Pittsburgh Pastel 
Artists League


For information on workshops, click here.

Upcoming events

    • 08/05/2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Board Meeting.

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    Meeting ID: 639 281 6322

    • 08/19/2021
    • 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

    While we can’t paint inside the Phipps, the building and grounds are beautiful subjects.  There is on street metered parking, and some free parking (which goes quickly) in the center of the street out front. 

    • 09/05/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Summit Gallery, 3539 Main St., Weirton, WV 26062

    Your PPAL Exhibits Committee has made arrangements for a juried show at the Summit Gallery in Weirton, WV September 27 through October 27, 2021. There will be a reception and awards presentation Tuesday, September 28, 6-8, COVID permitting.

    Judging for awards will be done online by Barbara Jaenicke. (www.barbarajaenicke.com). Images must be uploaded during registration (72 dpi, 2 MB max, named LastName_FirstInital_Title,jpg).

    You may enter up to three artworks for the entry fee of $25 and also up to six prints of pastels as bin art and nine cards or packs of cards of pastels. This is a complicated show and it's important that you carefully read the prospectus here.

    In addition, in order to present a professional-looking show, PPAL has implemented exhibit standards that you must read and follow. You can find them here.

    Due to the need to screen your work ahead of time for standards compliance at Gilberti Fine Arts in Coraopolis and the need to transport it to the venue in Weirton, packaging and labeling is very important. For packaging guidance, click here. The prospectus has printable labels, but for Microsoft Word fill-in-the-blank labels, click here.

    Registration for the show is due online by September 5 and you can pay securely using PayPal even if you do not have a PayPal account or you can pay via mailed check to the address in the prospectus. When registering, you will need to enter information about your three paintings (title, size, price) plus information about your cards (unique piece ID, title/description, price) and bin art (unique piece ID, title, price) so be sure to read the prospectus and have all the information ready before you start registering.

    If you would like to have your work be considered for inclusion in publicity efforts, please email a JPG image (300 dpi) of a work that will be in the show to webmaster@ppal-artists.com by August 15.

    • 09/10/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 09/12/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 200 Broad St, Sewickley, PA 15143
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    Come learn from one of the masters, Barbara Jaenicke!

    Barbara's description of the workshop is:

    Once you learn the mechanics of painting the landscape, it’s time to learn how to add the magic…the poetry. We’ll examine the difference between paintings that merely contain elements of the landscape, and those that convey a distinct visual message… and how to gain the skills necessary to accomplish this.

    Specific skills addressed will include composition and editing, value structure, color temperature, and edge control. We’ll also address how to make every stroke count, considering the particulars of how you apply pigment to surface and how the quality of the application will contribute to your painting’s message.

    Each day of the workshop will begin with a demonstration followed by students working on a specific painting exercise for the remainder of the day. Students will receive plenty of individual help from the instructor at the easel during their painting time.

    This workshop is open to all levels, but those with at least some experience using pastels will benefit most.

    Supplies, click here.

    For more information on Barbara, visit her website at www.barbarajaenicke.com.

    Pay securely online by using PayPal (available even without a PayPal account), or send a check for $395 (members) or $420 (non-members) made out to "PPAL" to:

    Rosemary Hogan
    1001 Hastings Park Dr., #219
    Bridgeville PA 15017

    A maximum of 16 attendees will be accepted. Fee does not include hotel reservation or meals.

    • 09/14/2021
    • 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • 148 Monastery Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15203

    Paint Out on the grounds of St. Paul of the Cross Monastery on the South Side Slopes with a vast view of Pittsburgh from above the Mon, views of the hilly neighborhood, and the church itself along with its gardens. Free parking available.

    • 09/27/2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 10/27/2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Summit Gallery, 3539 Main St., Weirton, WV 26062

    Come see original pastel paintings done by local artists! Pastels are pure pigment held together with a minimum amount of binder so pastel paintings have a certain luminosity not achievable in other art mediums.

    Open during Summit Gallery hours, Monday-Friday 10-6.

