Member Programs & Workshops


The McDowell Art Center (Downstairs)

123 East McDowell Street, Matthews  28105




Recommended Hotels for Out of Town Artists: (Be sure to call directly for updated rates)

Holiday Inn - 2.4 miles away from Matthews CC, $93.63 per night

Lemmond House Bed and Breakfast - approx. 100 yds. from Matthews CC $149.00 per night(negotiable)

Upcoming events

    • 08 Oct 2018
    • 01 Nov 2018
    • McDowell Arts Center, Matthews, NC 28105



    Members Art Show - thru Nov. 1 


    The PPS Member Art Show is on display at McDowell Art Center through Nov. 1.
    Paintings may be purchased by contacting the artist.
    Contact information is at the Art Center.

    Gallery Hours- Mon-Fri 1:00 to 8:00, Sat 10:00 to 4:00, Sun 1:00 to 6:00

    Our judge, Jen Evenhus, selected Anne Strutz’s painting, Into the Wild as “Best in Show”.  
    All present at the Opening Reception selected Darlene Ferguson's My Sweet Grace as "People's Choice" winner.  

    Thanks to all who contributed to this successful show!


    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 09 Nov 2018
    Register


    Raffle for Jen Evenhus Painting 

    Supports the Arts Empowerment Project


    Jennifer Evenhus has donated a painting, Silenced Thought, to the Piedmont Pastel Society for the benefit of the Arts Empowerment Project.  This is an excellent opportunity to support a local non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth through the power of the arts. The 9"x12" painting is unframed so you can display it in a manner of your choosing. 


    Jennifer Evenhus is a nationally recognized, award winning artist. Jennifer is a seasoned painting instructor and coach, traveling across the states to share her passion for pastels.   

         Pastel Society of America "Master Pastelist"

         IAPS Master Circle Member

         Northwest Pastel Society "Distinguished Pastelist"

         Pastel Society of the West Coast Signature Artist

         Knickerbocker Artists USA (KA) Signature Artist


    The drawing will be held on December 9, 2018. All proceeds from raffle sales will be donated to the Arts Empowerment Project.


    About The Arts Empowerment Project (TAEP)

    Vulnerable and at-risk children who participate in the arts discover an outlet for positive self-expression, personal growth and healing.  Through art, they are empowered to break the cycle of violence and alter the trajectory of their lives.

    TAEP screens children referred by the court, matches their interest to the local arts program best suited to their needs, and funds their tuition and transportation fees.  The Arts Empowerment Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a member of Mecklenburg County’s 26th Judicial District Court’s Arts and Science Collaborative Initiative.  http://theartsempowermentproject.org

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • McDowell Art Center, Matthews N.C. 28105
    Register

    Summer's Splendor by Donna Biggee Pastel ~ 18 x 12

    Donna Biggee IAPS/MC, PSA     

    Free Demo

    Learn to approach still life painting with a focus on creating set ups with everyday ordinary objects. We will be observing the light distribution and using different layering techniques to learn to create a powerful and energetic painting.  We will explore different ways to manipulate values, colors and edges.  


    Demonstration:10:00-12:00 

    Donna Biggee has gained recognition with her ability to capture light and reflection in vivid landscapes and still life. A representational artist with an emphasis in oils and pastels, Donna’s works are inspired by the expressed beauty in nature. A resident of Georgia, Donna has been an artist since childhood. Donna is winner of national juried exhibition awards and honors, and signature member of the Southeastern Pastel Society, Oil Painters of America, Pastel Society of America, American Impressionist Society and various other local and national art organizations. Her works have been published in national magazines including, The Artists Magazine, The Pastel Journal and American Art Collector.  Her work has been shown throughout the United States and can be found in both private and corporate collections including Seven Bridges and the Georgia Governor's Office. For more information on Donna visit her website at: donnabiggeestudios.com


    Questions- contact Anne Strutz @annestrutz65@gmail.com


    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • McDowell Art Center, Matthews N.C. 28105
    Register

    Summer's Splendor by Donna Biggee Pastel ~ 18 x 12


    Donna Biggee IAPS/MC, PSA 

    Still Life Workshop    

    Learn to approach still life painting with a focus on creating set ups with everyday ordinary objects. We will be observing the light distribution and using different layering techniques to learn to create a powerful and energetic painting.  We will explore different ways to manipulate values, colors and edges.  The workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings.

    Lunch will be served for workshop participants from 12:00-1:00

    Workshop fro 1:00-4:00

    Donna Biggee has gained recognition with her ability to capture light and reflection in vivid landscapes and still life. A representational artist with an emphasis in oils and pastels, Donna’s works are inspired by the expressed beauty in nature. A resident of Georgia, Donna has been an artist since childhood. Donna is winner of national juried exhibition awards and honors, and signature member of the Southeastern Pastel Society, Oil Painters of America, Pastel Society of America, American Impressionist Society and various other local and national art organizations. Her works have been published in national magazines including, The Artists Magazine, The Pastel Journal and American Art Collector.  Her work has been shown throughout the United States and can be found in both private and corporate collections including Seven Bridges and the Georgia Governor's Office. For more information on Donna visit her website at: donnabiggeestudios.com


