Message From the President

Nancy Johnson

Nancy Johnson

October 2017

President’s Message 

I was contemplating what I should write for the President’s Message.  I first thought I would start with a tale of woe and plead for more volunteers to step up. Though that message is true, this morning at church we were asked to write down what we were grateful for.  I thought about that and thought what in PSNH am I grateful for so I’m going to tell you what came up with.

First and foremost all the wonderful people that I have gotten to know.

The workshops and exhibits I have been able to participate in.

Most importantly is the PSNH Board!!  They are a wonderful, hard working group of people. They all go above and beyond what their position requires. Although I will continue to head the board (third year of a two year term) I can only do it because all the members of the board agreed to continue in their positions. 

This year this board has made sure that we have great presentations at our Member’s Meetings, paint outs, exceptional exhibits, terrific workshops, refreshments at our exhibits, appropriate advertising, web upkeep and development, newsletter, keeping the books, paying the bills, collecting money, keeping track of our membership and sending notifications, and keeping the minutes.

We had a couple of members of the board apply for a grant that we did not get because we need to do more outreach (we currently do not have an outreach chairman. Guess I will plead – can’t seem to not ask).

I do invite you to consider joining our Board.    We will help you in whatever you volunteer to do.  We invite you to attend any of our Board Meetings.

Our 9th national juried show, Its Pastel!, will be held from October 21st through November 25th at the Discover Portsmouth Center.  Our workshop will be led by Christine Ivers which should be terrific.

We will be holding our Annual Member’s Meeting on October 28th at Faith Bridge Church (301 S. Main Street, Manchester, NH). After the short business meeting where the new board will be presented, a demo by Jane Penfield is scheduled. Please plan on attending.  And remember we do love to go to lunch after the meeting and all welcomed!!

I am including the dates for 2018 which you may want to reserve!!

  • Board Meetings
    • January 6th (Pot luck luncheon)
    • March 10th
    • June 2nd
    • August 4th
    • October 6th
  • Member’s Meetings
    • March 17th
    • May 12th
    • August 11th or 18th (paint out)
    • Annual Meeting October 27th
  • Workshops: We added two – 1 day workshops!!
    • Feb 24 – 1 day workshop with Dave Kaphammer
    • June 9-10, 2 day workshop with Christine Bodnar
    • October 19-21, 3 day workshop with Jeanne R. Smith
    • November 10 – 1 day workshop with Janet Swartz
  • Exhibits
    • March 23 –  April 20 Member’s Show
    • October- November, National Juried Show – It’s Pastel!

Details for all these events (and others) will be found on our website ( ). I hope to see many of you at these events.

Have a wonderful holiday season . Our next Board meeting is January 6th. I invite you to attend and become a more active member of our society.  Please do consider becoming a board member. Please contact me if you have suggestions for events, etc.. (My email is

Nancy Johnson

PSNH Membership 2018 Application: PDF WORD
Please print form and mail or scan; email to Maggie Smith.
* If you want a Membership card please indicate on the application form.  



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