can scarcely open an art magazine, read a PSA or IAPS blog, or view ads
for videos and workshops without seeing a photo, article or mention of
one of our Southeastern Pastel Society members. Congrats to Barbara
Jaenicke, Lyn Asselta, and Patsy Lindamood for achieving membership in
the IAPS Master Circle. Check the PSA website and find many of our
members with signature status. A painting by Karen Margulis was
prominently featured in an ad on the back cover of the October Pastel
Journal. Many of our members have won prominent awards in major
exhibitions around the country. Perhaps I have missed the notice of
other members’ awards and designations. If so, please inform me.
We are very proud of all of our members whose talents and skills bring
awards to themselves and recognition to our Southeastern Pastel
Society. Congratulations to all. We are honored to be associated with
2013 has been a good year for SPS. We held a very successful Members’
Exhibition and two Elizabeth Mowry workshops. Scholarships were awarded
to deserving recipients. We instituted an on-line show for members. We
are in the process of updating SPS bylaws to reflect currency in the
computer age. Our Board of Directors is knowledgeable and experienced.
The exhibition venues and jurors are set through 2016. Committee Chairs
are filled. Membership numbers are steady and represent 20
States. SPS is fiscally sound. Our Society is healthy. Our collective
thanks go out to all the members who tirelessly serve on SPS
committees. Without them, our Society would cease to exist.
As 2013 closes, let us be thankful for our artistic talents. What would
this world be without the beauty that each of us are able to produce on
a surface using dry pigments, the application of it creating a
meaningful representation to viewers and purchasers? We often take this
for granted. Believe me, it is a gift that many desire and few possess.
It is a joy to have served you as 2013 President.
Gary Baughman, SPS