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Piedmont Pastel Society

The Piedmont Pastel Society, Charlotte, NC, is non-profit organization 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.

Members experience a creative environment for learning and sharing in art demonstrations, membership exhibitions, plein aire outings, and workshops. Our programs and socials provide channels for networking, communication, and friendship.


PPS will host the 9th ANNUAL STATEWIDE EXHIBITION in Charlotte May 4, 2020 - June 5, 2020. As the hosting society we are responsible for planning, organizing and managing the show. WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Find out more.



  • 17 Jan 2019 11:08 AM | Marilyn Dwyer (Administrator)

    Patty Russell and Rita Smith

    Patty Russell enjoyed a long career in education serving as a teacher and more recently as the Assistant Principal of a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System.  When she retired, it opened opportunities to pursue her interest in oil and pastel painting.  She explored these mediums by taking lessons, workshops and by joining art societies such as The Piedmont Pastel Society.  It was at a workshop with Master Pastelist, Jeanne Rosier Smith, that she met Dr. Rita Smith, who shares the role of PPS President, along with Patty.  She has said, “I always enjoy sitting with Rita at a workshop because she has the latest and greatest pastel accessories, not to mention a fun personality!”

    When Patty Russell was invited to take on an important leadership role with the PPS Board, she was reluctant.  “I’m no expert!” she said.  But when the idea of sharing this role with her friend and fellow pastelist, Rita Smith, came along, she knew it would be an enjoyable and meaningful collaboration.  

    Dr. Rita Smith picked up “the chalk “ three years ago and fell in love with pastel’s color and immediacy.  Newly retired, Rita spent 35 years in corporate senior executive roles. Most recently, she was an associate professor at UNC Charlottes Belk College of Business. Rita hopes that her business and leadership experience will offset her relative pastel novice status. She is thrilled to be working closely with her workshop Buddy, Patty Russell.  


Join the fun! We welcome pastel artists from beginner to advanced.
Member Benefits include free demos, discounts and membership in the International
  Association of
Pastel Societies.                           Learn More about IAPS                                 

Piedmont Pastel Society
Charlotte, North Carolina

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