Annual Member’s Meeting October 28th

Demo by Jane Penfield        


 Jane Penfield holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford. She is profoundly inspired by the beautiful New England landscape, a place that has nourished her intellectually and creatively, helped form her values, and started her on her artistic path. Now able to focus primarily on pastel and oil painting, she finds great joy in the creative process and in teaching.

  Jane worked professionally as a choral director and administrator of nonprofit arts organizations, in addition to being a visual artist. She serves as president of the Board of Directors of Arts Center East.

She won numerous awards for her work in national juried exhibits. She is a signature member of Connecticut Pastel Society, an elected member of the Academic Artists Association, member of the Salamagundi Club, NY, Pastel Society of America, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Connecticut Plein Air Painters, Lyme Art Association, and other local groups. She teaches pastel classes at Arts Center East in Vernon, where she also serves as president of the board of directors. She is available for workshops and demos.

82 Goose Lane
Coventry, CT 06238

2013 PSNH 5th Annual National Juried Exhibition, It’s Pastel!

October 24th through November 30th
Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery

Juror of Selection: Fred Somers
Juror of Awards: Gigi Horr Liverant

Gigi Horr Liverant

Gigi gave a demonstration at 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 26 at the Discover Center in Portsmouth, NH and donated one of her paintings to be auctioned during the reception. The winner was Judy McKenna. Gigi’s artwork celebrates rich color with a method that includes the use of small studies in order to translate her inspiration into a cohesive painting. Using a variety of pastel brands on a prepared board, Gigi  demonstrated her technique and how the small study helps to transform her idea into a larger artwork. The demonstration was executed in two phases; the first was the beginning of a new painting using photo reference, a thumbnail sketch and a small study. The second phase demonstrated the resolution process of a painting already in progress. Gigi will have samples of various pastel brands, boards, fixative, and other materials to share and discuss.

Gigi Horr Liverant is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Best in Show at the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Richard McKinley Mentorship Award, the Andrew Giffuni Memorial Award, and the Diane Bernhardt Gold Medal Award all at the Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibition. She is a Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist and a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society. She has been featured in the Pastel Journal and the Artist’s Magazines. She maintains a studio in Colchester, Connecticut.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2013 PSNH It’s Pastel Exhibition

  • Best in Show: Bill Schneider – Barn Cat
  • 2nd Place: Christine Bodnar – Last Light
  • 3rd Place: Robin Frisella – Fruitful
  • Great American Art Works: Sandy Machell – Yellow Pear Tomatoes
  • Fuller Foundation: Christine Swann – Strands
  • Ogunquit American Art Museum:  Dave Kaphammer – Harwich Ripples
  • Piscataqua Savings Bank: Eileen Casey – Little Nest
  • Griffin Family Corporation: Maryann Mullett – Fresh Picked
  • Heilman Design: Abel Marquez – A Balance in Love
  • Wallis Corporation: Ceceilia Murray – Homecoming
  • David Pratt Framer: Robin Thornhill – After the Storm
  • Jack Richeson & Company: Diana DeSantis – Deep in Thought
  • Robert McCown: Terri Brooks – Hot Stuff
  • William Frank: Judy McKenna – Storm Surf
  • Connecticut Pastel Society: Katrina Thorstensen – Early Autumn Glow
  • Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod: Carol Volz Begley – Stoney (Tree Climber)
  • Pastel Painters of Maine: Wolfgang Ertl – Looking Down
  • Pastel Society of America: Elaine Denton – Frances
  • Terry Ludwig Pastels: Mary Ellen Brown – Be Fruitful
  • Terry Ludwig Pastels: Jeff Ventola – Old School
  • Jack Richeson & Company: Debra Hughes Luoma – Among the Dunes
  • Diane Townsend/UART: Gary Ozais – Autumn White Water
  • Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff: Lisa Regopoulos – Urban Awakening
  • Multimedia Art Board/Dakota: Linee Baird – Morning Set Up
  • Savoir Faire: Jeff Fioravanti – But for a Moment There is Silence
  • Pastel Journal: Laetitia Borden – Late Snow
  • Ampersand: Linda Dessaint – Evening Glow
  • Jack Richeson & Company: Suzanne deLesseps – Tapestry

2013 Member’s Show

March 1st through April 26th at the Sharon Arts Gallery
30 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH  03458

Juror of Awards - Robert Carsten

    • 1st Place: Roxane Chardon – Antiquities
    • 2nd Place: Maryann Mullett – Thinking Chair
    • 3rd Place: Randy Knowles – Monhegan Painter en Plein Air
    • Passion for Pastels Award: Chris Reid – em>Ginny’s Barn
    • Seacoast Pastel Artists Award: Judy McKenna – Summer Surf
    • Sullivan Framing Award: Elizabeth Roy – Morning Light
    • Loretta Duffy Emerging Artist: Mary Ellen Brown – Cobalt and Silver
    • Chardon Artistry Award: Katherine Clark – Reunion
    • PSNH Award: Lisa Regopoulos – The Climb
    • PSNH Award: Diane Taylor Moore – Wild Lupine Fields
    • Bob Johnson Award: Sally Shea – Catching the Light
    • Ida V. Dewey Award: Norma Johnson – Swarm
    • Hole-in-One Award: Josee Severino – So Hum
    • Linda Obremski Landscape Award: Betsy Craumer – September Dusk
    • Sally Leenhouts Portrait Award: Marcia Blakeman – Sweet Moment
    • Excellence in Composition Award: Paula Dorr – Georgia on My Mind
    • Buergin Critique Award: Diane MacPherson – Scottish Loch
    • Theresa Kimball Award: Barbara Danser – promenade sous des arbres en feu