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Matthew Peake Wins Bill Creevy Pastel Innovator Award

Matthew was informed he won the Bill Creevy Pastel Innovator Award at the 3rd Annual Make Your Mark! International Online Open Exhibition sponsored by the Pastel Society of Southern California for his painting BlueYellowGreen. This was a special surprise because the same painting was accepted by three jurors into the 2021 Red Rock Pastel Society of Nevada Juried Member Exhibition in May 2021.


He was sent a letter of congratulations, but then a day later the president of that pastel society threw it out because it wasn’t what she thought a pastel painting should be. Matt commented “I feel now that at least some pastel judge appreciates innovation in pastel painting!”

(August 2021)




Cindy Griffith

As a Vermont Pastel Society CV Hub Event, we did an art challenge of creating an abstract painting. A spark became a passion over the past months and has taken me from realism to abstract-like paintings. For the very first time, my new body of work will be on display to the public at The Drawing Board, (https://www.drawingboardvt.com/) 22 Main Street, Montpelier, VT. This exhibit of all new work is called Leaning In, which describes the transition my art has taken and my strong feeling of leaning in to the change. The exhibit will be at The Drawing Board throughout the month of June. In addition, Montpelier Art Walk will be June 4th. Would love a big showing for my new art pieces and a technique I am leaning in to.


VPS Members Show – Southern Vermont Art Center

Have you checked out the April 2021 VPS Members Show at the Southern Vermont Arts Center?  Visit the Exhibition Page for complete details and the Award Winners!


Don’t miss the 2020 Members Online Show.

BEST IN SHOW:  Patti Braun, Last Light


VPS Reaches Out to IAPS Regarding Hubs

In 2017, the Vermont Pastel Society (VPS), took its 100-member roster, divided it up geographically, and assigned each member-artist to an area called a Regional Hub. We found that our membership naturally clustered into six areas, and each region selected a point person or point-people to help the Regional Hub plan for and facilitate activities.
Our goal was to provide our member artists with the richest community experience possible by promoting member involvement and participation in local art-related happenings, networking opportunities, and art-making endeavors. Before the coronavirus pandemic, hubs were meeting every month to every three months and doing a wide range of activities together, such as plein air painting, critique sessions, and putting on local shows. Many hubs were offering challenges to their members, asking them, for example, to do an abstract painting, to paint a green painting without using green pastels, to do a self-portrait, and so on, and then getting together to show everyone what had been discovered in the process.

When the coronavirus came to VT in March 2020, hubs by-and-large stopped meeting, One of the six hubs continued to meet  remotely every month via zoom. Recently another hub began zoom meetings and a third hub is planning to do the same.

In the “good old days”, a hub meeting in person in2019 with artists looking at and discussing each others work.

Hub gatherings via Zoom in 2020, with artists responding to a challenge from their hub and looking at each other’s work remotely.


Marcia Hill  – My first show since the pandemic started is up at Art, Etc. on Depot Square in Northfield.  October 1 -31, 2020.


Their (currently limited) hours are Tues. 1 – 4, and Wednesday – Sunday 10 – 1. Closed Monday. It’s been a weird year for art. The paintings are all landscapes, and a good distraction from everything else going on in the world!

Visit Marcia’s web page



My painting, Overlook #35 Is That It?—pastel–24×24 was accepted into the Connecticut Pastel Society 2020 Renaissance in Pastel Juried Online Exhibition. The entire exhibition can be seen at
Matt Peake



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



VPS Central Hub Exhibit @ Central Vermont Medical Center

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



Midsummer Maple, Marcia Hill

Its Cold Outside, John Landy