Pastel Society of Virginia

Note: This page offers highlights of the Pastel Society of Virginia, which I founded in March, 2011. By the end of 2016, it competed with my time, along with work and graduate school, so I have been inactive since December, 2016.

This page is a summary of the events that have been or will be offered by the Pastel Society of Virginia since 2011. Please also visit the PSV website at . Our Facebook page is up to date with events as well as samples of members' and other beautiful pastel artwork. "Like" us there for the latest news.

The PSV membership form is available at From that form's information, contact Membership Chair, Roxanne Himmelburger, with any questions about joining and Founder/President, Bonnie Ferguson Butler, about anything else regarding the society. Because we operate and communicate through email, Bonnie would appreciate adding you to our email list of friends and members so you will receive updates a couple times a month.

Upcoming Events:
Marla Baggetta Workshop - November 14-16, 2016
"Sky Dance" judged exhibit - October 31-November 30, 10a drop off and pick up
"Sky Dance" Artist Meet & Green - November 20, 11:30
Open House at Goodwin House, Alexandria - December 12, 9a-noon
Monthly meeting - January 19, 10:30-2
Monthly meeting - February 16, 10:30-2
Goodwin House 5th Anniversary exhibit - February - April 16

Join us for "Sky Dance," our exhibit at USGS judged by Marla Baggetta!

 Registration is ongoing for our November workshop with Marla Bagetta. See here for more:

We as a society have an incredibly exciting and complex Spring 2015 ahead of us. There were be a lot of overlap with various registrations, so each event will have someone different in charge to try to limit any confusion. 

Communications to the society come from me and our gmail and Facebook accounts and all members are encouraged to participate in activities, regardless of the location of the event. Membership is a requirement for participation.

2015 Summary:
Feb/Mar/Apr - Goodwin House, Alexandria (Teresa Brunson, chair) (prospectus beginning of January)(annual exhibit; five sales last year, no entry fee, no commission)

Mar - Montpelier Arts Center, Montpelier (Terry Atkinson and Nancy Tucker, chairs)(prospectus Dec 28 via email and Facebook)($5 plus $5 for postcards for three pieces)
Apr/May - Uptown Gallery, Richmond (Rosemary McKnight, chair)(prospectus end of January)
April - Richard McKinley, Richmond (Diane Worthington, chair)(prospectus at
April - Richard McKinley demo, Richmond (Carolyn Velletri, registration)(form at
Nov - USGS, Reston (Martha Scholl and Bonnie Ferguson Butler)(annual exhibit with six sales last year, anticipating no entry fee?, no commmission, will be judged by our workshop instructor)
Nov - Instructor TBA, Annual Workshop (Bonnie Ferguson Butler, chair)(note that Veteran's Day is on a Wednesday, so it will be the weekend after on Saturday through Monday)

Expect some activities and events in the Hampton Roads area in the Summer and Fall. Details TBA. Email me if you may be interested in being a part of this chapter.

Workshop FULL

Please follow the link to have all your questions answered:

See our Facebook page for additional images from our Alan Flattmann workshop:

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We have added a reception for Alan Flattmann on November 7 at the Franconia Govermental Center. From 6:30-7:30, he will have a book signing for any artist to attend. From 7:30-8:00, there will be a preview of the upcoming workshop for the attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

At present we have two workshop slots remaining. Please look at the prospectus at

As a society, we are honored with the wealth of educational opportunities afforded us. In less than four years, we have or will soon be hosting Jean Hirons, Maggie Price, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, and Alan Flattmann, all world class pastelists.

In addition to our annual Veteran's Day weekend three day workshops in the Alexandria area, in 2015 we are offering a workshop with Richard McKinley from April 20-24, with a couple events on each end of that. Society membership is a requirement and we will not hold workshop slots for anyone to complete their membership needs, so if you want an opportunity to participate, please get your membership in now. We will try to have the registration be as fair as possible. Anticipate being notified of a Sunday in which the prospectus will be released, with no postmarks predating the following day. This will probably occur in early November. Do not contact any volunteers prior to that point, please. After you join, email me and I will put you on our mailing list.

A summary of upcoming events:
~The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen: May 12-July 13; "Seen in Virginia," Colin Ferguson of John Tyler Community College, judge
~For Art's Sake,Henrico: September, "Small Works of Great Art" September 2-27

~Goodwin House, Alexandria: early March through mid-April
~Montpelier Art Center, Montpelier: March
~Richard McKinley, Richmond, April 20-24 (info TBA)
~ US Geoplgical Survey, Reston: May

We meet monthly on the 4th Tuesday in Northern Virginia at the Franconia Governmental Center. Hours are 10-2, but vary depending on attendance. We meet to paint, so bring your supplies.

In Central Virginia, the chapter meets quarterly and they are publicized on our website,

Our November Veteran's Day weekend workshop instructor, Alan Flattmann, has a new book published! Registration includes membership fee.

Join us for an Artist Meet & Greet at USGS on May 27 at 11am in Reston. See "Waterscapes and Water Escapes" and every incarnation of water you can imagine! Feel free have lunch with us for lunch in the cafeteria afterwards.

PSV will have an exhibit at the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, near Richmond, Virginia from May 15 through July 13 with entries due by April 12. It is a judged exhibit with at least $650 worth of prizes. The theme is "Seen in Virginia" and the judge is Colin Ferguson, an accomplished pastelist and Professor of Studio Art at John Tyler Community College in Chester, Virginia. See the prospectus at our website.

Entries are due by April 21, 2014. See the prospectus at .

See the newly renovated space with almost 50 of our pastel paintings at 4800 Fillmore in Alexandria through April 12, 2014. This is a very popular exhibit, in which the residents enjoy our artwork and purchase our paintings. The reception will be March 30 from 2-4pm.

Our upcoming calendar of exhibits and workshops:

~Goodwin House, Alexandria: March 1-April 12
~The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen: May 12-July 15; "Seen in Virginia," Colin Ferguson of John Tyler Community College, judge
~For Art's Sake, Richmond: September, Small Works
~Alan Flattmann Workshop, Franconia/Alexandria: November 7-10; members only registration to open soon.

~Goodwin House, Alexandria: March/April
~Montpelier Art Center, Montpelier: March
~Major Workshop, Richmond, April, tba

This all member exhibit will highlight the luminous characteristics achieved through the usage of dry pastels. Paintings may be of any subject matter. See for details.

It is the first judged exhibit of PSV and prizes will total at least $650 with cash awards from Maryland Pastel Society, North Carolina Statewide Show, and Pastel Society of America. Lisa Semarad, respected instructor at The Art League in Alexandria, will be our judge.

Co-chair Kathy Waltermire is offering a one day workshop on pastel underpainting through the gallery on September 17. See for that registration form.

Exhibit Timeline
June 15: Begin mail in registration
August 1 or earlier: 2013-2014 membership fees - postmark is due to Roxanne Himmelberger in order to have membership current and to participate in exhibit
August 5: Final postmark for mail in “Luminosity” registration, sent to Kathy Waltermire
August 15: Postcards for participants who paid $5 extra will be mailed
September 8, 9 or 10: Drop off paintings Monday and Tuesday, September 9-10, 10am to 5pm. If that's not possible, the gallery accept some artwork on Sunday, September. 8, 10am to 5pm. Inform the gallery.
September 13: Colonial Beach celebrates an art walk each Second Friday from 6-9pm. The awards ceremony will be at 7pm.
October 6, 7, or 8: Pick up unsold paintings preferably Mon. Oct. 7 10am to 5pm, or Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the morning.  May make arrangements to pick up Sunday Oct. 6 after 5pm. We have a N VA carpool for pick up established.

Registration opened for the Liz Haywood-Sullivan workshop in Franconia VA near Alexandria November 9-11 2013 and it was full almost immediately.

I will maintain a wait list. Attendance requires membership; the form is at and it is pro-rated at $15 right now.

The wait list requires membership and you sending in the form, but please hold on on your deposit until you are potentially placed.

The prospectus is at:

Liz demoing at the Workhouse in Lorton VA in 2011

Please note that snipurl went out of business and all of these addresses I've used for the society are being changed to tinyurl with the same extension.

Anticipated PSV Calendar 2013-2015
Monthly meetings to paint at Franconia Governmental Center, Alexandria, 4th Tuesday 10a-2p. Bring your supplies and any paintings to have gently critiqued. Contact: Bonnie at skyvine (at) .

The next quarterly meeting of the Central Virginia chapter will be on June 25, 6:30-8:00 PM at the Tuckahoe Library in Henrico, concerning the Business of Art, to include framing. Contact Carol at chcullinan (at)

~Jarrett Thor Gallery, Colonial Beach: Sept-Oct, opening Sept 13; "Luminosity Along the Potomac," Lisa Semerad of The Art League, judge

~Goodwin House, Alexandria: March 1-April 12
~The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen: May 12-July 13; "Seen in Virginia," Colin Ferguson of John Tyler Community College, judge
~For Art's Sake, Richmond: September, Small Works
~Workshop, Franconia/Alexandria, artist tbd: November 8-10

~Goodwin House, Alexandria: dates tbd
~Montpelier Art Center, Montpelier: March

See the Pastel Society of Virginia, our Central Virginia chapter, and our Uptown Gallery Exhibit featured in the January 27, 2013 Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The Central Virginia Chapter of the Pastel Society of Virginia invites current PSV member artists to participate in our inaugural exhibit, which will be at the Uptown Gallery, 1305 W. Main St., in Richmond. The exhibition of about 40 pieces, accepted on a first come first served basis, will be on display in Uptown's ELM Loft from February 1 through March 30, 2013. Early entries will be accepted until December 14, 2012, with $8 for one or two paintings. If needed, final registration will be due January 12, 2013, with $10 for one or two paintings. Early entry is encouraged due to the anticipated response; watch for email communications about the show filling. Drop off of artwork will occur January 26, 2013. See the timeline for other important dates and for a membership form.

The prospectus is available at for all details. Contact Co-Chairs Linda Wolitz (804 262 5882, or Carol Cullinan (804 755 7066, for any further information.Uptown Gallery is a well-established artists' cooperative that has been exhibiting artwork at its current location for 20 years. The gallery's location is adjacent to other important art galleries near Virginia Commonwealth University. Uptown holds exhibit openings the First Friday of each month, with openings for this show on Friday, February 1 from 5PM to 8PM and Friday, March 1 from 5PM to 8PM.

 PSV hosted Maggie Price November 10-12, 2012!

The Pastel Society of Virginia is pleased to host Maggie Price, internationally known and respected pastelist and author, on Veteran's Day weekend November 10-12, 2012 (Saturday through Monday) at the Franconia Governmental Center. The theme is developing your vacation photos into pastel paintings, whether you're a beginner or advanced. The $400 registration fee includes three days of instruction, daily boxed lunches, and 2012/2013 membership in the Pastel Society of Virginia. As part of the workshop, but separately and only for workshop participants, Maggie will judge a painting contest, awarding gift certificates for Richeson products.

See Maggie's website for workshop registration information and direct any questions to Susan Webster at or 703 533 0891. This workshop already has reached the attendance quota to be held, however, the registration deadline has been extended to October 10 to assist you in getting your payment submitted. Due to Maggie's extensive teaching schedule and limited availability, Susan Webster asks that you contact her, instead of Maggie, with all your questions and registration needs.

Our summer 2012 exhibit in Virginia Beach...

Hylton Center in Manassas. See it on our Facebook page.

Pictures of the Jean Hirons workshop are available on our Facebook page.

Our first anniversary exhibit is at Goodwin House in Alexandria February through April 2012.

Please refer to our Facebook page for the latest: and follow us there with a "Like." Also, see the photo album of our first show.

Short link to this page: .