Chicago Pastel Painters

An artist pastel society based in the Chicago area

Founded in 2004, the Chicago Pastel Painters, a society member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), is a non-profit fine arts organization completely run by volunteers dedicated to the education, exhibition, promotion and development of professional, original works of art in the medium of soft pastel in the Chicagoland area.

The focus of the Chicago Pastel Painters is to:

  • Sponsor a biennial member exhibition, Strokin’!, and a biennial national exhibition, Pastels Chicago
  • Present pastel workshops, demos, paint-outs, and critiques
  • Publish an online quarterly newsletter featuring articles, techniques, and information pertaining to the pastel medium
  • Showcase members’ work and contact information
  • Pursue the creative and technical development of its members from beginner to professional
  • Provide scholarship opportunities for area students
  • Build rapport and a sharing community with passionate, like-minded painters, organizations, and businesses

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