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Les Pastellistes 2014

Our next national exhibition «Les Pastellistes», juried by PSEC's Signature members, will be held from October 31st to November 9th, 2014, at Richelieu Gallery.

Pastel Toujours 2014 in Charlevoix

PSEC presents PASTEL TOUJOURS, 18th Annual Members’ Choice Exhibition, from June 7th to June 22nd, 2014 at Papeterie Saint-Gilles, St-Joseph-de-la-Rive, in the beautiful Charlevoix. Read the details.

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A pastel painting from Elaine Despins, "Principessa Ann", has been selected to be included in the pastel event, "Renaissance" at the Slater Museum in Norwich, Connecticut from October 8th to November 9th.

Sous le menu "Membres", vous trouverez un conseil apprécié d'une de nos maîtres, Claude Texier, sur la mise en place d'une nature morte.

Pastel Toujours 2014 -> Please read the press release prepared in collaboration with the Papeterie Saint-Gilles (in french).

You will find in the section "Our Masters' Tips" (Member's Menu), a beautiful text of Horace Champagne about his pastels of Monet's Gardens in Giverny.

May 2nd, Martine Vallée won the "Institut Européen des Arts Contemporains" (France) GOLD medal for 2014.

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Our mission

The Pastel Society of Eastern Canada was founded in Montreal in 1995. Our Society is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), The Pastel Society of America (PSA), and Pastel Artists Canada (PAC).

PSEC is a non-profit organization constituted of both professional and amateur pastel artists. The aims of the organization are as follows:

  1. To promote and encourage artistic activities, and public awareness and appreciation of the arts in the pastel medium;
  2. To inform the public about the pastel milieu by sponsoring and promoting members' exhibitions and other appropriate means for educating the public in the field of pastel;
  3. To provide opportunities for the advancement of artistic skills via workshops, conferences, seminars and publications.

Our association is run by an executive committee elected every two years at the annual assembly. You can find the chairpersons for the current year on our Contact Us page.

How to become a PSEC member

To better understand how PSEC works, read also our PSEC's Policies & Procedures.