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Message From the President

October 2018
It has been an honor to serve as the President of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire and to work with the wonderful people on our board. And now – this is my swan song!! I want to say “Thank you!” to my board – they are a great group of people (artists all) who have really done a wonderful job. I feel grateful to consider them as my friends. I just want to tell you a bit of what they have done this year.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of welcoming artists and guests to the opening & awards ceremony for our 10th “It’s Pastel”, our national juried show. Go! It is terrific! I also attended our 3-day workshop led by Jeanne Rosier Smith–wonderful and informative.  These events are the culmination of the collaborative work the board chairs execute behind the scenes to have these events available for all of us to enjoy. Kudos to the chairs of Programs, National Exhibition & Hospitality for everything from hanging the show to having such tasty goodies.

This year we expanded our Outreach Program presenting a number of pastel workshops in Manchester for newly arrived immigrants including both children and adults.  We also expanded our member’s exhibition opportunities by adding a second members only show: “The Art of Pastel” opening November 4th at the Portsmouth Library. Outreach will also provide 3 demos during the run of this show. 

We have the necessary nuts and bolts that are needed for every society – publicity, advertising, finance, minute taking, contract and grant creation. I am pleased to tout that our Publicity Chair, Program Chair, Web Chair, Secretary, Membership Chair, Treasurer have been first-rate.


I would invite you to consider joining our board as we still have some open positions for next year. We will gladly assist you in whatever you volunteer to do. If you’re curious to see how we operate, members are always invited to attend any of our Board Meetings.

We will be holding our Annual Members’ Meeting at 10:00am on Saturday October 27th at Faith Bridge Church (301 S. Main Street, Manchester, NH). After the short business meeting where the new board will be presented, Sandra Kavanaugh will be giving us a Seascape demo! Please do plan on attending! … And – remember, we love to go to lunch after the meeting – all are welcome!! Come and help plan next year!!

Have a wonderful holiday season – our next Board meeting is January 5th. Again, I encourage you to become a more active member of our society and consider becoming a board member. Please contact me if you have suggestions for events, etc. 

Nancy Johnson

PSNH Membership 2018 Application
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Please fill out either form above and send to Membership Chair, Maggie Smith.
* If you want a Membership card please indicate on the application form.


One Day Workshop with Janet Schwartz

One obstacle that many of us experience when starting a new work is getting caught up in the details of our compositions. 

This one-day workshop, focusing on value and composition, is a fun and easy way to step into painting for the first time or refine your painting methods.

Date: March 30, 2019
Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Grace Episcopal Church, 106 Lowell Street, Manchester, NH  03101
 Cost: PSNH Members: $90.00
Non-Members: $100.00
                                        After March 15th all registrants $100.00

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Download: Fall 2018 PSNH Newsletter PDF

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