VPS Newsletter January 2020

QUARTERLY QUOTE
Why not spend time on art: painting, sculpting, charcoal, pastel, oils? Are words or numbers more important than images? Who decides this? Does algebra move you to tears? Can plural possessives express the feelings in your heart? If you don’t learn art now, you will never learn to breathe!
Laurie Halse Anderson

The Winter Solstice has signaled a return to longer days, with more hours of light for painting;
We have our Members’ Exhibition opening in a matter of days,
Regional hubs are continuing to thrive;
And we have a new Vice President.
Continue reading below for more details.

 

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 5-6:30pm: Reception for the Members’ Exhibition of the VPS with the Pastel Society of NH, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, 4th floor main hallway.

VPS REGIONAL HUBS UPDATE
In the last quarter, 4 of 6 hubs have met once, and one hub has met twice. Many hubs are using a challenge-prompt, asking members to do, in the intervening time, an abstract painting, or painting a bold landscape on a black surface, or painting in color from a black and white reference. Many hubs are taking advantage of local venues to exhibit their pastels. As for using hub money, one hub paid a workshop presenter to come to them, and another hub used their money for purchasing tickets to MASSMoCA and The Clark, for a visit in early January.

VPS EXHIBITIONS
Our Members’ Exhibition (ME) for 2020 features something new: Susannah Colby, our Exhibitions Co-Chair, has coordinated this year’s exhibition with the Pastel Society of New Hampshire to make a really big show. We will be having about 120 works from 60 artists lining the expansive hallway in a large institution where hundreds of people will walk through to view them every month. As in our last ME, we will be awarding prizes in five genres (landscape, waterscape, still life, figurative, and abstract) and in five elements of composition (color, value, line, shape, and texture). Plus, the same two new categories will be kept: a Judge’s Choice and the People’s Choice. The judge this year, recommended by PSNH, will be Mary Eselin, a professional artist with gallery representation in several VT and NH galleries. Our goal for the ME has been to showcase the range of experience and diversity of pastel painting in our VPS, so the awards have tried to reflect that. Come see our VPS members’ works along with our neighbor pastel society’s paintings. You won’t be disappointed.

Our Juried Show will be in November 2020 at the Southern Vermont Arts Center.

VPS WORKSHOPS
Alain Picard will offer a combination of workshops in East Montpelier, VT: The Painterly Landscape, August 17-19, 2020 and The Painterly Portrait, August 20-21, 2020. Artists can sign up for one or both. Details will follow in February.

Lyn Asselta will offer a workshop October 2-4, 2020, at the Taraden Art Barn in North Bennington. Stay alert for details coming to you near the end of March.

BOARD NEWS
As you may recall, our board has 10 members who serve 2 year staggered terms. Every year, therefore, 5 members’ terms are up, and we hold elections, usually at the Annual Membership Meeting. This past November, at that meeting, Grace Cothalis, her Vice Presidential term up, wanted to step down, and she ran for one of the Member-at-Large positions, leaving the VP spot vacant. As we had no candidates to fill that position, we asked our hubs for volunteers. Mark Grasso, of VPS: SouthWest offered his candidacy, and he was elected in an e-mail meeting vote on December 19, 2019.
We still need a Secretary to record the minutes of the two board meetings and one annual membership meeting that occur every year. Please let us know if you want to serve the VPS by being on the board as our Secretary.

Members Gallery
As a reminder, if you want your image changed in the VPS Website Gallery, please use this link.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE VPS!
We are who we are from the devoted support that you all give to our organization. Keep it coming, as you keep on mark-making in pastel!

Matt Peake
VPS President




VPS Newsletter October 2019

VPS Newsletter October 2019

QUARTERLY QUOTE

“I cringe when someone refers to pastels as chalk but it really grates when people call them crayons, as in ‘I just can’t believe you can do that with crayons!’ Are they referring to those waxy things children use?”

Amanda McLean

Newsletter Topics:

– The leaves are beginning to turn into inspiring autumn reds, oranges, and yellows.

– We have just had two workshops and two exhibitions.

– Regional hubs are very active.

– Our members’ meeting is coming up soon!

Continue reading below for more details.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 1- 3pm: VPS Board Meeting, Sherburne Library, Killington, VT

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 1- 4pm: Annual VPS Members’ Meeting, Sherburne Library, Killington, VT

VPS REGIONAL HUBS UPDATE

Two of our regional hubs continue to meet regularly, with VPS MidState meeting monthly and VPS SouthEast getting together quarterly. Our other hubs (VPS Central, VPS Champlain, VPS SouthWest) are getting together for special activities like paint outs and workshops. VPS UpperValley just met to decide on a new Point Person, Kate Cone. Earlier in the year VPS Champlain chose a new Point Person as well, Lisa Kent. Thank you Kate and Lisa!

