Sara Powell "Gypsy Rose"

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 regularly 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.


PSME Newsletters:

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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