Pastel artists of all levels are welcome to become members. All members are encouraged to participate, whether attending or presenting, with demonstrations and workshops or volunteering to help with scheduled events. The mission of PSME is to encourage and raise public awareness of the pastel medium, while giving our members an opportunity to exhibit, acquire new skills and to support and share ideas with fellow artists.
interact with other artists, share ideas and learn new techniques
exhibitions and receptions
quarterly meetings and educational programs
receive email event notices
receive our quarterly newsletter providing show announcements and general art news
access and utilize the Lending Library’s collection of pastel books, videos and CDs
enter our non-juried Annual Members Show
receive member discounts and early registration opportunity for PSME sponsored workshops
link your website from the PSME website
receive a discount on PSME annual juried exhibition entry fee
be juried into Signature Membership
display your work in the Signature Gallery as a Signature Member
liaison through PSME with the Maine Arts Commission and the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS)
exhibit at various locations throughout the state
attend, present or organize demonstrations, workshops and critiques
paint with PAPME (Plein Air Painters of Maine) for weekly paint-out opportunities.
Annual Dues: $40.
PSME Signature Member Information
Members interested in applying for PSME Signature Membership may do so once a year in August. Signature Members may use the initials “PSME” after their name. This honor is awarded to working artists of consistent excellence. In addition, the signature members may display their work on the Signature Member page on the PSME website. Artists who have previously been awarded signature status may retain that status by maintaining PSME membership.
Failure to pay dues will result in loss of Signature status and will require reapplication.
Please send your Signature Membership application and supporting documentation to Mary Beth Morrison, Membership Chair, at the address listed under the Pay By Check or Money Order heading (in the right column on this page).
You may make your membership payment using our secure online system with your credit/debit card. You will receive email confirmation of your membership payment. Please keep a record for future reference.