Welcome to the Pastel Society of New Hampshire
Message From the President
It’s that time again when we review the events of the past year and look forward to those of the coming one.
We’ve made many changes over the past two years, we hope for the better. The newsletter appears four times a year and has expanded to include news about specific members. We have Judy McKenna to thank for this; she has done a beautiful job putting it all together. We are also grateful to the folks who have contributed photos and articles. We also thank Roxane Chardon, our membership chair, for getting the newsletter and other notices out to the membership.
We replaced the August Member Meeting with a paint-out at the Cox Reservation in Essex, MA as part of their wet paint sale. Five members sold paintings at this popular event. Gary Ozias left the area this year, but we thank him for his efforts while here. Also this year, we joined with PPOM in a retreat in the White Mountains of Maine. It was a lot of fun and we hope to have another retreat next fall at a New Hampshire site.
This year we switched to online entries for our juried show. Entrants will soon receive an invitation to participate in Survey Monkey, which will ask about their experiences and opinions. We are eager to hear what entrants think.
We have a new Website and Facebook page, which we try to coordinate to let folks know what PSNH is doing. Facebook allows members and non-members to follow us, which we hope will encourage people to try pastels, learn to enjoy them, and to promote the medium. We thank Barbara Scott and Laura Tuininga-Jackson for their expertise in keeping us up-to-date in the digital world. Laura also brought our brochure up-to-date. They were available at the Members’ Show and It’s Pastel.
Well-known artists have presented workshops allowing members and non-members opportunities to learn more about pastels. Deb Luoma organized these and we appreciate her help. Deb will be on board next year planning new workshops.
Lisa Regopoulos, our vice president, has worked tirelessly this year for us, both in trying to set up a show for the Signature Members, filling in for me when I’ve been absent, going through the Signature Membership entries with the assistance of past president Nancy Johnson, and finally in trying to find volunteers who are willing to commit to important roles on the board of directors. Thank you Lisa and Nancy for your work, past, present, and future.
Finally, we appreciate the members who have participated in PSNH activities: the members’ meetings, the workshops, and the shows. Their growth and interest in pastels are the purposes of PSNH. Without that participation there would be no Pastel Society of New Hampshire.
The Annual Meeting is November 7th. Part I is the business meeting including the approval of year-end reports, next year’s budget, and election of the directors for next year, all important parts of any organization.
In part II of the Annual meeting Keith Demanche will talk about many of the computer tasks that matter to artists. Keith is a professional and accomplished artist who guided the building of our website. He will answer computer and photo questions and explain in language even I can understand.
I do hope to see you at the events. If we have not met, please come up and introduce yourself.
As always – Pat
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Pat Dubois, President of Pastel Society of NH