May 3 to June 2, 2017 NC Statewide Show


Hosted by the Piedmont Pastel Society in Charlotte, NC






July 8, 2017 Member Meeting:

     …join us from 10am to noon…

          Creating Art as a Colorist


Morning presentation is free and open to the public


KiesB_Ember'sGlare_13x18 During my presentation, I will talk about how I create my works as a colorist painter.  This is characterized by my use of intense color, which becomes the dominant feature of the resulting work of art…even more than some of the other qualities.

There is nothing more personally satisfying to me than creating a painting and seeing it come to life before my eyes.  Although my paintings are a medley of work, my greatest emphasis is on the animal world.  As I begin my painting of any animal, I try to discover their personalities and pull that life into my work.  I enjoy a certain playfulness in my renditions, which I will demonstrate during my presentation.

About Bev

My pastel paintings represent a medley of work, celebrating animals, places and people.  My love for animals started at the same time as my love of art.  As a child so young that I cannot remember a time without these elements in my life, I marvel continuously at the joy that animals bring into people’s lives.  I enjoy a certain playfulness in my renditions, using vivid colors and expressive strokes.

At the age of five, my mother, a watercolor and oil painter, sent me to the Atlanta School of Art.  This early passion eventually led to a degree in art education from Ohio State University.  Having lived in Hendersonville 13 years now, I am focusing full time on my art career and now teach pastel at workshops and also through the continuing education program at Blue Ridge Community College.  My website is,


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 2017 National Show [and Workshop described below]…

     …Show will be October 19th to November 17th, 2017

at the Jailhouse Gallery in Morganton, NC

     –Best of Show $1200!dianepike_considertheraven_firstplace

     –Juror, Dawn Emerson! (

     –Online entries via CaFE …

     –direct link to Café listing…


     —Entry Deadline Midnight, July 16, 2017

     –Click here for prospectus.


                                                                                        First Place 2014 APS National…   Diane Pike  “Consider the Raven”

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.


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.