Memberships are due
New and renewing members can pay dues of $25 by mailing a check payable to Northern Indiana Pastel Society to treasurer Sue Coultas, 519 Woodruff, Niles, MI 49120, 269-683-6415,  Members must be current with their dues to participate in shows.



Pastel Pathways
NIPS Membership Exhibit
Fernwood Botanical Gardens
March 30 – May 27, 2018

13988 Range Line Road, Niles MI 49120 269-695-6491
Receiving 1-4pm March 25
Entries marked #1 will be accepted, #2 entries may be juried out due to space
Fee: $10 for the 1st entry, $5 for the 2nd entry.

Click here to download an entry form. Please complete and submit with your artwork.

Reception with cash awards Sunday April 8, 2-4 pm
Unaccepted works will be returned to owners at reception.

Releasing Tuesday, May 29, 11am-5pm


MoonTree Studios, Donaldson, Ind.
Opening Oct. 6, releasing Nov. 5, 2018

South Bend Civic Theatre | Dec. 1–23, 2018
During the play, The Christmas Schooner

Salvation Army Kroc Center | March – May 2019

Buchanan Art Center | Spring 2020

Colfax Cultural Center | September – October 2020



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.