Benefits of Members:

Networking with other pastel artists and supporters of pastel in and around the state of New Hampshire, and promoting, sharing and learning about the pastel medium in a creative environment. Quarterly newsletter, which is full of information about pastels, exhibits, workshops, grant opportunities, Society news and member’s news. Quarterly Membership meetings, which include demonstrations, guest speakers, critique sessions, painting workshops, and discussions of art-related topics. Exhibition opportunities in an annual Members Show and an annual Juried Exhibition. Showcase of Members pastel paintings on our Website, displaying two works per artist. Member’s discount on Workshops given by nationally recognized pastel artists. Links to other pastel societies and their members through membership in the International Association of Pastel Societies. Memberships are for one year and run through the calendar year (January 1 – December 31).

Members’ Gallery:

PSNH members in good standing are encouraged to have their pastel paintings featured in the Member’s Gallery. Images may be changed once each year. To participate submit two jpeg images to web administrator in the following format:

  • 72 dpi
  • Maximum 600 pixels on longest side of image
  • Please ID with your name and title of painting (Ex: Doe_Jane_Mountain_Vista.jpg)
  • Send to Web Administrator: Susanne Larkham ~ 

Signature Circle or Featured Artist of the Month:

Members wishing to be featured as Artist of the Month need to submit the following to the web administrator:

  • Artist’s Statement – maximum 75 words
  • Biography – maximum 200 words
  • Attach four jpeg pastel pictures: 72 dpi (dots per inch), maximum 600 pixels on the longest side. Please ID with your name and title of painting (Ex: Doe_Jane_Mountain_Vista.jpg)
  • Send to Web Administrator: Susanne Larkham
  • Selection will be made to one member at a time on a first-come basis. Web site address may be included.


Dues are currently determined to be $35 for Individual, $50 for Sponsor, $100 for Patron, $500 for Benefactor and $1,000 for Saint status. If someone pays after the 18th of November of any given year, they will be considered paid through the following year. Members will receive a thirty-day reminder to renew dues. The 30-day reminder will be sent in the US mail on or about February 1st that advises members that their member’s privileges will be dropped unless dues are paid within 25 days. Upon payment of dues, member’s privileges will be reinstated. Anyone needing an exception can request such approval from the President.

Download a 2018 Membership Application Form: PDF WORD

If paying by PayPal please print form and mail or email to Membership Chair.
* If you want a Membership card please indicate on the application form.

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Contact Membership Chair Maggie Smith


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When appropriate, and at the discretion of the President and Treasurer, scholarship money is available for any member whose situation prevents them from being able to pay dues. General Membership: Anyone paying dues is a general member in good standing

Signature Member:

A member in good standing may apply to become a Signature Member after earning 10 points from the following categories:

  • Best of (PSNH Juried) Show (includes jury into show pt.). . . . . . . . .   5 points
  • Second place (PSNH Juried) Show (includes jury into show pt.). . . .   4 points
  • Third place  (PSNH Juried) Show (includes jury into show pt.).  . . . .  3 points
  • Any Award  (PSNH Juried) Show (includes jury into show pt.). . . .  .  2 points
  • Juried into Annual PSNH Juried Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1 point
  • Best in PSNH Members Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1 point
  • Juried into another National Pastel Show . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1 point ( includes Pastel Journal top 100)

Signature Member applicants must apply for Signature Membership. The applicant must keep records and send copies of all documentation of all earned points to the Vice President who will be responsible for Pastel Society of NH Signature Member record keeping. The applicants must be members of the Pastel Society of NH while earning all points.

The applicant must have served on the PSNH Board or have been a chair or co-chairperson of a committee for at least two years before becoming eligible to gain Signature Membership. PSNH members that are also members of other IAPS governed societies that have served on the Board or a committee of that member society for two years are exempt from having to serve on the PSNH board or committee.

Proof of service with a member society must be signed by a member of that society’s executive board and mailed in with all other documentation. Once approved they must remain members in good standing to maintain Signature Memberships.

Note: One does not have to be a Signature Member to become a member of the Pastel Society NH.


Benefits of Signature Members:

May use the initials NHPSA (NH Pastel Society Artist) on their art work, publications, and biographies as long as they remain a member in good standing. May organize and participate in show only for Signature Members. May display additional artwork on the Pastel Society of NH’s website in the “Signature Circle Members” section. May receive a discount for application fees for all PSNH shows.

Responsibilities of Signature Members:

Promote pastel painting, mentor and assist newer members Participate in a demo or presentation for a member’s meeting. Offer critique at paint-outs or PSNH functions Organize and participate in Signature Members Show. The earning of points is retroactive to 2009.

Membership List Privacy Policy:

The PSNH membership mailing list will be used solely for PSNH related business. No other use is permitted without special approval from the Board of Directors. A statement to this effect should appear at the bottom of all emails sent to the membership.

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