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.
Piedmont Pastel Society
2015-3rd Annual Art Calendar
Deborah Rasberry “American Beauty”
Diane Pike “Just Another Casita Sunrise”
Karen Mello “Homeless But At Home”
Laura Pollak “Joyous”
Jeannie Gilland “Guarding Springs Bounty”
Kurt A. Weiser “Valley Birch”
Leslie Hudson-Tolles “Intent on the Day’s Departure”
Anthony Hendrick “Cathy Murray II”
Bre Barnett Crowell “Dog Days on Sullivan Island”
Anne Strutz “Dad”
Ron Pelt “Garden City Sea Scape”
Lee Crowell “See My Spots”
Malia Bryngelson “In From The Outback”
ARTIST OF THE MONTH ~ Debbie Rasberry- cover winner for 2015 PPS art calendar
Debbie immigrated from South Africa to the USA in 1986. Though she did not pursue a degree or career in fine art, for many years she had a yearning to portray the beauty of nature she observed. In 2006, she took a Pastel class taught by pastel artist Carmella Jarvi through Queens University’s Center for Lifelong Learning, Charlotte, North Carolina, and fell in love with the medium. She has studied with local pastel artists Greg Barnes and Diane Pike, and has taken workshops with nationally renowned pastel artists Terry Ludwig, Greg Biolchini, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Barbara Jaenicke, Terri Ford and Kim Lordier. Debbie was the President of the Piedmont Pastel Society, 2013 and 2014.Currently, she is Vice - President. Her work has received several awards: Award of Excellence, North Carolina Statewide Pastel Exhibition 2012; Best in Show, Piedmont Pastel Society Member Show 2013; and Award of Excellence, NC Statewide Pastel Exhibition 2014. Her work is primarily representational, and she paints both landscapes and wildlife. She resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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The Piedmont Pastel Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization