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.

Membership Benefits

Invitations to:

  • interact with other artists, share ideas and learn new techniques

  • exhibitions and receptions

  • quarterly meetings and educational programs

Eligibility to:

  • 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)

Opportunities to:

  • 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.


PSME Membership

Annual Dues:   $40.

Download PSME Membership application form here.


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).

Download PSME SIGNATURE MEMBERSHIP application form here.


Online Payment

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.

2019 Annual Membership Dues
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Pay By Check Or Money Order

Download the PSME Membership Application form HERE.

Download the Signature Membership Application form HERE.

Make checks payable to: Pastel Society of Maine and mail to:

Fran Townsend

PSME Membership

5 Spruce St

Richmond, ME 04357