The Vermont Pastel Society (VPS) is an all volunteer organization, founded in 1999. The purpose of VPS is to build and strengthen connections among pastel artists. VPS currently has about 100 members and is open to beginning as well as experienced artists. All interested parties are welcome and encouraged to join whether they work with oil or soft pastels.

The Exhibition Committee works on organizing two Vermont exhibits per year. The Workshop Committee organizes workshops of varying duration with teachers of national and regional renown. General membership meetings are usually once per year and typically include: critiques, demonstrations of techniques, exhibit-related activities and guest speakers as part of the program. Generally, a part of each meeting is devoted to business and organizational matters. Location varies, but Montpelier has proved to be a convenient central meeting location. Notification of events is by email and is also posted on the web site.

We welcome new members of all ability levels, beginners as well as experienced artists. Membership dues are $40 a year.

Benefits include:

  • website gallery page with link to your own website
  • workshops, educational programs and paint-outs
  • opportunities to exhibit in juried and non-juried shows
  • free access to DVD lending library
  • discounts and early registration at VPS workshops
  • liaison with other pastel societies including the International Association of Pastel Societies
  • other opportunities to share information and resources with VPS membership

All members are encouraged to participate in any way they can to keep VPS a vibrant organization.  Contact us if you would like more information.

How to Become a New Member or Pay Your Annual Dues?

If you wish to become a member of VPS, or are renewing your annual membership, please use the printer icon button (image_print) at the lower right of this page to download and print.  Note: When you click on the printer icon button, another window will appear which has the page text.  At the end of the text, click again where it says “VPS MembershipForm 2018(this is in light print) bringing you to a printable version of the membership form.

Once filled out, please send it to:  Vermont Pastel Society, Maggie Smith, 41 Aiken Rd, Putney, VT 05346 (Membership Chair).

VPS MembershipForm 2018