    Members- $40.00

    Non-Members- $50.00


    Questions- contact Anne Strutz @annestrutz65@gmail.com



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Past events

13 Oct 2018 Jen Evenhus Demonstration- Oct. 13
10 Oct 2018 Jen Evenhus- 3 Day Workshop Oct. 10-12
12 Sep 2018 Members PopUp Program - Underpainting Techniques
02 Jun 2018 Laura Pollak- DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION!
02 Jun 2018 Laura Pollak- Free Demo
21 Apr 2018 Jeri Greenberg- Telling A Story With Figures
21 Apr 2018 Jeri Greenberg- Free Demo
25 Mar 2018 Nancy Nowak- Sunday Plein Air
24 Mar 2018 Nancy Nowak- Saturday Workshop
24 Mar 2018 Nancy Nowak- Free Demo
17 Feb 2018 PASTEL 101 with MALIA BRYNGELSON
27 Jan 2018 Pastel Paint and Play with Anne Strutz
02 Dec 2017 Annual Member Holiday Party
07 Oct 2017 Tom Christopher - Demo: Pastel Painting and Beyond
04 Oct 2017 3-day Workshop - Tom Christopher PSA IAPS-MC - Pastel Painting and Beyond
02 Oct 2017 Piedmont Pastel Society's Fifth Annual Calendar Show
26 Aug 2017 Photographing Fine Art
06 May 2017 Stan Sperlak - Demo: On Becoming a Better Landscape Painter
03 May 2017 Stan Sperlak - 3 day Workshop: On Becoming a Better Landscape Painter
18 Mar 2017 Mini-Workshop - Marsha Savage - "It's the Journey. Learn to Navigate Your Paintings!"
18 Mar 2017 Program / Demo - Marsha Savage -"It's the Journey. Learn to Navigate Your Paintings!"
21 Jan 2017 Mini-Workshop - Leslie Hudson-Tolles: Animals in Landscape
21 Jan 2017 Program / Demo - Leslie Hudson-Tolles: Animals in Landscape
03 Oct 2016 3-day Workshop - Karen Margulis PSA IAPS-MC - The Mystery and Magic of the Underpainting: Unlocking the Key to Successful Underpaintings
03 Oct 2016 Karen Margulis Workshop Balance Payment
17 Sep 2016 Let's Get Together and Paint!
14 May 2016 Mini-Workshop - Diane Pike: Capturing Light and Color
14 May 2016 Program / Demo - Diane Pike: Capturing Light and Color
21 Apr 2016 Merging Mediums; A Visual Collaboration
19 Mar 2016 Mini-Workshop - Nancy Nowak: Taking Your Pastels to the Next Level by Setting Yourself up for Success
19 Mar 2016 Program / Demo - Nancy Nowak: Taking your Pastels to the Next Level by Setting Yourself Up for Success
16 Jan 2016 Mini-Workshop - Walter Standford: Painting Pet Portraits
16 Jan 2016 Program / Demo - Walter Stanford: Painting Pet Portraits
14 Nov 2015 WORKSHOP - Addren Doss: “Birds of a Feather . . .”
14 Nov 2015 PROGRAM / DEMO - Addren Doss: "Birds of a Feather"
08 Oct 2015 DEMO - Dawn Emerson: "From Photograph to Personal Expression"
05 Oct 2015 WORKSHOP - Dawn Emerson: "From Photograph to Personal Expression with Pastel"
04 Oct 2015 Announcing Piedmont Pastel Society's 2015 3rd Annual Member Calendar Show,
19 Sep 2015 WORKSHOP - Karen Margulis (IAPS-MC, PSA): “Cooking with Color: Recipes for Exciting Color in Your Paintings"”
19 Sep 2015 PROGRAM / DEMO - Karen Margulis: "Cooking with Color: Recipes for Exciting Color in your Paintings"
18 Jul 2015 WORKSHOP - Regina Burchett: “Skies, Clouds and Storms”
18 Jul 2015 PROGRAM / DEMO - Regina Burchett: "Skies, Clouds and Storms"
30 May 2015 WORKSHOP - Susan Sinyai: “Breathing Life into your Still Life”
30 May 2015 PROGRAM / DEMO - Susan Sinyai: "Breathing Life into your Still Life"
21 Mar 2015 PROGRAM / DEMO - Kurt Weiser and Regina Burchett: "Get Your Art Out There"
17 Jan 2015 WORKSHOP - Suzy Hart: “The Poetic Pastel Portrait”
17 Jan 2015 PROGRAM / DEMO - Suzy Hart: "The Poetic Pastel Portrait"
15 Nov 2014 PROGRAM / DEMO - Walter Stanford: "Smoothscapes"
20 Sep 2014 PROGRAM / DEMO - Addren Doss: "Painting Animals"
17 May 2014 PROGRAM / DEMO - Suzy Hart: "Painting the Figure"
15 Mar 2014 PROGRAM / DEMO - Nancy Marshburn: "Approaching a Still Life, My Perspective"
18 Jan 2014 PROGRAM / DEMO - Regina Burchett: "The Other Side of Art: Organizing and Promoting Your Artwork"
16 Nov 2013 PROGRAM / DEMO - Wendy Musser
21 Sep 2013 PROGRAM / DEMO - Diane Pike
20 Jul 2013 PROGRAM / DEMO - Adele Goodman
22 Jun 2013 PROGRAM / DEMO - Anne Kiefaber: "Make your Still Lifes Sing!"
09 Mar 2013 PROGRAM / DEMO - Kurt Weiser: "Creation of a Pastel Painting from Start to Disc"
19 Jan 2013 PROGRAM / DEMO - Walter Stanford: "The Whimsical Side of Art in Pastel"

Address: Charlotte, NC, USA

Email: piedmontpastelsociety@gmail.com

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