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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

04 Oct 2015 • McDowell Art Center, 123 McDowell St. Matthews, NC 28105
04 Oct 2015 • Annual PPS Member Show, McDowell Arts Center, Matthews NC, October 4 - November 7, 2015
14 Nov 2015 9:30 AM • Community Room of the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street East, Matthews, NC Program time is 9:30 am till 12:00, and includes some social time and a light snack. Our meetings are open to all PPS members and their guests. (No cost)

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



Cover Winner: 

Deborah Rasberry  “American Beauty”

January Winner: 

Diane Pike  “Just Another Casita Sunrise”

February Winner: 

 Karen Mello  Homeless But At Home

March Winner: 

Laura Pollak  “Joyous”

April Winner:

Jeannie Gilland  “Guarding Springs Bounty”

May Winner: 

 Kurt A. Weiser  “Valley Birch”

June Winner:   

Leslie Hudson-Tolles  “Intent on the Day’s Departure”

July Winner: 

 Anthony Hendrick  Cathy Murray II

August Winner: 

Bre Barnett Crowell  “Dog Days on Sullivan Island”

September Winner: 

 Anne Strutz  “Dad”

October Winner: 

 Ron Pelt  “Garden City Sea Scape”

November Winner: 

Lee Crowell  “See My Spots”

December Winner: 

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.

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

Phone: 704-925-9838


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