making Waves I & II, July 7-8, 9:30-4:30, $190

Portrait from Life, July 21, 9:30-4:30, $140 including model fee, 

Seascape Workshops at Martha’s Vineyard, Featherstone Art Center
July 18 Making Waves I: Anatomy of a Wave
July 19 Making Waves II: Coming Ashore 

Croatia Painting Tour 2015, September 13-22, 2015
Space still available!

Color Confidence Oct 11 & 12, 2015. Contact: Sherry Rhyno,  

Shelly Eager has been juried into the Summer Show "As Expected" for the Copley Society of Art, July 1 – August 19, 2015 in the Upper Gallery.  Her painting is also featured as the postcard image for the invitation for the show. Opening Reception: Thursday, July 9, 5:30-7:30 pm.

"Aphrodisiacs", Shelly Eager

Shelly is also offering classes on the Cape in Yarmouthport this Summer and Fall, as well as monthly classes in Arlington and N.Andover.  Contact Shelly at for more information. Also check out her workshops for the North Shore Art Association this July at  and her Concord Art Association workshop this summer at:

Susan Williamson has been recognized by IAPS with Master Circle status.  Congratulations to you Susan!

Jory Mason just won 1st place in pastel at the Cape Cod Art Association’s juried “All Cape Cod” exhibition. The reception is May 21. 5-7pm.

Above: “We found our spot" by Jory Mason

Diane Sawyer will be teaching pastel classes this summer through the Milton Art Center.  "Plein Air Painting in Pastel" is a six week class at locations in and around Milton, MA.  Class begins Thursday, June 25, 9:30 - 11:30 am.  $135.  For more information and to register, go to and click on the Adult Classes link.  For more information, email

Diane will have a solo exhibit at the Wotiz Gallery of the Milton Public Library, May 9 - 30, 2015.  The library is at 276 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA.  Also, her pastel "After the Rain" has been accepted into the 26th Annual IAPS Juried Exhibit of the International Society of Pastel Artists in Albuquerque, NM, June 3 - 7, 2015, opening reception June 3, 5-7 pm.

Above:  "Reflections" by Diane Sawyer