Pastel Artists of New Zealand

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6th October - 8th October. Whanganui.

PANZ Master Pastellist Julie Greig will be speaking about pastels, plus demonstrating and teaching two workshops.

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Image: 'Liquid Gold' by Julie Greig

Winner: Kathryn Millard, 'Bream Head, Northland'.

Second: Jan Hart, 'Outgoing Tide, West Coast'.

Merit: Rebecca Wagstaff, 'Mt Rolleston'.

Merit: Jan Leighton, 'Sand Forms'.

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.

Our new editor, Julie Greig (learning on the job), won "best in Show' at this recent exhibiton with her painting 'Home to the Hills'.


Congratulations to Vikki Jackson of Marlborough who has won the over all major prize AND pastel section of the NZ Artist Magazine "Cheeky Challenge" with Ünder the Hood", and congratulations also to Anne Bannock of Nelson who took out the Highly Commended Award in the same competition with "Ready to Roll"

Judge Karen James of Marlborough (Kaikoura) said: Congratulations to all entries as each one had lovely qualities and it was difficult to choose. However my first and second winners were the two that jumped out at me from the start. For a full report, see the Oct/Nov issue of NZ Pastel Artist - due out now. The first photo is of the winning painting by Julie Freeman (Auck) 'Sunbathers'.

The next is second prize winner Jill Bolscher - 'The Large Jug'.

A selection of images from this years exhibition are now showing on the Galleries page.

Images of the 6 winning paintings are now on the Galleries page.