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Welcome to the Austin Pastel Society...

Whether you have an interest in learning more about the medium of pastel or you're an active pastel artist, we hope you will join us for monthly programs, juried & non-juried exhibitions and special events!



at Northwest Hills Gallery 

November 5 - November 30

Click here for details!


2015 APS Workshop instructor

Demo will be March 6, 2015
Workshop will be March 7 & 8, 2015
Both demo & workshop to be held at

Mike Beeman will also be the juror for our
2015 Annual Juried Member Exhibition


at Round Rock Art Space

Sep. 1 thru Nov. 4, 2014

Click here for details!


Austin Pastel Society meets the fourth Sunday of
January, February, April, May, June, September & October
from 4pm to 6pm at Marie Callender's,
9503 Research Blvd #400, Austin, TX 78759
Click here for directions.

The March meeting is a demo by our workshop instructor 
(free for members, $25 non-members, see workshop info for dates and locations).

The December meeting is a member only holiday party at a location TBD.
We do not meet in July, August or November.



Join us for our kick-off meeting & paint-a-round in the fall!
Our featured program includes 5 member artists who initiate a painting and then work on each painting in succession for 10 minutes each, ending with his or her own work. The 5 finished works will be available for sale to benefit our scholarship program.  It's fun and instructive to see how each artist approaches not only his or her own work, but that of fellow artists! 


Presentation by Dana Brown of Ampersand

Find out more about pastel boards, how they are made, how they can be used, as well as other surfaces made by the Ampersand company, whose warehouse and manufacturing facility is located in nearby Kyle.  Dana Brown of Ampersand will be on hand to present the program -- samples will be included!   
2014 Annual Juried Member Exhibition
Award Winners.

Top Awards Include:

Best of Show - "Elfing" by Rita Kirkman
First in Show - "Green Oropendola" by Richard Banh
Second in Show - "Spring Abundance" by Char Eppright
Third in Show - "My Adorable Ari" by Kathryn Holter
People's Choice - "Eli" by Paul Murphree

For a complete list of award winners click here.


Full color 2014 Show Catalog is available in either soft or hard cover.

Click here to order a show catalog.


Announcing the 2014 Accepted Entries
Clayton J. Beck III,  Juror
see slide show below of the 50 accepted entries 

Please note, We have had some issues with the slide show, so regardless
of what the slide show may show, the list here is a complete
list of accepted entries. Please accept my apologies. - Webmaster.

There were 115 paintings by 43 artists
submitted for this year's show
Congratulations to everyone who
entered whether chosen or not.

Recent Programs/Events

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9:30 AM

Denise Mahlke, PSA-MC
Demonstrated and spoke about her evocative, atmospheric landscapes
at a joint meeting with the Central Texas Pastel Society.

 "Where Morning Gathers" by Denise Mahlke

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014,  4:00 PM

Carolyn Kilday

demonstrated her award winning techniques for
painting beautiful still life florals.


                         Block in stage                Finished painting with photo reference       

Sunday, January 26th, 2014,  4:00 PM

 Mike Etie demonstrated his techniques for
creating this colorful landscape painting which he took
home to finish and has now entered in the Annual
Juried Members Exhibition.

2013 Annual Juried Member Exhibition
Awards Have Been Announced!
Click here for list of
2013 Award Winners

Past Programs & Events

Scroll down or click here for information.
No Meeting in November
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Christmas Party
Christmas pot luck, holiday gift exchange, and show and tell

Sunday, October 27th, 4:00 PM
Susan Carlin
will demonstrate painting a portrait and discuss how she chooses work for her gallery

Sunday, September 22nd, 4:00 PM

Richard Banh
demonstrates his award winning technique painting water in pastel

Sunday, May 26th Program

"Magic in the Finale"
Join us as Debra Richardson
demonstrates the techniques she uses in the
completion of a portrait that make it magical, give it life, and give it power.

D.K. Richardson has been a dedicated artist for over 46 years. Although realism has been her focus, the true challenge of her craft is capturing the essence of character beyond photography, the true identity.