    Join us for a fully vaccinated reception Tuesday September 28, 6-8 PM. Awards announced 6:30 PM. Paint Around 7-8 PM with a drawing for the three paintings afterwards. Come watch pastel magic happen!

    • 09/28/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Summit Gallery, 3539 Main St., Weirton, WV 26062

    Come see original pastel paintings done by local artists! Pastels are pure pigment held together with a minimum amount of binder so pastel paintings have a certain luminosity not achievable in other art mediums.

    Open during Summit Gallery hours, Monday-Friday 10-6.

    Join us for a fully vaccinated reception Tuesday September 28, 6-8 PM. Awards announced 6:30 PM. Paint Around 7-8 PM with a drawing for the three paintings afterwards. Come watch pastel magic happen!

    • 10/09/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom

    Members meeting via Zoom. Have recent artwork ready to share. Link coming.

    • 10/27/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA 15071

    This is a little farther but well worth the trip.  We are timing this paint out to coincide with the changing leaves; there are many types of gardens, forest, beehives, a pond, and a new visitor center with a cafe and art gallery.

    Paint out at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden starting at 9:00 AM. You will need to purchase a timed ticket online during these coronavirus times and wear a mask in the visitors center. Click www.pittsburghbotanicgarden.org to purchase a timed ticket ($10 and $8 for seniors). Invite your friends from other art leagues to join us!

