October 14th..APS Plein Air Meet at June Bug Retro Resort


     …Starting time, 9:30 am

     Interested artists to meet at June Bug Retro Resort, 355 Clarks Chapel Road, Weaverville, NC.  See their website for a map and directions.

     Bring your lunch if you wish.

     Restrooms are available.

     Anyone new to plein air painting can see how to set up and paint…and hopefully will join in.  You are welcome to stay as long as you like.

     If anyone is interested in giving a demo, or needs more information, contact Nancy Clausen



APS 2017 National Show…

     …Show will be October 19th to November 17th, 2017at the Burke Arts Council in Morganton, NC  bac_email_logo

      –Juror, Dawn Emerson! (

     Entry Deadline Was July 16, 2017

     –Click here for prospectus.

     —List of ACCEPTED Entries



   … Join us for the OPENING RECEPTION October 21st, 5pm to 7pm (see prospectus for details)

   …Dawn Emerson DEMO … October 21st, 12 to 3pm 

Live Demo by Acclaimed Pastel Artist, Dawn Emerson will be in the Historic Burke Co. Courthouse, 102 E. Union St, Morganton, NC (next door to the Burke Arts Council, where the National Show will be held).

crowdsourcing4webWatch dynamic pastel and multimedia artist Dawn Emerson as she demonstrates her exciting and energetic painting process.  An artist, teacher, and author, Dawn has spent the past 26 years creating art, teaching, and experimenting in her Central Oregon studio to push the boundaries of the pastel medium.

In addition to the painting demonstration, Dawn will be signing copies of her book, “Pastel Innovations,” published this spring.

For more information, contact:  Nancy Clausen at

APS Workshop Fee Refund Policy
Our refund policy states that for workshops sponsored by APS, a refund of the fee deposit is available only within 48 hours of paying the fee.  However, if the fee is paid within the last two days before the workshop date, no refund is available. 

$25 in advance (PayPal/credit card, below)…$30 at the door.  Attendance will be limited.  Save your spot…

[If you prefer to pay by check, send check for $25 made out to, “APS”…please write DEMO on check…please include your e-mail address and phone number…send to, Kay Gordon, 79 Alpine Way, Weaverville, NC 28787.  Keep in mind that your place will not be saved until your payment has been made.]



Dawn Emerson Workshop (

     October 16 – 19, 2017

sunsetravenThis 4-day pastel workshop will incorporate design principles and mixed media to expand your imagery and infuse your work with energy.  Unique exercises will guide you in finding your own personal expressions and take you from ‘copying’ to ‘creating’.

Explore new approaches  of image making, color, and mark making and fall in love  with pastel all over again!

The workshop will be held at the unique, historic Beech Community Center in a rural mountain setting near Weaverville, NC.


Click here for workshop details and registration form. (do this first)


Please read details carefully before registering.

Your registration payment means that you have read, understood and agreed to abide by the Workshop Rules.

NOTE:  This workshop is now FULL, however, we are maintaining a WAIT LIST.  There is a good possibility some on the list will make it into the workshop.  To have your name added to the list, contact Zoe Schumaker at or 317-695-5154.

November 11, 2017 Member Meeting:

     …join us from 10am to noon…

          Open Shared Critique:  Moderated by Cathyann Burgess

Morning presentation is free and open to the public

Bring a work that needs a critical eye.  Be open to criticism that is helpful from others in the group wanting to participate in looking at work objectively.  Getting feedback from each other is a good thing and a way to see how your work may improve.  This is a give and take for educational purposes.

     …from 1pm to 4pm

Workshop:  “Learning from the Masters:  Still Life in Pastel” 

Cathyann Burgess

Cathyann Burgess will hold a workshop in painting the still life with pastel.  Using master pastelist works to illustrate techniques, color theory and composition, the student will work from life to create one or more small paintings.  Sunsketch#1clbsun sketcchclb#2Sunflowersclb 3Individual attention and guided practice are Cathyann’s strengths as a teacher of art.  It doesn’t matter if you are a still life painter or not.  Working from still life is still beneficial to learning new ways of working with pastel.  Come try it out!

Materials:  your own set of pastels and small sized sanded paper of your preference 8×10, 8×8, no larger than 9×12, drop cloths, paper support, easel or table, water container, sketchbook, pencil.

About Cathyann:

“I have been drawing or painting as long as I can remember and consciously thought of myself as artist, at age 13. Born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, NY, my first art ‘aesthetic’ experience was at the Cloisters, part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The next time artwork made an indelible mark was when I was sixteen and stood before Picassos Guernica.

I hold a MSEd in Art from SUNY College at Buffalo, NY.

My teaching experience in art for over 25 years in 4 states, includes formal schools both public and private, museums and workshops.”

Workshop participants are encouraged to register early to save a place…register below…

APS Workshop Fee Refund Policy
Our refund policy states that for workshops sponsored by APS, a refund of the fee deposit is available only within 48 hours of paying the fee.  However, if the fee is paid within the last two days before the workshop date, no refund is available.

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At the Grace Community Church.  The public and all artists are invited.

Refreshments will be served. When you come to our meetings, bring a friend!

Grace Community Church
495 Cardinal Road
Mills River, NC 28759

I-26, Exit for the airport
–Go West past the airport and past the Ag Center on NC 280
–Go approximately 1 ¾ miles west  towards Mill River
–Turn Right on street between the Land Rover dealer and Grace Church which is Cardinal Drive (the church is up on the hill)
–Turn left at the top of the drive into the church parking lot
–Go to the left side of the building to the green awning entrance
–Go into the hall and go right past several doors
–Our meeting room is to the right.

Please contact Cathyann Burgess, Program chair, with any questions about our program. … 828.595.9518
Please contact Suzy Hart, Membership chair, with any questions about our membership. appalachianpastelsociety@gmail.com845.986.3653

APS Library “Blooms” in 2015


Art books are the doorways to new techniques, color theory, composition, and thoughtful reflection. A recent gift of 103 books and DVDs featuring pastel, watercolor and design were donated to the Appalachian Pastel Society in memory of Mary Ruth Robinson. Her contribution expands the library collection which APS loans to its members during its membership meetings.

An artist and inspiring volunteer, Mary was a longtime member and one of the founding members of the Appalachian Pastel Society. She died on April 29, 2014 after a battle with kidney failure. Mary served on the APS board for many years as newsletter chair and founding librarian. She helped the organization establish its first website. For several years, Mary donated a memorial award to our shows to honor a fellow artist and friend, Ella Maguire. In her will, Mary is leaving $1000 to APS to continue the award to be given with our shows. 

Mary’s many gifts have supported, and will continue to support, our growth as artists. 

The expanding library collection is displayed beginning 30 minutes prior to APS membership meetings. A $5 refundable deposit is collected for each book and DVD loaned to members.

For additional information, contact Anne K. Allen, librarian at

For more information about the collection, click on the LIBRARY tab at the top of the page.