Claudette Gamache "Low Tide"

The Pastel Society of Maine (PSME), originally established in 1999 as the Pastel Painters of Maine (PPOM), promotes public awareness of pastels and creates a network for local and regional pastel artists. The general membership of PSME meets quarterly with an educational program or artist demonstration. Other activities include paint-outs, paint-ins, retreats, workshops and exhibitions. We publish a newsletter several times a year and have a well-stocked lending library available to all PSME members.

PSME currently has a membership of about 95 from Maine and across the U.S. and Canada. Our International Juried Exhibition “Pastels Only,” an annual event since 2000, includes a workshop conducted by a nationally-known pastel artist who also judges the show. Members are invited to participate in our annual non-juried member shows as well.

PSME Facebook page has more info and photos of members' artwork:


PSME Newsletter

PSME publishes a quarterly newsletter highlighting upcoming meetings, shows, workshops and classes, members' news, and notes and reminders from the PSME Board.

Please send your newsletter items to Mary Barrett, PSME Newsletter Editor, by clicking on the envelope icon at bottom of this page or by completing the inquiry form here:  CONTACT PSME.


Download newsletters in .pdf  format here:

 Winter 2016         Winter 2017        Spring 2017       Summer 2017      Fall 2017       Winter/Spring 2018 Fall 2018



President    Mary Beth Morrison

Vice President    Ruth Van Dine

Treasurer    Sara Ostrov

Recording Secretary    Norma Johnsen


Membership Chair    Mary Beth Morrison

Newsletter/Email Correspondent    Mary Barrett

Social Media & Website Administrator    Terrilynn Dubreuil




Program Director    Ruth Van Dine

Member Shows 2018     Marijke Darrell, Cheryl DiCara, Claudette Gamache

Pemaquid Retreat Co-Chair    Sharon Gorman & Ruth Van Dine

Workshops Co-Chair    Mary Beth Morrison and Claudette Gamache

International Juried Exhibition 2019 Chair   Mary Beth Morrison

IAPS Representative    Ruth Van Dine