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 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:
2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Mary Beth Morrison
Vice President Ruth Van Dine
Treasurer Sara Ostrov
Recording Secretary Norma Johnsen
Membership Chair Fran Townsend
Newsletter/Email Correspondent Mary Barrett
Social Media & Website Administrator Terrilynn Dubreuil
IAPS Representative Ruth Van Dine
Program Director Ruth Van Dine
Public Relations Chair Jane Frost
Lending Library Coordinator Kate Bergquist
Member Show Co-Chair Marijke Darrell & Cheryl DiCara
Signature Membership Show Chair Laetitia Borden
International Juried Exhibition 2019 Chair Christina Davis
Pemaquid Retreat Co-Chair Sharon Gorman & Ruth Van Dine
Workshops Chair Claudette Gamache
Hospitality Chair Jerri Whitman