Pastel Artists of New Zealand

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CONGRATULATIONS to our placegetters below:

First: Nicola Reif (Nelson Bays) - 'Gaze'

Second: Marian Painter (Nelson Bays) - 'Cute Ginny'

Merit: Sharon Platt (Nelson Bays) - 'Cheeky Visitor'

Merit: Caroline-Anne Hollow (Wellington) - 'Little Tortie'

'Gaze' by Nicola Reif (Nelson Bays)
'Cute Ginny' by Marian Painter (Nelson Bays)

CONGRATULATIONS to Vicki Jackson of Blenheim, who received the 'Best Pastel Award' and 'NBS People Choice Award' for her pastel painting 'Solace' at the recent Impressions National Art Awards in Nelson.

Pictured here:  Glenys Forbes presenting Vicki (right) with 'Best Pastel' Award and her pastel painting 'Solace'.

Vicki Jackson - 'Best Pastel Award' and 'NBS People Choice Award'

PANZ has conferred the award of 'MASTER PASTELIST' (MPANZ) on Julie Freeman. She has made an outstanding contribution to PANZ in its management (including introducing and managing the Facebook page with husband Michael) and in attending and contributing to PANZ conventions, has a strong track record of tutoring and mentoring budding pastel artists, and continues to garner international recognition for her work.
Her outstanding achievements merit the highest level of recognition the organisation can bestow.

CONGRATULATIONS to Tony Allain, Julie Freeman and Michael Freeman for having two each of their pastel works selected in this prestigious juried online exhibition.  Tony came away with a Silver award, Michael a Bronze and Julie an Honourable Mention.  They have also gained points towards Master Circle status.

Pictured here:  Michael and Julie Freeman

Julie Greig's 'In Transition, Lindis Pass, NZ' was selected for the Pastel Society of America’s 45th Annual Exhibition in New York – one of 178 chosen from 1298 entries worldwide.  It was then selected for an exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. The exhibit will open mid December and will run through January 2018.

Congratulations to Julie Freeman who has been featured in the July issue of French Art Magazine 'Pratique Des Arts' following her pastel journey.

Julie is also honoured to have been invited by Ruben Adorna to exhibit with pastel artists worldwide in the PASIT exhibition (currently showing) in Tivoli, Italy .  Artworks can be viewed:

Tony Allain has achieved the level of MASTER CIRCLE PASTELIST within IAPS – International Association of Pastel Societies.
This is a very high achievement and a FIRST for New Zealand. Tony registers at IAPS under the PANZ banner, as he still remains a member and retains his Master Pastelist status with PANZ. Master Circle status is hard to achieve and Tony has earned this very quickly, which is a real credit to him and his talent.

This annual national convention was warmly received and enjoyed by all who attended. The award winners were: Winner - Julie Greig, Merit Awards - Julie Freeman (twice),Glenys Forbes, Joan Silk, Highly Commmended - Debbie Emsley.

The 2018 Exhibition and Convention will be held in Timaru, from 4th April (workshop with Leonie Duff (Tasmania), Exhibition opening 6th April, Convention 7th & 8th April, further workshops with Leonie Duff 9th April onwards. More info to follow.

Congratulations to our esteemed member Tony Allain for being awarded 'Honourable Mention' in the IAPS exhibiton which opened 1st December 2016. This is Bembridge Quay, 18x26".

Lyn Deifenbach won the Founders Award with her beautiful piece Upon Reflection 19 x 27". Lyn has tutored at previous conventions.

The Pastel Society of Australia will be holding the inaugural Pastel Expo 2018. With workshops, demonstrations, exhibition and atrade show similar to IAPS convention format. More info to follow - or visit and click on the 'contact' tab.