APS 2017 National Show…

     …Show will be October 19th to November 17th, 2017at the Jailhouse Gallery in Morganton, NC

      –Juror, Dawn Emerson! (

     Entry Deadline Was July 16, 2017

     –Click here for prospectus.


   … 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 Jailhouse, 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 

September 9, 2017 Member Meeting:

     …join us from 10am to noon…

          Alec Hall, “Animals in Fine Art”

Pulling Hard_Alec HallMorning presentation is free and open to the public

The morning presentation, “Animals in Fine Art” will include a Power Point Presentation covering a brief history of animals in art throughout the ages.

This will be followed by an introduction to some of the modern day animal artists who continue the time-honored tradition of portraying animals in art.



“Pulling Hard”  by Alec Hall

     …workshop from 1pm to 4pm…

Alec Hall, “Creating Dynamic Realism with Pastels”

Realism is alive and well in today’s art world and The Sugar Tree eis actually enjoying a resurgence after being cast aside during the mid-20th century by the Modern Artists, the Abstract-Expressionists, and Minimalists. 

We will discuss some of the attributes of realism, such as Values, Contrast, Accurate Proportions, Textures, and Aerial Perspective and how to achieve them with pastel. 

Then I would like to work one-on-one with each student to help them apply these attributes to one of their pastel paintings.

[Click here for Workshop SUPPLY LIST]

“The Sugar Tree,” by Alec Hall

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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About Alec

    Alec Hall has been painting for 22 years.  After a 32-year career in veterinary medicine, he turned his full attention to painting in 2003.
Alec has been passionate about animals all of his life and now that passion has infused and fueled his artistic endeavors.
Originally trained in oils, he has worked exclusively in pastel for the last 15 years and taught pastel painting at the Art Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan for 8 years.
His painting style is realism and he is a keen observer of the natural world.  Alec’s pastel paintings have garnered numerous awards and hang in many private and corporate collections throughout the US.


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




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.

May 3 to June 2, 2017 NC Statewide Show


Hosted by the Piedmont Pastel Society in Charlotte, NC



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.