VPS EXHIBITIONS

Our Members’ Exhibition (ME) just closed at the TW Wood Gallery in Montpelier, VT. Thanks to the many members who responded to our earlier survey, we added and modified the categories for this year’s awards. We awarded prizes in five genres (landscape, waterscape, still life, figurative, and abstract) and in the elements of composition (color, value, line, shape, and texture). Two new categories were introduced: a Judge’s Choice and a People’s Choice. Our goal for the ME has been to showcase the range of experience and diversity of pastel painting in our VPS, so the awards were meant to reflect that. As such, our hope was that anyone with 5 months to 5 decades of pastel painting experience should feel welcome to submit a painting and have their love of pastels celebrated by viewers and eyed by our judge, Mickey Myers, Executive Director of the Bryan Memorial Gallery. We hung over 40 paintings, the reception was packed with VPS members and town art lovers, and VPS Central rocked with the reception they provided! Look at the website and social media for all the details.

VPS WORKSHOPS

Richard McKinley Workshop, July 29-August 2, 2019. Here’s what a participant said: “The Richard McKinley plein air workshop was the best yet. Seventeen students, many new out-of-state members, enjoyed painting in Central Vermont’s August beauty, benefiting from Richard’s expertise and generosity with his time and knowledge. We bonded well and started a Facebook workshop members’ page, where we post images of our work and solicit critiques.”

Workshop on September 21-23, 2019, with Jacob Aguiar, as reviewed by attendees, “was quite a success both financially and as a learning experience.  It seemed everyone was pleased with Jacob’s workshop and the weather was beautiful so we had the opportunity, if we wanted, to do plein air.”

BOARD NEWS

We will be having our fall meeting on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 1-3pm in the Sherburne Library in Killington, VT, which is about 1-1.5 hours from all corners of the state. In addition to reviewing upcoming exhibitions and workshops, we will be planning the Annual Members’ Meeting.

As a reminder, if you want your image changed in the VPS Website Gallery, please use this link: http://vermontpastelsociety.com/policies-procedures/.

ANNUAL VPS MEMBERS’ MEETING

On Sunday, November 10, 2019, from 1-4pm in the Sherburne Library in Killington, VT we will have our Annual VPS Members’ Meeting. The format will include a business portion from1- 2:30 pm to elect five new board members, as well as deal with other items. This will be followed by an interactive presentation by VPS members on abstract pastel painting and the many benefits that painting abstractly can have on your ongoing pastel painting. This promises to be great, so mark your calendars today and save the date!!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE VPS!

We are who we are from the indefatigable support that you all give to our organization. Keep it coming, as you keep on pastel-painting!

Matt Peake, VPS President

 

 




VPS Newsletter April 2019

QUARTERLY QUOTE
Even in certain kinds of impressionism, one can more or less imply perspective, but when you paint realistically, perspective has to be perfect.
Daniel E. Greene

Spring is here and the VPS has, and not so quietly, been springing to life;

We have two workshops scheduled and one exhibition almost ready to hang;
Regional hubs are continuing to thrive;
And, as has been said before, it can only get better!
Continue reading below for more details.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:
May 17-July 6, 2019: Juried Show, White River Craft Center,
Randolph, VT
July 29-August 2, 2019: Richard McKinley Workshop, 4
Corners School House, East Montpelier, VT
September 2019: Members’ Exhibition, TWWood Gallery,
Montpelier, VT
September 21,22 and 23, 2019: Jacob Aguiar Workshop,
Taraden, 183 Park Street, North Bennington, VT

VPS REGIONAL HUBS UPDATE
Our regional hubs continue to meet regularly, with VPS:SouthEast, VPS:MidState, and VPS:Champlain being the most active ones, at least as far as being reported through Hub Happenings. If other hubs are doing things, please let Judy Albright know so she can share your activities on Hub Happenings with the whole membership. Ideas and
opportunities your hub finds interesting offer options to other hubs as well!

Remember that VPS now has allocated money for hubs to use ($100 promised to each hub, with an additional $5 per member) for hubs to get speakers, attend museums, purchase materials needed, etc., to broaden the range of activities they participate in. Procedures to follow to get reimbursed have been given to the hub point people. So let us know what you are doing with the money!

VPS EXHIBTIONS
Our Juried Show is scheduled for hanging on May 11, 2019  at the White River Craft Center, Randolph, VT. We used an on-line submission platform, Online Juried Shows (OJS), for our Juried Show this year to eliminate some of the many hours of work it takes to put on such a show. As of midnight, March 31, the deadline for entries, VPS artists have submitted over 70 entries. The jurors go to work from April 1-7, choosing the best 20-25 paintings submitted. Special thanks to Laura Winn Kane for coming on board as Exhibitions Co-Chair with Susannah Colby to help make this year’s Juried Show a reality. And more thanks—in advance—to VPS: Upper Valley for hosting the
2019 VPS Juried Show!

VPS WORKSHOPS
The Richard McKinley Workshop, July 29- August 2, 2019 is now full, with18 participants and three on the waiting list. 
Thank you to Joyce Kahn for successfully promoting and filling this workshop!

The workshop for September 21-23, 2019, with Jacob Aguiar, is also full, but new names can be put on a waiting list should current registrants need to drop out. Anyone who signed up by March 31 got into the workshop and will be getting an email
soon with payment details. Please note that the workshop has been changed to a new location, Taraden, 183 Park Street, North Bennington, VT.

Thanks to Linda Masten or Shelli DuBoff for their stewardship in securing a great instructor and in making this workshop happen for the VPS.

BOARD NEWS
Board members are working, as we go to press, on the VPS Workshop Scholarship program that was approved by the board and membership last year. Please check the VPS website for details!

As a reminder, if you want your image changed in the VPS Website Gallery, please use this link: http://vermontpastelsociety.com/policies-procedures/ .

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE VPS!
We are who we are from the line, shape, color and texture that you all give to our organization. Keep it coming, as you keep on art-making!

Matt Peake VPS President




VPS Newsletter January 2019

QUARTERLY QUOTE
Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.
Edgar Degas

Our new year has just begun;
We have two workshops scheduled and two exhibitions in the works; Regional hubs now have some VPS money to help enrich their activities.
And it can only get better!

Continue reading below for more details.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:
May-June, 2019: Juried Show, White River Craft Center, Randolph, VT
July 29-August 2, 2019: Richard McKinley Workshop E. Montpelier, VT
September 2019: Members’ Exhibition, T W Wood Gallery, Montpelier, VT
September 14-15, 2019: Jacob Aguiar Workshop, Bennington, VT

VPS REGIONAL HUBS UPDATE
It was decided at the board meeting in October, and presented at the annual
membership meeting in November, to give money to each hub, in the form of a
pledged amount per year. There will be an equal amount of $100 promised to each
hub, with an additional $5 per member to allow hubs to get speakers, attend
museums, purchase materials needed, etc., to broaden the range of activities they
participate in. Procedures to follow to get reimbursed will be given to the hub point
people in the coming month. So let us know what you are doing with the money!

VPS EXHIBTIONS
Our annual Members’ Exhibition will be at the T W Wood Gallery in September and
our Juried Show is scheduled for spring (May-June) at the White River Craft
Center, Randolph, VT. One new item of interest was discussed at the Membership
Meeting in November: the VPS will be using an on-line submission platform
(perhaps OnlineJuriedShows.com) for our Juried Show to eliminate some of the
many hours of work it takes Susannah to put on such a show. That means that there
will be an entry fee required to submit your pastel(s) to be juried into the VPS Juried
Show (not for the Members’ Exhibition). The VPS will still obtain its own jurors, will
still have the show in a real venue, and will still have a judge come to the venue to
select award-winners. So only the entry process has changed.

VPS WORKSHOPS
An initial announcement has gone out for the Richard McKinley workshop, July 29-
August 2, 2019 requesting interested participants to enter their name into a lottery,
as the expected interest in this workshop will be great. As this will be a multipronged
process, keep an eye out for a Constant Contact detailing the next steps.
Linda Masten is organizing a workshop for September 14-15, 2019, with Jacob
Aguiar. Details for this exciting event will be forthcoming.
Also, see Board News below for more workshop news!

BOARD NEWS
Cindy Griffith is partnering with John Landy (VPS: Central) as VPS Website comanagers.  Together they have implemented a new on-line system for paying
membership dues, bringing the VPS into the 21st century. You can enter your
membership information on line, then use your credit card/debit card or PayPal
account, if you have one, to pay. Please be assured, that VPS will not keep any
personal or credit/debit card info on the website. Maggie, as membership secretary,
will be relieved of much paper work, so please use this method, if you can, for
paying your dues.

Additionally, if you want your image changed in the VPS Website Gallery, please use
this link: https://vermontpastelsociety.com/policies-procedures/

We have a new board member, Shelli DuBoff, (VPS: SouthWest) as member-at-large.
She will be taking over the DVD lending library duties from Grace Cothalis, to allow
Grace to devote herself to assisting VPS members in organizing workshops

And speaking of workshops, the VPS board also approved money for workshop
scholarships. Joyce Kahn, the other member-at-large, will be the head of workshop
scholarships, and she, Grace Greene, and other VPS members will be letting us know
in the coming months the details of applying for one and the process for deciding on
who will be awarded them and the amounts to be awarded. So please apply if you
want to attend a workshop, but find it difficult to manage financially.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE VPS!
We are who we are from the imagination, vision, and dedication that you all give to
our organization. Keep it coming, as you keep on art-making!

Matt Peake
VPS President




VPS Newsletter July 2018

 

QUARTERLY QUOTE

“I have touched with a sense of art some people—they felt the love and the life. Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist?”

Mary Cassatt

We’ve had our two workshops and they were sensational. Our Members’ Exhibition is up for viewing, and our Juried Show is coming this fall.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:

June 22-July 28, 2018: VPS Members’ Exhibition at The Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, VT.

September 29-November 17, 2018: VPS Juried Show at Laumeister Art Center, Bennington, VT

VPS REGIONAL HUBS UPDATE

We are currently celebrating, unofficially and without fanfare, the 1-year anniversary of the VPS Regional Hubs Initiative. In the past year, we can remark on several things that have occurred as a consequence of starting the hubs.

First, regional artists are getting together more than ever with their pastel painting comrades, and sharing in a wide range of activities.

Second, most of the hubs are having local shows of their hub’s artists’ works, or are talking about venues to show at. This means that instead of us having only two state-wide VPS shows a year, we now are more frequently promoting VPS artists regionally and having more opportunities to exhibit our work.

Third, as this year’s Members’ Exhibition demonstrated, the hub, in the region where the show is taking place, works with Susannah and the venue to receive the paintings, to organize the reception, to photograph the event, and to help with taking down the exhibition. VPS MidState did a fantastic job with all parts of this task, and has set the bar high for the next hub—VPS SouthWest—in the fall with the Juried Show. Thank you, VPS: MidState for showing us the way and thank you VPS: SouthWest for taking the baton from them.

Fourth, our membership is growing to over 100 members, and some of that growth is a result of the attraction of the regional hubs.

In other Hub news, VPS SouthWest has added Shelli Duboff as a point person, joining Linda Masten. VPS UpperValley has another duo as point people—Kathy Detzer and Paula Dorr, taking over for Michael Shafer. Thank you Shelli, Kathy, and Paula for stepping up to fill this very important role for your hub.

And thank you, Monica Hastings, Rodrica Tilley, Judy Albright, Linda Masten, Belle McDougal, and Kim Provost for being willing to stay on as point people for your hubs for another year. This continuity makes the hubs stronger and keeps our hub members more engaged.

VPS EXHIBTIONS

June 22-July 28, 2018: VPS Members’ Exhibition at The Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, VT.

Amid the arpeggios and trills of the violin and piano, with floral arrangements on the many table tops, and hors d’oeuvres befitting a presidential banquet, the 2018 Vermont Pastel Society’s Members’ Exhibition reception took place at the Chaffee Art Center in Rutland, Vermont on Saturday, June 23 from 2 to 6 p.m. 
Hosted by executive director, Jim Boughton and his capable staff, the Members Exhibition was attended by scores of viewers–artists and art-lovers. An awards ceremony took place at 3 p.m., with the four attending board members reading off the winners in ten creatively-crafted categories, interpreted by respected Rutland area artist William Ramage, who stepped in as our judge when the original judge had an unexpected conflict.
Special thanks to Susanna Colby and Louise Kenney who worked out all the many details of this fantastic show and reception, and to VPS MidState who coordinated the painting drop offs, the refreshments and reception, and were there to welcome the viewers, and to all the VPS artists who submitted paintings to this memorable 2018 Members’ Exhibition.

September 29-November 17, 2018: VPS Juried Show at the Laumeister Art Center in Bennington, VT.

Susannah is finalizing the details of the show with the venue and will be sending out the official announcement very soon. Stay tuned!

VPS WORKSHOPS

Here is what Linda wrote about Alain Picard’s workshop, April 23-27, in Bennington, VT: Providing a looser, painterly approach to landscapes and portraits, Alain limited his demos to instructions and encouraged artists to try new approaches. A lot of time was given to the 13 participants for painting; individualized attention was at a premium. High marks in all areas for Alain. Thank you to Linda Masten and Shelli DuBoff for arranging this rewarding workshop!

Here is what Diane Sziachetka said about the Karen Margulis’ Workshop, June 21-24, in Hyde Park, VT: Making color vibrate in the landscape was the focus of the workshop, and vibrate they did as KM shared her expertise with our group of 16 pastel artists. Using observations from nature en plein air she demonstrated how to bring color into the studio and onto the paper. The participants had ample opportunity to paint and receive personalized guidance. The program ended with everyone sharing some of their work and personal goals achieved. Thank you to Diane Sziachetka and Patti Braun for making this sensational workshop happen!

BOARD NEWS

Please see the minutes posted on the website. Some points to mention:   

We want each hub to have 2 or more artists willing and able to post to FaceBook and Instagram for your hub, so contact your point person and volunteer to do this!

All non-VPS matters (such as other workshop offerings, shows, sales, etc.) will be posted on the VPS FaceBook page, so check there if you are interested in statewide or regional matters not sponsored by the VPS.

Cindy would like to give her webmaster job to another VPS member.  Maintaining the site is not difficult, and she will teach anyone and be available to help anyone who is willing to take on the role. Please email me at goldpeak@vermontel.net if you want to help in this way.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE VPS!

We are who we are from the inspiration, creativity and energy that you all give to our organization. Keep it coming, as you keep on art-making!

Matt Peake

VPS President

 

 




VPS Newsletter April 2018

QUARTERLY QUOTE

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton

 SPRING CAN MEAN MANY THINGS FOR US VPS ARTISTS, ONE OF WHICH IS WELCOMING THE BUDDING SEASON AND TELLING THE WORLD ABOUT IT IN OUR PASTEL CREATIONS

We have two tantalizing workshops scheduled this year, one just a couple weeks away.

We now have a Members’ Exhibition and Juried Show set for 2018.

Continue reading below for more information.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:

April 23-27, 2018: Alain Picard Workshop at Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT

June 9-July 7, 2018: VPS Members’ Exhibition at The Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, VT.

June 21-24, 2018: Karen Margulis Workshop in Hyde Park, VT

September 9-November 17, 2018: VPS Juried Show at Laumeister Art Center, Bennington, VT

VPS REGIONAL HUBS UPDATE

Some hubs, like VPS SouthEast and VPS MidState are welcoming new members, meeting regularly, providing a critique opportunity to all artists who bring paintings to hub gatherings, and offering painting challenges, like paint-alongs with a black and white photo reference.

Other hubs, like VPS UpperValley and VPS SouthEast are finding venues for exhibiting their hub’s artist’s works.

VPS Social Media Teams—one or two members of each hub becoming Social Media Artists (SMAs)—are offering to photograph hub events, activities, shows and to post those images on FaceBook and Instagram. So far, VPS SouthEast, SouthWest, and Midstate, have SMAs. VPS Upper Valley artists are hoping to meet in the near future to discuss this. VPS Central has some savvy artists who understand FB and Instagram and have offered to be of help to their hub. Thanks again to those artists for helping to make the VPS Social Media Team a reality—it provides another way for individual VPS artists to help our organization succeed.

VPS EXHIBTIONS

Thanks to Michael Shafer (VPS UV) and Louise Kinney (VPS MS), for their suggestions and helpfulness, Susannah Colby (VPS UV) has secured us a venue for our Members’ Exhibition (ME) for 2018 in The Chaffee Art Center in Rutland, VT from 6/9-7/9/18. Details will be forthcoming, but like the last two MEs, we will be offering prizes in 9 categories, which are fun and open to each judge’s interpretation—like Most Lively Still Life, Going Gaga with Color, The Yin and Yang of Light and Dark, etc—so watch for Susannah’s upcoming emails and put a painting or two in this show!

And once more, thanks to Susannah’s indefatigable spirit, we have a place for our Juried Show at Laumeister Art Center in Bennington, VT from 9/9 to 11/17/18. Specifics for this show will be arriving in early summer, so stay alert and paint a thing or two to enter.

Two more things:

  • The Regional Hub’s Role: This year, we will be asking the Hub of the region that the show is taking place in, to help with the hanging, if needed, organizing the reception, and attending and photographing the exhibition reception and award winners. For the ME this year, VPS MidState will be the responsible host, and, for the JS, it will be VPS SouthWest. Thank you both in advance!
  • Exhibitions Team: Because the responsibilities for putting on a show are numerous and sometimes quite involved, one person cannot do it all. Thankfully, we have generous VPS artists willing to give some of their time to join Susannah in this endeavor. So I want to thank those members who are helping this year: Louise Kinney will be joining Susannah in the organizational and communicational aspects; and, as they did the last two years, Pat McPike (VPS SE) and Deedee Jones (VPS SE) will be securing the prizes for the ME). Thanks to all three of you!!!

 

VPS WORKSHOPS

Alain Picard’s workshop, April 23-27, in Bennington, VT, organized by Linda Masten (VPS SW), will be a combination of portrait-making for 2 days and landscape-painting for 3 days. Artists can take one or both parts. Only a couple weeks left to register, so do not delay!

Karen Margulis’ Workshop, June 21-24, in Hyde Park, VT is being organized by Diane Szlachetka and Patti Braun (both from VPS CEN). Although this is a couple months away, please sign up soon if you want to assure yourself a place!

BOARD NEWS

Several items to report.

1) Our long-time Treasurer, Norma Jean Rollet, (VPS MS) will be moving to TN in April, and so will be leaving our board and will no longer be serving as our Treasurer. We wish her luck in her new location and thank her for the years of service she gave to the VPS.

2) Taking over as Treasurer will be current board member, Linda Masten. We are so lucky to have an artist member who is so qualified to act as Treasurer and is so willing to give of her time—thank you, Linda!

3) In a vote at the end of March, VPS members elected Jerry Ralya  (VPS CEN) to the VPS board to complete the 2-year term that Norma is leaving (11/17-11/19). Thank you, VPS members, for voting so promptly, and thank you Jerry for being so agreeable to being on our board.

4) A couple weeks ago, our VPS Website was hacked. We do not know if any information was used by hackers, but as always we should not open anything spam-looking, but that should be true always anyway. Cindy Griffith, (VPS CEN) and a tech guy fixed the problem, and we bought more protection, but in the process, Cindy realized that she is not as qualified to do the high tech things that a webmaster should be able to do, so we are asking if there is a VPS member who can technically manage our website to either join her or take her place as webmaster. Please email me at goldpeak@vermontel.net if you want to help in this way.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE VPS!

We are who we are from the inspiration, creativity and energy that you all give to our organization. Let spring bring you all rejuvenation, renewal, and revitalization!

 

Matt Peake

VPS President

 




VPS Newsletter January 2018

QUARTERLY QUOTE

A white lace curtain on the window was for me as important as a great work of art. This gossamer quality, the reflection, the form, the movement. I learned more about art from that than I did in school.

Louise Nevelson

 

IT’S COLD OUT THERE, BUT THE VPS ISN’T CHILLIN’–WE’RE ON FIRE

Our hubs engaged in many and varied activities last year and this year promises to offer even more to learn about and take inspiration from

We have two amazing workshops scheduled this year, one just a couple months from now.

We have a members’ exhibition and juried show being planned for 2018, details to be announced.

Continue reading below for more information.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:

April 23-27, 2018: Alain Picard Workshop at Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT

June 21-24, 2018: Karen Margulis Workshop in Hyde Park, VT

VPS REGIONAL HUBS UPDATE

Some hubs are representing the VPS with regional shows right now; some are meeting monthly with informative talks, regular art-making activities, and critique sessions; and some have plans to rotate gatherings at hub members’ studios or houses with an activity idea offered by the hosting member. And they get reported on in Hub Happenings so we can all learn from and then make similar things happen in our own hubs, if we choose.

The newest idea has been to create a VPS Social Media Team by having one or two members of each hub become Social Media Artists (SMAs), offering to photograph hub events, activities, shows and post those images on FaceBook and Instagram. Additionally, if a VPS workshop or the VPS Members’ Exhibition or Juried Show is in a venue within their hub’s region, then the SMA would photograph the reception and promote it similarly. So far, VPS SouthEast, SouthWest, and Upper Valley have embraced this idea with the other hubs moving in that direction. We have some savvy artists in every hub who understand FB and Instagram and have offered to be of help to their hub. Thank you for helping to make the VPS Social Media Team a reality!

VPS EXHIBTIONS

Whether it’s our state or the state of art venues in our state, Susannah has been finding out what previous Exhibitions Coordinators have found out–you can’t count on anything. One of the two venues that promised a 2018 show to the VPS changed ownership and is re-organzing the calendar year, and the other is withdrawing its offer. So we are looking for other places. Hub members have been asked to offer suggestions, so let Susannah Colby know if you have an idea.

Also, as Exhibitions is becoming a bigger part of the VPS experience, and with the Members’ Exhibition becoming more of an event to promote and celebrate, the Exhibitions Team is looking for VPS artists who want to contribute to the effort in specialized ways–such as writing a press release, drafting a show summary for our website, etc. Please contact Susannah, by clicking on the blue link above, if you would like to join the team.

VPS WORKSHOPS

Alain Picard’s workshop, April 23-27, in Bennington, VT, organized by Linda Masten (VPS SouthWest), will be a combination of portrait-making for 2 days and landscape-painting for 3 days,. Artists can take one or both parts. To date, there are 11 signed up, so register today!

Karen Margulis’ Workshop, June 21-24, in Hyde Park, VT is being organized by Diane Szlachetka and Patti Braun (both from VPS Central). As it, too, already has 11 registrants, please sign up soon if you want to assure yourself a place!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE VPS!

We are who we are from the inspiration, creativity and energy that you all give to our organization. Keep it coming, will you!

Matthew Peake




VPS Newsletter October 2017

QUARTERLY QUOTE

Artists don’t talk about art. Artists talk about work…. Stop thinking about it as art. Think about it as work. Art is for academics. Art is for scholars. Art is for audiences. Art is not for artists.

Paddy Chayefsky

 

SUMMER HAS SEGUED INTO FALL

 We now have six active hubs

We’ve completed one show and one is currently hanging.

We’ve had two very successful workshops

And finally, our annual meeting is but a month away

Continue reading below for more details.

 

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:

The VPS Juried Show September 14-December 27, 2017 at the Coolidge Hotel in WRJ, VT

VPS Board Meeting on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at the Tuckerbox Restaurant in White River Junction

VPS Members’ Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, VT

VPS REGIONAL HUBS UPDATE

I met, on Friday, September 29, with 2 of the 3 artists of the St. Johnsbury/Newport region, and we had a very productive discussion. Much of our time was spent on ways to enlarge the hub from three to six or seven members to make it a viable hub, but we couldn’t come up with any workable plans. It was decided to have the three artists join the existing hub they were closest to, which turned out to be VPS Central, until which time when more artists might join the VPS from that area in VT.

Since my last newsletter, in the last three months, that is, we have had seven issues of Hub Happenings and a hub show being hung. The VPS really feels like a vibrant organization and very fun one to belong to.

VPS JURIED SHOW AT THE HOTEL COOLIDGE IN WRJ

As the venue was small, only 29 paintings were able to be selected for the show, so these are really great pieces. Judge Doug Dawson, after concluding his workshop, traveled north to judge the show, and although he knows the five prize winners, no one else does. They will be revealed at the reception on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 5-7pm during Art Walk in WRJ. There will be a Best in Show, Second Place and Third Place awards, The Cape Cod Pastel Society Award, and a new award, The Mallory Lake Memorial Award. So please put it on your calendars and attend the reception–and see the show whenever you can as the hotel is open 24/7!

Read more at VPS Website Exhibitions.

VPS WORKSHOP WITH DOUG DAWSON IN NEWFANE, VT

Doug Dawson’s workshop was greatly successful, with 18 attendees. It made a sizable profit for our VPS, but more importantly, it generated a lot of enthusiastic discussions among not only the participants, but in at least two hubs where his ideas and problem solving approaches were talked about at length. Let’s give a big thank you to Jean Pollack for her organizational efforts in getting this workshop for the VPS.

VPS BOARD MEETING

The agenda for the board meeting in White River Junction will include a summary of the financial health of our VPS, as well as discussions of upcoming workshops, exhibitions and planning for the annual meeting. Although this is a board meeting, any artist from the VPS can attend.

VPS MEMBERS’ ANNUAL MEETING

As usual, we will divide our two hours into a business meeting for the first hour (or less) and a pastel activity for everyone in the second hour (or more). This will be something new and different, challenging and fun. We will send more information about what to bring with you closer to the date of the meeting, which is on November 5, 2017 from 2-4.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE VPS!

We continue to grow and thrive from the creativity, inspiration and energy that you all give to our organization. Keep it coming will you!

Matt Peake

President, Vermont Pastel Society

 

 




VERMONT PASTEL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER July 2017

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

Edgar Degas

SUMMERTIME…AND THE LIVIN’ IS EASY We now have six active hubs and one more to bring into the fold—up in the Northeast Kingdom.

We’ve had one successful show and one to come. And we’ve had one successful workshop, and one more to come as well

Finally, we are unveiling a new communications tool—Constant Contact—to help all of us visually gifted people to see at a glance what information is coming to us from the VPS. 

Continue reading below for more details

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:

We have another great workshop this summer:

Doug Dawson September 15-17, 2017 in Newfane, VT

Currently there are 16 participants, but there is room for 3 more so contact Jean Pollack pollock333@gmail.com if you want to sign up.

We will be having another VPS show this year:

VPS Juried Show September 14-December 27, 2017 in WRJ, VT.

The venue is small, so only 29 paintings were able to be selected for the show, but the Coolidge Hotel seems to sell a lot of paintings and the time of year should encourage many visitors. Stay tuned for more information.

VPS REGIONAL HUBS UPDATE

Over the last three months, I have had the opportunity to meet with three more groups of VPS artists in three different parts of our state, as we continue the process of forming regional hubs according to the proposal made at the end of last year. I am finding a lot of common themes with each group I meet with, a recurring one being hubs providing opportunities for artists with a love of pastels to get together and share the love in a multiplicity of ways. 

Three new regions have had their first meeting, have adopted a name, and have chosen a point person to facilitate their hub activities. They are VPS SouthWest in the Bennington/Manchester area; VPS Upper Valley centered around White River Junction; and VPS Champlain uniting the Burlington/ St. Albans regions. Activities that their hubs want to engage in have been brainstormed, and once more, many are similar from hub to hub, but some are unique. Overwhelmingly, the response has been enthusiastic for regional hubs to allow members to gain that sense of community that comes with becoming part of the VPS.

I will be getting together with the artists of the St. Johnsbury/Newport region soon, and with that meeting, we will have our 7 hubs up and going as proposed.

We also have a Director of Hubs, Judy Albright, who has sent out several Hub Happenings communiqués letting everyone know what each hub is up to. Hopefully this will give ideas to artists in other hubs for activities to engage in.

VPS MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION AT SVAC

Numbers to remember: 40/9/5

We had 40 artists participating (40 paintings displayed). Robert Carsten was our judge and awarded prizes in 9 categories. Five paintings were sold–those of Karen Baker, Wendy Soliday, Norma Jean Rollet, Angela Arkway, and Ann Wickham. Congrats to all participants, to award winners, and to painting sellers! Read more at https://vermontpastelsociety.com/vps-exhibition/.

VPS WORKSHOP WITH DESMOND O’HAGAN IN NORTH BENNINGTON, VT

Desmond O’Hagan’s workshop was greatly successful, with 12 attendees. It made a modest profit, but more importantly, it generated a lot of enthusiastic discussions among not only the participants, but in at least two hubs where paintings, begun in his workshop, were shown and talked about to all hub members present. Let’s give a big shout out to Linda Masten for her organizational efforts in getting this workshop for the VPS.

 OPPORTUNITIES TO USE VPS FACEBOOK

We have two opportunities to show our art-making on FB:

One is for an artist who is willing to take pictures of their work during the painting process and send that to Carol Corliss at carol@roehl-consulting.com. By doing so, we can all get an idea of a member artist’s approach, mistakes that were made and corrected, or serendipities that occurred that changed the course of the painting for the better. After all, it’s all about the process, right? So please email her with your interest, and/or send her 4-6 photos of a painting from start to finish, each image with one or two sentences explaining something special about that step in your creative process.

Two is the 40/4 Challenge announced in June: Paint four paintings using only 40 strokes each on 4 separate days. You can do a painting a day for four days or  in a time frame that works for you. Post your paintings on the Vermont Pastel Society Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Vermont-Pastel-Society-1526769437591380/?fref=ts and share a little about your experience.

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE VPS! These are action-packed times for all of us, especially as we continue to attract new members every week who want to share in what we, in the VPS, are all about.

Matt Peake

 




VPS April 2017 Newsletter

VERMONT PASTEL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER—April 2017

If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.

Edward Hopper

 

IT’S SPRING AND VPS HAS NEW BUDS AND SHOOTS OF PROMISE

We have begun the process of regional hub-ridizing—three  hubs have been formed and 4 more will follow in the coming months.

We are unveiling a new feature on our Facebook page, which will offer artists a chance to see the painting processes that a variety of our member artists use. 

Continue reading below for more details.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:

We have two great workshops this summer:

Desmond O’Hagan June 28-30, 2017 in North Bennington, VT

Doug Dawson September 15-17, 2017 in Newfane, VT

Sign up is underway and the deadline to register is fast approaching. These are great artists and great teachers, so sign up today!

We will be having two VPS shows this year:

Members’ Exhibition May 27-July 8, 2017 in Manchester, VT

Juried Show September 14-December 27, 2017 in WRJ, VT

Susannah Colby has already sent out the invitation for the Members’ Exhibition. Remember last year’s Members’ Exhibition in Burlington? This year’s show will also feature prizes awarded for 9 different categories of pastel painting, so get your information to her now.

 

VPS REGIONAL HUBS UPDATE

Over the last two months, I have had the opportunity to meet with three groups of VPS artists in three different parts of our state, as we begin the process of forming regional hubs according to the proposal made at the end of last year. Not only did this provide me with the opportunity to newly meet many VPS members, but it showed me that the pastel art spirit is alive and thriving in Vermont.

Three regions have had their first meeting, have adopted a name, and have chosen a point person or co-point people to facilitate their hub activities. They are VPS SouthEast in the Brattleboro area; VPS Central centered around Montpelier; and VPS MidState uniting the Middlebury/Rutland regions. Activities that their hubs want to engage in have been brainstormed, and interestingly, many are similar from hub to hub, but some are unique. Overwhelmingly, the response has been enthusiastic for regional hubs to allow members to gain that sense of community that comes with becoming part of the VPS.

Next up will be the regions around WRJ, Bennington/Manchester, Burlington, and St. J., not in any particular order. If you have any questions as we continue this process, and especially if you would like to help with the development of this exciting proposal, please get in touch with Matt Peake atgoldpeak@vermontel.net

 

NEW VPS FACEBOOK FEATURE

Carol Corliss, our Facebook editor, is going to be unveiling a new centerpiece for our FB page. Each month, she will feature an artist who is willing to take pictures of her/his work during the painting process and supply an observation about each of 4-6 images. That way, we can all get an idea of a member artist’s approach, mistakes that were made and corrected, or serendipities that occurred that changed the course of the painting for the better. After all, it’s all about the process, right? So please email her at carol@roehl-consulting.com with your interest, and/or send her 4-6 photos of a painting from start to finish, each image with one or two sentences explaining something special about that step in your creative process.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE VPS! These are exciting times for all of us.

Matt Peake