March 12, 2016 Member Meeting

      …join us from 10am to noon…


Ron Laboray…Curating and Artistic Public Engagement


ron laboray in studioRon Laboray will discuss aspects of jurying public exhibitions.  Attendees are encouraged to ask questions about curating, submitting to exhibitions and how to approach a studio practice and strengthen an artistic statement.


Ron was the Judge of the APS 2015 Juried Member Exhibition at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

The work of Ron Laboray has been exhibited in museums, special project spaces, and galleries in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Memphis, St. Louis, Taiwan, and Japan. Laboray’s art merges abstract painting and drawing with a pseudoscientific method to create a growing visual archive of popular culture. In his work, the visual language of abstraction supports a color-coded archive of data, based on mass culture elements like television, movies, comic books, fast food logos and junk mail advertising. Ron currently resides in Asheville North Carolina and holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Western Carolina University.

There is no fee to attend the morning event. [Open to the public]


    …workshop from 1pm to 4pm…


Deborah Johnson Kidwell…many waters - amythyst ice


 …K.I.S.S. Workshop (Keep It Simple, Sweetie)


A workshop to move you toward daily painting through small works, using a limited pallette and optical color mixing.  Let a few simple structures free you to delight in daily small wonders!


About Deborah…

“I grew up outside of Boston, and was happily influenced by the Realism of Ives Gammel’s Boston School tradition and the wonderful area museums, studying at DeCordova Museum School between HS and college. During that time I was able to travel to Europe as an art student.

20150904_092016“I received a BFA in painting from the University of New Hampshire. A pivotal
experience was as an Artist in Residence at a large geriatric mental health facility,
“Years later I met pastels through classes and workshops with Jill Pottle, Aline Ordman and Margaret Dyer. For me pastel is the perfect dance between painting and drawing. And the “music” has captured me.”
Deborah takes joy in teaching children and adults to see and discover the artist within, teaching in a variety of settings since 1995.
Artists taking workshop must register and pay in advance…and are encouraged to register early to reserve their place.

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.

Select Registration Type

 If you prefer to pay by check, please make your check out to “APS,” and mail to:

Cathyann Burgess
APS Program Chair
1490 Mountain Meadow
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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


Call for entries !

 Lily PadsLily Pads by Maggie Whitney           Grand Prize Winner, 2015 NC Statewide


On Common Ground: From the Mountains to the Sea


Invitation to enter the annual North Carolina Statewide Exhibition.  Entry is online at  DEADLINE midnight, MARCH 18.

Click HERE for show prospectus and details  …  and HERE for tips for entering online.

JUROR, Elizabeth Mowry, will be teaching a five-day workshop May 23-27 in Black Mountain, NC

Mowry_StillALongWayHomeAtDusk    Still a Long Way Home at Dusk by Elizabeth Mowry, PSA Master

Click HERE for workshop information and registration.

APS non-juried Exhibition, March 24-May 13


For Members Only at Grace Community Church

[Details Link]


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.