The idea of a Pastel Society was conceived in the late eighties by a small group of artists led by Lee Miller – a local and well known artists who exhibits in his own gallery in Mogo.
Lee established the formal structure of the group, and made his gallery available for exhibitions. He facilitated the exhibitions of members’ work in other regional areas such as Bathurst, Canberra and Golbourn, leading to the incorporation of the Society in 1994.
The SCPS provides a ‘place’ where working artists and interested parties can get together to appreciate the beauty of pastel painting.
The Societies core activities are orientated toward:
- Developing skills and knowledge of pastel painting.
- Encouraging an appreciation of the beauty of pastel painting
- Encouraging community involvement in the fine arts and pastel painting in particular.
Activities and Membership Benefits
The SCPS meets on the first Tuesday of the month at the Tomakin Sports and Social Club at 10:15am. Meetings offer an opportunity for members to contribute to planning the Society’s activities. We aim to include an education section at most meetings such as demonstrations, guest speakers and sharing of recent paintings by members.
Paint Outs – “Plein air” painting
Outdoor excursions are held on the remaining Tuesdays of the month at various locations around the area. They provide an opportunity for members to improve their skills and have fun while providing support and encouragement for one another. Contact Eric Strachan on 44721070 or Warren Jones on 44716396 for information about Paint Outs. Members are notified of the location and starting time in the minutes and on our facebook page and website.
The Society holds several member only exhibitions each year. These are generally held over the January Long Weekend, at Easter or during April School Holidays and the October Long Weekend.
The SCPS also holds an Open Biennial National Pastel exhibition with prizes in excess of $4,000.
A variety of Workshops are offered each year. These workshops are designed to cater for people of all ages and abilities. Beginners and people with disabilities are catered for in workshops run by members. Art activities for children and young people are offered during the January and October Exhibitions including activities such as Pavement Painting and pastel on canvas.
For more experienced artists workshops with master pastelists and experienced tutors, both international, national and local are offered each year. These provide invaluable learning opportunities with some of the best!
SCPS Website – www.southcoastpastelsociety.com
All members are entitled to have an artist’s gallery with up to 15 images on our website plus a brief artist’s biography. There are also opportunities for your images to be included in our information brochure and other advertising.
Discounts on Art Supplies
Amanda’s of Mogo, Framefast, Framed by Tracey and Hammond Framing give 10% discount to members,