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Annual Program


We have five meetings per year combining business, education and pleasure including:

  • Demonstrations by members showing individual techniques and styles in the use of pastels
  • Presentations (i.e. products, framing, marketing and art in general)
  • Group painting events (studio and plein air)
  • Visits to museums, local exhibits
  • Socials

We encourage our members to attend and to bring guests. Here is our 2016-2017 season plan. We look forward to having you join us!


2016 - 2017 Activities and Meeting Plans
Date Time Location Topic(s)
Oct. 22 10:00 - 11:30 AM Weaver Cottage Two Topics - Introduction to Plein Air Painting and Inspiration/Show and Share

Nov. 12 TBD DFAC Still Life Painting For A Day
Instructor - Brooke Allison
Dec. 10 10:00 - Noon Weaver Cottage Holiday Party/White Elephant Gift Exchange
Jan. 14 10:00 - 12:30 PM DFAC Studio N “Paint Around” With Mary Louise Pollock. This fun and exciting meeting begins by settting up three easels around a center table, then Mary Louise will divide the group into three and give each group a
photo to use as a reference. They will then share the pastels in the center to create three paintings that will then be donated to the DFAC for their March and April fundraisers.
Feb. Month of February Stirling Gallery

Possibilities in Pastel XI Details TBD
Lorraine Potocki - Chair

Click here for the prospectus for Possibilities in Pastel XI

Feb. 3 - 4 10:00 - 5:00 PM DFAC, Studio TBD Jimmy Wright Pastel Workshop
March 6 7:00 - 8:30 PM Weaver Cottage Post Jimmy Wright Workshop
Discussion/Share and Life After PSTB - What you Need to Know about PSA and Other Organizations
March 18 All Day Boca Ciega Millenium Park Paintout in this non-crowded beautiful county park in Seminole - water views, landscapes, old growth trees - gorgeous!
April 12 9:00 - 5:30 Homosassa Wildlife Park Meet up at 7:00 a.m for Carpool/All Day Paintout at Homosassa Wildlife Park Homossassa Springs, FL
Discount admission for group - $9 PP Details TBA
May 6 10:00 - 12 Noon Weaver Cottage Guest Artist(s) Demonstrate technique(s)
May 20 All Day Heritage Village Botanical Gardens All Day Paintout at both Heritage Village and the Botanicals Gardens in Largo Potluck lunch in the park


Each year the PSTB hosts our annual exhibition, Possibilities in Pastel . This show is named in honor of Master Pastelist, Brooke Allison, who inspired the formation of our society. For many years, she has taught a class named Possibilities in Pastel at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.

Possibilities in Pastel is a juried and judged show with cash awards and prizes. The show is open to all artists, both members and non-members.  Awards of Distinction and Excellence, Merit Awards and Honorable Mentions are presented, with the Pastel Society of America sponsoring a special award. It has been held at different venues in the Tampa Bay area, but in recent years have enjoyed a warm welcome at Stirling Gallery in Dunedin.

The Prospectus for our February 2017 show, Possibilities in Pastel XI, can be found by clicking here.

We invite you to browse the winners of our shows dating back to 2010 by clicking here. 


In 2009 and in 2010, in conjunction with our annual show, the PSTB  hosted three-day workshops for members.  We invited Doug Dawson in 2011. For 2013, in a joint effort with the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, we  once again hosted a three-day workshop with nationally acclaimed pastelist, Barbara Courtney Jaenicke. 

2009 Larry Moore www.larrymoorestudios.com

2010 Greg Barnes www.barnesstudios.com

2011 Doug Dawson www.dougdawsonartist.com

2013 Barbara Jaenicke www.barbarajaenicke.com

2014 Lyn Asselta www.lynasselta.com

2015 Margaret Dyer www.margaretdyer.com

2016 Debora Stewart https://deborastewart.com/

In November 9-13, 2015, in conjunction with the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, PSTB offered a special, and very successful, 5 day plein air and studio workshop with Richard McKinley, a well known pastel artist and teacher, holding the following credentials:

- Artist Member Salmagundi Club of NYC

- Signature Member Pastel Society of America, 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee

- Distinguished Pastelist Pastel Society of the West Coast, 2012 Pastel Laureate

- Honorary Member Degas Pastel Society

- Signature Member Northwest Pastel Society

- Signature Master Pastelist Pastel Society of Oregon

- Associate member Oil Painters of America

- Contributing Editor Pastel Journal - F+W Media

Richard McKinley's website can be found at: www.mckinleystudio.com.

Our upcoming 2017 workshop is with Jimmy Wright PSA-MP, President of the Pastel Society of America. With a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1967), Jimmy Wright received the George D. Brown Travel Fellowship, which enabled him to study in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. He earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University in 1971. Wright’s work hangs in many public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Showing worldwide, Wright has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout his career, including “Jimmy Wright, Twenty Years of Paintings and Pastels” organized by the Springfield Art Museum, Missouri.

In the fall of 2016 he exhibited paintings and works-on-paper at Frieze Masters London with Corbett vs Dempsey. Also,Corbett vs Dempsey exhibited his works-on-paper at the modern art fair, Expo Chicago. The German publisher of 

Mein schwules Auge 13 has included several of his drawings from the New York Underground series in the Fall 2016 issue of their magazine. He also had seven works-on-paper in the exhibition Olympia curated by KARMA for Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris, October-November, 2016.

To learn more about the artist, visit http://www.jimmywrightartist.com. His workshop, Feb. 3-4, 2016, is in conjunction with our yearly show, Possibilities in Pastel.   He will also offer an open Seminar Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5. Please contact Dunedin Fine Arts Center for details.