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

    • 10 Oct 2018
    • 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • 12 Oct 2018
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street , Matthews N.C.
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    The Beauty of Imperfection - Beyond Local Color     

    October 10,11,12, 2018

    9:30 am - 4:30 pm


    In order to find authentic beauty, we must move beyond perfection and dig deep to release the creative souls we were born with!  Your pastel paintings will take on new energy, dynamic composition and new color using simplification, confident strokes, exaggeration and movement in this intense 3-day workshop taught by Jen Evenhus, PSA-Master Pastelist, IAPS-Master Circle Member, NPS-Distinguished Pastelist, and PSWC Signature Member.


    We will manipulate shapes, composition, space, and line. We will move beyond local color into a new realm of uninhibited joy, using whatever color our muse demands, all the while watching for happy little accidents to reveal themselves before we cover them up. We’ll ask ourselves “What if . . .” each step of the way – leaving opportunities open for new ideas to appear.


    Embrace your wild side as we work hard to be imperfect using an impressionist abstract style to explore shapes, negative space, color-effects and mark-making through discussion, demos, timed exercises, lots of painting, critiques and one-on-one coaching in an encouraging atmosphere. We’ll use markers and unconventional tools like twigs, brushes and charcoal with your pastels to create unique works of art.


    As a benefit to PPS Members, we will not open registration to the public until May 22.

    Register today!

    Members $375

    Non-Members $400


    Questions- contact Anne Strutz @annestrutz65@gmail.com


    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • The McDowell Arts Center 123 W. McDowell Street, Matthews, NC 28105
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    Jen Evenhus Demonstration     

    October 13, 2018

    10:30 am - 12:30 pm


    Jen is a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America, an International Assoc. of Pastel Societies Master Circle member, a Distinquished Pastelist in the Northwest Pastel Society, and a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast

    Jen, a nationally recognized award-winning artist, is naturally drawn to patterns, shapes, and movement found in nature, cityscapes, interiors, figures and everyday objects, translating those into unique works of art. Jen captures their essence with simplification and exaggeration in contemporary impressionist and abstract paintings.

    The process, or journey, of painting with the exploration, risks, failures and triumphs is her impetus in providing the viewer with emotions and memories that her contemporary paintings evoke. Jen’s work is recognized by its dynamic composition, bold use of color, and confident application of pastel or oil.


    As a benefit to PPS Members, we will not open registration to the public until August 27.

    Register today!

    Members - FREE

    Non-Members $25


    Questions- contact Anne Strutz @annestrutz65@gmail.com


Past events

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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