NIPS Membership Meeting
Sunday, August 15, 2–4 pm
South Bend Museum of Art | Upper Studios

Program: Painting Indiana Rivers

Avon Waters has teamed up with four other artists to paint Indiana’s major waterways and rivers over the next two years. The best 100 paintings by the five artists will tour in exhibitions with the help of the Izaak Walton League. The paintings will illustrate the recreational and conservation efforts of Indiana waterways. You may follow the project’s progress by joining the Indiana Waterways Facebook Group page. Members are invited to bring a work they created during the past year for show and tell.


Fernwood Botanical Garden

13988 Range Line Road, Niles, MI

Autumn Brilliance, our second 15th anniversary exhibit will run Sept. 3 to Oct. 31, 2021
Receiving: Tuesday Aug. 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closing reception with awards and releasing:
Oct. 31, 1–3 p.m.

(These hours should allow artists to get home in time for trick or treat)
Refreshments served by Fernwood.
Fee to enter: $10 for one, $15 for two works
Larger works are welcome
Digital images will be needed in advance for publicity so remember to photograph your art.

Kroc Community Center | South Bend March to May 2022

Colfax Cultural Center| South Bend Sept. 9 to Oct. 14, 2022


Mary Firtl, River View

Pastel Expressions | Northern Indiana Pastel Society Membership Exhibit
June 1 – July 23, 2021

MoonTree Studios
9638 Union Road, at the Center at Donaldson, Plymouth, Indiana.

Reception with awards Friday, July 23 | 2 – 4 p.m.

Prizes were awarded to Hilarie Couture, Barb Gentner Stephenson, Rosie Mireles and Mona Witt.

Prize judge: Painter Bob Nowalk has been a Culver Academies curator and art instructor since 1996 and is a member of the Marshal County Arts and Culture Subcommittee. He did his bachelor’s degree exhibit in pastel at University of Dayton. He received his master’s from Michigan State University.

Read the Judge’s Statement here.

Hilarie Couture, Through the Veils

Barb Gentner Stephenson, Flame Thrower

Mona Witt, Still Standing

Rosie Mireles, Solitude

Here are some of the 21 paintings by 14 artists included in the exhibition:




Diann Nelson, Corinne

Visions: Northern Indiana Pastel Society Members’ Show

March 15–May 1, 2021
Salvation Army Kroc Center

900 W. Western Ave., South Bend IN 46601

On view were 39 works by 25 artists.

The prize judge was Angelo Ray Martinez, assistant professor of art at Holy Cross College. He selected four judge’s awards (with $75 cash prizes) and in honor of the 15th anniversary of the founding of our pastel society, he selected an additional four merit awards (with $50 cash prizes).

Congratulations to the following artists:
Judge’s Awards:
Peg Luecke, “Sycamore”
Diann Nelson, “Corinne 2020”
MaryAnn Ross, “Remnant of Fall”
Megan R. Wright, “Three Pears”
Merit Awards:
Tana S. Bondar, “Purple Passion”
Hilarie Couture, “Flamenco Drama”
Rosie Mireles, “April Snows”
Paul Wieber, “Alyssa, Sleeping”

Here are some of the works exhibited:





Northern Indiana Pastel Society Members’ Show
Sept. 11 – Oct. 23, 2020  | Colfax Cultural Center

Mary Firtl, St. Pat’s Park Pond

All three galleries
914 Lincolnway West, South Bend, IN 46616

We had 33 entries from 18 artists.
Justin Barfield, art faculty member at University of Notre Dame, installed the art and served as juror.






Congratulations to the following award winners:

Clare Hoinville for Carrots, 

Corrine Hull for After the Storm 

Mary Ann Ross for The Lord’s Palette

Tim Swagerle for She Won’t Be Here Long

Most painting are available for sale. Click here for a list of exhibiting artists and price list.

Selections of paintings exhibited:

Tami McNally, River Park River Walk;                      Yukako Sakaue, Morning Walk;                                  Megan R. Wright, Gnarly Tree

Lylanne Musselman, Content Cat                            Jude Phillips, Riding in Style                       Catherine McCormick, Autumn on the St. Joe River

Jude Phillips, Morning Walk Along Saone            Avon Waters, Dusk Over the Farm Pond        Tami McNally, Powerhouse at Pucker Street Dam

Sue Coultas, Mystic Morn                          Brenda Ramseier, Waiting for Winter                         Avon Waters, Hillside Treeline, Tribute to Wolf Kahn

Peg Luecke, Jillian’s Ride                                                                                                        Catherine McCormick, Prairie Poetry