Northern Indiana Pastel Society Meeting and Program
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. – Noon
U of Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture
1045 W. Washington Street, South Bend 

Bring a painting to show. It can be finished or in progress. You might tell what pastels and surface you used, and what challenges you faced. Also, we will visit the Segura Printmaking Studio, the Indiana Women’s Caucus exhibit and the Crossroads Gallery to see the exhibit by José Bernal.

The meeting includes a social time and announcements. Contributions of muffins, fruit, and other snacks will be appreciated.

Park in front and enter via the front steps or park behind and enter via the ramp. Inside, take the elevator to the second floor.



Salvation Army Kroc Center, South Bend
900 W. Western Ave., South Bend
May 15 – July 6, 2017

Receiving Friday, May 12, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Hanging Saturday May 13-14
Releasing July 7-9

Prizes: The estate of the late Mary Ann France of Plymouth has donated several large sets of pastels that will be given as prizes in our show at the Kroc Center instead of giving cash awards. The sets are valued at more than the $75 cash award that usually is given.

Reception to be announced.

South Bend Civic Theatre
Oct. 20–Dec. 23, 2017

This exhibition will run during the musical, Newsies, which runs Oct. 20–29 and A Christmas Story, Dec. 1–23. The gallery show will be mentioned at the performances and listed in the program.

Fernwood Botanical Gardens Gallery
Spring 2018.

Larger works show well at Fernwood.

MoonTree Studios, Donaldson, Indiana
October 2018



Northern Indiana Pastel Society Meeting and Program
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 
South Bend Museum of Art

Mark Rospenda, curator of exhibitions and collections at the South Bend Museum of Art, spoke on the duties and thoughts of a curator in organizing and hanging exhibits, and offered some practical tips for hanging our own art in shows and at home.
Mark shared this site and this diagram as aids in hanging art work in your home.



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.


Northern Indiana Pastel Society at South Bend Civic Theatre Gallery

Sept. 16 – Oct. 31, 2016


Peg Luecke, South Bend Civic Theatre

25 works by NIPS members were featured in this exhibition, our eighth at South Bend Civic Theatre.






Northern Indiana Pastel Society: 10th Anniversary Exhibit | Milestones
South Bend Museum of Art | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
May 28 – August 7, 2016

This exhibit marked the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Northern Indiana Pastel Society. The show included 40 works by 35 members of NIPS. A total of 57 works were submitted. The show was juried by David Baker, art professor emeritus, Southwestern Michigan College.

Award recipients include Peg Luecke and Alan Larkin of South Bend, Gerrie Govert of Crown Point, Debra Eiswald of Constantine, Michigan, and Keith Grindall of Montpelier, Ohio.





Northern Indiana Pastel Society Members’ Exhibit: Celebrating 10 Years

Buchanan Art Center |  Buchanan, Michigan
January 13 – February 20, 2016

This was the first of two major shows in 2016 celebrating the 10th anniversary of the founding of Northern Indiana Pastel Society. The exhibition featured 41 works in soft pastel by 24 artists, and was judged by Kim Hoffmann, former curator of collections, South Bend Museum of Art.

Judge’s Awards were presented at the opening reception to:
James F. Cooke, Winter Hike in Killdeer Woods, MI, pastel
Mary Meehan Firtl, The Weaver, pastel
N’isa Freedomwalker, First Snow at Red Barn, pastel
Walter Gunn, Still Waters, pastel
Greg Lorch, After The Storm 2, pastel
Peg Luecke, After The Storm, pastel

NIPS-Award Recipients

Award Recipients with their art: Top row: Jim Cooke, Mary Meehan Firtl, N’isa Freedomwalker; bottom: Walt Gunn (not present), Greg Lorch and Peg Luecke