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.
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.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH ~ Malia Bryngelson - Cover winner for 2017 PPS member Art Calendar
I create pastel paintings with the goal of bringing the openness and peace of being outdoors in the beauty of God’s creation. I feel the medium of pastel is ideal for depicting wonderfully strong sunlight and shadow, which I love to paint. The immediacy and feel of drawing combined with the beautiful colors of pastels make this my medium of choice.
Animals and landscapes are what I am most passionate about painting, but I also enjoy a variety of other subjects. My landscapes are from the areas of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and my native California.
Because I love working in pastels, I also teach introductory classes that are designed for people who have little or no experience with them. The relaxed classes are focused on experimentation with pastels, surfaces, and basic techniques, as well as encouraging artists to venture into a new medium in a very positive way.
After raising my daughter, and working for a number of years in a county library system, I am privileged to have been able to return to art full time. I live with my very supportive husband Ray, in Locust, North Carolina.
Stanly Arts Guild, Summer Art Explosion 2013: First Place 2-D Art
Nature at its Best 2014: Third Place 2-D Art
Piedmont Pastel Society accepted in Member Calendar Show 2014
Stanly Arts Guild, Summer Art Explosion 2014: First Place 2-D Art
The Mooresville Arts 32nd Annual Artoberfest 2014: Third Place and Honorable Mention 2-D Art
Cabarrus Art Guild Fall Judged Show 2014: First Place
Stanly Arts Guild, Member Show 2014: First Place 2-D Art
Mooresville Spring Artfest 2015: First Place 2-D Art
North Carolina Statewide Pastel Exhibition 2015: Blick Art Award
Nature at its Best 2015: First Place 2-D Art
Stanly Arts Guild, Summer Art Explosion 2015: First Place 2-D Art
Matthews Alive 2015: Honorable Mention
Mooresville Fall Artfest 2015: Best in Show
Cabarrus Art Guild Fall Judged Show 2015: Third Place
Piedmont Pastel Society accepted in Member Calendar Show 2016
Nature at Its Best 2016: Third Place
Matthews 2016 Judged show: Honorable Mention
North Carolina 2016 Statewide Pastel Exhibition: Two paintings selected, one received the Strathmore Award.
Mint Hill Arts Summer Judged Show 2016 – First Place
Piedmont Pastel Society – Cover of the 2017 Calendar
Ciel Gallery – Charlotte, NC – Painting juried into the National Winter Exhibition “Gimme Shelter”
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The Piedmont Pastel Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization