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Overlook # 30, Matthew Peake

Matthew J Peake’s pastel, Overlook #30 Duets was accepted into the 2019 Arts Connect at Catamount Arts Juried Show. Details of the exhibit are as follows:
Venue: Arts Connect at Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury, VT
Show dates: Nov 23, 2019-Jan, 24, 2020
Artist Reception: Sat, Nov 23, 2019 4-6pm
Gallery Hours: 11am-8pm Mon-Sat; 1-8pm Sun



Blazing Forest, Kathryn Detzer



Kathryn Detzer’s painting, BLAZING FOREST was accepted into the IAPS Juried exhibition 2019 web show! Now online at iapspastel.org

November 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019




VPS Central Hub Exhibit @ Central Vermont Medical Center

Midsummer Maple, Marcia Hill


Brilliance of Pastel Exhibit

November 15, 2019 – January 11, 2020

Members of the Central Hub are banding together for a group show to be hosted by the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin VT.  We look forward to seeing our VPS friends at the reception November 21, 2019 4:30 – 6:00PM.

Adamant Marsh, Wendy Soliday

Winter Glow, Cindy Griffith








Its Cold Outside, John Landy




Joyce Kahn Paintings Accepted to Exhibits in CT & NH


Connecticut Pastel Society

My painting, “Morning Joy,” was accepted into the Connecticut
Pastel Society’s 26th annual juried exhibition, Renaissance in Pastel. It is 1 out of 106 paintings selected to hang at the Slater Museum in Norwalk, CT, through December 6th.

Morning Joy: 18 x 12 plein air pastel




New Hampshire Pastel Society

2 paintings were accepted into the Pastel Society of New Hampshire’s 11th Annual “It’s Pastel”! exhibition. They are 2 of the 84 selected out of 226 images submitted.

Morning Light, Joyce Kahn

Morning Light, Joyce Kakn

Spring at Last, Joyce Kahn




Matthew J Peake
Just a Matter of Perspective
Castleton University Bank Gallery
104 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT
March 30-May 5, 2019
Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019, 5-8pm


Three contiguous bodies of work of Matthew J Peake are featured: The Pastel Overlooks, The RoFrame Overlooks, and his newest work, Outside The Box, Peake’s sculptural photography collaboration with noted Boston photographer David Lee Black.
From linear perspective to aerial perspective to a previously unseen view from below, this exhibit puts perspective on perspective.

Marcia Hill has a show up in Worcester’s own Post Office Cafe, now until they ask me to take it down! They are open Tuesday – Friday 7 – 11 and Saturday 7 – 12.


First Prize in 2017 VPS Juried Exhibit: and comments from the judge, Doug Dawson.

Anna Leeds“Here is the Steeple”

Anna Leeds with “Here is the Steeple”

This is a very compelling painting. It intrigued me because the technique in the sky is noticeably different from the technique used in the building. Besides that, the technique in the sky is about half the painting. Generally, it is best to avoid paintings that are half one thing and half another. However, in this case it works really well.

-Juror Doug Dawson










First Prize in 2016 VPS Juried Exhibit:

Diane Burns, “The Golden Hour”

As soon as I saw this painting I was awestruck with its dynamic composition and incredible use of color temperature. The vibrancy of light turning from the “magic light” of the sun to the subtle harmonies of beautiful shadows made me feel as if I were standing in the scene. The boldness and directional strokes pulled me to the destination that the artist intended. This painting was as incredible as “The Golden Hour” always is and is deserving of this show’s highest award. Kudos to the artist!