July 11, 2015 Member Meeting/Program/Workshop

…join us from 10am to noon…


Taking Your Paintings To The Next Level, pastel presentation


First Snow  by Nancy Nowak

  with… Nancy Nowak, IAPS MC,PSA


This program and workshop will cover in depth the foundations and techniques of pastel painting. Instruction and demos will include:

  1. Discussion on materials
  2. In-depth study of composition, value studies, color temperatures and color harmony
  3. How to select and work from a reference photo (importance of simplifying, massing, telling a story)
  4. Different methods and techniques of underpainting
  5. Step by step painting instruction with critiques
  6. Pitfalls and how to avoid them
  7. Discussion on what makes a successful painting

At the Grace Community Church.  The public and all artists are invited.  There is no fee to attend the morning meeting.

About Nancy…MarshMystique by Nancy Nowak

“For me, it’s (painting) all about creating. It’s being attuned to the inspiration that nature provides, and intuitively, patiently, and creatively, letting go and seeing where that leads. Color and light are what inspires me. It is an ongoing endeavor to capture it artistically yet technically and to bring out the spirit of my subjects using the glorious medium of pastels.”


Donkey Ride  by Nancy NowakNancy Feinman Nowak earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Cleveland Institute of Art in 1981, where her main interests were Enameling and Oil painting. She had a calligraphy business for 13 years before transforming it into her present business, Ink Strokes Printing, Inc.


Wintersglow by Nancy NowakShe is a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, a Signature Member of Pastel Society of America, a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society, Member of Women Painters of the Southeast and Member of Kudzu Art Zone. Nancy has won many awards for her exceptional artwork in regional, national and international competitions.

Originally from New Jersey, Nancy now resides in the Atlanta, GA area with her husband Don and dog Beaux. When not painting or working, you can often find her at the golf course or curled up reading a good book.

Visit Nancy’s website at www.nancynowakart.com.

 …afternoon workshop 1pm to 4pm…



CALL KITTY…Don’t leave a message, make sure you talk with her… 423-764-2911

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.

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 Kitty Williams, Program chair, with any questions about our program. bk@btes.tv … 423.764.2911
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 annekallen@gmail.com.

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