Events

Grow as an Artist

SPS is a vibrant society offering many opportunities for our members to challenge themselves to grow as artists individually and as a community.  The members coming together to enjoy events creates a supportive environment  where creativity can thrive. These events include: monthly programs via ZOOM, virtual workshops conducted by celebrated pastelists, virtual paint alongs and in person demonstrations/workshops taught by credentialed artists. The ideas are limitless and we are always creating new ways to engage and support our members.

NOTE: Monthly programs are FREE to our members. Guests are welcome to attend one program free and then are welcome to join SPS to enjoy additional programs throughout the year.  As  a member, you will also receive member discounts for all workshops, demos and  exhibitions.

  • December 13, 2021
    6:30 pm

    PROGRAM “Substrates: Hands-On Group Participation” by select artists

    Join us for an evening of experimenting with the following substrates — Ampersand Pastelbord, LaCarte and UArt This is a hands-on experience for the first 60 members to sign up by December 1, 2021. Members and guests that miss the cut may still join the meeting. In this month’s program, we will have three different…

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  • January 10, 2022
    6:30 pm

    PROGRAM “Cultivating Connection: SPS MEMBER SHOW AND TELL”

    Join us in the New Year for a show and tell from our membership. Submit an image and tell us a little bit about yourself and your process. Join us in the New Year for a show and tell from our membership. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the array of talent…

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  • February 14, 2022
    6:30 pm

    PROGRAM Gwenneth Barth-White “Expressive Portraits in Pastel”

    Join us as artist Gwenneth Barth-White will give a portrait in pastel demonstration and touch on what inspires her in portraiture. She will discuss the multiple considerations to think of when approaching a portrait: setting the stage and choosing the lighting, simple measuring, the choice of which substrate to use, etc. She will also include…

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  • March 14, 2022
    6:30 pm

    PROGRAM Desmond O’Hagan “Capturing Unique Subject Matter”

    Join artist Desmond O’Hagan as he shares a digital slideshow and discussion with step-by-steps of paintings in progress. Join artist Desmond O’Hagan as he shares a digital slideshow and discussion with step-by-steps of paintings in progress and a variety of pastel images. This is an informal presentation and participants are welcome to ask questions. I…

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  • May 9, 2022
    6:30 pm

    PROGRAM Jeffrey Olson, Art Education Director, ROYAL TALENS North America

    Having a background in both Art and Art History, Jeff will talk about Rembrandt Pastels along with a brief history of pastel. He will demonstrate different techniques including mark making, washes and surfaces as well as putting it altogether in a simple composition. I am an artist with a significant and original body of work…

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