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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 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.

2016 Statewide Pastel Exhibition

  On Common Ground

Hickory Museum of Art - May 21 - August 21

Elizabeth Mowry, PSA - Juror

Click Here for List of Winning Artists

Lily Pads by Maggie Whitney - 2015 Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to our PPS members invited to this Exhibition

Kate Bergquist 

 Woodland Edge - Along The Fenceline

Malia Bryngelson

Happy Camper - In From the Outback

Judith Cutler


Terry Davis

Twilight through the Mist

Jay DeChesere

Keffer Oak - Hold On There!

Michael Ericsson


Jeannie Gilland

Golden Glow

Anthony Hedrick

Full English Breakfast, Burford, Cotswold, England

L. Hudson-Tolles

The Pony Warriors:  After Battle

Pam Neighbors

Sweet Dreams - Early Dance

Nancy Marshburn

Requiem in Blue - Soulful Blues

Diane Pike

The Wren

Laura Pollak

Coastal Quiet

Kurt Weiser

Valley Ridge (Diptych) - Climbing Vine

ARTIST OF THE MONTH ~ Leslie Hudson-Tolles - June winner for 2016 PPS member art calendar

“My art has marked each milestone in my life.  When events shaped my life, they were reflected in my art.  When my life stalled, my art provided direction.  For more than forty years my art has followed my life just as my life has followed my art.”

      L. Hudson-Tolles has created drawings, prints, paintings, pastels and sculptures throughout her career. “I find it limiting to define my art by a media or a subject choice. I love having my tool box filled with pastels, paints, ink, colored pencils and clay.  I love the differences - different textures, surfaces, techniques. My pastels allow me to paint and draw, too loosen up and explore - all within one piece. I find incredible flexibility in the variety of media, grounds and colors.”  

         Hudson-Tolles was born in Amherst NY, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS from the University of Bridgeport CT and earned her MS with additional postgraduate work in printmaking at Southern Connecticut State University. In 1991 Hudson-Tolles was named Art Educator of the Year (CT) and in 2001 she received The Distinguished Educators Award from the Connecticut Alliance for Arts Education  

L. Hudson-Tolles studied pastel portraiture with Daniel Greene, NA., Greg Biolchini, PSA and Lisa Ober, PSA. Hudson-Tolles is a workshop presenter and teaches at The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Sanctuary in July as well as hosting sculptor/ instructor, Shelley Hunter (KY) as guest instructor in June at her Tolholm Studio.

           Hudson-Tolles has artwork in the collections of the Newman/Woodward family, actor Denis Leary, horse trainer John Lyons, The Phil Marino Racing Stables and newscaster Brian Williams. Her art has been featured on the covers of The Chronicle of The Horse and Visions Magazine, in Equine ImagesThe Horseman’s Yankee Pedlar, and California Riding Magazine.  The art of L.Hudson-Tolles has been shown in Mt. Kisco NY, Sacramento CA, Lexington KY, Atlanta GA, Petersborough NH, The Equine Affaire, Springfield MA, The State Capital Building, Hartford CT, Newtown, Danbury, Ridgefield, Southbury, Kent and Salisbury CT,  and Charlotte, Pinehurst, Raleigh, Salisbury and Ashboro NC, and Delaware, OH. Her pastel “First Frost, (His) Last Winter” and an etching, “Twilight Talk” were juried into and published in The International Ex Arte Equinus Shows.

L. Hudson-Tolles is a full time fine artist/art educator. She conducts classes and workshops at her home studio in addition to teaching Art at Sacred Heart School and The Barnabus Program in Salisbury, NC. 

Her work is currently at Tolholm Studio, Koenigs Frameworks Gallery, Newtown, CT and Waterworks Visual Art Museum and Fine Frame Gallery, both in Salisbury, NC and at The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center in Lovell, WY.

           Leslie shares her home with horses, rescue dogs, a cat and a very tolerant husband. She welcomes commissions at her North Carolina studio.

Updates and Information from Leslie:

I am lucky enough to have a large studio which hosts the sculpture workshop and also plein aire groups, I am out in the country!

I'm extremely proud to achieved signature status this year in the Institute of equine artists. (I couldn't of done it without the technological help of Kurt Weiser! )

At the end of July join me for painting in the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Preserve in WY and MT. I will be demonstrating how I lay out a pastel painting and the Cody county art guild/welcome center in Cody Wyoming on Saturday, July 23 and we will spend Mon -Fri touring the high country, painting at the center and enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the high desert.

Although my paintings of horses or what I usually compete with, I have done and equal amount of human, canine, and feline and exotic portraits. The combination of being surrounded by such glorious scenery, sunrises, and sunsets, and the pastels have me venturing more and more into landscapes and skyscapes. Only pastel is not my primary medium, I still paint, sculpt and print make.

                       TOLHOLM STUDIO on Face Book  

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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