Influenced by masters of their craft, such as Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Rubens, and Vermeer, Richardson continually strives to obtain a higher level of proficiency in portraiture.

Dabbling in impressionism and non-representational works, she always returned to her love of realism. Her work is a hybrid of contemporary and classical portraiture.

We hope you'll join us on Sunday, May 26th!


April 28th Program

Our Guest Speaker
Lon Dekkers of Canson


"All things new and exciting"
in the Canson line of art products.

(Lisa Wright &
Lon Dekkers)

followed by our

Annual Garage Sale: Everything But the Studio Sink!

Thanks to our own Lisa Wright of Asel Art
for making these arrangements with Lon Dekkers!

Members of APS greatly appreciate the gifts of paper & pastels!
Available at

Asel Art

2013 Austin Pastel Society
Annual Juried Membership Exhibition
February 24 - April 21, 2013
Judge Terri Ford, PSA, PSWC-DP, PSNM, SPS

Parking is free in the parking garage on the corner of 8th & Guadalupe. (Entrance at 800 Guadalupe)
Take a ticket. The gate will be open at the exit.
Take elevator to the Lower Level to the Corridor of Art.

A catalog for the 2013 APS Annual Juried Exhibition will be available soon, details to come.

Our January Special Event
B. Eric Rhoads
was a tremendous success!
Click here for details.

Thursday, January 17th


Our thanks to Eric Rhoads for sharing his valuable information;
for providing copies of Plein Air and Fine Art Connoisseur magazines as favors, and for donating
copies of each of the 6 Streamline Art Videos as Door Prizes!
Invitations were extended to neighboring art groups from San Antonio to Georgetown, Fredericksburg to Wimberley, and we had over 100 in attendance!  Plans for ongoing Joint Events have been discussed!


March Program
Demo by Terri Ford

Terri Ford, PSA, PSWC-DP, PSNM, SPS, will conduct a demonstration at the Windberg Art Center in Georgetown on Friday, March 8 from 7-9 pm.

She will also teach the annual two day workshop and act as exhibition judge. The workshop will also be held at the Windberg Art Center on March 9 and 10.

The Friday evening demo is free for all APS members. Non-member artists can attend for a suggested donation of $20.

Registration for the workshop is full, but there is a waiting list in case of cancellations.

February Program

February Demonstration by:
Robert "Bob" Rohm, PSA, OPA

Sunday, February 24th
4-6 p.m.

Join us as Bob Rohm demonstrates his technique for a "painterly approach" to pastel painting -- beginning with the all important value study.

Robert "Bob" Rohm received classical art training at the York Academy of Arts in Pennsylvania. Now a resident of Texas, his paintings reflect the brilliance of the colors found in the clear, bright light of the southwest.
For Event Details, click here.


Last Chance - 2012 APS Annual Juried Exhibition Catalog

If you would like to order a Catalog from the 2012 APS Annual Juried Exhibition, please click here to email Deb Richardson.  Deb will send an email link to you for the catalog. The link will take you to the MyPublisher website for you to place your order and purchase directly. Two sizes are available: Classic Hardcover with book jacket (8.75” x 11.25”) or Pocket Book (5.75" x 7.75"). Be sure to tell her which size so she can send you the correct link for the size you want. (Specific sizes are printed in different facilities.)

Austin Pastel Society is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).  To receive the IAPS e-mail newsletter, click this link to subscribe.

Upcoming Programs & Events:

01 Sep 2014 9:00 AM • Round Rock Art Space
28 Sep 2014 4:00 PM • Marie Callender's Restaurant
26 Oct 2014 4:00 PM • Marie Callender's Restaurant
05 Nov 2014 12:00 PM • Northwest Hills United Methodist Church. 7050 Village Center Drive, Austin, Texas 78731
25 Jan 2015 4:00 PM • Marie Callender's Restaurant
22 Feb 2015 4:00 PM • Marie Callender's Restaurant

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