Ron Monsma
Still Life (detail)
Peg Luecke
"Across the Morning"
Mona Witt
"California Beach" (detail)
Bill Jensen
"600 Racer" (detail)

Welcome to the Northern Indiana Pastel Society. Founded in 2006, we are a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). Please visit our About page to learn about becoming a member.


Northern Indiana Pastel Society 10th Anniversary Exhibit: Milestones

May 28 to Aug. 7, 2016
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery, South Bend Museum of Art

120 S. St. Joseph Street  South Bend, IN 46601
Located in the Century Center in downtown South Bend

Reception with awards:  2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 5.
Learn more…

Read All About It!

…in the latest NIPS Newsletter: exhibition opportunities, classes and workshops. Learn more…

Memberships are due for renewal.

Please send a check for $25 payable to Northern Indiana Pastel Society to treasurer Sue Coultas, 519 Woodruff, Niles, MI 49120.

Larkin-Time-Piece-CAFEwebNIPS Members Win Prestigious Awards

Northern Indiana Pastel Society member Alan Larkin’s painting, Time Piece, (left) is the winner of this year’s Pastel Journal Founder’s Award (in memory of Maggie Price) in the 17th Annual Pastel 100 competition. The piece presents a magical assemblage of objects, painted in a tall, narrow format, which encourages a unique perspective and exploration. Robert K. Carsten, the Still Life & Floral category juror, says of the work: “I find the slender, vertical format and cropping of shapes in this painting intriguing. The artist’s selection and placement of elements—combined with contrasts of saturated colors, which are set off by darks and a few select lights—evoke a strong sense of mystery.”
More about the grand prizewinning artist, his working methods and materials is featured in the April issue of Pastel Journal. You can also visit his web site Larkin Studio | The Art of Alan Larkin.

LoneTreeStanding_FirtlMary Meehan Firtl of South Bend has been selected for the 2016 Hoosier Women Artists show. Mary is an award-winning pastel artist and serves as secretary and newsletter designer for Northern Indiana Pastel Society. Her pastel, a landscape titled Lone Tree Standing, was selected from among 205 entries and will be displayed in the office of the Treasurer of the State Kelly Mitchell or Lieutenant Governor Holcomb at the Indiana Statehouse. Mary will be honored at a reception on March 29 at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

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