NIPS Meeting

1 p.m. |  Sunday, Oct. 29
Upstairs studio classroom
South Bend Museum of Art
120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46601
Located in the Century Center in Downtown South Bend

Your donation of crackers, veggies, cookies, fruit and other finger foods will be appreciated.


Got a few “problem paintings” that you could use some advice on? Award-winning artist, teacher and art framer Kathryn Barbin, the judge of our recent show at Kroc Center, will critique members’ work and offer suggestions on how to improve those “challenging” compositions. Bring one or two works to discuss. They can be finished and framed, or in progress.

Holiday Gathering

Circa Arts Gallery will host our pastel society for an open house and art sale 5–8 p.m. Dec. 1, a festive First Friday in South Bend. We are invited to bring small works, prints and cards for sale. Please also bring finger foods and friends to view the art and enjoy holiday fun and shopping. 528 East Colfax Ave. South Bend. Please deliver your art, prints and cards by Nov. 22. Call or make an appointment before delivering 574-233-8400. The art can remain through December. Hours: Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open six days a week in December.



Northern Indiana Pastel Society and St. Joe Valley Watercolor Society
Colfax Campus Gallery at the Colfax Cultural Center

Sept. 15-Oct. 27, 2017

914 Lincolnway West, South Bend, IN 46616


NIPS charter members Cathy McCormick, Sue Coultas, Mary Firtl, Barb Stephenson and Peg Luecke have several works on exhibit.

The gallery is located in the Colfax Cultural Center, 914 Lincolnway West, South Bend, IN 46616;  hours are weekdays 9 am to 7 pm and Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm.

Above, Cathy McCormick, Autumn Color



Northern Indiana Pastel Society at South Bend Civic Theatre Gallery

 October 20 –December 23, 2017

Works by NIPS members are on exhibit in the South Bend Civic theatre Gallery, open during performances.


March 16 – April 29, 2018

Larger works show well at Fernwood.

MoonTree Studios, Donaldson, Indiana
October 2018




Northern Indiana Pastel Society
Members Exhibition

Salvation Army Kroc Center, South Bend
900 W. Western Ave., South Bend
May 15 – July 9, 2017

Members with art in the show, please remember to pick up your work on Monday, July 103-6:30 p.m.

The reception and awards presentation took place on Thursday, May 18.
Judge Kathryn Barbin, framer and art faculty at IUSB and Ivy Tech, provided the following statement:

With such an abundance of wonderful images it can be difficult to choose just a few standout pieces. So many artists here have presented works that show skillful handling of the medium, an interesting subject and composition, and even a bit of that elusive “je ne sais quoi”. What makes an artwork remarkable? The answer to that of course is that it’s always a subjective matter to judge art. It’s part idea, part technique, plus that little something inexplicable. Here is a summary of the pieces that I thought were particularly remarkable.

“Crystal Lake View” by Mary Meehan Firtl captures the sparkling quality of a breezy summer day using strong diagonals, crisp natural colors, and rich gritty texture.


“Still Beautiful” by Ti-Patrice Lavers demonstrates how effective and striking a limited color range can be. Rosy tints and soft greys gently warm this black-and-white portrait, with its eye-catching asymmetrical composition.



“Field Day” by Rose Mary Mireles depicts a summer field thick with red and pink flowers. It sweeps away, transforming into a citrusy green field in the distance.  Examined up close, its loose, understated strokes suggest more than describe, resulting in an airy buoyancy.


“Mia on a Summer Day” by Diann Nelson skillfully juxtaposes warm and cool accents to create a charming portrait. Strategic cropping creates an effective combination of positive and negative shapes, while vivid pinks and magentas pop against a neutral blend of textured ochres.


“Cascading Water” by Jude Phillips, despite its name, is a very solid-feeling, somewhat abstract study of rocks: warm versus cool, sunlit versus shady, advancing versus receding. Interestingly, the water itself is rendered in the same dry dusty tones as the sunlit boulders, as it descends from the shadowed violet thicket above.


“Healing in Japan” by Yukako Sakaue contrasts a massive, solidly anchored diagonal tree braced against a backdrop of turbulent rushing water. Brilliant aquas and blues churn and flow, while a few deft strokes of soft orange at the lower right indicate where a ray of dappled light breaks through.


“Fruit and Fabric” by Paul Wieber is a still life that feels more like a rolling landscape: boldly striped undulating fabric envelops and sets off an array of fruit and objects. A smart dash of orange accentuates the point where apples and oranges meet.





Membership Exhibit | Dec. 2, 2016 – Feb. 2, 2017
Spencer Gallery | 
Mishawaka IN, Downtown Library

This exhibition of members’ work featured 37 works by 27 artists and was the 4th NIPS exhibition of 2016, which marks the 10th anniversary of the organization. Mark Rospenda, curator of the South Bend Museum of Art, served as judge. Awards were presented to Barbara Gentner Stephenson, Kathleen Wolfe, Peg Luecke, Shana Dines and Rosie Mireles.