Message From the President

Nancy Johnson

Nancy Johnson

We had a wonderful spring with lots going on.  There were two exhibits – our 11th Annual Members’ Exhibit which was held at the Sunapee Landing Trading Company.  It was a wonderful venue.  There was a Two Day Workshop with Andrew Anderson-Bell at the new Frisella Fine Art Gallery. We also cohosted with PPOM the Cross Border Pastel Connections Exhibit which took place at the Lincoln Levy Gallery of NHAA in Portsmouth.   At this exhibit we also hosted a demonstration by Jacob Aquiar which was wonderful. There was a raffle of a sensational Girault Elizabeth Mowry “Poetic Landscape” wooden box, 102 pastel stick which Barbara Scott won.

That’s only what has happened – but we have planned much more!

On August 13th there will be a Plein Air Paint Out at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion in Portsmouth.  Be sure to bring a lunch.

On September 9-11 we have the Paint Retreat at the Bartlett Inn with pastelists from PSNH and PPOM.  We plan to not only paint but have a wonderful time relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.

The Paint Out in Essex (where we usually had our August paint out) will be held on October 15-16.  This is a fun event which many of our members plan to attend. See below for registration form.

It’s Pastel, our national juried show, is once again in Portsmouth at the Discover Center Gallery.  It will run from October 22- November 26. The juror of selection this year is Christine Swann.  Please enter via (the deadline is September 4th).

Our Three Day Workshop with Lyn Asselta (who will also be the juror of awards for our exhibit) will be held October 21-23 at the Sanctuary Arts, Eliot, Me.  Please contact Deb Louma (

Y’Art Sale & Brown Bag Auction – November 5th following our Annual Member’s Meeting (10:00 at FaithBridge Church, 301 S. Main Street, Manchester).  This should be a fun time – we all have art supplies that we no longer need – so why not sell them at the Y’Art Sale? You can have your own fair table with art goodies for sale or share with a friend.  We will have raffles as well.

Many members have been having lunch together after our Member’s Meetings – great way to get to really know one another.  Plan on joining in on the fun. More details for all these events can be found on this website.  I hope to see many of you at these events.

As summer goes into fall, please start thinking of how you can be a more active part of the Pastel Society of NH.
Remember we rely on you!! Let us know what events you would like to have PSNH hold and how you can help.
As always,
Nancy Johnson

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