Thursday, June 19, 2014

Please check back soon for current (2014) news. And be sure to visit the "exhibitions" page for information about our current show at the One Way Café, including winners and photos.

Thank you!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Mission Statement
The goal of the Wisconsin Pastel Artists (WPA) is to promote appreciation of the unique qualities of pastel as a medium, and to encourage and develop artists both artistically and professionally through workshops, exhibitions, meetings, and critiques.

From the president of the Wisconsin Pastel Artists:

In keeping with our mission to provide workshops, demonstrations, critiques, and exhibitions, we work to present the highest quality experiences for our membership.

We have some exciting new events coming up soon:

" -Our next meeting, Wednesday, November 13th, features a critique conducted by a nationally recognized pastel artist Colette Odya-Smith. " Members can bring their work to our meeting and have it critiqued by Colette.

" " -We are excited to announce a two day workshop with Colette Friday and Saturday, February 7-8. The price is very reasonable and open to members only. This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

" -WPA has been invited to exhibit at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend. This is a juried exhibit and you must be a member to enter. "(The deadline for entering is coming up soon, Nov. 17. If you are interested in this, please let me know and I can forward the prospectus to you.)

" -January's meeting features a demonstration by local artist Beki Borman. http://

Membership in the WPA also includes membership in the International Association of Pastel Artists (IAPS). 
Most importantly, we offer the opportunity to meet regularly with other artists who share your interest in pastels. 
All our activities are geared for established pastel artists as well as those interested in discovering the possibilities this medium offers.

As a member, you will be able to take part in all these opportunities.

If you are not a member we invite you to join us at any of our membership meetings. Membership meetings are the second Wednesday of January, March, May, September, and November. Our next meeting is this Wednesday, November 13th. We meet at Artist and Display, 9015 W. Burleigh St, Milwaukee. 6:30-8:15 PM.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me anytime.

Chris Behrs President, Wisconsin Pastel Artists

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Maggie Price

Maggie Price,  president and member of the board of the International Association of Pastel Societies,  cofounder of the Pastel Journal, author of two books and DVD's and teacher of many workshops passed away today from cancer
She worked in pastels, oil and acrylics, her primary focus being pastels
There is more information about her passing on her Facebook page.
She was a phenomenal force in the world of pastel artists, passionate about her love of the medium
I never met her but have heard from many sources that she was a positive, outgoing and wonderful person.
May she rest in peace.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

President's Letter 3/5/13

Mission Statement
The goal of the Wisconsin Pastel Artists (WPA) is to promote appreciation of the unique qualities of pastel as a medium, and to encourage and develop artists both artistically and professionally through workshops, exhibitions, meetings, and critiques.

Hello WPA members,

We are entering a busy and exciting time for our group and in keeping with our mission, 
the board and exhibit committee have been working hard to provide opportunities for enhancing and expanding your experience as pastel artists.

Our upcoming meeting, Wednesday, March 13, features a demonstration by Audrey Dulmes  
Audrey is a pastel and oil painter and we expect a very informative presentation.

At our May meeting we will have a critique conducted by artist Lorin Willey.

Additionally, WPA is sponsoring a workshop for all levels of pastel artists on April 27, 2013, from 9 a.m. to  4:30 p.m.. This workshop will be conducted by Kay Brathol-Hostvet,, a talented pastel artist from the Madison area, and a seasoned workshop presenter. The cost will be $55.00. (there may be a small fee for some materials) There is limited space for this workshop. Information and registration forms will be available at the meeting. You can also sign up for this event or for more information contact Suzanne Manthe, or call 414-764-1136

Don't forget our upcoming Spring exhibition at Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Avenue, Greenfield WI 53220

SUBMIT DIGITAL IMAGES by March 5th for consideration for publicity 
by e-mail to: Judy Grochowski (  Please state ‘For Consideration’ in the subject line. Submit only works that are for sale.

Exhibits and workshops are open to members so please renew your membership if you have not. We are always looking for new members so feel free to pass this information on to anyone who may be interested.

As always, you can contact me with any questions, concerns, and/or suggestions,

Your president,
Chris Behrs

Monday, January 7, 2013

President's Letter 1/7/13 on Upcoming Membership Meeting

Hello Wisconsin Pastel Artists, 

This message is a reminder we have our first membership meeting of 2013 this Wednesday, January 9th @ Artist and Display, 6:30-8:15.
We do have some items of business to discuss including our upcoming spring show and a possible new format with the goal of encouraging more membership participation in exhibits.
We also would like to encourage larger turnout at our bimonthly meetings.
The board will looking for feedback on our recommendations and welcome your opinions and ideas. We would also ask that you contact members and friends and encourage them to attend the meetings.

We have a lot to offer as an organization but if we are not fulfilling your needs as either an experienced or beginning pastelist we are very interested in hearing from you.
Our goal is to continue to make this organization an asset to our members as you pursue your goals as a pastel artist. A strong membership across the spectrum is beneficial for all.

This meeting features a demonstration by Pat King titled "Sparking Creativity" and includes participation.
In the interest of time, we will attempt to keep our business discussion short to allow as much time for Pat's demonstration and activity as possible.

Hope to see everyone there, 
Chris Behrs
WPA president

Monday, November 26, 2012

Wisconsin Pastel Artists - New Board of Directors

From: Debra Patterson

I just want to thank you all again for your support and willingness to make this organization so vibrant and growing.

I especially want to thank my outgoing board and exhibit committee, Marcia Hero, Carol Chapman, Alecia Schmitz, Debbie Callahan, Donna Staats and Judy Grochowski and a special thank you to Kathy Welsch for all the work on the website and blog.

As my last duty, I want to introduce you to your new board, who were elected at last night's meeting.  Congratulations to all of you and great success in the next 2 years.

Chris Behrs - President
Suzanne Manthe - Vice President
Carol Chapman - Secretary
Ray McInerny - Treasurer

Carol, Judy and Donna will continue on the exhibit committee and Kathy will continue to maintain our blog.