January 13, 2018 APS Member Meeting…Back by popular demand!


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A Group Paint-AroundYOU can participate or watch!!!

     Come Paint with Us!…10am to noon

Six host artists will create APS 1-17_3491a the set-ups, and then participants line up, each in turn adding to the creation of the work for a prescribed time.

The host artists will bring a board and easel set up with a drawing started from a photo reference.  We will have pastels on hand.  Jim Hefley will keep time and direct.

Everyone can participate, this is a hands-on exercise and special opportunity to learn, interact with fellow members… and have fun!

At the Grace Community Church.  The public and all artists are invited.  No membership requirements.  There is no charge.

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


APS 2017 National Juried Exhibition

Juror, Dawn Emerson! (




At left is Dawn Emerson’s second painting from her thrilling demo the morning of the Show Opening.

22 inches high x 30 inches wide

It is available for only $1000!  Please contact Dawn directly if you are interested.



   Exhibition was at the Burke Arts Council


Jailhouse Gallery



in Morganton, NC 



2017 APS National Exhibition Award Recipients

Best in Show                         Tracy Ference – This is Marshall

First Place                              Diane Pike – Total Chaos

Second Place                         Marilyn Dwyer – Erin’s Porch

Exceptional Merit #1             Suzy Hart – Within Mother Emanuel

Exceptional Merit #2             Gary Rupp – Peace Like a River

Exceptional Merit #3             Alec Hall – Pulling Hard II

Honorable Mention #1          Linda Medders-Jackson – Winning Charms

Honorable Mention #2          Kay Gordon – In Cottonwood Shadows

Honorable Mention #3          Cheryl Powell – Judith Baking

Honorable Mention #4          Zoe Schumaker – Barnyard Strut

Honorable Mention #5          Pam Winkler – Unattached

    —APS 2017 National Juried Exhibition SHOW CATALOG

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.