Past Events


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

Celebrating PSNH 10th Member’s Exhibition 2015 

The Jaffrey Civic Center
69 Peninsula Drive
Jaffrey, NH 03885
40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH
Tel: 603-532-6527

Jaffrey Civic Center

This exhibition ended June 27. Enjoy the images of the award winners listed below.

Juror of Awards: Paul Ingbretson – “Realism is not my thing, beauty is.”

And now for the Winners!

Judge’s comments included in this list.

On the 10th Annual Exhibit“Very impressive different and good uses of the pastel medium, showing a variety of approaches and interests. Well done!”

10 X 10’s Celebrating PSNH’s 10th Anniversary -“You have succeeded in beating the problem of the square for a good cause.”
BEST in SHOW – Carolyn Edwards, “Over the Hill to Tracie’s”
Saying a lot with a little.
2ND PLACE – Robin Frisella, “Holiday Warmth”
Masterful Execution all the way
3RD PLACE – Ann Gillespie, “Heading Home”
Exciting Articulation of Light.
HONORABLE MENTION – Gwen Nagel, “Young Fox”
Fat use of Pastels.
HONORABLE MENTION – Barbara Danser, “Garden with Old Grey”
Bold splashing color. Big composition.
10TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD – Marcia Blakeman, “At the Bend”
Nice Use of ground and textures.
SPLASH OF COLOR AWARD – Sandy Machell, “Blue Label”
Best incorporation of color that mutually aid each other.
LUCY LOMBARDI PORTRAITURE AWARD – Carole Hoffman, “Little Pink Ribbon”
Intriguing vintage.
CHARDON ARTISTRY AWARD – Linda Dessaint, “Thirst”
Love that bear.
Classical New Hampshire Scene. Nice use of light distribution.
HOLE IN ONE AWARD – Carol-Ann Wernoch, “Back of the Barn”
Old New England well evoked.
IDA V. DEWEY AWARD – Judy McKenna, “Monhegan Icon
Amusing use of double helix.
LINDA OBREMSKI LANDSCAPE AWARD – Thomas Bradley, “Early Spring Dusk”
Moody articulation of season’s change.
MARY COSTIGAN STILL LIFE AWARD – Debra L. Luoma, “Lofty Aspirations”
Monumental piece to the gods.

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To all who participated, congratulations on a winning show!


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Liz Haywood Sullivan

1 Day SmArt Business Workshop

 Liz Haywood Sullivan

Sponsored by the Pastel Society of New Hampshire, this workshop took place in February 2015 at the NH Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. It was open to ALL artists who wanted to improve their business art skills.

Designed by an artist for artists, this one-day intensive workshop will include a lecture, handouts, and a lot of “give and take” question and answer time with Liz Haywood Sullivan, internationally recognized artist and President of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

This was a unique opportunity to hear an expert and ask her questions about the business of art.