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July 9, 2016 APS Member Meeting:


           …join us from 10am to noon…


Cathyann Burgess


“Seeing the Light…Going Outside to Paint!”Tooley's sun9x12


Presentation on plein air painting history and understanding Carlson’s rules before going outdoors, how to simplify the scene before you and more.


[Meeting and morning presentation free and open to the public.]



          …workshop from 1pm to 4pm…


Plein Air Workshop with Cathyann Burgess


Painting on location is exhilarating! It has become almost a cult movement.  High Summer Hillside


But to some of us, it can be daunting. It can also be a way to connect with other artists. Importantly, it is experiential learning at its fullest. The element of ‘being there’ rather than looking at a photo is invaluable for the artist.


Become acquainted today with the direct method of the Impressionists, ‘in the open air’ putting daunting notions of discomfort away!


     Cathyann has been drawing or painting as long as she can Cathyann Burgess headshot for promoremember and consciously thought of herself as artist, at age 13. She was born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, NY.  She holds a MSEd in Art from SUNY College at Buffalo, NY.  Her teaching experience in art for over 25 years includes formal schools both public and private, museums and workshops.  Committed to life long learning, Cathyann’s studies include workshops with Danni Dawson, Nelson Shanks, Daniel Greene, Matthew Mancini and Randy Sexton.  Cathyann with her husband, now makes her home and studio in Hendersonville North Carolina. She shows her work at Asheville Gallery of Art, Asheville, NC.  She is Chair of Programs for APS 2016. 


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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.


 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

October 14 to November 11, 2016:


APS 2016 MEMBER SHOW * * Call for Entries!

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Hendersonville, NC

Deadline is August 1st




Best of Show, 2015 Member Show: “Marsh View, Late Summer”  by Susan Sinyai



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.