Most APS meetings include a pastel demonstration, which are occasionally recorded and can be viewed on the APS Videos page.
September 26, 2021: Paint-Around and Silent Auction with Jody Martin, Anna Lisa Leal, Julia Fletcher, and possibly Nancy Overton.
The artists will each paint from their own reference photo, painting for about one hour. Bidding, questions, comments will take place via Zoom chat, so as not to interrupt the painting progress. The sale prices will go to our APS Scholarship Fund.
Anna Lisa Leal has been recognized by the esteemed Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Research Center where her work was on the Silver Anniversary poster in 2016. She has won numerous top-level awards and has been accepted as finalist in national and international juried events that draw thousands of entries. Anna Lisa was featured in Voyage Dallas Magazine in 2018 and in the Jan/Feb 2017 edition of Artists on Art Magazine for the article “The Educational Road to Becoming a Successful Artist.
Jody Martin, born in Lubbock, Texas, is the daughter of acclaimed West Texas artist Conny Martin. Jody never doubted that she would become an artist, and under her mother’s tutelage she learned classical drawing and contemporary design. She earned her art degree from Abilene Christian University, and went on to study painting under Daniel Greene and Emily Guthrie. Jody has worked as a studio artist and muralist. She is published in several magazines and books, such as Strokes of Genius 2018, and is a national and international award winner. Jody paints full time.
Julia Fletcher graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Texas-Austin, but the majority of her education has been after that. For me, the landscape offers so many variations of color and texture. One can paint a scene at 8 am and throughout the day it is in constant change. I am drawn to the Tonalist movement for the dynamic of color and atmosphere. There exists a constant pull of the landscape to tell its story and I love being its storyteller.
October 24, 2021: Christine Obers
“My medium is pastel. I like the simplicity and immediacy. Pastels are pure pigment with a binder. The colors remain true over centuries. Within my art is the desire, to capture an ephemeral moment and preserve it with all its colors and shades of emotion.” Christine Obers’ artwork has won numerous international awards and has been exhibited at the Samagrine Club in New York, Albuquerque NM, Moro Bay CA, Aurora Art Center just outside Toronto Ontario. Her art has been featured in major art publications, Pastel Journal and Southwest Art. Christine was recently awarded the Master Circle Gold Medal from the International Association of Pastel Societies. She is a Distinguished Pastelist in the Pastel Society of the West Coast and Master Pastelist in the Pastel Artists of Canada Association. Obers’ commissioned artwork is in private collections throughout Canada and the US
December Members Holiday Party: More details soon.
January 23, 2022: Nana Carrillo
In college, Nana took art classes while majoring in psychology. She began studying in earnest after taking early retirement from a career in child welfare. Mostly self-taught, she regularly participates in workshops with a variety of established artists. Nana is fascinated with pastel painting and studied with Loreta Feeback, a nationally recognized artist from the Kansas City area. Nana paints in pastel, oils, watercolor, and acrylic. She is inspired by nature and landscapes. The pandemic has moved her to try some out-of-the-box techniques, like large abstract works and acrylics. She is a member of the Texas Pastel Society in San Antonio and the Austin Pastel Society. Nana resides in Austin.
February 27, 2022: Suzanne Malesovas
Suzanne has been selected in juried exhibitions, and has pastel and oil paintings in numerous private and one public collection. Residing in Santa Fe, NM, Suzanne now has opportunities to travel and share renderings from her favorite places. Whether it be on location or in the studio, Suzanne Malesovas hopes to marvel the viewer with her soul felt renderings.
Sunday, March 13, 2022 from 2:30 to 4:30: Lyn Asselta
Choosing pastel as her medium, Lyn Asselta creates vivid, thoughtful images of places that tug at her heart. These images are often purposefully meant to make her viewers feel as though they have stumbled upon a place of quiet strength and solitude. She chooses to create a narrative in her images, but welcomes and encourages you to create your own
April 24, 2022: Joycelyn Schedler
Joycelyn Schedler spent many afternoons as a young girl drawing under the live oaks of rural South Texas. Thus began her interest in capturing the beauty of trees, animals, sky, flowers, barns, fields and the many other objects of her world. Joycelyn primarily works in pastels. Sharing her love of the pastel medium with others is a passion for Joycelyn. She leads mini-workshops and teaches an Introduction to Pastels class. By invitation, Joycelyn has been the Pastel Painting Instructor for A.R.T. at Mo Ranch Conference, teaching beginner and intermediate pastelists. She also taught workshops for Lost Pines Art Center in Bastrop, Texas and private classes in her home.
May 22, 2022 : Jan Weaver
Jan is an internationally recognized pastelist living in Austin, Tx. She graduated from UT with a Fine Art’s Degree, majoring in studio art in 1974. Jan studied with many artists in the pastel field. She goes to workshops several times a year to learn new genres and techniques. She’s been a member of Austin Visual Arts Assoc., Austin Pastel Society, Portrait Society of America, Pastel Society of the Southwest, Central Pastel Society, Pastel Society of America, and International Association of Pastel Societies. Jan also taught at the Art School of Austin Museum of Art.
June 26, 2022: Annual Members Garage Sale.
Recent Demonstrations and Pastel Talks
Other recent demonstrations and presentations were provided by Wei Jia, Carol Arnold, Karen Margulis, Carolyn Kilday, Anna Lisa Leal, Wendy Layne, Jan Weaver, Joycelyn Schedler, Jeanne Rosier Smith, Brenda Hash, Bethany Fields, Enid Wood, Cindy McBride, Rae Andrews, Jen Evenhus, Bob Douglass, Nancy Lilly, Linda Wells, Annie Winsett, Mike Etie, Jeri Salter, Rita Kirkman, Dan Merrel, Margaret Dyer, Linda Dellandre.