NIPS Membership Meeting

Don’t miss our next meeting:

Sunday, October 20 | 1:30 p.m. 
South Bend Museum of Art | Upstairs studio
120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
South Bend, Indiana
Located in the Century Center, downtown South Bend

Program:  Better Compositions by Avon Waters

NIPs member Avon Waters’ presentation on composition features a brief overview of his two-year study of composition from some of the foremost experts on the subject. He has presented this topic in a three-hour workshop featuring demonstrations of 20 different composition designs. His 30-minute discussion cannot cover all the designs, but he will give members a taste of how good composition can position artist to be in the running for sales and awards.

Avon began painting before he started school. He studied art at IU and is a regular workshop attendee. He started out painting in oils but switched to pastel three years ago. He has won awards this year at the New Harmony Hoosier Salon, Heartland Artists Gallery, the Honeywell Clark Gallery, Decatur printout, and the TC Steele Memorial art contest in Brown County. His work is on exhibit at the Minneterista Center, Heartland Artist Gallery in Plymouth, in the Senate offices in the Capitol Building, Washington DC, and a solo show at the Kokomo Art Center.

Your contribution of appetizers and desserts will be welcome.



Notre Center for Civic Innovation Crossroads Gallery | South Bend, Indiana
formerly the ND Center for Art and Culture
Jan 24 to Feb. 27, 2020

Buchanan Art Center | Buchanan, Michigan
Showcase Gallery   

May 20 to June 27, 2020
Deliver: May 17 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Reception: May 31 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Releasing: June 28 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Colfax Cultural Center | South Bend, Indiana 
Sept. 11 to Oct. 23, 2020. All three galleries.

Kroc Center | South Bend, Indiana 
March – May 2021

Moon Tree Studios | Donaldson, Indiana 
May 8 – June 20, 2021
Set up: May 4–7  | Reception: May 15, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Take down: June 21



Northern Indiana Pastel Society Members’ Exhibit
Heartland Artists Gallery | Plymouth, Indiana
July 23 to Aug. 24, 2019


32 works by 20 artists are on view. Judge’s Awards were presented at the reception on Sunday, August 4 to four artists: from left, Paul Wieber, Red, White and Blue;  Tim Swagerle, Summer Morning;  Mary Firtl, Café Confidential; and Avon Waters, Maples at Dusk.







Faces and Places: Northern Indiana Pastel Society Members’ Show
Salvation Army Kroc Community Center
900 W Western Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46601

March 15-May 18, 2019

Prizes were selected by Assistant Prof. Angelo Martinez, art dept. chair, Holy Cross College.

The following artists received Judge’s Awards:

Rosie Mireles, View From a Train

Greg Lorch, Beach Tranquility

Larry Huemmer, Woodland Vista

Tim Swagerle, Eel River Morning

Diann Nelson, Hannah


Tami McNally, Sunset on the Pond


Below is a sampling of some of the 47 pastels on exhibit.

Marie Arch, Violets for Mom


Avon Waters, Ole Miss

Sue Coultas, Gracie

Denise Kuehner, St. Joe River Bend

Lylanne Musselman, Arizona’a Black Cardinal with a Red Eye

Tami McNally, Aubrey’s Flowers

Catherine McCormick, Cottage

Jude Phillips, Robin’s Rite of Spring

Peg Luecke, Junie






Barb Gentner Stephenson, Hard Luck Plays The Blues