Past events

07/22/2021 Paint Out at Washington's Landing (Herr's Island)
07/10/2021 General Meeting (via Zoom)
07/06/2021 Board Meeting (Zoom)
06/29/2021 Paint Out at the Frick grounds
06/10/2021 Depreciation Lands Museum Paint Out
06/08/2021 Exhibits Committee Meeting (Zoom)
06/02/2021 Board Meeting (Zoom)
05/05/2021 Board Meeting (Zoom)
04/29/2021 Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens Paint Out
04/15/2021 Tony Allain workshop (via Zoom)
04/10/2021 General Meeting (via Zoom)
04/09/2021 PPAL "Pure Pastel" Wheeling Reception
04/06/2021 Board Meeting (Zoom)
04/01/2021 PPAL "Pure Pastel" Wheeling Exhibit
03/12/2021 Wheeling Exhibit Registration (due March 12)
03/09/2021 Board Meeting (Zoom)
02/28/2021 Logo Contest Submission (due 2/28/2021)
02/02/2021 Board Meeting (Zoom)
01/14/2021 PPAL members Dakota Pastels warehouse tour (via Zoom)
01/09/2021 General Meeting (via Zoom)
01/07/2021 Board Meeting (Zoom)
12/12/2020 PPAL sponsored portrait demo by Christine Swann (via Zoom)
12/01/2020 Board Meeting (Zoom)
11/05/2020 Beechwood Farms Nature Preserve Paint Out
10/28/2020 Board Meeting (Zoom)
10/22/2020 Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens Paint Out
10/10/2020 General Meeting (via Zoom)
09/28/2020 Board Meeting (Zoom)
09/16/2020 McConnells Mill State Park Paint Out
09/02/2020 Board Meeting
08/26/2020 Pittsburgh North Shore Riverwalk Paint Out
08/06/2020 Board Meeting (Zoom)
07/31/2020 Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens Paint Out Rain Date
07/24/2020 Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens Paint Out
07/11/2020 Board Meeting (Zoom)
07/11/2020 General Meeting (potluck)
04/11/2020 CANCELLED - General Meeting (potluck)
01/18/2020 General Meeting (potluck)
12/31/2019 Gilberti Gallery exhibit pick-up
10/18/2019 Gilberti Gallery exhibit reception
09/28/2019 General Meeting and Framing Lesson (potluck) (register by 9/1)
09/28/2019 "Petite Pastels" Exhibition at Gilberti Gallery, Coraopolis
08/09/2019 Marla Baggetta Workshop, Color Confidence
08/08/2019 Marla Baggetta Demo (potluck)
06/10/2019 General meeting
02/23/2019 PPAL Meeting (Potluck)
10/08/2018 General meeting
08/28/2018 Our Own Paint a Portrait Day
07/10/2018 PPAL Meeting (Potluck)
05/12/2018 PPAL Meeting (Potluck)
05/01/2018 Gilberti Gallery exhibit pick-up
04/28/2018 Coraopolis Paint Out
03/16/2018 Gilberti Gallery exhibit reception
03/05/2018 PPAL Exhibition at Gilberti Gallery, Coraopolis
03/01/2018 Gilberti Gallery exhibit drop-off by 3/5
02/25/2018 Gilberti Gallery Exhibit Registration due 3/1
02/24/2018 PPAL Meeting (Potluck)
11/04/2017 Workshop - Introduction to Pan Pastels with Diane Murray
10/02/2017 Christine Ivers Workshop, Night Scenes
07/22/2017 PPAL Meeting (Potluck)
05/21/2017 Artsmiths exhibit pick-up
05/11/2017 Artsmiths exhibit Gallery Talk, "An Evening with Linda Barnicott"
05/07/2017 Artsmiths exhibit Gallery Demo, Christine Swann "Portrait Painting in Pastel"
05/06/2017 Artsmiths exhibit Gallery Demo, Diane Grguras "Pastel Painting in Plein Air"
04/29/2017 Workshop - Color Harmony with Gail Beem
04/24/2017 Artsmiths exhibit class, Gail Beem, "An Exploration in Pastels"
04/22/2017 Artsmiths exhibit Gallery Demo, Diane Murray "Pan Pastels"
04/20/2017 Artsmiths exhibit Gallery Talk, Fran Marze "History of Pastel"
04/15/2017 Artsmiths exhibit pick up work not accepted by 4/15
04/09/2017 Artsmiths exhibit reception
04/09/2017 PPAL Exhibition at Artsmiths, Mt. Lebanon
04/02/2017 Artsmiths exhibit drop-off by 4/2
03/15/2017 Artsmiths Exhibit Final Info Due 3/11
03/11/2017 PPAL Spring Meeting (Potluck)
02/03/2017 Artsmiths Exhibit Registration due 2/1
01/28/2017 PPAL Winter Meeting (Potluck)
11/05/2016 Clothed Figure with Brian McDermott
10/29/2016 PPAL Fall Meeting (Potluck)
08/20/2016 Paint-out at the home of Patty Young (Potluck)
04/23/2016 Composition is King with Christine Swann
04/02/2016 PPAL Spring Meeting
11/07/2015 "Save this Painting"/"FRAME this Painting" Gail Beem and Karen Ferrick Workshop
10/01/2015 Stan Sperlak Workshop
08/25/2015 "Pastel Expressions" - CPPS/PPAL Joint Exhibition Pick-up
08/08/2015 Paint-out at the home of Rex and Barbara Swann (Potluck)
07/01/2015 Monroeville Public Library Exhibit
06/26/2015 Artists' Plein Air Night at the Frick
06/20/2015 Paint-out at the home of Shari Finney (Potluck)
06/15/2015 Monroeville Public Library Exhibit Registration due 6/15
05/30/2015 Paint-out at the Frick grounds
05/16/2015 Abstracts with Gail Beem Workshop
05/01/2015 Upper St. Clair Hospital exhibit Pick Up
05/01/2015 "Pastel Expressions" - CPPS/PPAL Exhibition
04/22/2015 "Pastel Expressions" - CPPS/PPAL Joint Exhibition Drop-off
04/18/2015 PPAL Spring Meeting
03/30/2015 Upper St. Clair Hospital Gallery 1 Exhibit
03/06/2015 Upper St. Clair Hospital exhibit Drop off
11/08/2014 "Clothed Figure Life Drawing Workshop with Brian McDermott"
11/01/2014 Saville Gallery Exhibit Reception
11/01/2014 Frank Sarris Public Library Exhibit
10/30/2014 Saville Gallery Exhibit
09/13/2014 Degas at the Frick Tour
07/22/2014 Degas at the Frick Poll
06/18/2014 Exhibit @ Delanie's Coffee Shop
06/03/2014 The Hoyt Exhibition
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