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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

15 Jul 2016 (UTC-04:00) • Wilkes Gallery, 913 C St, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
17 Sep 2016 9:00 AM (UTC-04:00) • McDowell Art Center, 123 McDowell St., Matthews, NC 28105
02 Oct 2016 (UTC-03:00) • McDowell Art Center, 123 McDowell St. Matthews, NC 28105
03 Oct 2016 9:30 AM (UTC-03:00) • The McDowell Art Center, East 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 

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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 ~ Anthony (Tony) Hedrick - July winner for 2016 PPS member art calendar

Tony Hedrick graduated with a B.F.A., Drawing, Painting and Printmaking from Kansas University in 1967. Following this, he did graduate work in Montreal, Quebec at Sir George Williams University.

Surprisingly his career did not go as expected and for the next thirty years he worked in a variety of creative capacities from art display, stained glass window design, commercial art, educational technology, art teaching to national newspaper creative director and editorial cartoonist for The Ottawa Journal. As an editorial cartoonist of distinction he was inducted into The National Archives of Canada (1974) and included in the International Pavilion of Humour, Paris France.

Tony Hedrick opened, Ad Infinitum, an advertising agency in Ottawa, Canada in 1975 and sold it in 1993. After this period he returned to his passion in Fine Arts. After two or more years doing watercolor he decided to enter the Minnesota Watercolor Association exhibition where he won “Best of Show” with a painting entitled “Mia Cameriera.” This success opened the door to many more shows featuring watercolor and drawing.

Though Tony prefers portraiture, he also paints panoramas of America, Canada and Europe where he has visited forty times in the last sixteen years. While in Europe, he calls Parma, Italy home.

In the past four years Tony has tackled the challenging medium of pastel. After throwing away quite a number of pieces he satisfied himself with the award winning portraits, “Asher” and “Viking Spirit” and now spends eighty percent of his time in the medium with some recognition and success. In 2016 Tony was juried into The Pastel Society of America.

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


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