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The Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League was started in 2002, dedicated to the promotion of the medium of pastel and pastel artists.

The Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League (PPAL), formed in 2002, is a solely member-supported art organization. We are a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), which exists to “unite pastel societies around the world in support of the fine art of pastel”.  PPAL is dedicated to the promotion, use, understanding and enjoyment of the medium of soft pastels and to pastel artists.  Our members’ levels of experience range from the internationally known professional to the very beginner.  Anyone with an interest in the pastel medium is welcome to join and enjoy all PPAL member benefits.

We share ideas and news about the medium of soft pastel through quarterly meetings, a periodic newsletter, timely bulletins and through our member-supported website,  These communications include information about workshops, classes, members’ news and accomplishments, exhibits, group excursions to galleries or other art venues and “plein air” events (painting outdoors) offered by PPAL and other local or national organizations.  Annually, we bring in an internationally known professional pastel instructors for workshops  Members can also post images of their pastel paintings on our website gallery.  At our quarterly meetings, members are encouraged to bring a painting (either one in progress or finished) for a group critique offering artistic advice, encouragement and creative suggestions.

Please browse our members Directory and view examples of our members' work.

Members: The new PPAL Wild Apricot User's Guide is ready! Click here to display and print your copy! For the New Member Guide by Wild Apricot, click here.

View our members' artwork below or by clicking on Galleries!

The Meadow 8x10 pastel matt Bo Myers
Portal of color 8x10 Bo Myers
'Emma The Emu' Cindy Berceli
"Toby" Cindy Berceli
"The Leopard" Cindy Berceli
So many sunflowers! Lovely little girl at local sunflower farm. Size 16x20, $400. Artist: Sally Taylor
Cookie display. NFS Artist: Sally Taylor
Nap time. NFS. (Commission) Sally Taylor
Sallade_M A Stitch in Time 9X12
Sallade_M Winter Sun 9x12
Sallade_M Evening Light 9x12
Texas wildflowers
Haake-B Snow on Lake Erie
Three Kings 2018 Joann Renner pastel on Ersta paper
Urns at Highland Park 2018 Joann Renner pastel on Ersta paper
First Light Pittsburgh 2018 Joann Renner pastel on Ersta paper
"Berry Bliss" by Kelly Strope
"A Mother's Love" by Kelly Strope
Gresham Garden (Bethany College, Bethany WV) by Gina Judy Exhibited; Bethany College; Panza Gallery PSA Artist's Choice Show
"KAYLA" by Gina Judy Exhibited in "What's New", Artworks Around Town January 2018 Show (Wheeling, WV); Steubenville Art Assn.display at HALF HILLS MUSIC FEST,Steub. New Cumberland (WV) Riverfest,'17
"KIM" (my daughter) by Gina Judy Exhibited at HISTORIC FT.STEUBEN Half-Hills Music Fest and SAA monthly group exhibit, '17; "What's NEW" Group exhibit at ARTWORKS AROUND TOWN (Wheeling, WV) 1/2018
Lady Bullfinch. Donna Godlove Uart 500 substrate, Terry Ludwig, Sennelier Pastels. Carbothello pastel pencils
"Apples" Donna Godlove Uart 500 substrate. Terry Ludwig, Rembrandt, Sennelier pastels. A powerpoint presentation of what steps taken to accomplish.!AnkfQ-7GMJw09lMMdPxXLIjZcR0e
"Early Morning Mist" Donna Godlove A powerpoint on the steps taken to accomplish.!AnkfQ-7GMJw09lEuc-zceqJ2fOH
"Penny's Angel" Donna Godlove This one is a commission for a friend's grand daughter. A powerpoint of the steps taken.!AnkfQ-7GMJw09k32WHZcGgYTNDLK
"Girl with Scarf" Cindy Berceli
"Keeping Watch" Cindy Berceli
Macallan Distillery - Nan Hought
Morning Walk - Nan Hought
Niagara Desolation - Nan Hought
Peach Orchard - Nan Hought
Fall Walk - Nan Hought
Gina Judy "Bethany College Gates" (Oglebay Gates) Honorable-Mention Award, Bethany Fall Annual, Bethany College, 2016.
Gina Judy "The 'Sitter"--(WC/Pastel)2017 22nd Arts In Harmony Int'l Juried Show, Blaine, MN; & selected for show Minn. MN; 2017 GWS Show; 2017 Kentucky W S Int'l;Best of Show SE Ohio WC
Snow Leopard Cub-Out of the Mist
Black Bear
Gail Beem Marsh Afternoon 2
Gail Beem
Gail Beem All's Quiet
Goin' Home
Sunny by Kathy Gilbert
Waiting On A Friend by Kristin Divers
IMAF Tents by Kristin Divers
Barkeep by Kristin Divers
Anne Trimble "In the Muse"
Anne Trimble "Southpaw"
Anne Trimble "Sunday Morning"
High Desert Hacienda - Spain
Lucy Vincent Beach - Martha's Vineyard MA
Sisters 1909
She sits on Boxes
Rubber meets the Road
Make it Snappy
"Oasis of Beauty at Phipps" by Linda Barnicott
"Love of Trains" by Linda Barnicott
"As I Wander" by Linda Barnicott
"Meadow Foxes" Living in and around farm country we often see mama foxes and young near their dens. Donna Whitford Housel
"Great Blue Heron" one fabulous bird Donna Whitford Housel
One of my favorite subjects, "Wolf" reference from Wolf Sanctuary, Litiz, Pa Donna Whitford Housel
Title..Ligonier Days...done "en Plein aire"
Title is: Phipps and Pitt (Phipps Conservatory and University of Pittsburgh) It was done "plein aire"
Setting Sun
This was a book cover I designed and also did some artwork for inside the book.
Drama in the Sky
"Betty" Elizabeth
Jan Pini "Would You Like to Swing?"

Pastel Resources

Blick Art Materials

  Dakota Art Pastels

 Terry Ludwig Pastels, LLC

  Jack Richeson & Co.

You, too, can tell the world that "IT'S NOT CHALK"! Click here to order the shirt that was such a big hit at the IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Conference. The cost is $20 for non-members, including domestic shipping, and $15 for members (log in first).

Did you know... PPAL has a library of DVDs available to borrow. You can request a DVD on our Library page and our librarian will mail it to you with a postage paid return envelope. Click here to view the library (log in first).

Click here to purchase access to Rita Kirkman's workshop on how best to use your reference photos! (Log in first.)

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