PSME presents four educational programs per calendar year, which are typically held in conjunction with a General Membership Meeting. Programs include but are not limited to: pastel demonstrations, pertinent topic lectures or demonstrations, gallery tours, and paint-outs. For more information complete the inquiry form on the CONTACT PSME page.  


PSME Informal Paint Out - Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Maine

Wednesday, June 21, 2017    

Anytime dawn to dusk

Join PSME members for a unique painting opportunity

Every year in mid-June, Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm exhibits hundreds of peonies growing “wild” in the fields and woods on the property. The peonies are descendants of those planted by David Moulton, a dedicated conservationist who in 1911 bought the property as a summer retreat and named it Gilsland Farm. Fields of cultivated peonies no longer exist at Gilsland Farm, but descendants from their root stock still bloom every year in both formal and informal settings. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this spectacular annual event! This is an informal event for artists interested in building camaraderie through a plein air opportunity. Please note no formal instruction will be provided, so there is no fee.

Questions?   CONTACT PSME


Developing Realistic Textures in Pastel Paintings

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

10:00 - 10:30 am  Refreshments

10:30 - 12 noon  Pastel demonstration by Nancy Lee Lovley, PSA

12 noon  - 12:30 pm  Networking

Curtis Memorial Library

23 Pleasant Street 

Brunswick, ME 04011

Owls Head artist Nancy Lee Lovley, PSA, will be our presenter at the PSME April Educational Program.  In her presentation, Developing Realistic Textures in Pastel Paintings, Nancy will discuss and demonstrate how she achieves realistic texture in three different subjects using the pastel medium. Refreshments and networking time will be provided. Please CONTACT PSME no later than April 3.

More about our presenter: Nancy Lee Lovley is a lifelong artist who began painting with pastels as a pre-teen. Nancy paints wonderfully realistic textures in her work, whether it be portraits, animals, still life or landscapes. Her body of work includes a wide variety of subjects. She is especially well-known for her still lifes and her portraiture of people and animals in the classical realism style. She holds signature memberships in a number of pastel societies, including the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of Maine, and has placed in many national and international pastel competitions. 


Presented by the Pastel Society of Maine and ENGINE: Propelling the Creative Economy

Facebook and Social Media for Artists: A simple guide to understanding how to use Facebook and Instagram to promote your artwork and yourself.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

9:30 am  Coffee and Conversation

10:00 - 11:30 am  Program presented by Geraldine Aikman

Engine Gallery Space

128 Main Street

Biddeford, ME 04005

Artist and social media consultant Geraldine Aikman has offered to provide pastel painters and other local artists with a simple guide to understanding how you can use Facebook and Instagram to promote your artwork and yourself, how-to tips and plenty of time to answer your questions.

Looking for a place to share your images and thoughts? Do you want to engage potential customers? Facebook is a great medium for artists to share their pictures and creative process. So is Instagram. Think of it as free advertising, and a stage for self-promotion. It can also be fun and while you gain exposure and explore the work of other creatives.

More about our presenter: Geraldine Aikman – illustrator, fine artist, photographer, craftsperson, newspaper pre-press director, self-published book designer – specializes in one-on-one training in using social media as a promotional tool. Geraldine’s approach is to encourage familiarity with computers and media. “Knowledge is power,” she says. “Every small business, every artist, needs to practice self-promotion, to be their own advocate, and my goal is to teach them how to do just that.”

"Social Media for Artists" informational materials distributes at the PSME February 2017 Educational Program. For a copy click here.


"Things You Should Know Before You Visit A Framer" informational material distributed at PPOM May 2015 General Membership Meeting. For a copy, click here.


Any questions, please CONTACT PSME here.