Monday, June 19, 2017

Juried Show - Part One of Three

Finally, as promised, here are all the paintings from our juried show. As I've said before, these are not great photos! It's hard to shoot pastels framed under glass, and it was hard to get good angles for many of them base on where they were hung. So that means you just need to get to Ponte Vedra to see them in person. :-)
 Jane Alexander - View from Dutton Island

 Janet Christenson - 14th Street Bridge

 Debbie Cusick - A Walk on the Beach

 Debbie Cusick - Prince Edward Island Lighthouse

 Debbie Cusick - To the Light

 Wendy Devarieux - All Lined Up and Waiting

 Wendy Devarieux - South of Carmel

 Kay Deuben - Hesitation

 Renee Fauré - The Joy is to Lean

 Debra Fox - Interlude

 Linda Hart Green - Spring Evening Cumberland Island
 Linda Hart Green - Survivor at Sunset 

 Arlene Saltzman Hanly - First Coast Beach Access

 Arlene Saltzman Hanly - Just Before Spring

 Betsey Hogan - Deep Marsh

 Betsey Hogan - Winter Dunes

 Leticia Hubbard - Market L'Isle Sur La Sargue

 Leticia Hubbard - Mireilles Moon

Sherri Lewis-Seals - Feathery Clouds

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Juried Show and Awards

I know it sounds like a cliché, as I'm sure I've said it before, but I truly swear our shows get better and better every year. This year we had a trio of judges for our juried show which was an interesting concept.

We had lots of prizes, with amazing monetary and merchandise awards, to hand out. Everyone was looking forward to seeing who the winners were.

It was a dark and stormy night! The rain was so intense at times we really feared it might keep folks away from the reception, but no indeed. The guests were hardy souls and I think we had more at this reception than in any previous. We always provide plenty of food and wine, but by the end of the evening the table was nearly bare. Best of all, of  course, was seeing the awards given out. Alas a couple of our winners could not be with us, but most of them were there. So here they are - our President Cindy Pierson handing out the prizes for this year's winners for our juried show:

People's Choice - Rebecca Pasko for "Someday"

People's Choice - Paula Willits for "Silent Vigil"

Merit Award - Renee Fauré for "Ending Softly"

Merit Award - Betsey Hogan for "Guana"

Merit Award - Leticia Hubbard for "Sunrise New Mexico"

Merit Award - Lynn Wilson for "Marshes of Indian Pass"

Third Place - Wendy Devarieux for "Talquin"

Second Place - V. Christi Shatzel for "Wave Break"

First Place - Janelle Wagoner for "On the Edge"

Best in Show - Lyn Asselta for "Trailside"

Congratulations to all our winners. Another wonderful show. Stay tuned here for posting of ALL the entries in the show. We have a lot, so I may have to break it up into two or three posts. :-)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mark Your Calendars!

Almost time for our annual Juried Show. Note that since our opening reception is on the evening of Friday, June 2, this will be in lieu of our usual meeting time of Saturday, June 3. Our next meeting will be in September, so after the show reception we hope everyone has  a great summer!

And in the meantime mark your calendars for our upcoming 2017-2018 season. Stay tuned here and on our calendar as we fill in details about these events, and add items to the calendar, but at least you can mark the days to make sure you are available to join us.

September 9, 2017 - (skipping Labor Day Weekend) - Meeting at the Cultural Center 10-12 (board meeting 12-1)
October 7, 2017      - Plein Air 
November 4, 2017  - Meeting at the Cultural Center 10-12 (board meeting 12-1) 
December 2, 2017  - Meeting at the Cultural Center 10-12 (Holiday Event)  (board meeting 12-1) 
January 6, 2018      - Plein Air 
February 3, 2018    - Meeting at the Cultural Center 10-12 (board meeting 12-1) 
March 3, 2018         - Plein Air 
April 7, 2018           - Meeting at the Cultural Center 10-12 (board meeting 12-1) 
FCPS Member's Show April 27, 2018 to June 2, 2018 
May 5, 2018             - Plein Air 
June 2, 2018             - Meeting at the Cultural Center 10-12 (board meeting 12-1) painting pick-up

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

First Coast Pastel Society Member Show - Press Release

The First Coast Pastel Society’s 2017 Member Show and Sale will be on exhibit June 2 to July 7, 2017 at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The CCPVB is conveniently located off A1A with ample free parking.

The opening reception and award presentation will be held on Friday evening June 2 from 6 to 8 pm. This year’s exhibit is juried by a team of jurors. Jeanette Toohey, Maureen Kirschhofer and Anthony Whiting
The First Coast Pastel Society is based in northeast Florida, with members from Jacksonville, St. Augustine and points north, west and south.

The Society offers workshops, demonstrations and plein air opportunities at their monthly meetings and welcome new members. You are invited to come out and view this gorgeous exhibit of works of pastel that showcases the beauty of the versatile pastel medium.

The mission statement of the FCPS is as follows:
"To promote the use of soft pastel within the FCPS membership and the community at-large as an important and continually evolving fine art medium."  
Pastel is pure powdered pigment with a binder and usually is applied to a textured paper. To learn more about the pastel medium, visit

Visit FCPS site at to learn more about the group.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mayo Clinic - a perfect day

Wow, this past Saturday could not have been more perfect for a plein air day. It was a crisp sunny day, and felt more like a fall day rather than a late spring day in Florida. Temperatures had dropped into the low 50s during the night, and hovered in the mid-60s for most of the morning. 

The Mayo grounds are amazing and had all sorts of wonderful options for painting, though I think most folks wanted a spot to get a little of the sun. Very different for much Florida plein air where we often search for shade!

 Luckily there were plenty of spots that offered a wonderful view as well as both sun and shade options.
 It was still cool enough though, that those without jackets found makeshift ways to keep warm in the early hours. :-)

 Since the day was so perfect it's a shame that only nine FCPS members showed up to paint with us. Still, it was great  to meet with those who did come, and we all had a great time gathering for lunch and having a show and tell of our work. Two folks didn't join us for lunch and we missed you!

But here are the works we did get to share. I love that everyone's paintings and styles are so different, and everyone finds their own interesting viewpoints to paint.