May4 to June 17, 2017 Non-Juried APS Show…

     All APS members are invited to participate in this show!…

     “Big Little Paintings” at BlackBird Frame & Art

     Entry online April 1-17


May 13, 2017 Member Meeting:

     …join us from 10am to noon…

          Cathyann Burgess, “Thinking Abstractly”

Morning presentation is free and open to the publicTreading Rough Terrain18x24pastel

Presentation will be a Visual Presentation/Lecture on the concepts of Abstraction in 20th Century Art History and its influences in Contemporary 21st century art using examples in pastel. The afternoon workshop will be an application of some of the concepts from the morning presentation.

     …from 1pm to 4pm

Workshop:  “Mix it up and Shake it Loose”

I once heard this: “There are no color police!”
   Well, no there aren’t. However, understanding color and light and structure is important.
      But when you have the fundamentals, then what?

You play!
Come play with me!
We will explore how to mix color and methods to loosen up your style and thinking about process.

Extend your boundaries and freshen up your thinking about abstraction from reality through directed exercises in the studio.

About Cathyann:Cathyann Burgess headshot for promo

“I have been drawing or painting as long as I can remember and consciously thought of myself as artist, at age 13. Born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, NY, my first art ‘aesthetic’ experience was at the Cloisters, part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The next time artwork made an indelible mark was when I was sixteen and stood before Picassos Guernica.

I hold a MSEd in Art from SUNY College at Buffalo, NY.

My teaching experience in art for over 25 years in 4 states, includes formal schools both public and private, museums and workshops.”

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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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.