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The Piedmont Pastel Society, a non-profit organization, was established in 2007. Our goal is to promote and provide educational opportunities for our members; to enhance community awareness and appreciation of the value and beauty of soft pastels; and to connect individual artists in our region.

Upcoming events

02 Oct 2016 (UTC-03:00) • McDowell Art Center, 123 McDowell St. Matthews, NC 28105
19 Nov 2016 9:00 AM (UTC-03:00) • McDowell Art Center, 123 McDowell St., Matthews, NC
21 Jan 2017 9:30 AM (UTC-03:00) • McDowell Art Center, 123 McDowell St., Matthews, NC
21 Jan 2017 1:00 PM (UTC-03:00) • McDowell Art Center, 123 McDowell St., Matthews, NC

We encourage members to join 

The Pastel Society of America

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on this prestigious organization

and how to join

As a member of the 

Piedmont Pastel Society, 

included as one of your benefits, is a membership to the 

Click on the logo for more information on your membership to IAPS

We welcome pastel artists from beginner to advanced. Members experience a creative environment for learning and sharing in art demonstrations, membership exhibitions, plein air outings, and workshops. Our programs and socials provide channels for networking, communication, and friendship.

Announcing Our Members Exhibit

4th Annual Piedmont Pastel Society Calendar Show

“American Beauty”


Deborah Rasberry

2015 Calendar Winner!

We will showcase Piedmont Pastel Society Members for their individual style. All members are encouraged to enter work with any subject matter for a non-juried exhibit at the McDowell Arts Center, 123 McDowell Street, Matthews, NC 28105, September 30, 2016 and October 1, 2016.

New this year:

$1200. In Cash Awards!

$250. For Cover Winner - Best in Show

$50. Cash Award to each of the Twelve Calendar Month Winners

All entrants of the calendar show will receive a prize of the famous embroidered PPS "Chalkheads" Apron!

Feel free to contact Exhibit Co-Chair, Malia Bryngelson if you have any questions.

Click Here to Register/Prospectus

ARTIST OF THE MONTH ~ Bre Crowell - August winner for 2016 PPS member art calendar

Bre is a Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America, A Circle of Excellence Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, founding board member of the Piedmont Pastel Society, and Southeastern Pastel Society “Member of Excellence”.

Recently her work has been exhibited at The National Arts Club in NYC, The Salmagundi Club in NYC, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Hickory Museum of American Art, and Vose Galleries in Boston.

Her landscape, figurative, and abstract works have been awarded in many national juried shows, and appeared in American Art Collector, Pastel Journal, and Charlotte Magazine. Corporate Collections include The Cannon Foundation, The Voci Center, Signature Health , and Duke University.

A native North Carolinian, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art and studied Art History.

Bre is represented by  Studio 21 and Coffey and Thompson in Charlotte.


Latest News: Be sure to click on the NEWS link above to view the most recent events for PPS and our members!

The Piedmont Pastel Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Address: Charlotte, NC, USA

Phone: 704-340-7274


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